I like how you’re reviewing X-Men #1 and Elliot’s wearing a X-Men shirt 😉
I read the issue and I enjoyed it very much. I am sort of new to the X-men since my only knowledge of them comes from the cartoons of the 90’s and the recent lackluster movie adaptations but I found the book to be solid for the story its trying to tell, though with the ads at the end of the book its not worth 3.99 but the standard price of 2.99 of comics nowadays. Anyone can recommend me excellent X-men reads that are in continuity? I want to get a lot more into the mythology of the franchise. Thanks in advance.
I am not a big fan of the current x-men titles. You should pick up Doomwar instead, because its one of the favourite comics of CCW and the X-Men are in it.
The best x-men comics are collected in the uncanny x-men omnibus or pick up the marvel masterworks with issues 94 up to 150(pretty expensive). Some are collected in cheaper trade formats like X-Men the Dark Phoenix Saga(130-138), which is probably the best storyline of the x-men in continuity. If you really want to spend money on current storylines you should pick up House of M and Messiah Complex and go from there. Out of continuity you should definitely pick up astonishing x-men.
You should definitely try out Doomwar. It’s a very well-thought out story.
As far as good X-Men stories go I’d say the Claremont, Bryne, and Paul Smith era is by far the best X-stories you’ll find out there. I’d say any Uncanny X-Men book around 100-185 is going to be good. These stories have been reprinted in Essentials, which are very cheap and packed with stories. Although they are in black and white so if you’re not a fan of that then I suggest picking up the Masterworks TPBs.
My personal favorite X-Men story is Dark Phoenix Saga by Claremont and Byrne. That story is near-perfect and has been reprinted in TPB form numerous times.
Good luck finding these stories and I hope my recommendations were helpful!
These are all good suggestions, but you don’t have to look very far, the current crossover “Second Coming” is really good, it is the current story line in all the X-books, so if you go to your LCS most should still be out right now. It is very fast paced but has a very clear story line that isn’t hard to follow. It involves major repercussions for the x-men world and it’s continuity. Also it will bring you right up to speed for the new X-men book.(which imo could be better)
i agree with tom here, i thought second coming was pretty good, i actually just recomended it to someone the other day as well.
Thanks hackslash2020, I’ll look into it. Not too sure about Doomwar because I am not that familiar with the Marvel U.
You guys should do an episode where you mostly talk in your ‘fanboi’ voices! Then the drinking game can get crazy fun! Even though I’m too young to drink 🙂
Nate Grey on the cover almost had me buying it. Thank god I waited…
Hell froze over?
X-men review on CCWtv?
Another top notch review E&J
Great review guys, you pretty much summed up my feelings on all things ‘X’.
With so many titles and characters out there right now, I wouldn’t even know were to begin with the X-Men. Which is kind of sad for me, because the Uncanny X-Men was the book that drew me into serious comic book collecting as a kid. Strangely I was more into Dungeons & Dragons and other role-playing games before I got hardcore into comics. Up until the X-Men, comics for me was Richie Rich, Casper the friendly Ghost and shit like that.
I was already reading hard core Sci-Fi and Fantasy books by the time I was 10, thank god my parents had no idea what was happening in those books I was reading =) Anyway I thought comics were for kids, and being a very mature 12 year old I had no time for them. It wasn’t until a friend of mine turned me on to the X-Men that I discovered comics could tell a mature/adult story that I could enjoy. I ended up collecting X-men pretty hardcore and ended up with everything from issue 100 to up to around 150 until I traded most of them to a friend to complete my Master of Kung Fu collection(a superior book in my opinion).
I’ll always be grateful to Claremont/Byrne for making the book that got me into comic collection, however things have just gotten to out of control for me to even consider going back to reading an ‘X’ title.
Thats too bad IM, X-men also got me into reading comics and I do agree that in recent years X-men just aint what it used to be. I have gone from reading 3 or four X-books dropping them all, but while Brubaker was on Uncanny I started picking it up, it meandored for a while, but when this recent story arc Second Coming came, it really brought the old crazyness of the X-titles back. I have really enjoyed it.
But lets be serious now, I will only be picking up Uncanny after “Second Coming”. I do think it is utter garbadge to have 99 title involving the X-Men. And there is no need for an new X-Men book.
I agree with you here. I’ve only been picking up the X-events for awhile now. I have to say Now that M-day is over, I’m curious to see where the X books are going but at the same time, I think it will take them a bit to get back on track.
Why X-Men 1 doesn’t highlight the renewal of the mutant race, and takes advantage of all the great stories that can happen in X-men once again and instead does a wacky throw away tale really speaks to apparently the level of quality the book will have right there.
Great review guys! As usual, you hit all the points that needed a whack.
You’re right: There was ABSOLUTELY NO REASON to make this X-Men book a NEW #1– except GREED. Marvel smartly surmised that making a NEW X-Men #1 would force some folks boycotting the $3.99 books to buy a $3.99 book… And therefore make them MORE susceptible to buying more $3.99 books in the future.
You know the truth. Once you get fucked… You can never be a virgin again… No matter how many times you promise yourself that you only put the “tip” in.
Would REALLY like to know what the TRUE sales numbers are for this book… Comparing the number to the MILLIONS Claremont & Lee sold for their X-Men #1 twenty years ago.
How sad that you have to rely on the summary paragraphs in the front of these books to understand what you are about to read. I personally wouldn’t have ANY IDEA what was going on in ANY of these X-Men books without those blurbs. (The lone exceptions being Whedon and Ellis’ Astonishing X-Men runs. I always “got” what was going on in their books– no cliff notes needed.)
The proliferation of these blurbs also supports your belief that Marvel couldn’t give a whit about CONTINUITY. Why bother with THAT– when you can explain away all your bullshit with a few sentences of REVISIONIST HISTORY? (See Jose’s point about Shadowland advancing Daredevil’s character motivations several leaps past the regular DD continuity– with no real explanation of his acts/feelings coming from inside the “meat” of the actual story.
Jose, your criticism of the crisscrossing titles, changing characters and jumping issue numbers was spot-on brilliance. Could you imagine coming into this hobby brand spankin’ new– only to find all these IMPENETRABLE STORY-LINES… And titles changing their names or main protagonists every three months– then reverting back to their early 1960’s numbering?
How about the poor soldier/comic fan who’s been suffering in a hot zone for 2 or 3 years… Only to arrive safely home and think, “I really want to catch up on ‘The Hulk’ comics.” What a fucking surprise he or she would have. Thank god for trades and hardcovers.
Elliott, my respect for your taste continues to grow. I am a HUGE Warren Ellis fan too. I don’t understand some of the more vehement HATE for the man either. I realize Ellis’ work can be an acquired taste– but I can’t imagine anyone reading several of his books with a truly open mind and not think the he is wicked talented and original.
One of my favorite things about Ellis?
If he writes an entirely new comic with an entirely new concept and characters– like “No Hero”, “Ignition City”, “Black Summer” or “Freakangels” (just to name a few… I could go on and on)… You always believe he knows exactly where his story is going– so you can sit back and just enjoy the ride. IMO this is a rare sign of a truly great writer.
And yes, I’m aware that Warren doesn’t hit it out of the park with every concept or script… but I would fucking kill to have his batting average.
I would also murder to have him continue “Fell” and “Desolation Jones”… He can be such a prick tease sometimes. 😉
It’s amazing how fucked the X-men franchise has become. Uncanny X-men 193 was the comic that got me into collecting back in the day. So sad to see one of the primer titles of the 80’s reduced to this. Morrison and Whedon’s run turned out to be the last gasp of a dying franchise. Same thing with the Teen Titans on the other side.
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