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X-Men: X-Cutioner's Song Hardcover – October 19, 2011

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: X-Men
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (October 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785156100
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785156109
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. Hall on November 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
The X-Cutioners Song is a bit of a tease. This is the first MAJOR development of the on going war against Apocalypse story-line that dominated most of the x-books n the '90s. In the '80s, Magneto had been given too many sympathetic elements to serve as the penultimate evil opposition for the X-Men and family, and so (beating out Mr. Sinister) Apocalypse was christened as the new polar opposite for the followers of Xavier's Dream. In this volume a handful of story threads meet their conclusion, but ultimately a flood gate of questions and pending plotlines opens up.

Stryfe is the major villain of the story, but Mr. Sinister and Apocalypse play major roles as well, thus the trifecta of all-power mutant villains allude to the frightening fact that some relationship exists between all three. The story kicks off with the dramatic assassination (attempt) of Professor Xavier by Cable, the rogue leader of what should have been the second generation of X-Men (the New Mutants, now X-Force), and the Horsemen of Apocalypse kidnap Cyclops and Jean Grey. The government mutant squad of X-Factor (the "all new, all different" line up) showed their mettle in battle by hunting down X-Force as their first effort to bring Cable to justice, proving that they were not simply cast-off X-Men.

While the majority of X-Men/X-Factor were busy bringing the rogue "second generation X-Men" of X-Force to heel (as a smaller force hunts down the Horsemen), Bishop remained to guard a dying Xavier. Mr. Sinister took the opportunity to waltz into the X-Mansion and drop the hint that a mostly unknown mutant terrorist Stryfe might have quite a lot to do with the hit on Xavier.
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I read this in its original 12-installment crossover form in the mid-'90s so some of my facts could be off.

This crossover was basically an excuse to cram as many characters as possible into one storyline and that results in a lot of confusions. Also, it detracts from the believability of the Stryfe character and also makes his motivations somewhat unclear. He's out for vengeance against Apocalypse (who had injected him with the virus as a child), Cable (whom he sees as his inferior clone), and his parents Cyclops and Jean Grey (for abandoning him). But what's his ultimate vengeance? And the X-teams' method of finally locating him is pretty ludicrous, the story getting a little too busy with sending its heroes here and there that for two or three issues worth, the X-teams just seem to be wandering here and there fighting everybody. The most focused storylines are that of Wolverine and Bishop, who encounter Cable, the falsely accused assassin, and Beast, desperately trying to save Xavier and finally succeeds only because of Apocalypse's help.

It's still fun, of course, to watch Bishop and Wolverine duke it out with Cable, and X-Factor rounding up X-Force with the help of the X-Men. But these are weakened by some really weak scenes like Apocalypse's fight with Stryfe (no power, no excitement, with huge lapses in logic) and some embarrassing dialogue at points (Jean Grey's lovey-dovey conversations with Cyclops during their attempted escape from the moonbase are just awful writing).

The most valuable thing to me about the X-ecutioner's Song series is a comparison of the different visual styles of the three series.
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The title to my review pretty much sums up this entire book! Are you a fan of the X-Men? Are you a fan of over-the-top action sequences and poster perfect artwork of 1990s comic books?

How about totally convoluted storylines that even the most die-hard comic book fan can barely navigate? Did I mention time travelling evil clones??

If so, then THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU!!

All the other reviewers have summed up the key plot points of this book (Cable/Stryfe's origin, attempted assination of Professor X, etc) so I won't rehash it again. If you're looking for a good old fashioned 1990s X-Men crossover, then this is for you.

It's a shame that so many of the other X-Men crossover classics from the late 1980s & 1990s are now out of print. We could do with new printings of X-Tinction Agenda, Operation: Zero Tolerance, Inferno, Fatal Attractions, Fall of the Mutants, etc.

Get this one while it's still available, because it doesn't tie in to any current continuity of the X-Men, their current roster, or much of anything going on today (not that that's a bad thing). When it's gone it'll be gone just like the rest of the previously mentioned books.
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The first X-Men crossover I remember getting my hands on as a kid, X-Cutioner's Song finds the X-Men and X-Force clashing over an assassination attempt on Professor X by Cable...or was it? Yeah, X-Cutioner's Song is loaded with melodrama and fist fights aplenty, not to mention some incredibly bad dialogue here and there too. All that aside, there's still some kind of charm that this crossover manages to offer even to this day. Just seeing this whole group of musclebound mutants on the defensive before finally taking the fight to Stryfe still manages to somehow be compulsively worth reading. That's mostly thanks to the talent featured here, ranging from writers Scott Lobdell and Peter David to artists Jae Lee, Andy Kubert, and Greg Capullo. All in all, you'll definitely read better X-Men events, but you'll definitely read worse ones too, so give this one another look.
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