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X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills Paperback – May 11, 2011
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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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I picked up the X-Men in 1985 as a kid, caught up quickly, and stayed with the title for the rest of Mr. Claremont's tenure. I always figured that the Marvel Graphic novels existed out of continuity (not true) and so I didn't read most of them. I finally picked up this in 2017 and really enjoyed it. For the 1980s, it is a 5-star book. Reading it today, it holds up well. When Jack Kirby and Stan Lee created the X-Men in 1963, the mutants and the bigotry they suffered from were a stand-in for blacks. The allegory was lost on many people, but very clear when one thinks about the derogatory "Muties" that was shouted at them and scribbled on walls.
This story introduces William Stryker, an ex-soldier turned evangelical preacher who believes Mutants are a blight on society (the prejudice, paranoia, propaganda and Stryker were all used in the X-Men 2 movie). The preacher is able to use religion and fear to influence the media and politicians against Mutants in a more organized way then ever before.
Magneto stars in the few scenes he is in. He is involved in a discussion about a benevolent dictatorship and Cyclops replies that a forced utopia might last one generation. It's among the most sophisticated of Marvel books, though some may view it as a bit preachy and moralizing, as it clearly picks a right and wrong. If you are an old-school X-fan and haven't read it, you'll be thrilled.
I usually don't like my comics to deal with real world problems, they are a nice escape from those but this one is great, dealing with the oldest and most relevant of all racism, it's a good story of a never ending battle.