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  • The Uncanny X-Men Omnibus, Vol. 3
  • Chris Claremont
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  • 15 August 2019
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About the Author: Chris Claremont

Chris Claremont is a writer of American comic X-Men Omnibus, Epub á books, best known for his year stint on Uncanny X Men, during which the series became one of the comic book industry s most successful propertiesClaremont has written many stories for The Uncanny PDF/EPUB or other publishers including the Star Trek Debt of Honor graphic novel, his creator owned Sovereign Seven for DC Comics and Aliens vs Predator for Dark Horse Comics He also wrote a few issues of the series WildCATs volume , issues at Uncanny X-Men Omnibus, eBook ↠ Image Comics, which introduced his creator owned character, HuntsmanOutside of comics, Claremont co wrote the Chronicles of the Shadow War trilogy, Shadow Moon , Shadow Dawn , and Shadow Star , with George Lucas This trilogy continues the story of Elora Danan from the movie Willow In the s, he also wrote a science fiction trilogy about female starship pilot Nicole Shea, consisting of First Flight , Grounded , and Sundowner Claremont was also a contributor to the Wild Cards anthology series.



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  1. Sean Gibson Sean Gibson says:

    Claremont s and Byrne s team up on X Men is one of the most influential runs on a superhero comic book ever They simultaneously went bigger andhuman, with epic plots that stayed grounded through character driven storytelling If you re a fan of capes and tights funnybooks, you should read it, both because it s excellent and because you ll see how it helped shape future books This collection is particularly epic, with the Brood Saga, Claremont and Frank Miller s Wolverine solo miniseries, Claremont s and Byrne s team up on X Men is one of the most influential runs on a superhero comic book ever They simultaneously went bigger andhuman, with epic plots that stayed grounded through character driven storytelling If you re a fan of capes and tights funnybooks, you should read it, both because it s excellent and because you ll see how it helped shape future books This collection is particularly epic, with the Brood Saga, Claremont and Frank Miller s Wolverine solo miniseries, and the unbelievably powerful God Loves, Man Kills included.With that said, it s time to come to Marvel s aid once again and help them realize how they can mine their character library to conquer new entertainment genres, just as we did in helping Marvel dive into the cheesy sitcom world with Doctor, Doctor This time, let s help Marvel conquer the teen dramedy realm with the WB s next smash hit DAYS OF OUR FUTURE LIVES Dramatis PersonaeSCOTT SUMMERS, a serious young man with the ability to shoot concussive energy blasts from his eyes energy he can t control due to a childhood accident that damaged his brain In a relationship with Jean Grey.JEAN GREY, a thoughtful young woman struggling to control her ability to read thoughts and move objects with her mind In a relationship with Scott Summers, but maybe interested in someone else.HENRY HANK MCCOY, a budding scientific genius whose enhanced strength, speed, and agility make him as athletically gifted as he is academically inclined Prone to antiquated oaths WARREN WORTHINGTON III, a wealthy scion of a famous American industrialist who soars through the skies on angel like wings Confident that no woman can resist his charms BOBBY DRAKE, a bubbly, comical young man who can turn his body into solid ice and manipulate it in various ways Wrestling with his sexual identity.PROFESSOR CHARLES XAVIER, the founder of the Xavier School for the Gifted and a world renowned scientist who is also the world s most powerful telepath Loves Moira McTaggert.LOGAN, a teacher at the school whose skeleton is laced with the unbreakable metal adamantium and whose healing factor makes him almost impossible to beat Drinks, smokes, and doesn t care about much except maybe Jean Grey.MOIRA MCTAGGERT, a teacher at the school and expert in genetics Loves Professor Charles Xavier and Sean Cassidy.SEAN CASSIDY, a teacher at the school who uses sonic screams to fly and generate concussive force attacks Loves Moira McTaggert INT CLASSROOM DAYTIMEPROFESSOR CHARLES XAVIER sits at the head of a classroom built into the sprawling mansion that serves as the Charles Xavier School for the Gifted Pale, weak beams of late afternoon sunlight stream through windows that run nearly from floor to ceiling Bookshelves, neatly organized, ring the other walls Next to Professor Xavier sits a plain oak desk, well built but unadorned Five students, SCOTT SUMMERS, JEAN GREY, BOBBY DRAKE, WARREN WORTHINGTON, and HENRY HANK MCCOY, listen in various states of attentiveness as the Professor speaks PROFESSOR X Of course, in years past, this would simply have been an ethical thought experiment Now, however, with the emergence of mutants with our emergence we must wrestle with the uncomfortable possibility that someone might actually be able to travel back in time and murder Hitler in his crib BOBBY whispering loudly to HENRY He knows it s almost 5 o clock, right And that it s Friday, right Like, some evil mutant hasn t taken over his brain and forced him to make our brains hurt right before we go drink ourselves into comas, right HANK I think he can hear you, Robert.BOBBY still whispering loudly Duh, the guy s a telepath he can hear me even when I m not talking.HANK Then why are you whispering BOBBY shrugging I didn t want to be rude.Professor X tents his fingers and stares at Bobby, who looks everywhere around the room except for at the Professor After a tense moment, the Professor smiles.PROFESSOR X As a matter of fact, Bobby, I could.BOBBY looking nervous Really PROFESSOR X Quite easily.WARREN Could what, Professor JEAN Make Bobby stand up in front of the class and sing I m a Little Teapot while he pees his pants.BOBBY Great Everyone s a mind reader except for me I got the gluten free cookies of powers SCOTT Focus up, team our lesson isn t over.The door bursts open LOGAN leans in the doorway and looks up at the clock LOGAN Wrong, Summers Five o clock you re done for the day Right, Chuck PROFESSOR X frowning We might have been, but for Bobby s untimely interruption.LOGAN Rules are rules.PROFESSOR X You ve never been much for rules, Logan.LOGAN I am when it s beer o clock.Logan turns and leaves The students stare at Professor X expectantly He sighs PROFESSOR X Make sure you complete your reading assignment for Monday Go.The students leap to their feet, all except for Scott, and scramble for the door.PROFESSOR X And Bobby Bobby stops in the doorway and looks back, nervous.PROFESSOR X Watch yourself you can t keep up with Logan And if you don t do your reading, I d consider wearing rubber shorts on Monday.Bobby nods and runs out of the room.SCOTT Was that a joke, Professor PROFESSOR X I hope so It depends on Mr Drake s willingness do what he is supposed to do The two stare at each other in silence for a moment.SCOTT What s the right answer, Professor PROFESSOR X To the Hitler question There is no single answer It s wholly dependent on the individual s morality SCOTT But what would you do PROFESSOR X Truly I think I would end it before it began To be able to prevent so much suffering The Professor shakes his head.PROFESSOR X And you Now Scott stares out the window, lost in thought PROFESSOR X Scott SCOTT hesitant I don t I don t think I could do it Our mission should always be to protect lives Professor X rolls over to the window and the two of them look out over the grounds of the estate together.PROFESSOR X It s a noble ideal I d like to believe that s possible in practice INT BAR EVENINGLogan, Bobby, Henry, Warren, and Jean are sitting quietly at a table in a local dive bar The juke box is playing Journey s Any Way You Want It over and over and over in the background Everyone has a beer in front of them, save for Jean, who is sipping a white wine, and Warren, who has a glass of red wine.HENRY inclining his head toward the jukebox I assume, Robert, that you re responsible for inflicting this repeated sonic assault on us BOBBY C mon This is a classic It s retro Retro, Hank LOGAN I ll give you retro, kid.Logan reaches over, picks up Bobby s beer, and quickly drains it, slamming the mug back down on the tabletop.BOBBY Hey That wasn t even a little retro Do you even know what that means And those cost money, you know Of which I have little.LOGAN Relax pretty boy ll pick up the tab.WARREN That s presumptuous BOBBY I don t think so you ARE pretty.Bobby signals the waiter for another drink.HENRY Where s Scott Everyone looks at Jean.JEAN He was talking to the Professor I m sure he ll be here soon.BOBBY Yeah, it probably just takes a while to get his nose out of Xavier s ass It s huge.HENRY I never thought the Professor had a particularly large derriere BOBBY I meant Scotty s nose That thing s got its own gravity.HENRY Well, well, Robert making an intellectual joke I find it fascinating how intelligence is for you like pool and darts are for most people you start out being average at best, but become demonstrablyadept after a couple of drinks.BOBBY Wait until I ve had five.HENRY That s when you descend back below your starting point.The waiter brings Bobby s drink and the two exchange smiles The waiter walks away with one last