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Marvel Masterworks: The X-Men Volume 3 (Marvel Masterworks: The X-Men #3)

3.49  ·  Rating Details ·  195 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Join the original X-Men - Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast, Angel and Iceman - in these early adventures from the days when Marvel's Merry Mutants were more the quirkiest quintet in comics than the worldwide wunderkinds they are today. Across ten issues, you'll see the X-Men confronted by a host of villains weird and varied - from Count Nefaria and his horde of henchmen to the ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published August 10th 2011 by Marvel (first published 2002)
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Evan Leach
Apr 24, 2012 Evan Leach rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, 1960-1969, marvel
This collection contains issues 22-31 from the original run. The original team consisted of Cyclops, Angel, The Beast, Iceman, and Marvel Girl (Jean Grey). Professor X and his giant mutant brain are on hand to lead the team. I mentioned in my reviews of the first two X-Men Marvel Masterworks that those early issues can be awfully cheesy, and that remains true for issues 22-31 as well…


Yeah. There are a lot of silly costumes and a lot more silly dialogue in this book. These issues were published
Mar 09, 2017 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Cyclops is still whiny as heck
Christopher Rush
Roy Thomas starts off his tenure as writer of the X-Men by showing off his knowledge of Marvel history - this could have been a good thing, had he done something interesting with forgotten characters or former X-Men villains. However, he just sort of parades meaningless moments and characters who should have been forgotten and doesn't do anything spectacular with them. Yes, he does create the Banshee, but he makes him a confusingly-motivated ancient man and needs several tries before he can do s ...more
Kelly Lynn Thomas
The emotional characterization in this volume picks up quite a bit. But I was really annoyed that they call each other by their real names in battles all the time! After making a huge deal about their secret identities in multiple issues. There are other oversights like this that bring down the quality of the book, but if you can ignore it, it's not a huge deal. Some of the villains are ridiculous, like the Maggia (the porcupine guy, I mean come on), but some of them I really enjoyed like the Lo ...more
Jul 23, 2013 Inkling rated it it was ok
The stories are ok. It depends what you're after. There's not much character development happening, but that's to be expected of early comic-book issues. The problem, in my opinion, is that, since it is focusing on action each and every time, the stories seem to always be set in the same pattern - easily spotted every time.

What's a bit annoying, and the other fans of the series have noticed it as well, is the fact that, Roy Thomas, the writer, is such a huge fan of the Marvel universe, that he c
Apr 02, 2013 Kami rated it really liked it
- This one wasn't as fun as the previous 2, but I still enjoyed it.

- Jean should just hook up with Warren!!!!! Why is she wasting her time dreaming of Scott? Scott is so dramatic and emotionally unstable. Warren is good looking, has money, and is more forward about how he feels.

- Jean and Cyclops are just getting annoying. I'm tired of the "Oh, I can't tell her how I feel!" crap!

- I like the new costume change, especially Marvel Girl's.

- It was fun to see a few cameos in this volume. Quicksilve
Jun 12, 2014 J.R. rated it liked it
By story arc
-Nefaria/Maggia - Lame villains, good plot. 3 stars
-Locust - Again, a decent plot, but the villain's costume was too corny: 2.5 stars
-Magic pendant - Extra star for the key plot point of Cyclops accidentally clipping Angel: 2 stars
-Mimic stuff - 3 stars
-Banshee - 4 stars
-Warlock - 2 stars
-Cobalt Man - 2 stars
Edward Davies
Count Nefaria makes his first X-Men appearance, becoming a pretty important character when the series relaunched in 1975. Still, other than the first appearance of Banshee, this is pretty mediocre stuff, possibly because of Roy Thomas coming on as a new wirter and not being able to immediately find his feet.
Mike Wierzbicki
More classic X-Men. I liked Roy Thomas's issues more than Stan Lee's but as with Volumes 1 and 2, these are neat to see how the team has evolved but I wouldn't recommend them to those looking to get into the series.
Oct 27, 2013 Etienne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Certainly the best X-Men volume until now. Lot of actions, cool news characters, story is a lot less repetitive than it was. It set the bar really high for the next one!!
Mar 15, 2011 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I don't like the ComicCraft cover compared to the standard, but this is the one I own.
These ones were a bit boring, but let's wait to see how the story unveils.
Heather Fryling
Mar 02, 2014 Heather Fryling rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure if these are getting better, or if I'm just getting into the humor of the cheesy dialogue, but this is my favorite volume so far.
Brian Mercer
Dec 01, 2014 Brian Mercer rated it liked it
oh man, the tension between Cyclops and Jean Grey is too much to bare!
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Roy Thomas is a comic book writer and editor, and Stan Lee's first successor as editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics. He is possibly best known for introducing the pulp magazine hero Conan the Barbarian to American comics, with a series that added to the storyline of Robert E. Howard's character and helped launch a sword and sorcery trend in comics. Thomas is also known for his championing of Golden A ...more
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