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« Reply #45 on: Sep 7th, 2009, 6:46pm »

X-Men First Class

I have bought the first two collections of this series. It details the early days of the original five X-Men: Cyclops, Angel, Beast, Iceman and Marvel Girl. Jeff Park and Roger Cruz offer great entertainment contained within single issues.

The characters, setting and, best of all, storytelling are revised for the current day and age. Nonetheless, the stories fit well with the very first issues from the Sixties -- characterisations can be slightly different (e.g., Cyclops is a cooler kid than before) but very, very true to their essential.

I will not summarise these stories since there is no general storyline. I just wish to state these comics are a great, light read. After a summer holiday of hardcore comic reading, these two collections offer the perfect coda to end the summer with. Just some comics where you need neither background information nor continuity knowledge.

9/10. Great collections of stand-alone stories about the five original X-Men. I am a fan.
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« Reply #46 on: Sep 17th, 2009, 12:40pm »

So, midL, were these helpful? I mean, you know I do it just for you, right? No one else is on my mind when I write these. I just want your approval.

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« Reply #47 on: Oct 10th, 2009, 09:33am »

"Vulcan was a character with potential and a clear mission during Deadly Genesis..."

I did not see the clear mission.

I've only read as far as right before your Messiah Complex summary. The Morlock story sounds boring. The Vulcan stuff sounds awful. The Beast story sounds okay but pointless since you, I and everyone else knows that the effects of M-Day will be undone.

Blinded By Light sounds kick ass. I gotta get my hands on that. Oh, and Mystique double-crossed the X-Men? SHOCK... Who would've ever expected that from a serial murderer? Wait. Was Iceman sleeping with her? What the f***? No one can possibly be that stupid. No one. On all of the Earth. I'll ignore that crap because the writer actually undid it and didn't create it.

This story sounds great, though, and the reason is simple. You take a group of characters that people like and you put them in an adventure. You don't f*** with them and kill somebody who everyone KNOWS is gonna come back. You don't say something life altering is gonna happen that everyone KNOWS it'll be undone.

I've become disenchanted with the X-Books because they seem like "who's dying this arc?" more than "what's gonna happen in this arc?" The events all seem so secondary to things like Civil War and Secret Invasion, too. I'm tired of shock value in books. Have something happen and come to a resolution. If someone dies, have it matter. Don't have killers go from bad to good like we're watching WWE.

Thanks a lot for the summaries and, also, you okay, Mid? You sound a little psychoooo.
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« Reply #48 on: Jun 9th, 2011, 1:02pm »

Uncanny X-Men series ends.

This is going to become a useless renumbering to #1 and on some "historic event" or "anniversary moment" they will change the numbering back to #550 or #600.

Give me a fucking break. Jesus Christ.
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« Reply #49 on: Sep 12th, 2012, 3:04pm »

Wow, I am so incredibly glad I got out of comics, even my favourite comic franchise X-Men.

Spoilers!

This link tells the person that will die in Avengers vs X-Men and it also informs us who the killer is. I shouldn't be surprised that a character has to die -- the crossover must have some change in the status quo otherwise it would have been 100% useless -- but it still pisses me off. Even though, like I said, I do not even read these comics any more.

So, if you're still reading this, I suppose you don't care about my spoiler warning. Cyclops (Scott Summers), the very first X-Men that has now been possessed by the Phoenix Force, kills Charles Xavier, founder of the X-Men and the father.

It is so incredibly dumb. So dumb. So fucking dumb. So. Incredibly. Fucking. Dumb. Why? Why, why, why? An entire group of Marvel writers created this crossover and this is the best they come up with? A 'shocking' death (like we've had in every useless crossover) that's supposed to make us feel like this was a big deal, and now we also have Cyclops who has had his entire character undone. All because of a crossover whose set-up was useless and nineties: "Two superhero teams fighting each other to see who wins! Flip the pages with one hand and wank off with the other because this is the real deal!"