backward glance at Bobby.BOBBY Whatever It s Friday, we re out, and that waiter is, uh, yeah, that waiter is nice.WARREN I didn t actually say I was picking up the tab, you know.JEAN Warren WARREN Okay I ve got it I was just messing with Bobby.BOBBY quietly I wish you would HENRY What was that BOBBY Nothing look, there s Scott.Scott enters the bar and comes over to the table Before he sits down, the waiter comes over.WAITER What can I get you SCOTT Just a glass of water thanks.WAITER nodding Can I do anything for anyone else The waiter and Bobby exchange glances Bobby looks down at the table.LOGAN Threebeers, twoglasses of wine, extra ice for dishrag s water, and six shots of tequila.SCOTT Logan, you know I don t drink.LOGAN I know, wild man Two of those shots are for me.The waiter bustles off to fulfill the order In the momentary silence, Any Way You Want It abruptly starts up again Scott looks at Bobby.SCOTT Your doing BOBBY Always.HENRY What kept you Scott stares off into the distance HENRY Scotty SCOTT Sorry I m just thinking about something Jean reaches over and touches Scott s arm JEAN It s just a hypothetical let it go.WARREN I think I missed something.LOGAN Summers has his knickers in a twist, just like always does it matter why HENRY I assume, from what was either Jean s astute observational skills in action or power aided mind theft, that Scott is still wrestling with the Professor s question.The waiter returns with the drinks Logan passes them around the table, keeping a beer and two shots for himself.LOGAN It ain t a tough decision you kill the baby, save millions Drink up.Logan raises his first shot to the group and tips it back Everyone except for Scott follows suit Logan proceeds to down half of his beer Bobby tries to keep up, but starts to choke Warren pounds him on the back HENRY It s a moral conundrum, to be sure, but if you re at all of a Bentham esque turn of mind, I m inclined to agree with Logan.BOBBY I have no idea what you just said.Bobby finishes his beer, earning a nod from Logan, who does the same.WARREN I mean, I wouldn t want to have to do it myself, but I think it s probably the right call.SCOTT Jean Jean looks troubled as she sips her wine.JEAN I don t know that I could do it But it would be the right thing to do.Logan raises his other shot and nods to Jean before downing it He then signals the waiter for another round.SCOTT No.HENRY You re taking this way too seriously, fearless leader Hitler is already dead, you know.Scott shakes his head and pounds his fist on the table.SCOTT No The waiter hustles over.WAITER Everything okay over here Scott looks at the waiter, his strange, ruby red sunglasses practically glowing WARREN We re fine.BOBBY You re fine You re both fine We re all fine Bobby tries to drink from his glass before realizing that it s empty The waiter leaves.SCOTT You know I respect all of you But you re all wrong LOGAN Suit yourself, Slim We all know you ain t got the stomach to be a real leader.Scott stares at Logan, his expression blank The waiter returns with another round of drinks and shots Logan and Bobby enthusiastically down theirs, but the others don t touch them.LOGAN World likes nice guys You be one of those World needs guys who aren t afraid to do the dirty work Logan looks at Jean and winks.LOGAN Ladies do, too So I ll be one of those.SCOTT You re out of line, Logan Logan pounds the table enthusiastically LOGAN Lines Good idea Drake, I know you re in.BOBBY Yes Yes, I am into lines Bobby looks at Henry.BOBBY whispers loudly What are lines LOGAN C mon, ice balls I ll get you fixed up.Logan grabs Bobby by the arm and leads him toward the bathroom HENRY Oh my stars and garters I d better go keep an eye on them.Henry follows the others to the bathroom SCOTT He s going to need help Scott follows Henry to the bathroom Jean sighs WARREN Looks like it s just you and me, Red.JEAN It ll never be just you and me.WARREN Jeanie, I m sorry about that I know I said almost even did some things I shouldn t have And being drunk was no excuse.JEAN You re right it wasn t, and it isn t.WARREN I know I know It s just that I never mind I m sorry JEAN You have no idea how hard it is being the only woman in this group.WARREN Harder than being a guy who has angel wings growing out of his back JEAN Yes A lot harder.WARREN Fair enough I was kidding Though it is tough, to be fair At least you look normal from head to toe.JEAN I know I didn t mean to snap it s just that I always feel like I m being sized up Everyone s got an agenda You want me to be a notch in your bedpost Bobby wants me be his cover story Hank well, I think Hank s in love with me.WARREN Hank is definitely in love with you.JEAN Scott, of course, is Scott WARREN Scott s in I can t function if Jean Grey isn t my life partner and soulmate with you And then there s Logan JEAN He s such a creep SUCH a creep.WARREN True But you still kind of like him, don t you Jean looks down at her nearly empty glass and shrugs JEAN No Yes I don t know I love Scott I always will And I don t want Logan not in that way But, it s like it s like those stupid candy pumpkins at Halloween.WARREN You lost me.JEAN Those things are terrible they re glowing orange and they taste like chemicals and have the worst aftertaste and make you nauseous for hours But, once you eat one, you just wantyou know they re terrible for you and disgusting and you should just throw them away, but you just crave them and eat them non stop until you remember how bad they are and you feel awful and wretched and stupid when you re done WARREN Are you talking about circus peanuts Those are gross.JEAN No the pumpkins The mallowcreme pumpkins Like candy corns Forget the pumpkins I just argh Why is this so hard WARREN Kind of makes you wish Magneto would attack right now, doesn t it JEAN At least when that happens, you know what s right and what s wrong Logan, Bobby, Henry, and Scott return from the bathroom Logan is grinning and wired, Bobby looks sick, Henry looks worried, and Scott looks grim WARREN You re back You don t look so good, Bobby.BOBBY Mom JEAN What did you do to him, Logan LOGAN Nothin he can t handle.SCOTT That s debatable HENRY We need to get Bobby some medical attention Soon.BOBBY Mom SCOTT Logan and I need to have a word first Outside.LOGAN You ain t got the guts.SCOTT Try me.LOGAN Same guy who wouldn t kill Hitler SCOTT Outside Now.JEAN Scott, don t do this.SCOTT Stay out of it, Jean.JEAN Don t talk to me like that.LOGAN Tough guy when it comes to the ladies, aren t you, Slim Scott s visor flares red.LOGAN Don t lose control Chuck wouldn t like that.Jean grabs Scott s arm.JEAN Logan, back off Scott s right you re way out of line.BOBBY Grandma HENRY We need help Now.Warren pulls out his phone HENRY Don t call 911 I m not sure if he can control his powers when he s, um, whatever he is Coked out would be the technical medical term, I guess.WARREN Then what do we do HENRY We need to call Moira.JEAN She ll tell the Professor.HENRY Would you rather Bobby die Because we can put that on your conscience if you want.JEAN Dammit.SCOTT Warren call Moira Tell her to meet us at the mansion Hank you and Jean get Bobby into a cab and go Now.Warren dials Henry and Jean struggle to get Bobby, who s on the verge of losing consciousness, to his feet.HENRY What are you going to do SCOTT Logan and I will be right behind you Warren begins talking into the phone as he leads the way out of the bar, Henry and Jean trailing behind with Bobby propped up in between them Scott and Logan watch them go.LOGAN Ain t my fault he can t heal himself like I can.SCOTT You re right it s just your fault that he ingested enough cocaine to kill a horse Or maybe a young man you re supposed to be watching out for.LOGAN A man makes his own decisions and accepts the consequences Hard to see that when you spend all day tryin to make other people s decisions for em, I guess.Scott and Logan stare at each other in silence LOGAN It s a dilemma, ain t it You wanna blast me want it so bad you can taste it but doin that would tell everyone here what you are, and you ain t gonna put yourself at risk like that.SCOTT It s not about me it s about Jean, Hank, Bobby, and the Professor.Logan grins.LOGAN And me SCOTT It s never about you no matter how much you want it to be.LOGAN Jeanie might think different.Scott s visor flares red again.SCOTT If you ever touch her, we ll find out whether your healing factor can regrow limbs.LOGAN That a threat, Slim SCOTT It s a promise.The two stand toe to toe, glaring After a moment, Logan smiles and pats Scott on the shoulder.LOGAN Maybe you got a little fire in your belly after all, Summers Not enough to actually do anything if I decide I m done dealing with your shit, but there s somethin there Nurture it Grow it It s your only chance to survive this shithole world.Logan heads to the door.LOGAN I ll get us a cab.Logan walks out Scott grinds his teeth The waiter approaches WAITER I take it, uh, that ll be all I ve got the check SCOTT Yeah That s all Scott hands the waiter a credit card The waiter walks away as Scott looks into his empty wallet.SCOTT Thanks, Warren END OF ACT I

  2. Anna Anna says:

    Trust me when I tell you I m getting all of these babies eventually.

  3. Cameron H Cameron H says:

    Oh, man I didn t expect to be as affected by the Belasco stuff It was genuinely, disturbing Nor did I expect that Wolverine could ever say or do anything that would make me feel, well, anything, but here we are.

