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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: PANINI UK LTD / MARVEL (20 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846535530
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846535536
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 0.6 x 16.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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There has been a lot of fuss about this book. I hesitated a long time to give it a try. Wood's first take on the X-Men (Vol. 3 #30-37) had not convinced me before, and I found it bold by Marvel to collect a three-issue arc with a fill-in issue and a reprint (that has only recently been reprinted in the "Wolverine & Jubilee" Trade) in a pricey volume. The book contains #1-4 of Brian Wood's new X-Men title (the adjective-less one) with art by Olivier Coipel (#1-3) and David Lopez (#4). It reprints Jubilee's first appearance in Uncanny X-Men #244 (Claremont/Silvestri).
I have to say that the first 3 issues are intriguing with the mystery of Jubilee's baby, a new villain and splendid art. The fill-in is not overwhelming, the bickering between Storm and Rachel maybe a little out of character. Jason Aaron in "Wolverine & the X-Men" does this better. Maybe I will give the book one more try when the Dodsons take over the art with #7 (#5-6 will be reprinted in "Battle of the Atom"), but all in all this one is hyped in my humble opinion. If I want to read a good all-female team book, I prefer the (alas! cancelled) Fearless Defenders, if I want fun X-Men I prefer Aaron's take on them. This one is just so so ok.
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By Squirr-El HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 5 Jun. 2014
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The story running through issues #1-4 of Marvel Now’s X-Men (volume 4) is collected, along with issue #244 from volume 1, as X-Men Volume 1: Primer (Marvel Now) (X-Men (Marvel Numbered)). This is an all-female and ad-hoc X-Men team drawn from the staff of the Jean Grey School, who are forced to deal with a billion-year-old threat that infects the school when Jubilee and her new (adopted) baby come looking for refuge, having been pursued from Bulgaria by a character called John Sublime – who I don’t know, but apparently is a serious and known threat to the X-Men. It turns out that he’s not the threat this time, his sister is, and she’s piggy-backed into the school on Jubilee’s baby, and infects the electronic systems, turning the Danger Room loose on the staff and pupils, and infecting another character that I am unfamiliar with – one Karima Shapandar, an Omega Sentinel. This is a really big action adventure, with lots of excellent characterisation, that leads to a happy ending for some… Issue #4 is a character story, as Wolverine and Jubilee take a day off to visit the beach and Jubilee’s old home, while the girls get on with resolving some serious trust issues from the previous adventure, while trying to prevent an over-laden Jumbo jet from crashing.

This is an excellent new series with superb scripting and artwork.

Issue #244 is the first appearance of Jubilee from the Chris Claremont era of X-Men. Once more, an all-girl X-Men team goes on an expedition, though this time it is to a shopping mall and an exotic male dancer club… There is a villainous force hunting Jubilee, who is a resident of the mall, and she eventually follows the X-Men back through their warp to their base in Australia.
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How many issues do you expect to find in a collected edition? For me, I’d say 6 is reasonable and anything above that is a bonus. For some of their hugely popular titles like Superior Spider-Man and All-New X-Men, Marvel have only bundled together 5 issues which is a bit cheeky but for Superior, you’re paying for quality over quantity. In adjective-less X-Men you’re only getting 4 issues. 4! They round out the book to 5 by including a reprint of a 1989 X-Men comic by Chris Claremont and Marc Silvestri which features Jubilee’s first appearance, and pad it out further with extensive artist sketches and variant covers. I just don’t think you’re getting value for money with this book, not least because it’s terrible.

So let’s start with the title – this is the all-female X-men team which is for some reason simply X-Men, rather than X-Women. I don’t know, seems a little obvious maybe but it’s accurately describing the team’s makeup of only women mutants. I guess Marvel don’t want to differentiate too far from the branding but still, I feel it’s a missed opportunity, especially as you have to explain it’s the X-Men book that’s all-female which X-Women would adequately do instantly.

