"X-Men: Days of Future Past" is the epilogue to the Dark Phoenix saga, the swan song for the team of writer Chris Claremont and penciler Johny Byrne as the co-plotters for "The Uncanny X-Men," and the arrival of Kitty Pryde as the newest and youngest pupil in Charles Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters on Graymalkin Lane outside the Westchester County Township of Salem Center. What you will find in this trade paperback collection are issues #138-143 of "The Uncanny X-Men" and Annual #4, where the artwork is handled by John Romita, Jr. & Bob McLeod.
"Elegy" (#138) begins with Jean Grey's funeral and ends with Scott Summers leaving the X-Men for a while. It really is the true epilogue to the Dark Phoenix saga and most of the issue is a walk down memory lane, recapping the history of the X-Men from when Jean first showed up at the school. Fans of the series will enjoy recognizing issues from the past (remember Grotesk and the Living Pharaoh).
The Annual story, "Nightcrawler's Inferno," has a demon who is fighting Doctor Strange yanking the X-Men off into another dimension, leaving Professor X and Kitty behind. This one involves a more classical interpretation of Hell, what with Minos and Cerberus from Dante coming into play, but like most Annual stories seems a bloated attempt to do something big as opposed to the much bigger impact of a solid multi-part story (see below).
"...Something Wicked This Way Comes!" (#139) has Kitty being introduced to training in the Danger Room, and Wolverine and Nightcrawler head to Canada to meet up with Alpha Flight and an old problem. That would be the Wen-Di-Go, who they fight in "Rage!" (#140), while Ororo takes Kitty to dance lessons with Stevie Hunter.Read more ›
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Much of the dark doings in the X-Men books these past thirty years go back to that infamous two-issue arc way back in 1980. "Days of Future Past" was only a few issues removed from the tragic "Dark Phoenix" saga, so you can make a pretty solid case for this stretch of stories as writer Chris Claremont cresting to his absolute peak. His exceptional artist and co-plotter John Byrne, well, his heyday would span plenty of years beyond Claremont's. For those trying to unearth back issues of this classic adventure, you can find it in the trade paperback X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, which collects issues #138-143 as well as X-MEN ANNUAL #4. For X-Men fans, this is a must get.
The trade opens with Jean Grey's friends and family attending her burial and a grief-stricken Cyclops reminiscing about Jean. Along the way, he manages to summarize the entire X-Men run up to that point. Cyclops' abrupt leave of absence would herald Ororo's assuming the leadership role.
The annual (illustrated by John Romita, Jr. and Bob McLeod) tells of how the X-Men and Dr. Strange storm Hell as they attempt to rescue Nightcrawler. This issue also brings to light a very dark secret from Nightcrawler's past (and this on his birthday, too).
Next is a two-issue story featuring Wolverine and Nightcrawler's eventful visit to Canada and their team-up with Alpha Flight as they take on the Wendigo.
This takes us to issues #141-142 which comprise the pivotal, very influential "Days of Future Past," an arc that is as significant as Jim Shooter's "The Adult Legion" story in LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES (issues #354-355, 1967). In the horrifying dystopian future of 2013, where Sentinels run rampant and super-heroes are a thing of the past, anti-mutant hysteria has brought mutants to the brink of extinction.Read more ›
This book reprints Uncanny X-Men 141 and 142 (from 1981), which featured the first appearance of the X-Men from the future -- an alternate future, in which certain key events happened differently. One of those future X-Men has gone into the past to try to prevent her future from becoming a reality. Features the first appearance of Rachel Summers, and sets the groundwork for the sequel "Days of Future Present" several years later. It is remarkable that such a short story (only 44 pages of text) could become so significant. The Chris Claremont and John Byrne combination is, as always, a winner. Highly recommended.
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i'm not sure why this collection is so highly rated; maybe it's because it's the end of the claremont/byrne run. the tpb is a disjointed collection, which goes from the x-men going through the 9 levels of hell a la dante's inferno, to wolverine and nightcrawler in canada fighting the wendigo, to some x-men fighting mystique and the brotherhood trying to kill senator kelly, to kitty pryde and some other x-men trying to change the past and thus the future. altogether they are solid if somewhat unrelated stories.
ok let me clarify...x-men 141 and 142, the days of future past, is a great classic comics storyline. but this tpb collects some unrelated stories before and after i guess just to be longer, so it kind of throws off the storyline if you think this whole tpb is one long connected story which it isn't.
Days of Future Past is one of the most well known X-men stories of all time. My expectations were very high when I first read it, so unfortunately, I was disappointed. But that doesn't mean I didn't like it! It was still an extremely good story, just not as good as everyone makes it out to be.
The actual DOFP story is just 2 issues long, but it is still enough time to tell a complete and thrilling story. The best part was seeing the new Brotherhood, which included the return of the Blob. The actual time travel plotline was clever and entertaining, but not as amazing as most people declare it. Overall, it was above average, but a bit of a let down. I would rate this story alone a 4 out of 5.
The rest of the stories in here only make the book better. I don't know why some reviews complain that they're irrelevant to the main story. Would they prefer a 2 issue book? The stories are not only good, but serve as excellant cushions to a good-but-disappointing DOFP story. They are all exciting, worthy tales. I loved seeing Alpha Flight again, especially since this time they weren't trying to attack the X-men. The clip-show-like (or clip-panel, I guess) story at the beginning is one of my favorite issues because you can easily see a condensed version of the X-men's history. I enjoy reliving important parts of the X-men's history (like, Second Genesis), and seeing minor events, such as the Vanisher's first appearance, was entertaining, as well. And of course, Dr. Strange's role in the annual was enjoyable. Believe it or not, I think these other stories were better than the main one (which was still very good--don't let my disappointment fool you).
So, in this book--which I definitely reccommend--you will get several exciting tales; appearances by Dr.Read more ›
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