  4. Sean Curley Sean Curley says:

    Chris Claremont s first run on Marvel s Uncanny X Men comic ran from 1976 to 1991, a period in which heor less invented the X Men as popular culture has come to know them, turning it from a struggling title revived after cancellation into a massive property that would dominate Marvel s publishing strategy for the next quarter century until the gods changed with the rise of Marvel Studios and the Avengers properties The Omnibus series of Claremont s run now gets its third volume, coverin Chris Claremont s first run on Marvel s Uncanny X Men comic ran from 1976 to 1991, a period in which heor less invented the X Men as popular culture has come to know them, turning it from a struggling title revived after cancellation into a massive property that would dominate Marvel s publishing strategy for the next quarter century until the gods changed with the rise of Marvel Studios and the Avengers properties The Omnibus series of Claremont s run now gets its third volume, covering material published from February 1982 to March 1984 in the main series, until November 1983 Volumes 1 2 were largely self contained, but Volume 3 sees the X Men s ancillary materials and spin offs begin to make their presence felt New Mutants, the companion title that launched in this period, is not collected here, though its characters presence begins to be felt if you are interested in those, investigate the New Mutants Classic collected editions.Volume 3 continues to show Chris Claremont at the peak of his creative power, juggling numerous storylines and characters with apparent ease over the years, the juggling act would wear a bit thin, unfortunately, but those days are a ways off His most famous artistic collaborator and co plotter, John Byrne, had long since moved on to other things Fantastic Four, namely , leaving this volume to be illustrated by a diverse roster of artists, including Claremont s original collaborator Dave Cockrum, his replacement Paul Smith, and smaller guest pencils from the likes of Bill Sienkiewicz Claremont s future New Mutants collaborator, albeit without the highly distinctive style that he would pioneer there ancillary projects feature the likes of Frank Miller then a rising star from his work on Daredevil , Brent Anderson, and Sal Buscema Reading these volumes make for an interesting means of observing the development of artistic styles, as Marvel slowly turns away from the fairly uniform house style of the 1960s and 1970s into the 1980s, where stylistic distinction would soon become very common Paul Smith s expressive, somewhat cartoony pencils are the most interesting of the volume, in my opinion More detailed comments on the story content of this volume follow view spoiler UXM 154 157 Kicking off the volume with the appearance of the rogue Shi ar princess Deathbird and her new allies, the Brood, who will be dominating presences in this volume Plot payoffs here include the reveal that Corsair is Cyclops father, something that was first revealed to the audience over 50 issues prior.UXM 158 Claremont continues to incorporate Carol Danvers Ms Marvel, whose solo series he wrote for a time, into his X Men run, and Rogue, future mainstay of the team, makes her first appearance in an X Men comic.UXM 159 And now for something completely different, the X Men fight Dracula, who, as with so many villains and, one might say, Claremont himself is fixated on Storm This segment features one of my favourite bits in this whole volume, namely, the attempt by various characters to use crucifixes against Dracula, only to learn that that will not work if they don t believe in the religion behind the crucifix Kitty Pryde remedies this by using her Star of David necklace.UXM 161 Another major one off story where, in the midst of the developing Brood arc, we get significant backstory for the relationship of Professor X and Magneto This issue goes a long way toward redefining Magneto into the comprehensible extremist that audiences have come to know and love.UXM 162 167 We now arrive at the Brood Saga proper, as the X Men return to the stars to confront the fairly obviously inspired by the Xenomorphs villains who actually prefigure many developments for the Xenomorphs in the as yet unmade Aliens There s some really soulful material here, such as Storm s burgeoning commitment to the fantastical spacedwelling species the Acanti space whales, basically , or the heroic fatalism of the protagonists as they commit themselves to one last great action in the face of seeming death of course, they can t die, but they don t know that This also sees significant developments for Carol Danvers, who gains a new powerset and a new mission as Binary, a hero too powerful to remain on Earth, lest she interfere too much with storytelling.UXM Annual 6 Dracula returns, once again with an eye for storm, and bringing with him some characters from Marv Wolfman s seminal 1970s Marvel horror comic Tomb of Dracula though readers of those omnibuses may be a bit piqued at the handling of female lead Rachel Van Helsing.X Men God Loves, Man Kills Claremont and Brent Anderson deliver this famous graphic novel, which provided much of the basis for the 2003 film X2 X Men United, pitting the X Men against religious fanaticism This is the first of what would become something of a tradition even a cliche , the X Men united with Magneto in common cause against an anti mutant enemy It s quite a brutal story in some ways, opening with two prepubescent children being executed by gun wielding thugs.UXM 168 With the arrival of the New Mutants to the X Mansion, Kitty attempts to ward off being reassigned to them perhaps Professor X should have stuck to his guns, particularly given the burgeoning attraction of Kitty to teammate Colossus, who s too old for this to be really comfortable reading Also significantly, we see the debut of Madelyn Pryor, future retcon snarl, but at this point just a young woman who happens to look surprisingly like Jean Grey.UXM 169 170 Another piece of the X Men s expanded world falls into place as Storm and a few companions venture into the sewers to fight Callisto and the Morlocks, placing the focus on Storm s gradually developing turn away from her earth mother person, becoming harder andprone to violence The X Men s rich gallery of female characters is commonly remarked upon notable here how longtime X Man angel is a dude in distress for two issues, and I don t think even has a line.UXM 171 As a variety of plots advance, the most notable development is the arrival at the X Mansion of Rogue, whose acceptance into said mansion prompts Binary to sever her ties with the group, in a major test of Professor X s redemptive, generous philosophy.Wolverine 1 4 Chris Claremont teams up with Frank Miller to tell the tale of Wolverine s first major solo title the first of many, many such spotlights for good old Logan Miller s creations from Daredevil, the Hand, also appear, and Claremont and Miller introduce an array of new characters like Yukio and Lord Shingen This material would provide much of the inspiration for the 2013 film The Wolverine I have never been as big a fan of Miller as an artist as many even here, relatively early on, his style is developing into something very blocky and often ugly But it s a very good story.UXM 172 173 Immediately following on the events of the Wolverine miniseries any readers of Uncanny who weren t buying that might have been annoyed , this is the story of Wolverine s abortive Japanese engagement though perhaps evenconsequently, an epic team up between Storm and Yukio leads to Storm debuting her mohawk hairstyle, which would define her look for most of the rest of the decade.UXM 174 175 The long gestating arc around Madelyn Pryor finally pays off in a Cyclops showcase that, had Claremont been left to his own devices, would have given Scott Summers something of an exit and happy ending But then, to quote Don Michael Corleone, every time he thinks he s out, Marvel editorial and fan demand has other ideas But regardless, this is a great story.UXM Annual 7 An easy way to tell if a story is filler does it feature the Impossible Man Magik 1 4 The final ancillary title here, this Chris Claremont Sal Buscema collaboration provides rather belated expansion on the events of Uncanny X Men 160, where Illyana Rasputin, the baby sister of Colossus, was abducted into Limbo and, after being left behind for a moment, emerged the better part of a decade older In Magik, Claremont plunges deep into the mystical side of the X Men universe he is building, and, with a rather grim fatalism, shows Illyana s struggle to retain her soul even as Lord Belasco, the demonic ruler of Limbo, is intent on making her into a weapon Essentially a four issue piece of backstory Illyana in the present day having long since become a New Mutant , this is a rather uniquely focused and important storyline, given how some things would play out later hide spoiler And that s the end of Volume 3 Well, we ll hopefully only have a year or two to wait until the release of Volume 4

