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Essential X-Men, Vol. 2 (Marvel Essentials) (v. 2) Paperback – December 7, 2005
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This run has got to be the best out of all the X-men eras. John byrne's art work, Claremont's writing and the battle with Prometheus, The Dark Phoenix saga and Phoenix's death were so well written and drawn, that these were superior works of fiction told in comic book format. I don't think I have ever read as anything as stirring, intelligent and captivating as this period of the X-men series, and I was a HUGE X-men fan.
Yes, if you can get hold of these comics in color and read them, you will enjoy them even more, but this B&W collected is worth 5 stars because of its content, its price, and its convenience. When these "Essential" reprints are no longer available, it'll be more difficult for new readers to see the X-Men the way they were at their height, and that will be a shame.
This essential chronicles what is often sited as one of the best comic story arcs ever written: the Dark Phoenix Saga.
In this arc, we see the introduction of the Hellfire Club, including their White Queen, Emma Frost, a character that has become incredibly important to current X-men continuity, especially to Grant Morrison's acclaimed run on New X-Men.
We also see the introduction of Kitty Pryde, a character featured in the white hot Astonishing X-Men by Buffy scribe Joss Whedon and the death of Jean Grey.
In short, you have one of the most beloved comic arcs of the last 30 years and the introduction of characters that today's hottest comic writers come back to again and again.
If you call yourself a comics fan, or even just a fan of great storytelling, you owe it to yourself to get this essential. Even better, it's less than 15 bucks. You can't go wrong.