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X-Men: Messiah Complex Paperback – November 12, 2008
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just finished reading it and wow what a book couldn't put it down. The story and the art are top notch and the one shot to open up the book sets up everything a must have for XMen... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Monstarz Inc.
Read this story and realized the current storyline the X-Men are going through is a recycling of this event and House of M (combined). Still the best story since X-Cutioner Song.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I usually like what Brubaker writes and this did not disappoint. I wouldn't say it is an x-men must read but it does keep your interest and is a key piece of the x-men timeline.Published 2 months ago by Nick Gee
I have read the x-men years upon years, if you want to read a good story and get lost in a good X-men cross over this is for you. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Being a comic book fan, I see more and more of a flux in terms of good story, good art, and overall enjoyment that comes from collections. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Josh Schmitt