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Watchers on the Walls (X-Men) Mass Market Paperback – April 25, 2006
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It's a normal day at the Xavier Institute of Higher Learning, with a brand new batch of students finding out what they're in for. Unbeknownst to the rest of the world, these children are mutants, children born with an extraordinary power that makes them more than human. In a world where humanity treats mutants with fear and some loathing, Professor Xavier takes them in, trains them to use (or at least control) their powers, and how to live amongst humans. But the school is also home to the X-Men, mutant heroes who are also instructors at the school. On a training mission with Jean Grey, Professor Xavier happens upon a spaceship in distress, being chased and fired upon by another ship. The fugitive ship crashes and the X-Men are called to protect them. However, they may be more menace than prey. The form of life on that ship is deadly to most carbon-based life forms, and if they aren't dealt with, the whole of humanity could be destroyed. The X-Men must balance the safety of the Earth against the persecution of a people whose only crime is being born different; a sentiment that many humans share about mutants.Read more ›
In the beginning the X-men defend a group of alien refuges crashing in Pennslyvania from other aliens. Eventully the U.S. government gets involved and its discovered that the aliens carry a horrible plague that can wipe out every living thing on earth (but of course it harmless to the refuges themselves). Eventally everything spins out of control as the Discar (the aliens trying to exterminate the infected refuges), after interogating the refuges discover a Chlorite (the overall name of the different infected species)plot to infect the planet using infiltrators. Well from then on all hell breaks loose from Discar ships quantineing the planet To the regestering of all exotic mutants (Chlorite moles are suspected to be hiding among them) eventually to the use of Sentinals invading other countries. And this is just in the first few chapters and it just gets better and better. Youll keep guessing and guessing is it a Discar plot to take over Earth or are there really Chlorites infiltrating our planet? Will the Xmen fight against the sentinals or along side them? Get ready for a wild ride.
The novel moved at a swift paced and unlike the author's Trek books, this wasn't bogged down with science stuff. This is a stand alone so you don't have to be a comic geek to follow the story. Throughout the book, Bennett makes references to other Marvel heroes but never by name although I was waiting for some cameo from someone at some point. Regardless, the story works as is and it has a satisfying ending.
It is a little predictable though early on but doesn't spoil anything. I thought the Latin chapters were interesting and wondered why it was done. Actually, I thought it was amusing. But, when all is said and done, Watchers on the Wall makes a good edition to your library.
This book starts out with a new group of young mutants making their first visit to the Xavier Institute and quickly turns into an exciting race against time to save a group of alien refugess called the Chlorites from a pursuing alien race called the Diascar along with the help of the Imperial Guard from the Shi'ar Empire which is run by the love of Charles Xaviers life the Majestrix, Lilandra Neramani.
This book has action almost from start to end and even includes the Sentinels which are reprogrammed to work alongside the X-Men to search for Chlorites but as with all things Sentinels you know it can't last long, or does it?
I definetly recommend this book to any X-Men fan because I know that like me they will truly enjoy this great ride.
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Arrived quickly nice condition little rustic pages aged slightly but i love my books like that as well great book 4 my marvel universe collectionPublished on January 10, 2014 by william sturks
Interesting twists and turns await you here. Come on in.
(As long as you can ignore a couple wth short moments. Read more
The author hits the charactorizations spot on, and picks most of the best X-men to include in this book, but the plot is not equal to the charactors. Could have used more action.Published on August 13, 2006 by David Keith
The author has talent, but it makes me wonder why he never did much research about the X-Men. This is the worst X-Men book ever. Read morePublished on July 23, 2006 by HDB
While the writer may make a few mistakes at times it is nothing that truly effects the reading of this novel. Read morePublished on May 14, 2006 by Rebecca Lakey