  5. Shannon Appelcline Shannon Appelcline says:

    My first X Men comic was Rom 17 and18 , but after that I hunted down back issues, digging down to X Men 138 So, I missed out on the Dark Phoenix saga I got the entirely fascinating X Men 141 that kicked off the Days of Future Past but I couldn t find an affordable142 for years later My grandmother finally bought it for me, even though she didn t really approve of comics However it was only in the late 140s that I was able to regularly buy the comic, and so it was the 150s and My first X Men comic was Rom 17 and18 , but after that I hunted down back issues, digging down to X Men 138 So, I missed out on the Dark Phoenix saga I got the entirely fascinating X Men 141 that kicked off the Days of Future Past but I couldn t find an affordable142 for years later My grandmother finally bought it for me, even though she didn t really approve of comics However it was only in the late 140s that I was able to regularly buy the comic, and so it was the 150s and the 160s that really won me over to the comic, from Kitty s Fairy Tale in the last Omnibus , to the paired space sagas here and the introduction of the New Mutants And, they were amazing totally unlike anything else I d seen in comics They covered fantasy, humor, and science fiction They introduced new characters, but also built on a rich history I ve been eager to reread these groundbreaking stories for some time, and am thrilled that the Omnibuses finally reached this X era.The Deathbird Saga 154 157 This space adventure shows the amazing potential of the X Men in the early 80s It s got an interstellar empire, backstabbing politics, and a weird and scary new alien race in the Brood There are some rough bits here and there, which I suspect were a disconnect between Claremont Cockrum, but this nonetheless is amazing, groundbreaking storytelling that still holds up today 8 10.Shorts 158 161, A6 Back to Earth 158 , the X Men focus on a number of subplots, from the revelation of Corsair to the return of Linda Danvers It s a nice issue that shows how skilled Claremont was at moving along a number of character arcs The fight between Linda and the Brotherhood may actually be the weakest part of the issue, though it s a nice character moment for Danvers 7 10 The Dracula story 159 is shocking for its juxtaposition of horror and the X Men It s a nice moody issue, but not a particularly deep one some time later, Dracula s return Annual 6 hits largely the same notes 7 10 Chutes and Ladders 160 may be my favorite X Men story of all time It s pretty shocking how much Claremont manages to fit into this tightly compressed story The timey wimeyness is wonderful, as all the alternate versions of the X Men, however it s nothing compared to the magnificent storyline he sets up for Illyana 10 10 Gold Rush 161 is almost as brilliant for its look at the first meeting between Xavier and Magnus, but even so for its recreation of Magnus as a truly sympathetic character, due to his history in the German concentration camps 9 10.The Brood Saga 162 168 In my opinion this remains one of the best X Men sagas for a number of reasons First, we start off entirely en media res, something seen too infrequently in comics, particularly of this era Then, the plot is rather magnificently told with the individual issues feeling like they each have great closure, but fitting together like puzzle pieces the Wolverine and Storm spotlights are particularly good Along the way, X Men transforms into a high end science fiction comic, with the focus being on interstellar races the brood and the acanthi The result is overall storytelling that s not just enthralling, but very innovative as well 8 10 The return to Earth 167 is a nice coda to the saga, because it pays out the long running question of who s been sleeping in Xavier s head and also links up to the New Mutants Some New Mutants lore is really needed to completely appreciate the issue, but so it goes 7 10 And then Jerk 168 is onecoda, showing how the X Men react to their return and why Kitty belongs in the X Men It s another nice story, though not as notable as what came before it 7 10.God Loves, Man Kills The Dark Phoenix Saga gets all the attention, but this graphic novel is at least as much of a masterpiece of Claremont s 80s X Men writing All along, mutants have been used as a metaphor for the underprivileged in society, but this is the volume that makes it explicit, equating them to blacks and Jewish people alike It also features extremely human villains in Stryker and the Purifiers both of whom continue to make waves decades later , but if anything these humans aredangerous than any other enemy the X Men have faced, thanks to the dark, grittiness of this tale The artwork by Brent Anderson is also terrific vastly superior to almost any comics of the time 9 10 Morlocks 169 170 This two parter is crucial mainly for what it introduces to the X Men mythos the Morlocks, another imaginative and interesting Claremont invention The story itself, with a kidnapped Angel, is just minorly interesting until Ororo takes on Callisto in one of her greatest character defining moments 6 10 Rogue 171 The introduction of Rogue to the X Men is superb for its deep continuity and for what it says about Professor X and the role of the X Men 8 10.Wolverine mini series Claremont and Miller s original Wolverine miniseries is still astoundingly good The integration of Wolverine into Japan is perfect, especially with its combination of modern crime and ancient Samurai culture The characterization of Wolverine himself is also very strong Hand in hand, Miller really steps up with the artwork, especially in the final issue, which is sublime 9 10.Wolverine s Wedding 172 173 This is a very nice continuation of the mini series, but with X Men What s particularly impressive is how Claremont manages to spotlight so many characters So we get the continuation of the plot with Wolverine and the crime families, even bringing in the Viper plot from New Mutants then we get a nice arc of change for Storm and finally we get a lovely acceptance of Rogue into the X Men However my favorite may be a couple of panels of Madeline with Lockheed on page 722, long before the character assassination that followed the appearance of X Factor Overall, an excellent comic on many levels 8 10.Dark Phoenix Returns 174 175 Three years later, it was very appropriate to return to the question of Dark Phoenix, and also to give answer to the questions about Madelyne for a time, at least, as Claremont insisted on muddying the waters afterward It s a nice mini story, particularly for showing what a badass the highly trained Cyclops over Overall, a nice anniversary story that puts Jean Grey to rest once and for all until the marketers got a hold of her for X Factor 7 10.Scavenger Hunt A7 One of the few classic Claremont X Men stories that s totally not worth reading It s a long snipe hunter after the Impossible Man that s supposed to be funny and usually isn t Skip 1 10.Magik X Men 160 was amazing, but it left many questions unanswered, like what happened to Illyana in her 7 years in Limbo The answer could have totally sputtered out, but instead Claremont excels, offering a story almost as great as its predecessor Part of the joy is seeing these weird, warped version of the X Men Part is seeing a bitof timey wimeyness But the best part of the story is simply the terrific depiction of Illyana s apprenticeship how she went from being an innocent girl to the dark childe Sadly, when Illyana s story finally came to a close in Inferno some years later it wasn t nearly as good as what was set up here 8 10 Claremont obviously still has it in these stories, but his era of greatness was quickly coming to an end.

  6. Rumi Bossche Rumi Bossche says:

    Word it already for the Wolverine mini series from Miller and the Graphic Novel God loves man kils alone I had some Trouble in the middle part, Chris Claremont is very talkative at times But still this is the golden age of the X men Just liked the last omnibus a tiny bit better.

  7. Blindzider Blindzider says:

    Just about all of this was a reread for me, having read and owned nearly all of these issues contained within in one form or another.The first 1 3 has the X Men fighting the Brood, an alien species clearly a rip off of the Alien movie, however, Claremont uses itto really test the X Men and see how they react to an impending doom Between this multi part story which I felt was just a couple issues too long and the ground breaking God Loves, Man Kills graphic novel, this is some very grim Just about all of this was a reread for me, having read and owned nearly all of these issues contained within in one form or another.The first 1 3 has the X Men fighting the Brood, an alien species clearly a rip off of the Alien movie, however, Claremont uses itto really test the X Men and see how they react to an impending doom Between this multi part story which I felt was just a couple issues too long and the ground breaking God Loves, Man Kills graphic novel, this is some very grim stuff that you can really feel in the tone of the stories There s quite a bit of the hallmark characterization defined by the large amount of dialogue and thought balloons and to a lesser extent the narration which I felt was less than normal and can be a turn off for many Reading this stories again was very comforting, like visiting old friends who you haven t seen in awhile.This volume also contains a defining story for Wolverine, the mini series with Frank Miller, where Logan is shown to have the nobility and honor of a fallen samurai This aspect of Wolverine really cemented my love for the character, that along with his constant battle for control over his inner beast Continuing from this is another grim story for him in the regular pages of the X Men.There s also a reprinting of the four issue Magick miniseries which was new to me I ve always been curious what happened to Illyana during that time in Limbo While the story and art were just fine, it was a letdown for me It just didn t seem to have the oompf I was looking for The extras in the book are too numerous to mention, but all add some weight and quality to this omnibus volume, another highpoint for the X Men

  8. Jerome Gordon Jerome Gordon says:

    The end of the Brood Saga, great stuff Also first appearance of Captain Marvel with her new powers.

  9. Simon Farrow Simon Farrow says:

    The best volume yet, Paul Smith s art was so bold and striking.

