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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; Direct Ed edition (December 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785128239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785128236
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #499,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful By ttmoore3 on February 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
Here is the first of 4 X-Men books, chronicling the Onslaught Saga from the late 90's. Many people will praise it. Many people will hate it. This is one of the those books that marked the beginning of a downward trend for Marvel.

I grew up in the 80's/90's. I was in Elementary school when the X-Men cartoon first aired. To me and my generation, that was our X-Men. We bought the toys, watched the show, read comics like "X-Cutioner's Song" and loved every minute of it. I think Onslaught marks the end of our era. "Fatal Attractions" was the highpoint, and "Onslaught" was the swan song. There was a lot that I remember and liked about this story. For my generation, Onslaught is a quiet classic.

However, for those who grew up in the 60's/70's, Onslaught is one of those moments that burns them. They can't stand the bizarre, ridiculous plot twists, and cheap shocks. From an unbiased standpoint, I can see their point. This is not the X-Men they grew up with. This is not their style. It was our style.

Essentially, the X-Men are facing a mysterious threat known as Onslaught that has been haunting them since the end of the "Age of Apocalypse". In this book, Onslaught is revealed and his plans for evolution and domination are set in motion. The story brings in the entire Marvel Universe and this was essentially the prelude to the Heroes Reborn series that relaunched Captain America, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, & the Avengers.

At $30, the price is a bit high and should only be considered by people who know what they're getting into. My only disappointment with the book is the lack of material from the months of build-up to the story. In the original trades, the book starts with the Juggernaut story where he first utters the name "Onslaught".
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Matthew L. Jones on January 7, 2008
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Last year when Marvel printed the Age of Apocalypse storyline in 4 volumes for 29.99 each, I took the opportunity to read the entire storyline that would have been impossible to collect otherwise. It made me think, "Boy, I hope they're working on Onslaught next!"

But now that it's here, I feel like I'm being ripped off. Again, the series is being presented across four volumes. There's significantly less content here, so each volume is signigicantly smaller. That's not too bad seeing how the AoA volumes really were so heavy that they were a little hard to read and I was constantly worrying about the spine. However, the powers that be have decided that the 29.99 price point should stick. We're talking 68% of the pages from the AoA books, but at %100 of the price.

Ah, well... it's still cheaper than getting the individual issues or the original TPBs...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Matt M. on January 15, 2008
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This story arc came out when I was a teenager, and it was right after I had my first serious experiences in reading comics. I've always loved Marvel, and got caught up in this story line to the point of near obsession. Unfortunately, due to personal circumstance I was never able to find out the resolution to the story arc, and subsequently never followed back to comics as a whole until just recently. I had been reading wikipedia articles about the Marvel universe, and really wanted to immerse myself back into this story arc and read to it's conclusion. I was able to get this first volume at a discount, and add a free gift card into the mix, it was probably more palatable to me than the other reviewers. I can't wait for the other volumes, and to get back into the rest of the Marvel univers.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeff F on July 20, 2013
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The 1996 X-Men crossover Onslaught, despite its reputation as one of the 1990s most excessive crossover events, does honor Marvel traditions. Like The Kree-Skrull War, it builds a story out of an old, mostly forgotten error (in this case, Professor X thinking about how much he loves Jean Grey). It also follows one of the cardinal rules of X-Men crossovers, that being that if there is an unbeatable mystery villain attacking the X-men, it's Professor X. (The other is that Dr. Doom must use the event to his advantage and attempt to take over the world.) It brings together all of the characters (and I do mean all), and it eventually leads to a brand new status quo that is reversed in 12-16 months. Is it fun to read? Perhaps, especially if you read the original limited edition chromium hologram issues as a kid. Is it any good? Not really.

Onslaught is written as a nigh-unbeatable villain, and the stories contained in Volume 1 of The Complete Onslaught Epic get repetitive after a while, as Onslaught (who is designed as a Frankenstein's monster built from parts of Magneto, Juggernaut, and a Sentinel) continually defeats the X-men, the Avengers, and the Fantastic Four. The earliest stories attempt to play coy with Onslaught's identity, but it's as obvious as the identity of the villain in Police Academy 6 and revealed fairly early on. Stories of the dark side of Professor X's mental abilities were done before and after Onslaught, and better too (most notably in Chris Claremont's and Grant Morrison's runs). Also, the behavior of some characters in this volume might be confusing to some readers: Magneto is an amnesiac clone, Wolverine is feral and has bone claws, Beast has been replaced by his evil doppleganger from the Age of Apocalypse, etc.
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