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X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills (Marvel Graphic Novels, No. 5) Paperback – 1990

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X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills (Marvel Graphic Novels, No. 5)


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics Group (1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0939766221
  • ISBN-13: 978-0939766222
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,305,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Claremont is best known for his work on Marvel Comics' The Uncanny X-Men, during which time it was the bestselling comic in the Western Hemisphere; he has sold more than 100 million comic books to date. Recent projects include the dark fantasy novel Dragon Moon and Sovereign SevenTM, a comic book series published by DC Comics. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.George Lucas is the founder of Lucasfilm Ltd., one of the world's leading entertainment companies. He created the Star Wars and Indiana Jones film series. Among his story credits are THX 1138, American Graffiti, and the Star Wars and Indiana Jones films. He lives in Marin County, California.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Colin D Fox ( on July 13, 1998
Format: Paperback
God loves, Man Kills sums up many of Chris Claremont's ongoing concerns from his more than a decade long stint on Marvel's X-Men series of comic-books. Using as the central point, the character of Magneto- a tortured , complex individual who suffered through the Nazi Holocaust and later became a bitter self-appointed aggressive advocate for superhuman 'mutants' like himself, this story explores the horrors of rascism and the difficulty that people have in trying to change their behaviour and outlook. In this story, powerfully and sensitively written by Claremont and expressively illustrated by the veteran artist Brent Anderson, the rage of Magneto at the sheer hatred behind racist groups and the hypocrisy of the far right religious groups is compelling. This graphic novel gave Claremont the chance to expand his usual monthly storylines into a feature length tale- aimed more at an older readership than the usual target audience and worked wonderfully as a strong, vital a! ! nd affecting story. If you haven't read comics since you were young- start with this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By average on September 3, 2007
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One of the original batch of Marvel graphic novels, and well done. Some of this was of course adapted for the X-Men 2 movie in a somewhat different format. Graphic novels of this type were new and innovative then. A somewhat more adult and tragic look at racism and the tensions and violence between humans and mutants.
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The Reverend William Stryker and his eugenics-themed team of Purifiers set out to rid the world of mutants in a self-righteous fascistic campaign that has apparently entranced the general public. As Stryker prepares for his Nuremberg-rally-esque speech at Madison Square Garden, he manages to capture the Professor and use his psychic powers to nullify the rest of the X-Men.

God Loves, Man Kills is an embarrassing early 80s effort from Marvel as they allegedly attempt to address racism in this book. It's embarrassing because of the ham-fisted way Chris Claremont goes about it - the bad guys are cartoonishly bad while the question of racism is never really addressed in any meaningful way. It's like reading a child's attempt at writing a grown-up book.

Stryker is the crazy fire-and-brimstone preacher/demagogue that is the go-to archetype for hack writers when they want to portray a contemporary American villain type and I'm sure most Christians would be disgusted to even be considered on the same side as this lunatic. He's so one-dimensional that you can't take him seriously even for a second so that his character completely scuttles the story all by himself.

The X-Men meanwhile somehow find Stryker's Purifiers a challenge - they're just conventional henchmen with guns - but only because there wouldn't be a story if they didn't. It's such a contrived setup, written in Claremont's trademark exposition-everywhere style which weighs down entire panels with unnecessary thought bubbles telling you what's happening on the page if you're too stupid to understand from the drawings.

Moreover, this kind of book is totally pointless - the X-Men were created out of the civil rights movement.
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