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X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills Paperback – May 11, 2011
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As the inspiration for the book Unintentional HumorT Brent Anderson is helping to teach the world about autism. Sharing stories of his literal mind and the difficulties it often caused, make Brent an invaluable resource. He worked closely with the illustrators to ensure their cartoons accurately represent how he "saw" the expressions. Brent is providing stories for the second Unintentional HumorT book.
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To those who feel it's dated....yes, it is. So is Huckleberry Finn. And Shakespeare. It is "of it's time". It's VERY 1982. Mainly...cause it was published in 1982! Terrible point for a critique....
To those who think these characters and situations (where leaders/demagogues drive masses to crazy thinking and/or actions) are unrealistic or cheesy, please purchase a history book while here at Amazon. The most insane ideas have OFTEN taken hold just like this. Scary thought huh?
To those who think it oversimplifies the X theme of prejudice, or is redundant or Claremont was too wordy in his text, keep in mind, this was 1982. No X movies. No X video games. No X cartoons. Certainly no mainstream presence for these characters like Superman or Batman had. Comics were still almost exclusively for kids. Hence, they were written at a level so that younger readers could absorb the message. And kids kinda have to be "clubbed over the head" with a message sometimes. The fact it was published at all is surprising to me. Reading it at 40 years old, yeah, it's kinda clunky sometimes for an experienced adult reader.....
BUT....when I first read it at 9 years old...it LITERALLY changed my life. I was a HUGE X fan. I lived (and still do) in the DEEP South and have a VERY religious family. Couldn't listen to KISS as they were agents of Satan, girls shouldn't wear makeup, no sex for fun (EVER!), not accepting Jesus and everything the church crew says = burning for eternity.....all that ultra conservative, Bible thumping stuff. The Klan was NOT some old figures from a history book, ya dig? I KNEW those type of guys.Read more ›
The graphic novel is a stand alone in the X-Men universe and really doesn't have anything that happens before it or after it that you need to know going into reading it. The story follows the beginning of a genocide of mutants, lead by fanatical religious leader William Stryker. Stryker is leading a fanatical group of people who kill without sympathy anyone, man, woman and child, for being a mutant. After we see a brutal killing in the opening panels, Magneto, leader of a mutant resistance group in the regular comic series, decides it is best to join forces with his nemesis, Charles Xavier and his X-Men, in order to stop this burgeoning holocaust. After Stryker kidnaps the two of the X-Men and Xavier, the rest of the team follows Magneto to stop this bandwagon's momentum in its tracks by any means necessary.
Many people will probably recognize this story line and characters from the movie X2. This story has been admitted favorite of Director Bryan Singer who directed the first two X-men films.Read more ›
Preying on the public's fear of mutants and their extraordinary powers, Reverend Stryker has started a chilling crusade. But know one knows exactly how carefully Stryker has planned, nor how far he is prepared to go for purity of the human race...
"God Loves, Man Kills" is a dark, thoughtful tale. It was one of the first works to heavily blend themes and parallels of real world racism into the X-Men universe and explore grey areas in such issues. There are a lot of unsettling scenes here. Stryker doesn't distinguish between mutants - as far as he's concerned they're all evil. Emotions flare and actions escalate in response to palpable fear, danger, and hatred.
As a result the X-Men find themselves in the line of fire with one of their greatest foes. This is both interesting and groundbreaking - the resulting philosophical differences and discussions echo throughout the subsequent twenty years of comics.
However, for me, this graphic novel isn't as good as it could've been. There's something about the story that seems off. Could be the pace, the way a few events unfold, some of the characterizations, etc. Likely a little of all of the above. I'm a big fan of Claremont so the wordiness, thought bubbles, and unique style he uses weren't an issue (but may be worth looking out for if you've never read Claremont) but the pieces didn't quite come together for me and I feel the ideas are much better than the execution.
Anderson's art also doesn't resonate with me here. I have really liked some of his later stuff (Astro City, for example) but things seem overly dark and muddled.Read more ›
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This was one of the first trades I read when I started with comics. And it's as true today as it was when I first read it. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Melissa Jehnings
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Garbage. I grew up reading X-Men, and this is so bad. Comic readers know that sometimes 2 or 3 issues of your favorite book just suck; these are those crappy issues. Read morePublished 2 months ago by JW
This is a must read for any comic book reader. However, avoid the kindle version. For some reason, thee are two pages missing for the kindle version. It skip from page 21 to 24. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Redd 5