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X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills (Marvel Graphic Novel, No 5) Paperback – September, 1994


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Product Details

  • Series: Marvel Comics
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Marvel Entertainment Group; Gph edition (September 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785100393
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785100393
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,808,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 24, 2000
This is a comic book with heroes and villians, but these villians are ones you're likely to see in the real world. These villians hate anyone who is different. Thematically, then this is an ugly story that serves as an allegory on human hate and prejudice. It's a worthy read. In dealing with this topic, "God Loves, Man Kills" transcends a comic book and serves as a commentary and an indictment on how we treat one another.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 16, 1998
This graphic novel shows just how seriously predjudice and simple ignorance can cause serious harm. In this case, they cause the death of two young children, for being "Born different". It is refreshing to see one of the earlier times when Magneto aids the X-Men, even if his methods are unorthodox and ruthless. It show that there is some good in him, for doing the right thing. Also in this book, Professor Xavier's dark side is seen. Even if not voluntarily. This is the type of book that anyone, whether or not an X-Men fan, can see the meaning to.
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14 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Ellis on September 26, 2001
Wow, do I remember what an uproar this caused when it first came out! As the murderous villian presented himself as a man of God, many incorrectly saw this graphic novel (and, in regards to complex characters, a compelling plot, and thematic depth, this does indeed deserve to be called a novel) as being an attack on religion. Its nothing of the sort. Instead, this is an attack on racism and intolerance in all its forms -- even the kindly-looking forms that speak words of love while thinking only thoughts of hate.
The plot deals with the anti-mutant crusade of a televangelist whose followers back up his sermons with murderous violence. (The opening scenes in which two mutant children are ruthlessly gunned down is powerful and haunting.) The X-Men (mutants themselves for those who, for whatever reason, might not know) join forces with their usual nemesis, Magneto, and, in the course of battling the nominal villians, they must decide for themselves whether to follow a path of peace or to give into Magneto's call for violent revolution.
Its a strong story and one of the best to come out of what, in my opinion at least, was the X-Men's strongest creative period. Considering the violence, sex, and sadism that's become almost common place in all forms of "entertainment" nowadays, the violence in God Loves, Man Kills seems almost quaint. Unlike so many others in his field, Claremont takes no joy from creating violence and never sinks so low as to cheapen the suffering found within this graphic novel's pages. For that he is to be comended. Hopefully, other aspiring comic book writers will take his lesson to heart and return the industry back to where it truly deserves to be.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 9, 2000
This book plays wonderfully on the one thing that unites Charles Xavier and Magneto - their love for their fellow mutants. A right-wing extremist believes that Xavier is the anti-Christ, and his phrases only too often remind us of similar personages in America. The philosphy and theory is supported by necessary action, not the other way around as is the case in so many lower quality comic books. Overall, an excellent work.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 20, 2006
THere are reviews for two books on this page. One is apparently a low-quality collection of stories from different X-Men titles. THe other one is one of the three best stories about the X-Men, alone wiht the Dark Phoenix arc and "Days of Future Past".

This later, I have read, albeit in a greyscale, low-quality edition. The art suffered from not being colored. Even so, it was really, really good. IT looked painted more than drawn, and I would describe it as art, not just "illustrations". It was really gorgeous.

The characters are all believable. As believable as anything is within the Marvel continuum, anyway... whcih is to say they are real people with or without superpowers. Some of them are truly evil people, but they still come across as real.

The X-Men, their closeness, adn their personalities come across. The only character-bit that was wrong, so far as I could tell, was that when someone was shot, Kitty/Ariel tended to him, rather htan Nightcrawler, who was the one with medical training. But that was the only thing. Their personalities and actiosn were right, although Magneto showed a different, positive side, as events force him to become the ally of the X-Men. He comes across as a hard, harsh man wiht hte same take-over-the world intentions, but more or less believable reasons to be hostile. You get the idea that he is hard and evil because he was hurt too badly to heal, and didnt' have Xavier's courage to reach out to his enemies. His parting line, "I have wept over too many graves, X-Men. I will not weep over yours" drove home both that hardness and that pain. I didn't like him, exactly, but I understood him better.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 5, 2000
This story is as moving to me today as it was when it first came out long ago. As a long-time fan of the "new" X-men (the first one I bought was 105 straight off the rack) it pleases me to see that the long-awaited movie seems to have been based on this book. The themes of prejudice and hatred based on fear of the different or the unknown are just as timely now as they were then. The courage, "humanity", and compassion shown by the mutants in this book are poignant counterpoints to the aggression and fear of the "normal" people.
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