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Essential X-Men, Vol. 2 (Marvel Essentials) (v. 2) Paperback – December 7, 2005

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  • Paperback: 584 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; 2nd edition (December 7, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785120076
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785120070
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #816,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The stories told in this B&W reprinting of the X-Men series are among the best ever done in a regular, mainstream comic book. The highlight is, of course, the Phoenix saga, but not to be overlooked are the issues that deal with the long separation of key X-Men from their teammates, the evolution of Wolverine, Storm, and Colossus as characters, and the development of the X-Men's place in the Marvel Universe as a whole.

Yes, if you can get hold of these comics in color and read them, you will enjoy them even more, but this B&W collected is worth 5 stars because of its content, its price, and its convenience. When these "Essential" reprints are no longer available, it'll be more difficult for new readers to see the X-Men the way they were at their height, and that will be a shame.
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I have been a marvel and x-men fan since 1984 and most of my love of the x-men came from that period. Nevertheless, this era from the late 70's and early 80's are just as good, if not better than my era. If you're a fan of marvel and especially the x-men of the last 10 years or so, then not sure how you would look upon this era compared to the over sexed, more violent, movie esk scripts of today. (Not to say that recent x-men issues have been bad). In my opinion, these collected issues are the x-men comics at their best and the writing and art is absolutely superb. Just so much more depth and intelligence in the scripts without needing to have over the top battle scenes that cram all the heroes of the marvel world into one page and have supposedly 'cool', more adult esk one liners. This volume is massive and comprises so many great and now legendary (and expensive) issues, including days of future past and the phoenix saga, and host some great characters like the hellfire club, alpha flight, arcade, proteus and the introduction of kitty, amongst others. Even the fact that the issues are in black and white (which is why it's relatively cheap) doesn't reduce the quality as the stories are so engrossing.

Whether you're a new or old fan, i don't think anyone will dispute the quality of the stories even though newer readers may not like the art as much, possibly as art in those days, although good, was not as detailed.

If you haven't read these stories yet, prepare to find some real x-men gems that balance character development, adventure and dialogue perfectly by not going over the top by doing the big cross over thing. Enjoy!!!
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This is the second Marvel Essential to chronicle Chris Claremont's record-setting 16 year continuous run on The Uncanny X-men.

This essential chronicles what is often sited as one of the best comic story arcs ever written: the Dark Phoenix Saga.

In this arc, we see the introduction of the Hellfire Club, including their White Queen, Emma Frost, a character that has become incredibly important to current X-men continuity, especially to Grant Morrison's acclaimed run on New X-Men.

We also see the introduction of Kitty Pryde, a character featured in the white hot Astonishing X-Men by Buffy scribe Joss Whedon and the death of Jean Grey.

In short, you have one of the most beloved comic arcs of the last 30 years and the introduction of characters that today's hottest comic writers come back to again and again.

If you call yourself a comics fan, or even just a fan of great storytelling, you owe it to yourself to get this essential. Even better, it's less than 15 bucks. You can't go wrong.
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I was 11 - 12 when I read these stories. I'm 40 now and that shows how far back they go. Yet they still hold up. I can remember wanting (and not able to) read the Proteus Saga for the longest time and taking issue 137 with me to school. The Hellfire Saga marked the point when I started reading the X-Men seriously, and # 138 helped me to understand their history. And of course "Days of Future Past" started the time travel mess of later stories. I think this is required space for any serious X-fan, but for anyone wanting to see the best that mainstream comics can offer should start here. There are purchases on Amazon that I truly am thankful I made. This is one of them.
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Great X-Men even in black and white. I also have the color omnibus editions but have also bought the Essential series because it lets you see the artwork without the coloring. It's closer to seeing the original artwork and nice to see the beautiful inking by Terry Austin. If you like looking at original art pages this is a nice substitute and you get a lot of pages in this Essential book. For those coming to the material for the first time you're better off with the color omnibus. But for those wanting to get an idea of what the original artwork looks like this is recommended.
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This is a great book in the Marvel Essentials series. It has over 20 editions of the Uncanny X-Men comics, with the introduction of Kitty and the dark Phoenix. A great book for the avid X-Men fan!
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The first comic book I read of the X-men was "Demon," where Kitty Pryde single-handedly takes on a demon straight out of Ridley Scott's drawing board. I was intrigued immediately. I was 12, and from that moment on, I became a huge X-men fan. I started collecting from the "Rogue Storm" issue; unfortunately, I was not familiar with the earlier issues, and being a kid, I couldn't afford the costs of buying the earlier issues. Being able to read the stories in this format is great. Not as good as the original comics, because no color, but still, the stories are superb.

This run has got to be the best out of all the X-men eras. John byrne's art work, Claremont's writing and the battle with Prometheus, The Dark Phoenix saga and Phoenix's death were so well written and drawn, that these were superior works of fiction told in comic book format. I don't think I have ever read as anything as stirring, intelligent and captivating as this period of the X-men series, and I was a HUGE X-men fan.
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