  10. Lance Grabmiller Lance Grabmiller says:

    Reliving my youth again Collects The Uncanny X men 154 175 February 1982 November 1983 , The Uncanny X men Annuals 6 7 1982 and 1983 , part of Special Edition X men 1 1983 , Marvel Graphic Novel 5 God Loves, Man Kills , 1982 , Wolverine 1 4 September December, 1982 , Magik 1 4 December 1983 April 1984 , X men related entries from The Officcial Handbook to the Marvel Universe 1 15 January 1983 May 1984 and tons of other supplemental material.X men 172 173 was what first s Reliving my youth again Collects The Uncanny X men 154 175 February 1982 November 1983 , The Uncanny X men Annuals 6 7 1982 and 1983 , part of Special Edition X men 1 1983 , Marvel Graphic Novel 5 God Loves, Man Kills , 1982 , Wolverine 1 4 September December, 1982 , Magik 1 4 December 1983 April 1984 , X men related entries from The Officcial Handbook to the Marvel Universe 1 15 January 1983 May 1984 and tons of other supplemental material.X men 172 173 was what first story really got me hooked on comics as a kid Wasn t the first comics I had, or even the first X men, but these stories haunted me and made me a diehard X men fan Was a joy to read them again A really outstanding stretch of material from Claremont The Brood Saga, the first Wolverine miniseries, the introduction of the Morlocks, the introduction of Rogue as the newest X man, the transformations of Storm and Illyana Rasputin, the God Loves, Man Kills graphic novel All amazing stuff Wasn t just nostalgia, but truly epic work from a master at the head of his game This is by far the greatest of the three omnibuses and really returns to greatness that hasn t really been seen since the end of the of the Dark Phoenix saga years earlier

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  1. Sean Gibson Sean Gibson says:

    Claremont s and Byrne s team up on X Men is one of the most influential runs on a superhero comic book ever They simultaneously went bigger andhuman, with epic plots that stayed grounded through character driven storytelling If you re a fan of capes and tights funnybooks, you should read it, both because it s excellent and because you ll see how it helped shape future books This collection is particularly epic, with the Brood Saga, Claremont and Frank Miller s Wolverine solo miniseries, Claremont s and Byrne s team up on X Men is one of the most influential runs on a superhero comic book ever They simultaneously went bigger andhuman, with epic plots that stayed grounded through character driven storytelling If you re a fan of capes and tights funnybooks, you should read it, both because it s excellent and because you ll see how it helped shape future books This collection is particularly epic, with the Brood Saga, Claremont and Frank Miller s Wolverine solo miniseries, and the unbelievably powerful God Loves, Man Kills included.With that said, it s time to come to Marvel s aid once again and help them realize how they can mine their character library to conquer new entertainment genres, just as we did in helping Marvel dive into the cheesy sitcom world with Doctor, Doctor This time, let s help Marvel conquer the teen dramedy realm with the WB s next smash hit DAYS OF OUR FUTURE LIVES Dramatis PersonaeSCOTT SUMMERS, a serious young man with the ability to shoot concussive energy blasts from his eyes energy he can t control due to a childhood accident that damaged his brain In a relationship with Jean Grey.JEAN GREY, a thoughtful young woman struggling to control her ability to read thoughts and move objects with her mind In a relationship with Scott Summers, but maybe interested in someone else.HENRY HANK MCCOY, a budding scientific genius whose enhanced strength, speed, and agility make him as athletically gifted as he is academically inclined Prone to antiquated oaths WARREN WORTHINGTON III, a wealthy scion of a famous American industrialist who soars through the skies on angel like wings Confident that no woman can resist his charms BOBBY DRAKE, a bubbly, comical young man who can turn his body into solid ice and manipulate it in various ways Wrestling with his sexual identity.PROFESSOR CHARLES XAVIER, the founder of the Xavier School for the Gifted and a world renowned scientist who is also the world s most powerful telepath Loves Moira McTaggert.LOGAN, a teacher at the school whose skeleton is laced with the unbreakable metal adamantium and whose healing factor makes him almost impossible to beat Drinks, smokes, and doesn t care about much except maybe Jean Grey.MOIRA MCTAGGERT, a teacher at the school and expert in genetics Loves Professor Charles Xavier and Sean Cassidy.SEAN CASSIDY, a teacher at the school who uses sonic screams to fly and generate concussive force attacks Loves Moira McTaggert INT CLASSROOM DAYTIMEPROFESSOR CHARLES XAVIER sits at the head of a classroom built into the sprawling mansion that serves as the Charles Xavier School for the Gifted Pale, weak beams of late afternoon sunlight stream through windows that run nearly from floor to ceiling Bookshelves, neatly organized, ring the other walls Next to Professor Xavier sits a plain oak desk, well built but unadorned Five students, SCOTT SUMMERS, JEAN GREY, BOBBY DRAKE, WARREN WORTHINGTON, and HENRY HANK MCCOY, listen in various states of attentiveness as the Professor speaks PROFESSOR X Of course, in years past, this would simply have been an ethical thought experiment Now, however, with the emergence of mutants with our emergence we must wrestle with the uncomfortable possibility that someone might actually be able to travel back in time and murder Hitler in his crib BOBBY whispering loudly to HENRY He knows it s almost 5 o clock, right And that it s Friday, right Like, some evil mutant hasn t taken over his brain and forced him to make our brains hurt right before we go drink ourselves into comas, right HANK I think he can hear you, Robert.BOBBY still whispering loudly Duh, the guy s a telepath he can hear me even when I m not talking.HANK Then why are you whispering BOBBY shrugging I didn t want to be rude.Professor X tents his fingers and stares at Bobby, who looks everywhere around the room except for at the Professor After a tense moment, the Professor smiles.PROFESSOR X As a matter of fact, Bobby, I could.BOBBY looking nervous Really PROFESSOR X Quite easily.WARREN Could what, Professor JEAN Make Bobby stand up in front of the class and sing I m a Little Teapot while he pees his pants.BOBBY Great Everyone s a mind reader except for me I got the gluten free cookies of powers SCOTT Focus up, team our lesson isn t over.The door bursts open LOGAN leans in the doorway and looks up at the clock LOGAN Wrong, Summers Five o clock you re done for the day Right, Chuck PROFESSOR X frowning We might have been, but for Bobby s untimely interruption.LOGAN Rules are rules.PROFESSOR X You ve never been much for rules, Logan.LOGAN I am when it s beer o clock.Logan turns and leaves The students stare at Professor X expectantly He sighs PROFESSOR X Make sure you complete your reading assignment for Monday Go.The students leap to their feet, all except for Scott, and scramble for the door.PROFESSOR X And Bobby Bobby stops in the doorway and looks back, nervous.PROFESSOR X Watch yourself you can t keep up with Logan And if you don t do your reading, I d consider wearing rubber shorts on Monday.Bobby nods and runs out of the room.SCOTT Was that a joke, Professor PROFESSOR X I hope so It depends on Mr Drake s willingness do what he is supposed to do The two stare at each other in silence for a moment.SCOTT What s the right answer, Professor PROFESSOR X To the Hitler question There is no single answer It s wholly dependent on the individual s morality SCOTT But what would you do PROFESSOR X Truly I think I would end it before it began To be able to prevent so much suffering The Professor shakes his head.PROFESSOR X And you Now Scott stares out the window, lost in thought PROFESSOR X Scott SCOTT hesitant I don t I don t think I could do it Our mission should always be to protect lives Professor X rolls over to the window and the two of them look out over the grounds of the estate together.PROFESSOR X It s a noble ideal I d like to believe that s possible in practice INT BAR EVENINGLogan, Bobby, Henry, Warren, and Jean are sitting quietly at a table in a local dive bar The juke box is playing Journey s Any Way You Want It over and over and over in the background Everyone has a beer in front of them, save for Jean, who is sipping a white wine, and Warren, who has a glass of red wine.HENRY inclining his head toward the jukebox I assume, Robert, that you re responsible for inflicting this repeated sonic assault on us BOBBY C mon This is a classic It s retro Retro, Hank LOGAN I ll give you retro, kid.Logan reaches over, picks up Bobby s beer, and quickly drains it, slamming the mug back down on the tabletop.BOBBY Hey That wasn t even a little retro Do you even know what that means And those cost money, you know Of which I have little.LOGAN Relax pretty boy ll pick up the tab.WARREN That s presumptuous BOBBY I don t think so you ARE pretty.Bobby signals the waiter for another drink.HENRY Where s Scott Everyone looks at Jean.JEAN He was talking to the Professor I m sure he ll be here soon.BOBBY Yeah, it probably just takes a while to get his nose out of Xavier s ass It s huge.HENRY I never thought the Professor had a particularly large derriere BOBBY I meant Scotty s nose That thing s got its own gravity.HENRY Well, well, Robert making an