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X-Men: Days of Future Past Paperback – December 21, 2011
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Too much to describe and you would need to spend a boatload of time and money to find all these issues individually.
There seems to be some overlap right now with the days of future past story arc and the Xmen omnibus part 3. So I will review both and keep till corrected.
Days of future past is a two issue story arc that deals w the issues of racism and genocide amongst other things. There is more of this in the comics than the movie. There are themes that are similar to events in WW2 if you know what I mean. I give 5 stars on each. I encourage you to check out both. They are very good reads.
Collecting the following:
UNCANNY X-MEN (1981) 154-175, X-MEN ANNUAL (1971) 6-7, MARVEL GRAPHIC NOVEL (1982) 5, WOLVERINE (1982) 1-4, SPECIAL EDITION X-MEN (1983) 1, MAGIK (1983) 1-4.
The stories collected here include the “Magik” mini-series with Uncanny X-Men #160 to detail the origin of Colossus’ sister llyana Raspution into the sorceress supreme of Limbo, Magik; “From the Ashes” which Scott Summers and Madelyne Pryor wedding plans are put to the test when Summers fights the X-Men believing his fiancé to be a resurrected Phoenix; “Dancin’ in the Dark” introduces the Morlocks, ugly mutants that live underground where Storm fights and becomes its leader; “To Have and Have Not” seeing new member Rogue and Wolverine deal with Silver Samurai (and Storm gains her famous Mohawk here); and the largest story arc here, “The Brood” where parasitic aliens come to Earth by infesting living beings into Brood and every X-Men is infested, except Wolverine. Lots of characterization is brought forth for Wolverine and Rogue, with Storm easily garnering the most development. It’s classic Claremont era soap opera and anyone has read the previous Uncanny X-Men omnibuses know what you’re in for.
Whereas the posted stories greatly influenced X-Men lore, the big two stories collected here is the Marvel Graphic Novel #5, “God Loves, Man Kills.” the story of the X-Men is forced to team up with Magneto when they run afoul of the anti-mutant religious zealot Reverand Stryker. It’s still a superb story that is the inspiration for the 2002 sequel film, “X2: X-Men United.” With art by Brent Anderson that makes a pretty serious and dark story that is just one of the highlights.
With the second big story probably the most recognized story, the 4-part Wolverine mini-series with Claremont as writer and Frank Miller as artist. The story has been in publication for years through various collections, but it is appropriately included for omnibus completionist, and simply because it’s a solid story. “I’m the best there is at what I do but what I do isn’t very nice.” Is still one of the best quotes in comics and that alone warrants a purchase.
Most of the art is provided heavily by the late Dave Cockrum doing issues #145–150, 153–158, and #161–164, with Paul Smith doing issues #165-170 and #172-175. Additional art comes from many industry greats like Bill Sienkiewicz, John Romita Jr., Walt Simonson, and Frank Miller (of course) are just some examples. All of which is great looking in this new oversized omnibus.
Speaking of omnibus, this 2016 tome is true Marvel quality. Oversized hardcover, sewn binding for no gutter loss, and high-grade non-reflective paper. The dust jacket is the new cover designed by Jerome Opena (while the book I have in the video is a variant cover of issue #167) with every cover on the back. Under the dust jacket, the cover is solid black board with the traditional Marvel white font for the Uncanny X-Men logo. Beyond the table of contents in the front, the included forwards and afterword’s scattered between select issues (the God Loves, Man Kills comes with a introduction from Chris Claremont in 2014 for example, there are almost 100 pages of extras in the back. An entire The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe 1983-1984, 7 pages of original art by Dave Cockrum and Paul Smith, 9 pages of cover art/pin ups, another introduction from Claremont on God Loves, Man Kills from 2003, an entire in-depth look and interview on the making of God Loves, Man Kills from 2007 with Claremont, Neal Adams, and Brent Anderson. An introduction from C.B. Cebulski, and finally 11 pages of reprinted covers, trade paperbacks, and the alternative cover to this very omnibus (if you have the standard Opena cover, the last page will have issue #167).
While I usually list faults, seeing as this is the third volume of a legendary run in comics and anyone who is reading this already should be caught up, they know what they are in for. THE UNCANNY X-MEN VOLUME 3 is another book for X-fans you should add to the shelf. It may not quite be up to the levels of volumes 1 & 2, but there is still plenty to like here. Only 1 more (maybe 2) omnibuses until Marvel is caught up to all of Claremont’s work on X-Men.