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X-Men: Messiah Complex Paperback – November 12, 2008
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About the Author
Louise wrote The Diary of a London Schoolgirl for the website of the London Metropolitan Archive. She also co-wrote the graphic novel Confessions of a Blabbermouth with Mike.
Linda, writing as A.J. Lake, authored the Darkest Age fantasy trilogy. She has also written for TV, most notably for the German fantasy animation series Meadowlands.
Mike has written extensively in the comics field, where his credits include Lucifer, Hellblazer, X-Men and The Unwritten (nominated for both the Eisner and Hugo Awards). He is also the author of the Felix Castor novels, and of the X-Men Destiny console game for Activision. He is currently writing a movie screenplay, Silent War, for Slingshot Studios and Intrepid Pictures.
They share their crowded house with two other writers/artists, a cat, and several stick insects.
Peter David is a prolific author whose career spans nearly two decades. His recent novels include "Tigerheart: A Tale of the Anyplace" and "Darkness of the Light". He is also renowned for his work as a comic-book writer, including the "Incredible Hulk", "Spider-Man", and the Fallen Angel. He is the cocreator and author of the bestselling Star Trek: New Frontier series for Pocket Books.
Marc Silvestri, a major twenty-year comic book veteran, has been involved with content development since his start at Marvel Comics. In a short amount of time he established himself as a dynamic force in the world of comic books, bringing a new vitality to the industry. As an artist, Silvestri was instrumental in the success of such popular Marvel comic book properties as Uncanny X-Men and Wolverine, and went on to build a fan following unmatched by few other creators.
Silvestri's success in the publishing world has expanded into new areas of entertainment, including animation, action figures, live action television, features, interactive media, and international licensing.
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Top Customer Reviews
First and foremost Messiah Complex is the best X-Over in years if not ever, and easily more than the sum of its separate parts (X-men, X-Factor, New X-Men, and Uncanny X-Men). The story revolves around the first birth of a mutant child since the events of M-Day and the ensuing rush to protect/destroy it. Aside from that not much can be said without spoiling but the story is filled with action and a huge cast of characters. The baby is constantly switching hands and each page keeps you anticipating the next.
The writing throughout the book is amazing, particularly in those issues by Mike Carey. It should be noted that Ed Brubaker, whose writing on X-Men has lead to some criticisms, really steps up here and produces his best X-related work so far. Kyle, Yost, and David all shine through as well keeping the characters they've established so well perfectly defined.
The art is probably what most divides the book. It begins with a classic, Marc Silvestri, followed by Billy Tan who has a rather similar style. Scot Eaton's style follows a similar tone, particularly with the same colorist, but doesn't seem to hit on the same level and is most likely the weakest in the book. Humberto Ramos cartoony style works well for the over-the-top action which make up the majority of his issues and so it works rather well, but it does stand out when compared to the previous artists. The true standout art in the collection though comes from Chris Bachalo. His style seems darker and more manga inspired and really shines through in the actions sequences and splash panels and really sets the story apart.Read more ›
I found the new X-teams hard to grasp,but after a few more pages, it wasn't that hard to follow. The backstories or what comic book enthusiasts call continuity was done so that we all can understand without a back history of stories. The art was fantastic to the max.
I'd recommend this hardcover if you enjoy a good "mystery" style story with tons of action, killings,and kids learning how to fit into being heroes. This is a good Marvel crossover and there's not that many out there.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I usually like what Brubaker writes and this did not disappoint. I wouldn't say it is an x-men must read but it does keep your interest and is a key piece of the x-men timeline.Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
Kicking off one of the biggest meta-arcs in X-MEN history, MESSIAH COMPLEX is the story of the first mutant child born after the tragic Decimation of mutantkind in HOUSE OF M. Read morePublished 3 months ago by MJP2
I have read the x-men years upon years, if you want to read a good story and get lost in a good X-men cross over this is for you. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Being a comic book fan, I see more and more of a flux in terms of good story, good art, and overall enjoyment that comes from collections. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Josh Schmitt