intellectual joke I find it fascinating how intelligence is for you like pool and darts are for most people you start out being average at best, but become demonstrablyadept after a couple of drinks.BOBBY Wait until I ve had five.HENRY That s when you descend back below your starting point.The waiter brings Bobby s drink and the two exchange smiles The waiter walks away with one last backward glance at Bobby.BOBBY Whatever It s Friday, we re out, and that waiter is, uh, yeah, that waiter is nice.WARREN I didn t actually say I was picking up the tab, you know.JEAN Warren WARREN Okay I ve got it I was just messing with Bobby.BOBBY quietly I wish you would HENRY What was that BOBBY Nothing look, there s Scott.Scott enters the bar and comes over to the table Before he sits down, the waiter comes over.WAITER What can I get you SCOTT Just a glass of water thanks.WAITER nodding Can I do anything for anyone else The waiter and Bobby exchange glances Bobby looks down at the table.LOGAN Threebeers, twoglasses of wine, extra ice for dishrag s water, and six shots of tequila.SCOTT Logan, you know I don t drink.LOGAN I know, wild man Two of those shots are for me.The waiter bustles off to fulfill the order In the momentary silence, Any Way You Want It abruptly starts up again Scott looks at Bobby.SCOTT Your doing BOBBY Always.HENRY What kept you Scott stares off into the distance HENRY Scotty SCOTT Sorry I m just thinking about something Jean reaches over and touches Scott s arm JEAN It s just a hypothetical let it go.WARREN I think I missed something.LOGAN Summers has his knickers in a twist, just like always does it matter why HENRY I assume, from what was either Jean s astute observational skills in action or power aided mind theft, that Scott is still wrestling with the Professor s question.The waiter returns with the drinks Logan passes them around the table, keeping a beer and two shots for himself.LOGAN It ain t a tough decision you kill the baby, save millions Drink up.Logan raises his first shot to the group and tips it back Everyone except for Scott follows suit Logan proceeds to down half of his beer Bobby tries to keep up, but starts to choke Warren pounds him on the back HENRY It s a moral conundrum, to be sure, but if you re at all of a Bentham esque turn of mind, I m inclined to agree with Logan.BOBBY I have no idea what you just said.Bobby finishes his beer, earning a nod from Logan, who does the same.WARREN I mean, I wouldn t want to have to do it myself, but I think it s probably the right call.SCOTT Jean Jean looks troubled as she sips her wine.JEAN I don t know that I could do it But it would be the right thing to do.Logan raises his other shot and nods to Jean before downing it He then signals the waiter for another round.SCOTT No.HENRY You re taking this way too seriously, fearless leader Hitler is already dead, you know.Scott shakes his head and pounds his fist on the table.SCOTT No The waiter hustles over.WAITER Everything okay over here Scott looks at the waiter, his strange, ruby red sunglasses practically glowing WARREN We re fine.BOBBY You re fine You re both fine We re all fine Bobby tries to drink from his glass before realizing that it s empty The waiter leaves.SCOTT You know I respect all of you But you re all wrong LOGAN Suit yourself, Slim We all know you ain t got the stomach to be a real leader.Scott stares at Logan, his expression blank The waiter returns with another round of drinks and shots Logan and Bobby enthusiastically down theirs, but the others don t touch them.LOGAN World likes nice guys You be one of those World needs guys who aren t afraid to do the dirty work Logan looks at Jean and winks.LOGAN Ladies do, too So I ll be one of those.SCOTT You re out of line, Logan Logan pounds the table enthusiastically LOGAN Lines Good idea Drake, I know you re in.BOBBY Yes Yes, I am into lines Bobby looks at Henry.BOBBY whispers loudly What are lines LOGAN C mon, ice balls I ll get you fixed up.Logan grabs Bobby by the arm and leads him toward the bathroom HENRY Oh my stars and garters I d better go keep an eye on them.Henry follows the others to the bathroom SCOTT He s going to need help Scott follows Henry to the bathroom Jean sighs WARREN Looks like it s just you and me, Red.JEAN It ll never be just you and me.WARREN Jeanie, I m sorry about that I know I said almost even did some things I shouldn t have And being drunk was no excuse.JEAN You re right it wasn t, and it isn t.WARREN I know I know It s just that I never mind I m sorry JEAN You have no idea how hard it is being the only woman in this group.WARREN Harder than being a guy who has angel wings growing out of his back JEAN Yes A lot harder.WARREN Fair enough I was kidding Though it is tough, to be fair At least you look normal from head to toe.JEAN I know I didn t mean to snap it s just that I always feel like I m being sized up Everyone s got an agenda You want me to be a notch in your bedpost Bobby wants me be his cover story Hank well, I think Hank s in love with me.WARREN Hank is definitely in love with you.JEAN Scott, of course, is Scott WARREN Scott s in I can t function if Jean Grey isn t my life partner and soulmate with you And then there s Logan JEAN He s such a creep SUCH a creep.WARREN True But you still kind of like him, don t you Jean looks down at her nearly empty glass and shrugs JEAN No Yes I don t know I love Scott I always will And I don t want Logan not in that way But, it s like it s like those stupid candy pumpkins at Halloween.WARREN You lost me.JEAN Those things are terrible they re glowing orange and they taste like chemicals and have the worst aftertaste and make you nauseous for hours But, once you eat one, you just wantyou know they re terrible for you and disgusting and you should just throw them away, but you just crave them and eat them non stop until you remember how bad they are and you feel awful and wretched and stupid when you re done WARREN Are you talking about circus peanuts Those are gross.JEAN No the pumpkins The mallowcreme pumpkins Like candy corns Forget the pumpkins I just argh Why is this so hard WARREN Kind of makes you wish Magneto would attack right now, doesn t it JEAN At least when that happens, you know what s right and what s wrong Logan, Bobby, Henry, and Scott return from the bathroom Logan is grinning and wired, Bobby looks sick, Henry looks worried, and Scott looks grim WARREN You re back You don t look so good, Bobby.BOBBY Mom JEAN What did you do to him, Logan LOGAN Nothin he can t handle.SCOTT That s debatable HENRY We need to get Bobby some medical attention Soon.BOBBY Mom SCOTT Logan and I need to have a word first Outside.LOGAN You ain t got the guts.SCOTT Try me.LOGAN Same guy who wouldn t kill Hitler SCOTT Outside Now.JEAN Scott, don t do this.SCOTT Stay out of it, Jean.JEAN Don t talk to me like that.LOGAN Tough guy when it comes to the ladies, aren t you, Slim Scott s visor flares red.LOGAN Don t lose control Chuck wouldn t like that.Jean grabs Scott s arm.JEAN Logan, back off Scott s right you re way out of line.BOBBY Grandma HENRY We need help Now.Warren pulls out his phone HENRY Don t call 911 I m not sure if he can control his powers when he s, um, whatever he is Coked out would be the technical medical term, I guess.WARREN Then what do we do HENRY We need to call Moira.JEAN She ll tell the Professor.HENRY Would you rather Bobby die Because we can put that on your conscience if you want.JEAN Dammit.SCOTT Warren call Moira Tell her to meet us at the mansion Hank you and Jean get Bobby into a cab and go Now.Warren dials Henry and Jean struggle to get Bobby, who s on the verge of losing consciousness, to his feet.HENRY What are you going to do SCOTT Logan and I will be right behind you Warren begins talking into the phone as he leads the way out of the bar, Henry and Jean trailing behind with Bobby propped up in between them Scott and Logan watch them go.LOGAN Ain t my fault he can t heal himself like I can.SCOTT You re right it s just your fault that he ingested enough cocaine to kill a horse Or maybe a young man you re supposed to be watching out for.LOGAN A man makes his own decisions and accepts the consequences Hard to see that when you spend all day tryin to make other people s decisions for em, I guess.Scott and Logan stare at each other in silence LOGAN It s a dilemma, ain t it You wanna blast me want it so bad you can taste it but doin that would tell everyone here what you are, and you ain t gonna put yourself at risk like that.SCOTT It s not about me it s about Jean, Hank, Bobby, and the Professor.Logan grins.LOGAN And me SCOTT It s never about you no matter how much you want it to be.LOGAN Jeanie might think different.Scott s visor flares red again.SCOTT If you ever touch her, we ll find out whether your healing factor can regrow limbs.LOGAN That a threat, Slim SCOTT It s a promise.The two stand toe to toe, glaring After a moment, Logan smiles and pats Scott on the shoulder.LOGAN Maybe you got a little fire in your belly after all, Summers Not enough to actually do anything if I decide I m done dealing with your shit, but there s somethin there Nurture it Grow it It s your only chance to survive this shithole world.Logan heads to the door.LOGAN I ll get us a cab.Logan walks out Scott grinds his teeth The waiter approaches WAITER I take it, uh, that ll be all I ve got the check SCOTT Yeah That s all Scott hands the waiter a credit card The waiter walks away as Scott looks into his empty wallet.SCOTT Thanks, Warren END OF ACT I


