- Paperback: 520 pages
- Publisher: Marvel; New edition edition (May 21, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785132554
- ISBN-13: 978-0785132554
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Essential X-Men, Vol. 1 (Marvel Essentials) Paperback – May 21, 2008
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Oh, I read a few, but very few of the sort of comics you probably think of when you think of comics. I read all the Tintin and Asterix books, for instance, and collections of Peanuts comics were among my favourite books, and still are. But as for American 'comic magazines', my only experience of them was a stack my grandparents once bought for me from a book exchange for a couple of dollars. Of those, I have vague but fond memories of some early 70s Batmans, and of what I presume were reprints of the famed EC horror comics. And I remember some fairly improbable claims about sea monkeys and X-ray glasses. But otherwise, my knowledge of comics is pretty much limited to what I've picked up on the Internet, where my interests often seem to bring me into contact with comics fans.
So comics are a gap in my pop culture knowledge that's been bugging me for a few years. Hence, when I saw these 'Essential' books going so cheap I bought one, picking the X-Men because I liked the movies. The 'Essential' series collects consecutive sequences of old Marvel comics, in cheap, poorly-made, monochrome editions, printed on thin grey paper like newspapers used to use, and with cheaply-glued covers that are likely to fall off within minutes (mine did, and I'm a careful handler of books). In other words, you probably won't be able to pass this down to your grandchildren unless you already have some. They are, however, cheap enough for some harmless ("Approved by the Comics Code"!) entertainment, or to satisfy your idle curiosity about what kind of things American comics are (or were).Read more ›
There. Grumbles out of the way, this is THE place to start for those curious about the saga of the X-men, but can't be bothered to search out the original comic books in second hand stores and feel intimidated by the massive amount of other titles readily available.
Another thing, this really should be called "The Complete X-Men, vol. 1", not the "Essential", because this is the entire "modern day" saga, starting with Professor Xavier assembling the "new" team of X-men.
It's well deserved that this version of the X-Men became a leading force in modern comics, as Chris Claremonts writing, which was excellent throughout his entire spell with the series, for the first time brought focus to the STORY. Sure, there were good stories written within the field of super-hero comics (DC were better than Marvel, in my opinion), but this was the first time quality of writing became as much a tour de force as quality of drawing.
Later on, Claremont drew upon the (then) formidable talents of John Byrne, more or less re-defining what super-hero comics were about.
The fact that Claremont also managed to make all the characters, supporting cast included, come alive within the confines of the genre, rather than just including a card-board-cut-out supporting cast, stands as a testament to the quality of the series.
Long live the X-Men.
The original strength of the X-Men was that their being hunted mutants served as a subtext for various issues involving social prejudice. Claremont and Cockrum put that in an international context by having Professor X go around the world to recruit his second generation of merry mutants recruiting from the mountains of Kenya to behind the Iron Curtain. This time around we find not only that the X-Men are no longer all white, they are also not all as young as before (Banshee qualifies more as a contemporary of Charles Xavier). Also thrown into the mix is their disparate temperaments; early issues always have Wolverine and Thunderbird in a contest to see who can blow up first.
This first volume in the "Essential X-Men" series (not to be confused with the single volume released of the "Essential Uncanny X-Men") contains "Giant Size X-Men" #1 and issues #94-119 of "X-Men.Read more ›
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WARNING! This book has NO Color! For 43 dollars new, this is something that should be listed in the product description! !!!!! Read morePublished 5 months ago by luke gervais
This is the X-Men as I remember them and as they were meant to be!! The current incarnations of the X-Men and indeed the whole of the Marvel Mutant-verse pale in comparison! Read morePublished 19 months ago by Rhobe Lavoie
I've read the original three X-men comics, and the better writing is evident in this Volume. You can read about the original X-men, but this series is what made them famous.Published on December 18, 2013 by Orlandes Goff
To me, this is where the "real" x-men started (sorry if I'm stepping on any toes). The x-men I knew from the 80's were Wolverine, Storm, Colussus, Nightcrawler, Rogue,... Read morePublished on November 26, 2013 by Joshua Davies
The Dealer is pretty much trustworthy. But be careful when you order it cause you may be confused when you get your order. Read morePublished on October 7, 2013 by Karthik Urs B.S.
Essentials are a great way to start reading a series. For xmen there is also the Classic Essential 1-3 (taking place between ~1960 to 1965). Read morePublished on August 4, 2013 by Kaiser
This compilation starts with the classic, revolutionary Giant Size X-Men and continues with Claremont's epic run. Read morePublished on July 22, 2013 by Jordan Bentley
The comic was a great read. Sometimes you see these same stories in movies or TV shows, but nothing beats the original. Read morePublished on April 1, 2013 by John D. Gordon
This collection of comic books contains the launch of the 'new' X-men. They first appeared in Giant Sized X-men #1 written by Len Wein and art by Dave Cockrum. Read morePublished on August 15, 2012 by Kortick