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X-Men: Season One Hardcover – March 28, 2012
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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.
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.
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!
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.
Readers who are aware of and enjoyed the old X-men stories, may be put off by the "updated" origin story.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've tried many X comics. Some are amazing, some are not so much. This did not disappoint. Great characters, full personalities.Published 21 days ago by A. Much
Honestly I wasn't expecting much at all with one of Marvel's Season One books. Here, the talent of the creators was on full display. Read morePublished 3 months ago by S. Penrose
I wish that this was an ongoing. These are X-men that I care about dealing with issues that I CARE about, unlike a lot of what is being published these days.Published 5 months ago by Rick Mimms
A fantastic story of the early days of the X-men and career-defining work from both Dennis Hopeless and Jamie McKelvie. Highest possible recommendation.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
The attempt to modernize the original X Men story line has failed in this X-Men:Season One. Something about trying to read the original story line and a character picks up her... Read morePublished 9 months ago by derek.dude
Soapy, corny, and not really breaking a lot of new ground. If anything, what caught my attention about this book was the art by Jamie McKelvie which looks very, very close in style... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
I like this modernization of the X-Men origin story. However, there is a small traditionalist part of me that doesn't like it when people mess with a story... Still, a good read.Published 22 months ago by Doug
I'm not sure what Marvel was trying to accomplish here, other than modernizing the first several issues of the Uncanny XMen. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Geoff Seaman
The art is what brings the rating down a notch. The writing moves fairly smoothly from point A to point B without holding the reader's hand for each and every interaction between... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer