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Product Details

  • Series: X-Men
  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; Har/Psc edition (March 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785156453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785156451
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This review is for the kindle version. I bought the kindle version from the kindle daily deal. The art work, story line is great and I might give this five stars if the kindle version weren't so bad. Unlike other comics that zoom when you double tap the screen, this one does not have that feature. So unfortunately you've got to press the screen up to your face to read the writing for this comic. That said there are 6 Xmen stories in this season one comic, stories are good.
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"X-Men: Season One" may seem like a retelling of Stan Lee & Jack Kirby's earliest X-Men stories; instead it's something better. It uses those early adventures as a framework to tell the tale that really matters - how a group of misfit mutants become friends first, and superheroes after. The story jumps around in between the X-Men's early fights with Magneto and others, but while there is plenty of exciting action, the story is never about the battles. It's about how those fights affect the young X-Men.

I've been a fan of the X-Men for most of my life, and particularly these original five. I especially loved Jeff Parker's take in "X-Men: First Class." Here, writer Dennis Hopeless gave me angles on their early days that I'd never seen or considered before. Even better, I got to see it all through the eyes of Jean Grey, my all time favorite superhero, and with plenty of great snarky dialogue.

And when I was finished, I handed the book to my wife, who has read only a handful of X-Men comics in her life, and went in with only a passing familiarity to most of the characters. I had almost as much fun listening to her read - laughing, cheering, quoting lines - as I'd had myself the first time! She found the story to be a perfect introduction, with everything she needed to know about the X-Men right there on the page.

If you're still not convinced, check out a few preview pages from artist Jamie McKelvie. The X-Men have never looked this good.
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X-Men: Season One -

I pre-ordered this one as a sounding board to see if I would order the other Season One Marvel books, and based on this book, I pre-ordered Daredevil Season One and Spider-Man Season One. I may grab the Fantastic Four Season One if the reviews are positive.

While the book was average for me, I think my son and other younger readers will enjoy them, so my rating of four stars is skewed in that direction. I wish the flow of the book wouldn't have skipped around so much, but it was a bit of an annoyance to me.

I think this is a good starting point for younger readers that aren't aware of the X-Men. If you are an old fan (like me), it probably won't really tell you anything you didn't already know. The art was crisp and almost a little too clean, if that makes any sense. I absolutely love the cover art of this one-shot, and it looks great on my bookshelf.

The real culture shock for me came at the end of the book, where they included the (one shot?) Uncanny X-Men (2011) #1. I didn't recognize half of the team, and my old friend Colossus had undergone quite a few changes since I last saw him. Yikes.
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The print (text) is so small it's hard to read, you can't adjust the font in this book. I have enjoyed ever purchase so far in the Kindle store, this book being my first disappointment. I'm familiar with the story line of this book, and the price for this book a great deal.I just don't like the small print (font size). Give it a try just to see if you are comfortable with the format. If the font size of the text is OK for you, this is a great story line.
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Not going to lie, I didn't enjoy this one nearly as much as I did Fantastic Four Season One. Maybe it's because I'm far more familiar with the origin story of the X-Men than I am with the Fantastic Four, but some of the updates that were made to the main cast of characters in this volume just don't seem to mesh well in my mind with what has come before or since for them. Alas, not a great addition to the Season One books, as far as I'm concerned.
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I was not a hardcore comicbook fan until but I known a little about the X-Men.
I was only reading their books after they renumber them, but I was still missing
something introductory to the x-men.
This book is based primary on the point of view of a teenager Jean Grey, so we don't
simply see battle after batle but also we have to deal with teen's hormones.
I would also like to see more of these season one books, and specially a retelling of the
old x-men stories.
I put this book 5 since encourages me to read more comics!
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...Bobby Drake/Iceman was obviously modeled after Justin Bieber, and every time I saw him and that stupid swept-bangs hair, it made me scowl, because I live Iceman, and to make him look like Bieber is just completely, undeniably wrong. A silly complaint!? Maybe, but it took away from my enjoyment of the book.
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Collects: X-Men Season One & Uncanny X-Men #1

The Season One graphic novel contains two stories that are perfect for getting new readers acquainted with the current state of the X-Men.

Part one of the novel is a retelling of the classic X-Men origin story. Teenage Beast, Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Angel, and Iceman under Professor X's tutelage deal with teenage issues (dating, bullies, etc) and saving the world from Magneto. The "season one" franchise tries to make this origin story accessible to new readers: laptops, cell phones, and video games inhabit the X-dorm rooms. More importantly, however, is the update to story telling and comic presentation. I absolutely adore the old X-Men issues, but long rambling Claremont captions, monologue-heavy speech, and the thought bubble have fallen out of fashion. Season One tells the story through a much more modern graphical representation.

Part one, for readers already familiar with the X-Men is a bit of a blah experience. Just as I don't need a Jennifer Lopez retelling of the classic Sound of Music, I'm not particularly impressed with this update of the classic X-Men. (it's not as bad as a JLo Sound of Music, but you get the idea).

Part two of this graphic brings readers to the current point in the X-Men universe. Schism happened. This portion of the novel is fantastic for a couple reasons. 1) Cyclops names the Utopia-based X-men the extinction team and explains their philosophy. Scott is definitely straying into some moral gray areas. 2) The battle with Sinister directly sets up the new Uncanny X-Men series with
a cliffhanger episode.

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Readers who are aware of and enjoyed the old X-men stories, may be put off by the "updated" origin story.
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