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Things get serious...a la Proteus and a taste of Phoenix!,
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This review is from: Marvel Masterworks: The Uncanny X-Men Volume 4 (Marvel Masterworks (Numbered)) (Paperback)
This is one of my favorite Uncanny X-Men Masterworks volumes by far, as it contains some of John Byrne's best art and riveting storytelling by Chris Claremont. Collecting Issues 122-131 and Annual #3, this TPB features a battle against the crazed video game villain Arcade, who kidnaps some of the X-Men and places them in Murder World. I particularly love the fight scenes between the X-Men and Arcade's murderbots, and here the reader gets to see Cyclops' 2nd mutant power, which can only be described as super-spatial awareness. I mean, how else could he bounce an Optic beam off dozens of different surfaces and take out multiple targets?? Also, the brainwashing of Colossus! The second arc chronicles the X-Men's battle with the reality-warping Proteus, which not only has physical but also psychological after-effects for our (un)merry mutants. This battle was not like fighting Magneto or The Brotherhood, but more like hunting down a serial killer or a homicidal crack-addict. All I can say is, I feel for Wolverine (ouch!) The third and final arc collected in this volume gives us hints of the Dark Phoenix saga to come, as the X-Men have their first encounter with members of The Hellfire Club and Jean Grey starts to go off the deep end. Plus, the debut of Dazzler! What more can any X-fan ask for? Buy this collection, or suffer the wrath of Phoenix!!! Oh, and John Byrne rocks. SPOILER: Check out his rendition of Moira McTaggert's son Proteus locked in the decaying body of her ex-hubby. Frightening.