  2. Anna Anna says:

    Trust me when I tell you I m getting all of these babies eventually.


  3. Cameron H Cameron H says:

    Oh, man I didn t expect to be as affected by the Belasco stuff It was genuinely, disturbing Nor did I expect that Wolverine could ever say or do anything that would make me feel, well, anything, but here we are.


  4. Sean Curley Sean Curley says:

    Chris Claremont s first run on Marvel s Uncanny X Men comic ran from 1976 to 1991, a period in which heor less invented the X Men as popular culture has come to know them, turning it from a struggling title revived after cancellation into a massive property that would dominate Marvel s publishing strategy for the next quarter century until the gods changed with the rise of Marvel Studios and the Avengers properties The Omnibus series of Claremont s run now gets its third volume, coverin Chris Claremont s first run on Marvel s Uncanny X Men comic ran from 1976 to 1991, a period in which heor less invented the X Men as popular culture has come to know them, turning it from a struggling title revived after cancellation into a massive property that would dominate Marvel s publishing strategy for the next quarter century until the gods changed with the rise of Marvel Studios and the Avengers properties The Omnibus series of Claremont s run now gets its third volume, covering material published from February 1982 to March 1984 in the main series, until November 1983 Volumes 1 2 were largely self contained, but Volume 3 sees the X Men s ancillary materials and spin offs begin to make their presence felt New Mutants, the companion title that launched in this period, is not collected here, though its characters presence begins to be felt if you are interested in those, investigate the New Mutants Classic collected editions.Volume 3 continues to show Chris Claremont at the peak of his creative power, juggling numerous storylines and characters with apparent ease over the years, the juggling act would wear a bit thin, unfortunately, but those days are a ways off His most famous artistic collaborator and co plotter, John Byrne, had long since moved on to other things Fantastic Four, namely , leaving this volume to be illustrated by a diverse roster of artists, including Claremont s original collaborator Dave Cockrum, his replacement Paul Smith, and smaller guest pencils from the likes of Bill Sienkiewicz Claremont s future New Mutants collaborator, albeit without the highly distinctive style that he would pioneer there ancillary projects feature the likes of Frank Miller then a rising star from his work on Daredevil , Brent Anderson, and Sal Buscema Reading these volumes make for an interesting means of observing the development of artistic styles, as Marvel slowly turns away from the fairly uniform house style of the 1960s and 1970s into the 1980s, where stylistic distinction would soon become very common Paul Smith s expressive, somewhat cartoony pencils are the most interesting of the volume, in my opinion More detailed comments on the story content of this volume follow view spoiler UXM 154 157 Kicking off the volume with the appearance of the rogue Shi ar princess Deathbird and her new allies, the Brood, who will be dominating presences in this volume Plot payoffs here include the reveal that Corsair is Cyclops father, something that was first revealed to the audience over 50 issues prior.UXM 158 Claremont continues to incorporate Carol Danvers Ms Marvel, whose solo series he wrote for a time, into his X Men run, and Rogue, future mainstay of the team, makes her first appearance in an X Men comic.UXM 159 And now for something completely different, the X Men fight Dracula, who, as with so many villains and, one might say, Claremont himself is fixated on Storm This segment features one of my favourite bits in this whole volume, namely, the attempt by various characters to use crucifixes against Dracula, only to learn that that will not work if they don t believe in the religion behind the crucifix Kitty Pryde remedies this by using her Star of David necklace.UXM 161 Another major one off story where, in the midst of the developing Brood arc, we get significant backstory for the relationship of Professor X and Magneto This issue goes a long way toward redefining Magneto into the comprehensible extremist that audiences have come to know and love.UXM 162 167 We now arrive at the Brood Saga proper, as the X Men return to the stars to confront the fairly obviously inspired by the Xenomorphs villains who actually prefigure many developments for the Xenomorphs in the as yet unmade Aliens There s some really soulful material here, such as Storm s burgeoning commitment to the fantastical spacedwelling species the Acanti space whales, basically , or the heroic fatalism of the protagonists as they commit themselves to one last great action in the face of seeming death of course, they can t die, but they don t know that This also sees significant developments for Carol Danvers, who gains a new powerset and a new mission as Binary, a hero too powerful to remain on Earth, lest she interfere too much with storytelling.UXM Annual 6 Dracula returns, once again with an eye for storm, and bringing with him some characters from Marv Wolfman s seminal 1970s Marvel horror comic Tomb of Dracula though readers of those omnibuses may be a bit piqued at the handling of female lead Rachel Van Helsing.X Men God Loves, Man Kills Claremont and Brent Anderson deliver this famous graphic novel, which provided much of the basis for the 2003 film X2 X Men United, pitting the X Men against religious fanaticism This is the first of what would become something of a tradition even a cliche , the X Men united with Magneto in common cause against an anti mutant enemy It s quite a brutal story in some ways, opening with two prepubescent children being executed by gun wielding thugs.UXM 168 With the arrival of the New Mutants to the X Mansion, Kitty attempts to ward off being reassigned to them perhaps Professor X should have stuck to his guns, particularly given the burgeoning attraction of Kitty to teammate Colossus, who s too old for this to be really comfortable reading Also significantly, we see the debut of Madelyn Pryor, future retcon snarl, but at this point just a young woman who happens to look surprisingly like Jean Grey.UXM 169 170 Another piece of the X Men s expanded world falls into place as Storm and a few companions venture into the sewers to fight Callisto and the Morlocks, placing the focus on Storm s gradually developing turn away from her earth mother person, becoming harder andprone to violence The X Men s rich gallery of female characters is commonly remarked upon notable here how longtime X Man angel is a dude in distress for two issues, and I don t think even has a line.UXM 171 As a variety of plots advance, the most notable development is the arrival at the X Mansion of Rogue, whose acceptance into said mansion prompts Binary to sever her ties with the group, in a major test of Professor X s redemptive, generous philosophy.Wolverine 1 4 Chris Claremont teams up with Frank Miller to tell the tale of Wolverine s first major solo title the first of many, many such spotlights for good old Logan Miller s creations from Daredevil, the Hand, also appear, and Claremont and Miller introduce an array of new characters like Yukio and Lord Shingen This material would provide much of the inspiration for the 2013 film The Wolverine I have never been as big a fan of Miller as an artist as many even here, relatively early on, his style is developing into something very blocky and often ugly But it s a very good story.UXM 172 173 Immediately following on the events of the Wolverine miniseries any readers of Uncanny who weren t buying that might have been annoyed , this is the story of Wolverine s abortive Japanese engagement though perhaps evenconsequently, an epic team up between Storm and Yukio leads to Storm debuting her mohawk hairstyle, which would define her look for most of the rest of the decade.UXM 174 175 The long gestating arc around Madelyn Pryor finally pays off in a Cyclops showcase that, had Claremont been left to his own devices, would have given Scott Summers something of an exit and happy ending But then, to quote Don Michael Corleone, every time he thinks he s out, Marvel editorial and fan demand has other ideas But regardless, this is a great story.UXM Annual 7 An easy way to tell if a story is filler does it feature the Impossible Man Magik 1 4 The final ancillary title here, this Chris Claremont Sal Buscema collaboration provides rather belated expansion on the events of Uncanny X Men 160, where Illyana Rasputin, the baby sister of Colossus, was abducted into Limbo and, after being left behind for a moment, emerged the better part of a decade older In Magik, Claremont plunges deep into the mystical side of the X Men universe he is building, and, with a rather grim fatalism, shows Illyana s struggle to retain her soul even as Lord Belasco, the demonic ruler of Limbo, is intent on making her into a weapon Essentially a four issue piece of backstory Illyana in the present day having long since become a New Mutant , this is a rather uniquely focused and important storyline, given how some things would play out later hide spoiler And that s the end of Volume 3 Well, we ll hopefully only have a year or two to wait until the release of Volume 4


