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Essential X-Men Vol. 2

A book by Chris Claremont

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Great stories, tough villains and interesting dialog

  • Jun 25, 2001
When I was a child, my parents bought groceries at a small neighborhood store run by the parents of a schoolmate. The owner was kind enough to allow me to read the comic books on the shelves while my parents made their purchases. It was there that I learned to enjoy comic books and X-Men were among my favorites. This was the original cast and their battles with super villains are still in my memory.
This collection of sequential issues from #120 to #144 gives you a continuity of the story that was lacking in the original. How frustrating it was when a story would end in a cliff-hanger and it would be a month before you would learn what was next. It also points out what I always felt was the component that defined the superiority of Marvel comics over the others, the quality of the dialog. There are real stories and ideas in the actions, not just the shoot-em-up/beat-em-up tales in others.
The only down side to the collection is that all are in black and white. It tends to make the material look cheap, although the artistry is as good as ever. I read many of these comics when they were originally published and I enjoyed them more now than I did then. This time, I spent more time examining the art work and following the dialog, which makes the plot more exciting. This is advertised as volume 2 and I have embarked on a search for all remaining volumes.

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When X-Men #1 first appeared in the fall of 1991 it shook comicdom to its core. This is a classic collection of the earliest issues of X-Men, introducing many of the characters and themes that continue today.
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ISBN-10: 0785102981
ISBN-13: 978-0785102984
Author: Chris Claremont
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
Publisher: Marvel Comics
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