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Chris Claremont is one of the bestselling comic writers in the world. He wrote The Uncanny X-Men for seventeen years as well as the novelization of the movie X-Men 2. He has been the co-creator of several top-selling series for Marvel Comics, including Excalibur, Wolverine, New Mutants, and, in the United Kingdom, Captain Britain. He wrote the Star Trek twenty-fifth-anniversary graphic novel Debt of Honor and a Next Generation sequel, Cry, Vengeance, for DC Comics, as well as" "Alien/Predator: The Deadliest of Species for Dark Horse. His debut novel was Firstflight, the story of a young female astronaut in the twenty-first century, to which he wrote two sequels, Grounded and Sundowner. He collaborated with George Lucas on three novels in The Chronicles of the Shadow War, and has delved into fantasy with the publication of Dragon Moon, a dark fantasy novel co-authored with his wife, Beth Fleisher. The couple lives in Brooklyn with their two children.

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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Product Details

  • Series: X-Men
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (May 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785157263
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785157267
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If I was ever going to introduce a friend or relative to the world of X-Men this is the graphic novel I would start with. Reverend Striker represents how hate and belief can form a deadly combination as he uses religion as an excuse to hide a much more personal vendetta against mutants. The story served as the basis for the second X-Men movie and the alliance with Magneto is the most indicative of this aspect. However, after viewing the movie and the material its based on I hold a clear preference for this graphic novel. This is a phenomenal piece graphic novel the stands with Claremont's best. Furthermore, it's an amazing piece of literature and you'd be doing yourself a favor by picking it up.
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Ok...was reminiscing about GLMK and decided to see what people (here) thought of it. Wow. Reviews all over the place.

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.
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There are items in the media that everyone should read/see/listen experience in their lifetime. Listening to U2's Joshua Tree, reading Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, watching Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, or read Art Spiegelman's Maus. These items, are, in my opinion, essential to opening ones mind to a richer life and experiences. If you want to drill down in one particular category, go ahead, be my guest. Not everyone enjoys music or films or even (heaven forbid) graphic novels. If someone liked Maus and they wanted to read more, the next graphic novel I would suggest you pick up the classic and highly influential X-Men story God Loves, Man Kills by Chris Claremont and Brent Eric Anderson.

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.
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"God Loves, Man Kills" is a stand alone X-men story first published in 1982 written by X-Men legend Chris Claremont and illustrated by Brent Anderson.

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.
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