  5. Shannon Appelcline Shannon Appelcline says:

    My first X Men comic was Rom 17 and18 , but after that I hunted down back issues, digging down to X Men 138 So, I missed out on the Dark Phoenix saga I got the entirely fascinating X Men 141 that kicked off the Days of Future Past but I couldn t find an affordable142 for years later My grandmother finally bought it for me, even though she didn t really approve of comics However it was only in the late 140s that I was able to regularly buy the comic, and so it was the 150s and My first X Men comic was Rom 17 and18 , but after that I hunted down back issues, digging down to X Men 138 So, I missed out on the Dark Phoenix saga I got the entirely fascinating X Men 141 that kicked off the Days of Future Past but I couldn t find an affordable142 for years later My grandmother finally bought it for me, even though she didn t really approve of comics However it was only in the late 140s that I was able to regularly buy the comic, and so it was the 150s and the 160s that really won me over to the comic, from Kitty s Fairy Tale in the last Omnibus , to the paired space sagas here and the introduction of the New Mutants And, they were amazing totally unlike anything else I d seen in comics They covered fantasy, humor, and science fiction They introduced new characters, but also built on a rich history I ve been eager to reread these groundbreaking stories for some time, and am thrilled that the Omnibuses finally reached this X era.The Deathbird Saga 154 157 This space adventure shows the amazing potential of the X Men in the early 80s It s got an interstellar empire, backstabbing politics, and a weird and scary new alien race in the Brood There are some rough bits here and there, which I suspect were a disconnect between Claremont Cockrum, but this nonetheless is amazing, groundbreaking storytelling that still holds up today 8 10.Shorts 158 161, A6 Back to Earth 158 , the X Men focus on a number of subplots, from the revelation of Corsair to the return of Linda Danvers It s a nice issue that shows how skilled Claremont was at moving along a number of character arcs The fight between Linda and the Brotherhood may actually be the weakest part of the issue, though it s a nice character moment for Danvers 7 10 The Dracula story 159 is shocking for its juxtaposition of horror and the X Men It s a nice moody issue, but not a particularly deep one some time later, Dracula s return Annual 6 hits largely the same notes 7 10 Chutes and Ladders 160 may be my favorite X Men story of all time It s pretty shocking how much Claremont manages to fit into this tightly compressed story The timey wimeyness is wonderful, as all the alternate versions of the X Men, however it s nothing compared to the magnificent storyline he sets up for Illyana 10 10 Gold Rush 161 is almost as brilliant for its look at the first meeting between Xavier and Magnus, but even so for its recreation of Magnus as a truly sympathetic character, due to his history in the German concentration camps 9 10.The Brood Saga 162 168 In my opinion this remains one of the best X Men sagas for a number of reasons First, we start off entirely en media res, something seen too infrequently in comics, particularly of this era Then, the plot is rather magnificently told with the individual issues feeling like they each have great closure, but fitting together like puzzle pieces the Wolverine and Storm spotlights are particularly good Along the way, X Men transforms into a high end science fiction comic, with the focus being on interstellar races the brood and the acanthi The result is overall storytelling that s not just enthralling, but very innovative as well 8 10 The return to Earth 167 is a nice coda to the saga, because it pays out the long running question of who s been sleeping in Xavier s head and also links up to the New Mutants Some New Mutants lore is really needed to completely appreciate the issue, but so it goes 7 10 And then Jerk 168 is onecoda, showing how the X Men react to their return and why Kitty belongs in the X Men It s another nice story, though not as notable as what came before it 7 10.God Loves, Man Kills The Dark Phoenix Saga gets all the attention, but this graphic novel is at least as much of a masterpiece of Claremont s 80s X Men writing All along, mutants have been used as a metaphor for the underprivileged in society, but this is the volume that makes it explicit, equating them to blacks and Jewish people alike It also features extremely human villains in Stryker and the Purifiers both of whom continue to make waves decades later , but if anything these humans aredangerous than any other enemy the X Men have faced, thanks to the dark, grittiness of this tale The artwork by Brent Anderson is also terrific vastly superior to almost any comics of the time 9 10 Morlocks 169 170 This two parter is crucial mainly for what it introduces to the X Men mythos the Morlocks, another imaginative and interesting Claremont invention The story itself, with a kidnapped Angel, is just minorly interesting until Ororo takes on Callisto in one of her greatest character defining moments 6 10 Rogue 171 The introduction of Rogue to the X Men is superb for its deep continuity and for what it says about Professor X and the role of the X Men 8 10.Wolverine mini series Claremont and Miller s original Wolverine miniseries is still astoundingly good The integration of Wolverine into Japan is perfect, especially with its combination of modern crime and ancient Samurai culture The characterization of Wolverine himself is also very strong Hand in hand, Miller really steps up with the artwork, especially in the final issue, which is sublime 9 10.Wolverine s Wedding 172 173 This is a very nice continuation of the mini series, but with X Men What s particularly impressive is how Claremont manages to spotlight so many characters So we get the continuation of the plot with Wolverine and the crime families, even bringing in the Viper plot from New Mutants then we get a nice arc of change for Storm and finally we get a lovely acceptance of Rogue into the X Men However my favorite may be a couple of panels of Madeline with Lockheed on page 722, long before the character assassination that followed the appearance of X Factor Overall, an excellent comic on many levels 8 10.Dark Phoenix Returns 174 175 Three years later, it was very appropriate to return to the question of Dark Phoenix, and also to give answer to the questions about Madelyne for a time, at least, as Claremont insisted on muddying the waters afterward It s a nice mini story, particularly for showing what a badass the highly trained Cyclops over Overall, a nice anniversary story that puts Jean Grey to rest once and for all until the marketers got a hold of her for X Factor 7 10.Scavenger Hunt A7 One of the few classic Claremont X Men stories that s totally not worth reading It s a long snipe hunter after the Impossible Man that s supposed to be funny and usually isn t Skip 1 10.Magik X Men 160 was amazing, but it left many questions unanswered, like what happened to Illyana in her 7 years in Limbo The answer could have totally sputtered out, but instead Claremont excels, offering a story almost as great as its predecessor Part of the joy is seeing these weird, warped version of the X Men Part is seeing a bitof timey wimeyness But the best part of the story is simply the terrific depiction of Illyana s apprenticeship how she went from being an innocent girl to the dark childe Sadly, when Illyana s story finally came to a close in Inferno some years later it wasn t nearly as good as what was set up here 8 10 Claremont obviously still has it in these stories, but his era of greatness was quickly coming to an end.


  6. Rumi Bossche Rumi Bossche says:

    Word it already for the Wolverine mini series from Miller and the Graphic Novel God loves man kils alone I had some Trouble in the middle part, Chris Claremont is very talkative at times But still this is the golden age of the X men Just liked the last omnibus a tiny bit better.


  7. Blindzider Blindzider says:

    Just about all of this was a reread for me, having read and owned nearly all of these issues contained within in one form or another.The first 1 3 has the X Men fighting the Brood, an alien species clearly a rip off of the Alien movie, however, Claremont uses itto really test the X Men and see how they react to an impending doom Between this multi part story which I felt was just a couple issues too long and the ground breaking God Loves, Man Kills graphic novel, this is some very grim Just about all of this was a reread for me, having read and owned nearly all of these issues contained within in one form or another.The first 1 3 has the X Men fighting the Brood, an alien species clearly a rip off of the Alien movie, however, Claremont uses itto really test the X Men and see how they react to an impending doom Between this multi part story which I felt was just a couple issues too long and the ground breaking God Loves, Man Kills graphic novel, this is some very grim stuff that you can really feel in the tone of the stories There s quite a bit of the hallmark characterization defined by the large amount of dialogue and thought balloons and to a lesser extent the narration which I felt was less than normal and can be a turn off for many Reading this stories again was very comforting, like visiting old friends who you haven t seen in awhile.This volume also contains a defining story for Wolverine, the mini series with Frank Miller, where Logan is shown to have the nobility and honor of a fallen samurai This aspect of Wolverine really cemented my love for the character, that along with his constant battle for control over his inner beast Continuing from this is another grim story for him in the regular pages of the X Men.There s also a reprinting of the four issue Magick miniseries which was new to me I ve always been curious what happened to Illyana during that time in Limbo While the story and art were just fine, it was a letdown for me It just didn t seem to have the oompf I was looking for The extras in the book are too numerous to mention, but all add some weight and quality to this omnibus volume, another highpoint for the X Men


  8. Jerome Gordon Jerome Gordon says:

    The end of the Brood Saga, great stuff Also first appearance of Captain Marvel with her new powers.


  9. Simon Farrow Simon Farrow says:

    The best volume yet, Paul Smith s art was so bold and striking.


  10. Lance Grabmiller Lance Grabmiller says:

    Reliving my youth again Collects The Uncanny X men 154 175 February 1982 November 1983 , The Uncanny X men Annuals 6 7 1982 and 1983 , part of Special Edition X men 1 1983 , Marvel Graphic Novel 5 God Loves, Man Kills , 1982 , Wolverine 1 4 September December, 1982 , Magik 1 4 December 1983 April 1984 , X men related entries from The Officcial Handbook to the Marvel Universe 1 15 January 1983 May 1984 and tons of other supplemental material.X men 172 173 was what first s Reliving my youth again Collects The Uncanny X men 154 175 February 1982 November 1983 , The Uncanny X men Annuals 6 7 1982 and 1983 , part of Special Edition X men 1 1983 , Marvel Graphic Novel 5 God Loves, Man Kills , 1982 , Wolverine 1 4 September December, 1982 , Magik 1 4 December 1983 April 1984 , X men related entries from The Officcial Handbook to the Marvel Universe 1 15 January 1983 May 1984 and tons of other supplemental material.X men 172 173 was what first story really got me hooked on comics as a kid Wasn t the first comics I had, or even the first X men, but these stories haunted me and made me a diehard X men fan Was a joy to read them again A really outstanding stretch of material from Claremont The Brood Saga, the first Wolverine miniseries, the introduction of the Morlocks, the introduction of Rogue as the newest X man, the transformations of Storm and Illyana Rasputin, the God Loves, Man Kills graphic novel All amazing stuff Wasn t just nostalgia, but truly epic work from a master at the head of his game This is by far the greatest of the three omnibuses and really returns to greatness that hasn t really been seen since the end of the of the Dark Phoenix saga years earlier


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