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The Uncanny X-Men Omnibus Volume 1 (New Printing) Hardcover – September 17, 2013

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: X-Men
  • Hardcover: 848 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; Reprint edition (September 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785185690
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785185697
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #530,091 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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Format: Hardcover
I just finished reading this amazing compendium.

These X-Men comics represented the absolute best that comics could be in their day. And in many ways, they're the best ever.

I remember reading these issues as if it were yesterday. I instantly loved this team, these characters. They were visually stimulating, thanks to Dave Cockrum's outstanding designs, and were as three-dimensional as any fictional character in any medium - novel, film...anything.

When John Byrne took over, the entire fan community knew they were witnessing something special in comics. There was a desperate wait for those next issues to come out. The previous months' books were read and re-read until that shiny new tome appeared on the rack. "X-Men" was the first book you'd read when you got home, if you didn't read it in the car while your mom drove.

These stories approached myth for us. They resonated. They stuck.

Nearly thirty years later I'm still amazed. As a young kid, I simply was sucked into the breathless, epic storytelling, the seemingly infinite small details tucked into every panel or every plot point, the comedy, the tragedy...

...and the artwork that defines this book to this day.

These are the definitive X-Men.

We are re-introduced to some old friends, like Cyclops and Jean Grey, and find some new ones, like Nightcrawler, Colossus and especially Wolverine. In that Giant-Size X-Men number one, that beautiful fat introduction to this world, we all fell in love with so much of the X-Universe immediately. Re-reading this after so much time allows me to appreciate the artistry of the collaborators, but it also makes clear that when current X-comics get "good", they're getting "good" like THESE stories.

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If you are undecided about whether or not to buy this book, if you love the X-Men but you've already bought and read some of this material before in previous reprint editions, and you're just not sure if it's worth plunking down almost 70 bucks for another reprint... well, that's exactly where I was before I went ahead and ordered this thing, and let me tell you, I am so glad I gave in.

Trust me, if you are an X-Men fan, this book is an absolute treasure. One that you should definitely not pass up... one that you will definitely regret having passed up ten or fifteen years from now when it's (quite possibly) no longer in print.

The production quality is excellent here, it's printed on nice paper, the colors look great, and at the end there's a short but fascinating section of "behind the scenes" material, including character designs, promotional artwork that was originally published in other sources outside the X-Men comic itself, a gallery of all the Art Adams cover illustrations from the 1980's "Classic X-Men" series, sketches showing rejected costume and character designs, not to mention text by Chris Claremont.

To put it in a nutshell, The Uncanny X-Men Omnibus is the comic book equivelant of a special edition director's cut DVD of your favorite movie, with extra features.

The only bad thing about this book is that it is incredibly addictive. Since I got it, I've been reading one chapter every evening... which is great... but the next day, while trying to focus on my pencil-pushing desk job, I keep finding myself distracted by an eagerness to go home, just so I can hunker down on the couch and read another chapter. I'm thirty four years old and I have a good job. I should be above this sort of behavior.
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Format: Hardcover
When Stan Lee and Jack Kirby originally created the X-Men, the title was far from being one of the best received to come out of Marvel. Nevertheless, when a new interest was found of the series, the X-Men lived again, thanks to writer Chris Claremont and artist Dave Cockrum. The first thing they did? Revitalize the whole team. With Professor Xavier and Cyclops the only X-Men not captured by a monstrous island, Xavier recruits a whole new international team of mutants to save his old students. Here, we are introduced to fan favorites like Colossus, Nightcrawler, and Storm; while Wolverine (originally created by Len Wein in the pages of the Incredible Hulk) joins as well, as well as others such as Thunderbird, Sunfire, and Banshee to boot. This new team of X-Men didn't get along with one another, which was a nice touch of Claremont's writing, adding a never before seen inner-group conflict, mainly focusing around the love triange between Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Wolverine. Later on in this massive volume, the team gets thinned out, and that's where it really takes off in later issues. And who could forget the monumental events to come from the Claremont/Cockrum/Byrne (who would later join as artist) era? From the return of Magneto to Jean's transformation into the Phoenix, the Uncanny X-Men Omnibus is an absolute must own for older X-Men fans who don't own any of the previously released trades and cherish their old comics. The colors look better than ever, and while the dialogue may be dated, Claremont's then edgy storytelling still manages to pack a punch. Though some of the best stories to come from the Claremont reign aren't here (Dark Phoenix Saga, Days of Future Past), make no mistake that this Uncanny X-Men Omnibus is some of the best bang for your buck you'll ever find, period.
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