- Series: X-Men (Marvel Paperback)
- Paperback: 184 pages
- Publisher: Marvel (June 7, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785115609
- ISBN-13: 978-0785115601
- Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.6 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (197 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,175,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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X-Men: Days of Future Past Paperback – June 7, 2006
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"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 ›
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 ›
These two comics started it all. It launched ideas for numerous future/alternate timeline stories in the X-Men comics as well. The trade paperback reprints issues 141 and 142, but I hear they added more issues with new printings. Doesn't matter which one you get because to me is the focal point is those two issues. Still getting more comic for your money isn't bad. Especially when they are all written by Chris Claremont (whom I consider THE scribe for the X-Men).
Why do these comics hold so much clout? This was something totally new to comicdom. Stan Lee never fled from serious content, and racial profiling is what you have here. The story shows a future where mutants are stripped of their human rights and are regarded as inferior. The parallels between this story and what happened in Nazi Germany are obvious, but it puts a different angle on the issue that makes it something younger audiences can click with.
The artwork is solid and striking without being gaudy and flashy. The background (future) story you get is going to blow you away. And the "modern" activity will give you the classic team you know and love. There is no reason for any X-Fan not to have this TPB... other than if you have the original issues.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a gift for a young boy - but I would have loved to keep it - well put together.Published 1 month ago by Laura A. Rutledge
Read it. Better than the movie. True comic fans know this comic run, its a classic. Fox deviated from the source material about 1,000 percent.Published 2 months ago by David
Not a fan of kitty but everything else is exquisite. The days of future past is so much better than the movie.Published 4 months ago by LB
Forget everything you ever knew about this storyline from the recent film. The film is good, but the book, as they say, the book is so much better. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bobby Arcturas
I read this a while ago, and after seeing the movie i needed to get it again.
I realize that it's not the same as the movie, but for fans of the movie, or of x-men, you... Read more
In addition to one of the best X-men stories published by Chris Claremont (and made into a movie), this trade paperback also contains the stories that precede before the 2-part... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Demetrios Angelis