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The Evolutionary War Omnibus (Marvel Universe Events #8)

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The High Evolutionary declares war on Earth in this eighties Annual extravaganza, and heroes across the globe must rally to stop him! Featuring the X-Men, Spider-Man, the New Mutants, the Punisher, X-Factor, the Black Panther, the Inhumans, the Eternals and the Fantastic Four! With the villainy of the Kingpin, the Hellfire Club, the Super-Skrull and Terminus!

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Jan 12, 2015 JB rated it really liked it
This omnibus consists of a collection of annuals of different Marvel series written and drawn by some of the greats. To name a few writers: Louise Simonson, Walt Simonson, Mark Gruenwald, David Michelinie etc.

The annuals in this omnibus feature issues of X-Factor, Punisher, Silver Surfer, New Mutants, Amazing Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, X-Men, Web of Spider-Man, West Coast Avengers, Spectacular Spider-Man and Avengers.

My favorite issues in this omnibus are: all the Spider-Man ones especially the
Sep 18, 2016 Stephen rated it liked it
As part of my mission to read through the Marvel Comics of the 1980s, I finally decided to read some Omnibus editions.
This Omnibus collects the various 1988 Marvel Annuals that connected to form the Evolutionary War crossover event.

Collected all together like this, the crossover feels like a real mess. Back in 1988, I only read 4 of these; X-Factor, New Mutants, Uncanny X-Men, and the Avengers. Now that I have read them all, I feel like I did not miss much back then!

Each issue is a self-containe
Feb 27, 2016 Kevruzz rated it liked it
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Having read this entire story, I don’t think I could tell you why the character of High Evolutionary is considered a classic Marvel villain. In fact, I’m not even sure I could tell you why he’s a villain. He has a lot going on, but there’s not much focus to it. He’s sort of an upscale Dr. Moreau dressed as Dr. Doom, but absent the charm or kookiness of either.

The backup stories in each annual chronicling his origin deliver a more compelling and character-driven saga than the main plot, summariz
Dec 07, 2014 Travis rated it it was ok
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Back in the 90's marvel would do big crossovers in all their annuals, with the occasional crossover into a regular title.
Nice way to keep them self contained, but at the same time it felt like nobody wanted to work on them, so the art was really uneven and the stories were all very clunky.

The occasional good bit, but as a whole they never worked very well.
This one is hurt because you are never really sure what the High Evolutionary's grand scheme is, so what he's doing is treated like it's very
Jan 11, 2015 J. rated it liked it
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Well this is very '80s, so you get what you expect. It's greatest strength is that the High Evolutionary actually does manage to fit into the plot of each comic--there's a specific reason why he fights X-Factor, New Mutants, Avengers, and so on. Nothing feels overly random. However, this is also the book's greatest weakness, because when you look back at the 11 schemes H.E. has in the 11 different annuals here, it's hard to make collective sense out of them. I see why he's studying the genetics ...more
Aug 23, 2014 Tiamatty rated it it was ok
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The Evolutionary War is a disjointed, inconsistent mess. Which shouldn't be surprising, given its nature. Rather than have a single writer telling a complete story, they instead had the writer of each book involved contribute a part of it. Some of the stories weren't bad, some actually were bad, and some were downright ridiculous. But none of the stories can really be considered good. And some stories - I'm looking at you, Spider-Man - were used to do massive and pointless retcons that made no ...more
Matthew Ledrew
"Well, this was interesting. A first-of-its-kind comic-book storyline from 1988, crossing over with all the annuals that year."

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Apr 24, 2014 Justin Allen rated it it was amazing
Read this as single issues as a kid... It is STILL A GREAT story!!!
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Jan 07, 2015 Scott rated it really liked it
Read in 2005-6 in single issue format.
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Louise Simonson (formerly Louise Jones, when married to artist Jeff Jones) is an American comic book writer and editor. She is best known for her work on comic book titles such as Power Pack, X-Factor, New Mutants, Superman, and Steel. She is sometimes referred to by the nickname "Weezie".
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