- Age Range: 3 - 6 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
- Series: An Origin Story
- Hardcover: 48 pages
- Publisher: Marvel Press (June 21, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1423142993
- ISBN-13: 978-1423142997
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Uncanny X-Men: An Origin Story Hardcover – June 21, 2011
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First, the ART is gorgeous. Large page splashes, deeply colored, semi-realistic, and some recreations of great Classic X-Men moments. Second, the STORY is the origin of the X-Men, starting--and ending--with Professor X's dream that mutants and humans get along. I love that. That is THE core theme of the comic and cartoons, and I love that the book didn't flinch at talking about that prejudice. It may sound silly to some of you, but for some kids, this is their first look at or taste of an idea like social discrimination, something most books or stories don't fully address. I didn't feel preached at, either, but still, I just wanted to express my appreciation that the idea wasn't hidden away.
Third, the CONTINUITY of the book follows the comic faithfully. This is NOT based on X-Men: First Class or the other X-Men movie trilogy, nor Wolverine and X-Men or X-Men Evolution, etc. This is based on the original comic itself, straight to the source. We have Charles Xavier walking, then getting in an accident. We have his early friendship with Magneto. The Classic core team dominates the book, with Polaris and Havoc making a strong appearance (how cool is that, if you're an old-school fan?). Then the "New" X-Men arrive with the beloved team of Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Storm, Colossus, and Banshee (no Thunderbird or Sunfire, but I get why they were excluded). There are no newer X-Men here than those--no Gambit, for example. Still, I loved this "original" origin story.
Finally, I guess it's worth noting that there are a few images that may scare a sensitive kid. Krakatoa, the living island, is a little monstrous, I guess. Also, the character who wounds Xavier is named "Lucifer," so I wanted to give fair warning to the super-cautious moms and dads out there. Personally, these things bother me not one bit. You know your kids.
I'd recommend the other Marvel books like this one--Spider-Man, Captain America, and Thor--just as much, if you wanted to mix and match or if you preferred one character/ title over the others. All are beautifully illustrated and capture the true spirit of the original comics.
That being said, like the Wolverine book, I don't give this book a full five stars because the plot is a little complex for younger kids. My son is almost 4, and he totally followed the Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, and Thor books. He also didn't have much trouble with the two Avengers titles. But following this book and the Wolverine book were more of a challenge. (I won't get into the Captain America book; it's the only one whose subject matter was almost too difficult for a child to follow to begin with, and suffered as a result of adaptation.)
That being said, this book and the entire series are still great. I'm interested to see what Marvel decides to adapt next. Guardians of the Galaxy (the new team) perhaps? Or Fantastic Four? There's certainly no shortage of material.