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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (December 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785127631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785127635
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #374,645 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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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By dibby on October 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
Essential X-Men Volume 8, as you can tell by reading other reviews, is a mixed bag of goods: apparently some fans hate the art, while others hate the stories. Personally, I like them both, but that's because I understand the major complications facing the creative staff at the time, factors which I'll try to simply explain.

First, "Inferno," which is [somewhat] collected in this edition, was NOT an X-book/mutant-specific crossover; it was a storyline which ran through every major Marvel comic, so, like it or not, the writers had to try and make it fit in to what they were doing monthly, and for the most part I feel they succeeded (I seem to be in the majority - "Inferno" reprints only deal with the X-universe elements of the story, ignoring all the other Marvel Universe events).

Additionally, the writers were also struggling to find a way to deal with the resurrection of Jean Grey aka Marvel Girl, who was haphazardly re-introduced back into continuity with the debut of the X-Factor series. Initially - as seen in Essential X-Men Volume 2 (which EVERYONE should own, period, its that good) - Jean's story was resolved, and Chris Claremont went on characterizing Cyclops and the other X-Men accordingly. So, the sudden reappearance of Marvel Girl kind of threw an unwanted kink into the series that wouldn't truly be resolved to satisfaction until the conclusion of Grant Morrison's run on the book. In fact, this Jean Grey "situation" has become a part of general comic book lore, and [...] of innumerable jokes.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By taogoat on July 11, 2013
Format: Paperback
After the transitional period of Mutant Massacre and Fall of the Mutants, which saw a huge shake-up in the team members, the X-Men team in this collection has settled down into a "stable" period -- and the stories really begin to hit their stride again. For my money, this might be the best collection since From The Ashes (in Essential X-Men Vol. 4).

Vol 8 includes 4 story arcs: The Reavers (and the X-Men's move to Australia), the return of the Brood, Genosha, and Inferno.

It's highly recommended that you first read The Dark Phoenix Saga and the first Brood Saga, before reading Inferno and the return of the Brood.

(Note that Inferno in this collection is shortened -- it does not include the New Mutants or X-Terminators issues.)

You can read Inferno in full color in shortened trade paperback or complete hardcover. You can read the Genosha story arc in color in the X-Tinction Agenda hardcover. The other issues in this collection, as far as I know, are not available in a color collection.

The art by Marc Silvestri is great. Probably my favorite X-Men art up to that point.

Goblin Queen underboob. 'Nuff said.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Vincent A. Clark on December 26, 2007
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I have enjoyed collecting the essential series of the X-men, and finally volume 8 has arrived. A great set--the only complaint that I have is that they included 3 issues of X-factor (Inferno) in this collection. Sadly, you really see the contrast in the quality of story and art when you put Louise Simonson in the same volume as Chris Claremont. To be honest, there really is no comparison, Chris Claremont's work far outshines anything that Ms. Simonson can come up with.

I look forward to the next volume--I just hope it doesn't take as long to come out as this one did :)
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By lawgiver4feh on April 26, 2008
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Definitely my least favorite of the Essential X-Men series. Chris Claremont is writing and the majority of the pencils here are by Marc Silvestri, so there is quality talent at work here, but the influx of new and not so new characters is fairly uneventful.

The villains for the first half of the book are The Reavers, and The Brood with references to the Marauders and it's just kind of a blah, blah, blah, paint by numbers, kind of affair, with the antagonists seemingly interchangeable. This is my main complaint with the book. The mystical, Australian Aborigine, Gateway is a prominent character in these stories and his presence is welcome and notable.

The second half of the book is dedicated the The Inferno story line and it is decent, but it just doesn't live up to the hype they tried to make these major cross over "events" appear to be.

Furthermore, the mutants Dazzler and Longshot are the WORST characters in X-Men history and they are prominent members of the team at this point.

I guess this is worth reading if you want to keep up with X-Men continuity, but I sold this back after one reading with little hesitation.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Royland Odell Owens on August 22, 2011
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Having read these stories in my mid teens, I was more than happy to give them another spin 20 years later. It was kind of weird reading them without color, but I soon came to the realization that when I first read them, color did not play a factor in my liking the stories back in the day. Marvel Essential series' are a heaven send
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