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Essential X-Men Volume 5 TPB Paperback – July 1, 2004

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (July 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785113665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785113669
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,092,930 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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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Lewis A. Kapell on July 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
At the time that I write this, Amazon has not properly identified this item for whatever reason. This is Essential X-Men Vol. 5. The volume is notably thicker than previous entries in the series, apparently because the paper is thicker. This should come as a welcome change for those who have complained about the flimsiness of the paper in the Essentials series - though I never found it to be a problem.
This volume contains The Uncanny X-Men issues 180-198, plus annuals 7 & 8. The bulk of the issues are penciled by John Romita Jr. and inked by Dan Green; a combination which we've already seen in the latter section of volume 4, although the art style is more distinctive here, maybe the artists were honing their technique? And Kitty looks noticably different here, even from earlier issues drawn by the same artists; but then, fans have grown accustomed to the repeated changes in Kitty's appearance as different artists have taken over the magazine.
There are two issues focusing on Storm, titled Lifedeath and (surprise!) Lifedeath II. These are penciled by Barry Windsor-Smith, and they have a look completely unlike any other issues of the magazine (esp. the latter which W-S also inked). Their tone is also atypical, more melancholy than usual - perhaps because of the influence of the artist, who also contributed to the plotting, as was usual with Claremont's X-Men.
Most of these issues display the virtues that are associated with Chris Claremont's long run as writer of The X-Men; chiefly a focus on the characters and their relationships with each other.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By WolfPup VINE VOICE on September 14, 2004
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Like Lewis Kapell says in his review, this is Essential X-Men volume 5, which does NOT contain "God Loves, Man Kills", which most of these reviews seem to be focusing on. The Essential X-Men books are black & white reprints of the Uncanny X-Men starting with Chris Claremont's first issue.

I enjoyed this, but not as much as the previous volumes. There's nothing remotely as strong as the Dark Pheonix saga, and nothing terribly important seems to happen (with the exception of Ororro's continuing mid-life crisis). This seems to be around the time Marvel started doing crossovers and "event" type comics, as apparently both Secret Wars 1 AND 2 took place during the time the issues in this volume were printed, along with several mini-series, and the launch of the New Mutants comic. The result is that it starts feeling disjointed (like a lot of the modern X-Men stuff does). Some of the most important events that are taking place in these character's lives aren't actually in this book, but rather in the spin-offs, specials, etc., which is very annoying. As an example, early in the book Kitty is on her own, and confronted by Emma Frost (who's supposed to be in a coma) at the end of an issue. It's a perfect cliffhanger...that's never actually resolved in this book, it took place in New Mutants apparently. Instead this book has what seems like a far less interesting story.

Some of the other stories are pretty lame (especially towards the end of the book)-I've more than had my fill of the sewer-dwelling Morlocks, and certainly didn't need to see them take up a big chunk of the book, nor did I need a cross over with the Power Pack...
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By fadgin on October 12, 2004
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i love x men have done for years probably always will and this is a good collection of stories...the lifedeath stuff about storm is good, forge (one of my favourite characters)gets introduced, wolverine is his usual self, magneto makes an apearance as a good guy....generally theres a lot of good

but...

its maybe just before this time but man do these comics become grim and miserable...i know its a bit old fashioned but sometimes a nice little bit of escapism would be nice rather than mutant angst over and over...i mean hell does anyone actually break a smile during the whole book?? as mentioned before theres a lot of other stuff going on such as secret wars and new mutants so a lot of plots just seem to go awol by the next story....

it is a good collection of stories...but...its not got the same classic status as Byrne era or Jim Lee era....

recommended cautiously
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