I do not even care about Xavier's death. He'll be back. And anyway, Marvel has been killing Xavier for years when they retconned him into a man whose made dishonourable decision, some of which border on murder (see X-Men: Deadly Genesis). I don't care.

What I do mind is Cyclops' character murder. He was one-dimensional from the sixties to eighties, then Claremont and Byrne came and actually give him a personality. The nineties were the nineties so everything got crazy. In recent years, Grant Morrison made him a character with flaws in New X-Men. This made him as interesting as I had seen him in years. After that, I came to see him as the protector of the Mutant race. A general; a leader; an inspiration; a person who did not back down to protect his own race.

Now he is a murderer? He murders the person who has fulfilled the role of his father for all these years? Let's hear what writer Bendis has to say:

"There will be people who will never, ever forgive him for this, and there will be people who will want to kill him for this, and there will be people who make giant choices based on this thing happening."

the only person I want to kill is writer Bendis, the other Marvel architects and (most likely) the heads at Marvel who had their brilliant input forced into this event.

I can't give away details about how the story ends at this point, but to look at him as an outright villain misses the point of the story."

Hmm, Axel Alonso, you're saying a killer is not a villain? At the end of the story, his murder will already not be a major issue that needs to be dealt with?

"This is a death of biblical proportions for the X-Men universe."

Thanks, Bendis. How many have we had now? In how many weeks will we have the next one? Death has been used to f'ing death in comics. Cyclops has always been my favourite X-Men. 'Still waters run deep.' There was always so much potential for this character. Recent years finally got that out of him and now you make Cyclops a murderer? Mutants are the next step in evolution but it seems no writer can take them to the next level.

Evolve or die. It's evident which of those two DC and Marvel have chosen.
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« Reply #50 on: Sep 11th, 2014, 02:00am »

A month or two ago, I found out that the second volume Uncanny X-Men Omnibus existed. Naturally, I had to buy it since the X-Men are my favourite superheroes and these omnibuses contain the classic Claremont, Byrne, Austin, Cockrum run.

To brush up on the stories, I quickly read through the first volume that features the, to me, better known stories. This is the stuff that made me fall in love with the X-Men, even before I read the comics. (This stuff was adapted for the Fox cartoons.) To see Byrne and Austin's art and still feel amazement really speaks volumes about their quality. Claremont also got the X-Men from one awesome adventure into the next, really upping the ante to a cosmic scale.

The first volume can't go without the second one, in my opinion. The first volume simply isn't complete--I need the ending of Jean Grey's transformation and the Dark Phoenix Saga is collected in the second volume.

The second volume really sparked my interest because it's where my knowledge of the stories begins to dwindle. These stories did not get used for the Fox cartoon I grew up watching so this was exiting for me. Sure, I've read a couple of these stories as a kid (e.g., the awesome Kitty's Fairy Tale) but never in context, never built up like this.

While the first volume doesn't feel like it has an ending (because I know the Phoenix Saga still continues), it did feel more uniform because of the collection of stories. The second volume as a more checkered feel due to the featuring not only the Uncanny X-Men book and its annuals, but also other issues such as a couple Marvel Fanfares and even the Avengers Annual that sets up Rogue and Carol Danvers (who we will see more of as Binary in the third volume, I hope).

Byrne's presence for the run was powerful and I miss his art--Claremont, Byrne and Austin were perfect together. Even though the other artists draw awesome stuff as well (I was especially taken by Brent Anderson's work), only Byrne can give Wolverine and Kitty Pride their definitive look, in my opinion.

I absolutely love these collected editions. I can't wait to get the next volumes that will finally bridge the old, classic stories that I know from the cartoons and, now, these volumes with the stories in the old single comic issues I've collected and read.
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« Reply #51 on: Apr 2nd, 2016, 1:29pm »

This falls under the 'X-Men / everything else' category but it is the best April Fools Day post I have seen.

It's a Facebook link. Sorry about disgracing these awesome forums with that.
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I saw that yesterday. Very classy cheesy
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