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  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Claremont is best known for his work on Marvel Comics' The Uncanny X-Men, during which time it was the bestselling comic in the Western Hemisphere; he has sold more than 100 million comic books to date. Recent projects include the dark fantasy novel Dragon Moon and Sovereign SevenTM, a comic book series published by DC Comics. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.George Lucas is the founder of Lucasfilm Ltd., one of the world's leading entertainment companies. He created the Star Wars and Indiana Jones film series. Among his story credits are THX 1138, American Graffiti, and the Star Wars and Indiana Jones films. He lives in Marin County, California.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 13, 2003
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It was nice to see that inker Terry Austin was credited on the cover of "The Essential X-Men Volume 2" along with writer Chris Claremont and pencilers John Byrne and Brent Anderson. Of course, Byrne is also the co-plotter for most of these issues and Anderson only draws one of them, so it is not like all names are created equal when it comes to such things. But Austin was always the best inker of Byrne�s pencils and deserves some of the credit for making "X-Men" the premier comic book of its day during this particular run of issues from #120-144.
As the cover shot indicates, this particular collection of stories is highlighted by the Dark Phoenix saga and the "death " of Jean Grey. It was the controversy over the latter that was partially responsible for Byrne�s decision to leave the book, which came from Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter's dictum that superheroes never kill anybody. In issue #135 "Dark Phoenix," Jean Grey's alter ego goes over to the dark side and jets off into space to find something to eat, which ends up being a G-Type star. The problem is that of the eleven planets in that system the fourth is inhabited by an ancient, peace-loving civilization hitherto known as "the Asparagus people." The bottom line was that in the super nova that resulted 5 billion beings died; at which point Dark Phoenix took out a Shi'ar warship as well. The consequence of this was a trial in the count of Lilandra; originally Claremont and Byrne intended for Jean to have the Dark Phoenix entity psychically removed, leaving her a mere mortal who had to live with the great guilt of what she had done. The idea was that down the road Magneto would offer her the chance to regain her power and in a moment of great triumph she would refuse.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey A. Veyera VINE VOICE on July 31, 2000
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With the X-men movie lighting up the box office, there is no better time than the present for new fans to be introduced to the classic past of this long-running comic title. "The Essential X-Men Vol. 2" delivers, nicely covering the terrific Chris Claremont/John Byrne run which resurrected the X-Men and made the book must reading for a generation of comics fans.
The collection features the most tumultuous and terrific two years of the dynamic duo's run on the book, including the legendary "Dark Phoenix" saga and "Days of Future Past". During this run (Uncanny X-Men 120-144), Claremont turned up the realism and alienation a couple of notches and delivered some incredible stories. John Byrne's art is bold and detailed (the black and white presentation here only reinforces his fine pencils).
If the movie left you hungering for more X-Men (and the current spate of mutant books left you cold), check out this collection and see what made this such a great book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By N. Kok on September 7, 2004
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Essential X-Men Volume 2 is essential reading! This volume contains the classic Marvel Comics run of the Phoenix Saga. These issues lead to the death of one the most beloved X-Man in the comics, Jean Grey. Chris Claremont wrote a powerful story on how the Phoenix force turned evil and she tried to destroy the Uncanny X-Men and the Marvel Universe! The artwork was done by John Bryne. The set collects Uncanny X-Men #120-144. Buy it! Highest Possible Recommendation. The only problem with this paperback edition is that it's not in color. If you want to see the Dark Phoenix Saga in color, I suggest you look for the actual comics and the old X-Men: Dark Phoenix Saga trade paperback.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 26, 2004
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This is a brilliant book, and while the 'Dark Phoenix' Saga is a large part of it, there is more to it than that! Any X-Men fan, or even someone who has never heard of them, can't help but enjoy this book. It also includes 'Days of Future Past', in which, to prevent a future where mutants are hunted and killed, Kitty Pryde as a woman is transferred into her body as a girl. She warns the X-Men, and they set off to stop the chain of events that will result in the nightmarish future. The story flashes back and forth between the future and the present, showing as each X-Man is killed by Sentinels in the future, even as they fight on in the past. It is a brilliant story, and at the end no one can be sure that the future has indeed been changed.

Besides that there is a fight with Proteous, Moira's mutant son who manipulates matter, and can take over bodies. The X-Men are attacked by Arcade, who runs a fiendish amusement park called 'Murderworld'. And Kitty Pyrde joins the X-Men, livening up their slightly serious world with her thirteen and a half year old personality.

All in all this is a wonderful collection of stories, the X-Men and Chris Claremont both doing amazing things.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jon Berger on July 18, 2001
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Ok, first of all, "only" 4 stars, and that's based on the packaging (black'n'white + cheap paper), not on the quality of the material.
These are more of the classic X-men stories that turned Chris Claremont into a comic-book superstar. Found within are some of the best stories ever written, the "Dark Phoenix Saga" and "Days of Future Past", stories that by far and wide supercedes anything else written in those early days of the "modern" comic-book.
John Byrnes art is flawless, and manages to almost look as good in black and white as it does in it's original glorious coloring.
Quite simply, buy this if you are at all remotely interested in the X-Men. There are 4 issues in this series of "Essential" X-Men, but this one is probably the one that has the most to offer for a new fan. Heck, buy 2 and give one to a friend!
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