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X-Men by Chris Claremont & Jim Lee Omnibus - Volume 2 Hardcover – January 25, 2012

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Chris Claremont is an award-winning comic book writer and novelist, known for his 17-year (1975-1991) stint on Uncanny X-Men, far longer than any other writer, during which he is credited with turning the once underachieving comic into the best-selling superhero franchise in the American comic book industry. During his tenure at Marvel, Claremont co-created numerous important X-Men characters, such as Rogue, Psylocke, Shadowcat, Phoenix, Mystique, Lady Mastermind, Emma Frost, Siryn, Jubilee, Rachel Summers, Madelyne Pryor, Sabretooth, Strong Guy, Captain Britain, Mister Sinister, and Gambit, scripted many classic stories, including "The Dark Phoenix Saga" and "Days of Future Past", and along with collaborators such as John Byrne, developed the character of Wolverine into a popular fan favorite. X-Men #1, the 1991 spinoff series premiere that Claremont co-wrote with Jim Lee, remains the best-selling comic book of all time, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

Jim Lee is a comic book artist, writer, editor and publisher. He first broke into the industry in 1987 as an artist for Marvel Comics, illustrating titles such as Alpha Flight and Punisher War Journal, before gaining a great deal of popularity on The Uncanny X-Men.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (January 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785159053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785159056
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 2 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Comic book illustrator Jim Lee is the editorial director of WildStorm Studios (which he founded in 1992) and the artist for many of DC Comics' bestselling comic book and graphic novels, including All Star Batman and Robin, Batman: Hush, and Superman: For Tomorrow. He also serves as the creative director for the upcoming DC Universe Online videogame. Prior to DC, he was one of the founding fathers of Image Comics and best known for his run on the X-Men for Marvel Comics during which he co-created such characters as Gambit and Agent Zero. In his spare time, Jim enjoys a good laugh or two.

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82 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Bruno M on January 16, 2012
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The second installment of the X-Men by Chris Claremont & Jim Lee omnibus collection is a real archive of the mutant history. It consists of the follwing stories, reproduced in this order:

- X-Factor #63 and 64: a 2 part story featuring Iceman by Loise Simonson & Whilce Portacio.

- Uncanny X-Men #273 to 277: by Chris Claremont and Jim Lee (with all-star guest artists in #273, including Silvestri, Byrne, Portacio). This issues contain the resolution to the Savage Land arc featuring Rogue, Magneto, Ka-Zar and Nick Fury that started in the previous Omnibus and the Shi'Ar space opera that retrieves Charles Xavier to the X-Men, featuring Wolverine, Storm, Gambit, Jubilee, Psilocke, Banshee, Forge and the Starjammers. These stories are in my opinion the highest point of the book and one of the best sagas in the whole X-Mythos, where Claremont and Lee shine most.

- X-Factor #65 to 68: with plot by Lee & Portacio, script by Claremont and pencils by Portacio. Featuring the original X-Men (Cyclops, Jean, Beast, Archangel and Iceman), Apocalypse and the Inhumans. This is one of the most essential sagas of the history of the X-Men, because in it the aftermath of the battle against Apocalypse, Scott Summer's son is tranported to the future by the Askani, where he will become the man we know as Cable. This is THE story that (for better or worse) kickstarts a new direction for the X-Men, that would be developed in X-Cutioner's Song and continues up to this day with Messiah Complex, Second Coming and the soon to be Avengers Vs X-Men event.

- Uncanny X-Men #278 to 280 & X-Factor #69 and 70: by Fabian Nicieza, Claremont and Peter David, with art by Paul Smith, Andy Kubert and Kirk Jarvinen.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By B. Ackley on January 14, 2012
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This second X-men Omnibus collects the 2nd half of Chris Claremont and Jim Lee's run on Uncanny X-men as well as issues related to the launch of the 2nd series of X-men books simply titled "X-men".

First, this book picks up at Uncanny X-men #273. Those fans who were looking for the Jim Lee penciled issues #270, #271, and #272 you will need to pick up the X-tinction agenda collection as they are packaged only as a part of that crossover story. Jim's work is amazing on those issue so its worth it.

X-men omnibus 2 takes us on the X-men's journey to the Shiar Empire to battle deathbird and then sets up a story arc that will have the X-men battle the Shadow King on Miur island and ultimately restructure the X-teams. As a result also included in this omnibus are the final X-factor issues with Jean, Cyclops, beast, iceman and Archangel before they rejoin the X-men. Wilce Portacio's X-factor run as penciler is here. The X-factor issues will be of interest to Cable fans as we see how Nathan Summers is taken from our time into the future. Bad guy Apocalypse is also here drawn by Wilce in a very bizarre, grotesque style that i can't help but to love.

The second part of the omnibus contain the Jim Lee issues of the 2nd X-men series and Chris Claremont's final X-men issue (for at least a decade). The X-men battle Magneto, brawl with Omega red and meet Longshot again. Jim lee left Marvel after issue 10 and that is where this volume ends except for a ghost rider story.

For me personally this volume is even better than the first volume of Xmen by Claremont/Lee. There is more Jim Lee artwork to look at and lots of supplemental art and covers to drool over. I was personally nostalgic even if it was bittersweet looking through this volume.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Philip Urso Jr on January 19, 2012
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The 70's were good to the X-Men, we got the new X-Men introduced in 1975...then we got The Phoenix Saga. Then when the 80's begin it gets even better with the Dark Phoenix Saga, Days of Future Past, The Brood, name it. Uncanny takes a bit of a nose dive after the events of the Mutant Massacre as the team is disjointed briefly (some on Muir Isle recovering and some there to be out of harms way). They don't completely reunite until Storm gets her powers back and Fall of the Mutants Ends. The Australian Outback Era is ok..not great but we got Marc Silvestri's Art, Inferno and a cool return of the Brood. After Inferno it becomes even more disjointed...the X-Men basically stop functioning as a team for the most part for 2 years. They are scattered all over the world (or universe) and don't know who is dead or alive or who remembers what. Once the X-Tinction Agenda begins and the remnants start to reunite it gets good. This is probably the X-Men at their finest since the Dark Phoenix Saga. The Uncanny Issues where the current team reunites with Xavier are well written and beautifully drawn. The Muir Island Saga is a great pay off for those of us wanting a 2 year old story resolved (as it sort of begins in Uncanny # 253/254 and doesn't resolve itself until issue # 280). Professor X returns, Rogue returns, Colossus returns, Jean sees Xavier for the first time since her "death" in Uncanny # 100, Polaris is restored and becomes a regular fixture in X-Factor...all great things!. The introduction of the 2nd Adjectiveless "X-Men" title is also great and Jim Lee's art continues to dazzle. We lose Chris Claremont but the stories are still good.Read more ›
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