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About the Author

Linda, Louise and Mike Carey are three writers living in North London. Sometimes they write together, sometimes alone.

Louise wrote The Diary of a London Schoolgirl for the website of the London Metropolitan Archive. She also co-wrote the graphic novel Confessions of a Blabbermouth with Mike.

Linda, writing as A.J. Lake, authored the Darkest Age fantasy trilogy. She has also written for TV, most notably for the German fantasy animation series Meadowlands.

Mike has written extensively in the comics field, where his credits include Lucifer, Hellblazer, X-Men and The Unwritten (nominated for both the Eisner and Hugo Awards). He is also the author of the Felix Castor novels, and of the X-Men Destiny console game for Activision. He is currently writing a movie screenplay, Silent War, for Slingshot Studios and Intrepid Pictures.

They share their crowded house with two other writers/artists, a cat, and several stick insects.

Peter David is a prolific "New York Times "bestselling author whose career, and continued popularity, spans more than two decades. He has worked in every conceivable media television, film, books (fiction, nonfiction, and audio), short stories, and comic books and acquired loyal followings in all of them. In the literary field, he has had more than a hundred novels published. He lives in New York with his wife and four children.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (November 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785123202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785123200
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 9, 2008
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I really can't believe just how long it has been since there was a mega X-Men crossover. Back when Marvel had ump-teen X-titles, X-Men crossovers happened just about every few months it seemed; with a majority of which not fulfilling any promises of changing any status quos, or really amounting to much of anything in general. Well, things have changed apparently. X-Men: Messiah Complex is undoubtedly the best X-Men story you will read that doesn't have the names "Morrison" or "Whedon" attached to it, and it is undoubtedly the best X-Men crossover event since...well, maybe ever. Spanning over X-titles including Uncanny X-Men, X-Men, X-Factor, and New X-Men; Messiah Complex finds Cyclops, Wolverine and co. tracking a baby. This baby is the first new mutant baby since the events of House of M, and everyone is after the child. From Mr. Sinister and his crew of Marauders, to the mutant murdering Purifiers, to the warrior from the future Cable, and some surprises in between. Yes, there are events that take place in Messiah Complex that you WILL NOT see coming, and by the time this hardcover collection comes to an end, the status quo of many will have changed. Featuring a bevy of talent behind it, including writers Ed Brubaker (Captain America, Daredevil), Mike Carey (Hellblazer, Ultimate Fantastic Four), Craig Kyle & Chris Yost (X-23), and the great Peter David (Incredible Hulk); as well as artists Billy Tan, Chris Bachalo, Humberto Ramos, Scot Eaton, and legendary X-Men artist Marc Silvestri; Messiah Complex is a blast. If there are any downsides to Messiah Complex, and this is purely personal, the artwork of veteran X-artists Chris Bachalo and Humberto Ramos doesn't match up to the rest of the art here, and comes off as cartoony. Despite that one flaw, the rest of Messiah Complex is a fantastic X-Men event that does not disappoint one bit, and only promises for more intriguing developments to come.
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As there are a large amount of twists and turns throughout Messiah Complex I thought it important to provide readers with a spoiler free review.

First and foremost Messiah Complex is the best X-Over in years if not ever, and easily more than the sum of its separate parts (X-men, X-Factor, New X-Men, and Uncanny X-Men). The story revolves around the first birth of a mutant child since the events of M-Day and the ensuing rush to protect/destroy it. Aside from that not much can be said without spoiling but the story is filled with action and a huge cast of characters. The baby is constantly switching hands and each page keeps you anticipating the next.

The writing throughout the book is amazing, particularly in those issues by Mike Carey. It should be noted that Ed Brubaker, whose writing on X-Men has lead to some criticisms, really steps up here and produces his best X-related work so far. Kyle, Yost, and David all shine through as well keeping the characters they've established so well perfectly defined.

The art is probably what most divides the book. It begins with a classic, Marc Silvestri, followed by Billy Tan who has a rather similar style. Scot Eaton's style follows a similar tone, particularly with the same colorist, but doesn't seem to hit on the same level and is most likely the weakest in the book. Humberto Ramos cartoony style works well for the over-the-top action which make up the majority of his issues and so it works rather well, but it does stand out when compared to the previous artists. The true standout art in the collection though comes from Chris Bachalo. His style seems darker and more manga inspired and really shines through in the actions sequences and splash panels and really sets the story apart.
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I picked this one up because the reviews were great. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this immensely but don't really know the flow of where this story started or the next book in the series. Amazon should have some sort of "If you want to read this graphic novel, wait because the story starts here" type of feature.
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Kicking off one of the biggest meta-arcs in X-MEN history, MESSIAH COMPLEX is the story of the first mutant child born after the tragic Decimation of mutantkind in HOUSE OF M. It's a race to find this New Mutant before he or she can be killed by human zealots or exploited by mutant factions. And a wild card has entered the race and taken the lead.
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The X books used to crossover Quite often, now not so much. Some of the best stories (Age of Apocalypse, The Onslaught Epic, The Asgaurdian Wars, Executoiners Song, and the Twelve) were crossovers. This one trumps them all. With writers like Mike Carey, Peter David, and Ed Brubaker and artists David Finch, Humberto Ramos, Chris Bachelo, Billy Tan and Marc Silvestri you cannot go wrong. It ties into continuity nicely being the first major mutant event ( the birth of a new mutant ) since House of M which left only 199 mutants on Earth. With a new Mutant birth the fightis on pinning the X-men,and X-factor angainst the purifiers and the bad mutants. Everbody wants the baby for their own reasons and the purifiers want it dead. A few X-Men reapear after a long absence like Cable, Bishop, and Forge. Collecting Uncanny X-Men 492-494, X-Men 205-207, New X-Men 44-46 and X-Factor 25-27 and the Messiah Complex One-Shot. This book is smooth reading and it makes one hell of a story.
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