The story is that Jubilee is heading back to the school with a baby she’s rescued from an orphanage and named Shogo. She’s now a mum and wants to raise the kid in a safe environment so of course goes to the most attacked location anywhere in the Marvel U, the X-Men’s headquarters (which has varied over the years and is currently entitled the Jean Grey School)!
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Very pleased with the book, quick delivery and well packaged. Many thanks.
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1.0 out of 5 stars X-Men: First Class Garbage 17 July 2014
By Sam Quixote - Published on Amazon.com
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How many issues do you expect to find in a collected edition? For me, I’d say 6 is reasonable and anything above that is a bonus. For some of their hugely popular titles like Superior Spider-Man and All-New X-Men, Marvel have only bundled together 5 issues which is a bit cheeky but for Superior, you’re paying for quality over quantity. In adjective-less X-Men you’re only getting 4 issues. 4! They round out the book to 5 by including a reprint of a 1989 X-Men comic by Chris Claremont and Marc Silvestri which features Jubilee’s first appearance, and pad it out further with extensive artist sketches and variant covers. I just don’t think you’re getting value for money with this book, not least because it’s terrible.

So let’s start with the title – this is the all-female X-men team which is for some reason simply X-Men, rather than X-Women. I don’t know, seems a little obvious maybe but it’s accurately describing the team’s makeup of only women mutants. I guess Marvel don’t want to differentiate too far from the branding but still, I feel it’s a missed opportunity, especially as you have to explain it’s the X-Men book that’s all-female which X-Women would adequately do instantly.

The story is that Jubilee is heading back to the school with a baby she’s rescued from an orphanage and named Shogo. She’s now a mum and wants to raise the kid in a safe environment so of course goes to the most attacked location anywhere in the Marvel U, the X-Men’s headquarters (which has varied over the years and is currently entitled the Jean Grey School)! There’s an all-female team made up of Storm, Rachel Grey, Psylocke, Rogue, Kitty Pryde and Jubilee and there’s a super-powerful alien who’s going to destroy the world, blah blah blah, my GOD do they have any other ideas than the END OF THE WORLD!?!

There isn’t anything to talk about with this book because it’s your standard superhero garbage – bad guy shows up and one tedious fight scene follows another until the book’s over. There’s a minor argument between Storm and Rachel Grey over why Storm’s the leader (yup, that cliché gets trotted out here) which Storm should’ve just answered with “See this Mohawk?” but she doesn’t and boring dialogue diffuses the non-tension. Jubilee remains one of the most famous X-Men thanks to the popular 90s cartoon, but also laughably one of the worst as her powers remain stupid (I think she’s got fireworks up her sleeves or something?). I’ve never cared about her character before and still don’t care about her now that she’s a mum, though there’s some question over that too as it’s implied she might’ve stolen the baby. It’s definitely not hers, but whatever.

Other than that, the 1989 issue is the usual bog-standard Claremont drivel, overstuffing the panels with useless exposition, having the characters describing their actions while the narrative boxes do the same. Boring dumb story that’s horribly dated and reads like a 10 year old wrote it after being walloped in the head with a sledgehammer? Check! I’ve never been Silvestri’s biggest fan and I certainly didn’t think his art here was any great shakes.

Brian Wood’s creator-owned comics are very good and worth picking up – titles like Northlanders, Mara and Demo – but his work for hire stuff has been very poor, like Conan over at Dark Horse, and his X-men comics with Marvel. This one is by far the laziest, most uninspired mainstream comic I’ve seen him produce yet and can only say that it’s not even worth picking up, just walk on by – not that it’d take you long to read due to its brevity but there are way better comics out there.
3.0 out of 5 stars Well, ... 31 Dec. 2013
By Boris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
There has been a lot of fuss about this book. I hesitated a long time to give it a try. Wood's first take on the X-Men (Vol. 3 #30-37) had not convinced me before, and I found it bold by Marvel to collect a three-issue arc with a fill-in issue and a reprint (that has only recently been reprinted in the "Wolverine & Jubilee" Trade) in a pricey volume. The book contains #1-4 of Brian Wood's new X-Men title (the adjective-less one) with art by Olivier Coipel (#1-3) and David Lopez (#4). It reprints Jubilee's first appearance in Uncanny X-Men #244 (Claremont/Silvestri).
I have to say that the first 3 issues are intriguing with the mystery of Jubilee's baby, a new villain and splendid art. The fill-in is not overwhelming, the bickering between Storm and Rachel maybe a little out of character. Jason Aaron in "Wolverine & the X-Men" does this better. Maybe I will give the book one more try when the Dodsons take over the art with #7 (#5-6 will be reprinted in "Battle of the Atom"), but all in all this one is hyped in my humble opinion. If I want to read a good all-female team book, I prefer the (alas! cancelled) Fearless Defenders, if I want fun X-Men I prefer Aaron's take on them. This one is just so so ok.
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