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X-Men: Bishop's Crossing Hardcover – October 17, 2012


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  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: X-Men
  • Hardcover: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (October 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785153497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785153498
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 7.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #423,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The printing and art reproduction are excellent, showcasing incredibly crisp illustrations.
Bruno Marisi
The book does complete the introduction of Bishop to the X-Universe, and the hardcover feels great and looks nice on a shelf.
W. D. Gillon
This is a great graphic novel if you need an escape from the current train wreck Marvel is making of the beloved X-Men.
S. H. Wells

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Bruno Marisi on October 4, 2012
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X-Men: Bishop's Crossing HC collects:

- Uncanny X-Men #281 to 293
- X-Men #12 and 13
- A 2-part short story from X-Men #10 and 11.

Bishop's Crossing is a book of great relevance for the X-Men mythos, as it introduces Bishop, a character from a dystopian future that will be a key player during a good part of the 90's stories. This book fills the gap between X-Men by Chris Claremont & Jim Lee Omnibus Vol.2 and X-Men: X-Cutioner's Song.

A BRIEF HISTORICAL CONTEXT:
Bishop's Crossing also gives us the first adventures of the X-Men Gold-Team, starring Storm, Jean Grey, Colossus, Iceman and Archangel. By 1991, there were so many mutant characters that the X-Men had to be split into 2 teams in order to feature them all properly, with a new ongoing series simply called "X-Men" running in parallel with Uncanny X-Men. So, starting with Uncanny X-Men #281, you had the Gold Team, while in X-Men #1 you had the Blue Team (with Cyclops, Wolverine, Beast, Gambit, Rogue, Psylocke and Jubilee). The adventures starring those characters (and the stories that lead to the Gold and Blue Teams division) can all be found in the X-Men by Claremont & Lee Omnibus Vol.2.

A SHORT SUMMARY OF THE ISSUES INCLUDED AND THE CREATIVE TEAMS:

- Uncanny X-Men #281 to 283 (pencils and plot by Whilce Portacio, script by John Byrne, co-plot by Jim Lee). This is an all-action story involving the Hellfire Club, Emma Frost and The Hellions, Shinobi Shaw (the son of Sebastian Shaw) and Trevor Fitzroy, a criminal mutant from the future. And of course, Bishop, a mutant law-enforcer who comes to the present from the same future timeline than Fitzroy in order to capture him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeff F on August 7, 2013
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This nicely bound hardcover collects Uncanny X-men #281-293, the story of Bishop's joining the X-men. It ends somewhat abruptly, including a few issues of X-men (which followed the other team) that have nothing to do with the character of Bishop. (Also, none of the XSE miniseries are included.) However, it is nice to finally have this storyline collected.

Bishop is a great concept for an X-men character, a mutant cop from the future who has traveled to the present in pursuit of criminals and has an idealized view of the X-men, having heard legends about them while growing up. The plotlines in these issues, however, don't always work. The stories involve machinations within the Hellfire Club and among the Morlocks, as well as a portal to another dimension in the Pacific Ocean, and Bishop just happens to be there. The best issues are the ones that attempt to deepen the character of Lucas Bishop, such as issue #287, which reveals(some of) Bishop's backstory, and #288, which sees the character struggling to adapt to his new environment. There's little attempt, however, to characterize the other cops that accompany Bishop or the criminals they're pursuing (not that any of these characters stick around for very long), and the character Fitzroy (who seems to have been intended as Bishop's archenemy) just disappears after the initial storyline with very little development, as if he's been forgotten. Bishop's Crossing works best as a primer on early 90s X-men comics. The dialogue is occasionally grating in that it's constantly being used to reiterate who all the characters are and what abilities they possess. The artwork (much of it by early 90s superstar Whilce Portacio) is very colorful, scant of background detail, well-paced in action scenes, and filled with "Kirby dots". Plotlines begin but are sometimes not brought to any sort of conclusion, instead just fading out. It's a good collection for fans of Bishop, but it's far from the best X-men story.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. H. Wells VINE VOICE on October 9, 2012
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Collecting: Uncanny X-Men #281-293
X-Men #10-11 (excerpts), and #12-13

Following the events beautifully chronicled in X-Men by Chris Claremont & Jim Lee Omnibus - Volume 2, the X-Men find themselves in an uneasy alliance with the Hellfire Club when a mutant criminal opens time portals to help his villainous buddies from the future escape to our time. Hot on these crooks heels is Bishop (who is incredulous at stumbling upon our X-Men and balks at their resistance to executing escaped prisoners).

The core of this massive Marvel omnibus is the the circular trajectory that initially pits Bishop against the X-Men and then brings him onto the team. Readers are introduced to Bishop's future: this future is one where the X-Men are no more, betrayed by one of their own. It is perhaps ironic that writers Whilce Portacio and John Romita, Jr's dystopian future with no more X-Men seems to be coming to pass as Marvel shamefully reboots/dismantles the X-titles following the Avengers vs X-Men crossover (and of course our X-Men turn out to be betrayed by Wolverine).

The artwork throughout is fun (lots of big shoulders!). The characters' proportions are very typical of early 1990s superheroes (humungous muscles, angular features).

I loved it. This is a great graphic novel if you need an escape from the current train wreck Marvel is making of the beloved X-Men. Continue the X-Men experience with X-Men: X-Cutioner's Song.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Slobo on August 19, 2013
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I fall in love with comics with the Uncanny X-men. The one with Bishop face to face with storm on the cover.
My good it was Amazing and I never thank you enough the creative team that make me discover comics.
With my collection only with english book, I missed old story I had read in english.
So I was happy to see this book in the preview. Now my collection have his masterpeace. The one that make me begin comics.
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