- Paperback: 528 pages
- Publisher: Marvel Comics; Direct Ed edition (August 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785106618
- ISBN-13: 978-0785106616
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.8 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Essential X-Men, Vol. 3 (Marvel Essentials) Paperback – August 1, 2001
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There remain some notable highlights in "Essential X-Men Vol. 3", however. The courtship of Dr. Doom and Storm is classic and totally unexpected. The story arc with Cyclops stranded on a desert isle housing his greatest foe is sensational, as is the appearance of Dracula (!). Unfortunately, these high points sink beneath the weight of drecch like Kitty Pryde's fairytale version of the X-Men and the touted return of Dark Phoenix.
If you're a true fan of the X-Men, you'll want this collection to avoid bending the corners of your precious back issues. Otherwise, grab the first two volumes of this series instead.
This volume displays all the elements missing these days in the X-Men. Good stories, good art (if in black and white here), and a general sense that you could pick up the book at any place, understand, and enjoy the story unfolding. These days that is a patent impossiility, with such discordant threads as Onslaught et all to forever linger a sickening taint on this once grand series. Actually, I stopped reading around the Executioner's song.
These are the X-men you should buy and relish, not the expensive replicas now on display. (3.00! What the #$@!?! I remember when good stories existed at 40 or 50 cents!)
Not as good as the Claremont/Byrne collection of Essential #2 (Which rivals 'Watchmen') but pretty damned good. And it has Rouge, if even as a bad girl.
You get to see some X-characters that don't get a lot of steam these days like Polaris and Banshee really work it, and it's a treat to witness the short-lived (and never formally ended) romance of Scott Summers and Lee Forrester. Thier entire subplot to 150 has just the right amount of emotion and serves as a great "breather" during those early issues. Kitty Pryde fully takes her place as an X-Man, yet Dave Cockrum's art doesn't do her justice (I always felt he made her look nerdy.) For everything else, Cockrum's art excels, and it's sad to think that he recently died. The events with Magneto in issue 150 are amazing, particularly the last pages. The Storm and White Queen Saga is very unusual, and Kitty's fairytale is a joke, but the good kind of joke. Then you get the whole complicated Brood and Shi'ar saga, which is always a blast (even if it takes up a thrid of the book)and two great issues illustrated by guest pencilers that, in my opinion, are the jewels of this collection. First you get X-Men 159 guest-starring Dracula and suprisingly astounding on levels of art, stories, and personality. Then next issue is where the mutants are transported to Limbo to save Illyana Rasputin and encounter evil and dead versions of themselves and eventually rescue Colossus' sister, but at the price of her aging seven to thirteen in the moment the X-Men exit Limbo without her.Read more ›
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Ok, ok, I should say comic book junkie, because that's what they were called when I first started reading them some decades ago. Read morePublished on July 31, 2007 by Beaker 63
Bottom line definitive classic X-Men from the writer who
helped to define them in the first place, Chris Claremont. Read more
Here we have Uncanny X-Men #145-161. We have Starjammers, Dr. Doom, and all sort of goodie. I just wish it would have been in color.Published on April 2, 2004 by email@example.com
I bought all of these to back track and read the previous things that had happened within the comic. This serves the purpose but was disapointed that they were not in color.Published on July 7, 2003 by R Bounds
This book contains X-Men issues #145 thru 161 and anuuals #3-5. Featuring Nightcrawler, Colossus, Storm, Cyclops, Wolverine and Kitty Pryde.Published on May 3, 2003 by Barsinister
As the title suggests, this book is essential for any lover of the X-Men, specifically what is now known as "Uncanny X-Men". This book picks up where Vol. Read morePublished on October 27, 2002 by Chris Frost
I am a complete fan of the Marvel Mutant Superheroes X-Men, and because of it, let me tell you that this series of "Essentials" are one of the best that ever happened to... Read morePublished on October 25, 2001 by Donald R. Glass