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Essential X-Men, Vol. 4 (Marvel Essentials) (v. 4) Paperback – March 30, 2011


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  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 568 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; 2nd edition (March 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785122958
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785122951
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #550,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a fan of these stories but for me they fall flat w/ out the color.
D. Clifton
If you are reading these for "story" content, you are missing half the reason for the X-Men's overwhelming popularity since the early 80's - THE ART!
diggy
This whole series of Essential X-men books are a fun read unless you get bogged down in details.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By sleeping sheepsnake on December 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
This tome contains Uncanny X-Men #s 162-179, plus the Annual #6--which means this collection represents when I joined the X-Men for regular thrills. Which means I missed some key stories, yes, wouldn't you say? Don't worry, though...I backtracked too, like crazy. Having acknowledged the greatness of what came before, I must say that these, here, are some of my favourite X-Stories ever. Let's face it--the Phoenix Saga was a big event in this series, but look at all the high-impact series-shaping plotlines that unfold in Essential X-Men Volume Four. It's quite stunning, really--and quite a masterful balancing act by author Chris Claremont.

Not perfect, alas. Claremont simply writes too many words, at times. Most of these mutants fall into a routine of analyzing the good and bad of their situations, their choices, their teammates' choices, the pros of the various cons, the cons of the various pros. This leads to a sameness in the way most X-Men ponder things, sorting and itemizing their angst, either in dialogue, or bloated thought-balloons ("If I choose this, I am no better than so-and-so, but if I fail to do this, I am guilty of such-and-such."; "I must do this to feel whole, but I cannot do it, or I betray whatsisname...oh dear, what shall I do? I'll mull it over for five issues...") Maybe when they were writing the Sphinx's dialogue for the superhero movie satire called Mystery Men, they were actually mocking the X-Men. I would believe it. Because almost all the X-Men come off as great philosophers, tireless ponderers of what is going on around them; it reveals the Claremont Overmind, the author resorting to one technique, too much.

The refreshing exception to this is Rogue.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By diggy on September 14, 2005
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Do not be fooled or dismayed by other reviews - this is A-list comic book gold, this Essential X-Men vol.4. If you are reading these for "story" content, you are missing half the reason for the X-Men's overwhelming popularity since the early 80's - THE ART! Simply put, this collects one of the most beautifully delineated story arcs in the series, the Paul Smith/Bob Wiacek run (other notable runs include the Byrne/Austin, the Silvestri/Green, and the Lee/Williams). Simply put, the team has seldom looked better, and asthetically, I'd rank Smith's rendition of Wolverine above that of Joltin' Johnny Byrne - you heard me. And Kitty Pryde looks perfect. Not to be overlooked, this volume also opens up with one of the best Cockrum issues, a Wolvie solo story involving the Brood.

Don't kid yourself - this book is a required element of any once-or-future X-Fan's collection, although you must be warned - the Morlocks are introduced in this volume. If you are familiar with them, then you know what I mean, and if not, well, it makes for some painful reading, but with Smith on the pictures, it sure is some pretty stuff to look at.
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Of all the Marvel superhero characters, the X-men have remained my favorites since I read the original issues when they first came out. Each character has a specific power and they all have unique, complex and at times disturbed personalities. That tradition extended into the 1980's with their traits modernized along with the addition and replacement of the characters.
Despite their superhuman powers, the X-men are subject to the problems of humans, they love and lose, feel anger and are the recipients of hatred. Despite all this, they spend a great deal of their time saving humanity from the power of other super beings with the goal of defeating or destroying the X-men. Even Charles Xavier exhibits the emotions of a love lost, where his woman is controlled by her destiny and must return to another star system to fight for her people. Professor X has no choice but to stay on Earth and guide mutants to a life of service.
Issues #162-179 and annual #6 appear in this collection and while there is some loss of quality due to it being printed in black and white, that effect is minimized due to the outstanding dialog. Human feelings are as much a part of their lives as their powers and that is expressed in what they say.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By taogoat on June 4, 2012
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This collection contains the Brood Saga (although you'll need to get a few issues before this for it to be complete), X-Men: From The Ashes, and X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills --- all of which I think are just as good as Dark Phoenix or any of the X-Men story arcs up to this point. In fact, these might be my 3 favorite X-Men stories.

Issue 162 can be considered the first "solo" Wolverine comic -- the first one that has the vibe of his later comics -- and as such is a must-have for Wolverine fans.

A whole lot of good comics for cheap. 'Nuff said.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By spacedog on April 10, 2003
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i disagree w/ the other reviewer. yeah, the series started to lose steam, but this book included the brood war saga (in which the x-men get eggs implanted inside them) which introduces binary and which was quite good, and the first real storyline w/ the morlocks, inc. storm's duel with callisto. the book includes the the issues in the tpb "from the ashes" which involve "the return of the dark phoenix". also, rogue joins the xmen (whoo!), madelyne pryor and the new mutants make their debut, and the xmen go to japan for wolvie's aborted wedding. all in all, pretty essential reading.
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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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