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New X-Men, Vol. 1: E is for Extinction (New X-Men #1)

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As the mutant population grows, Cassandra Nova utilizes extraterrestrial technology and her mysterious relationship with Charles Xavier to destroy mutantkind, battling X-Men Cyclops, Jean Grey, Emma Frost, Wolverine, and Beast.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published September 27th 2006 by Marvel (first published December 15th 2001)
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Bookwraiths
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The New X-Men: E is for Extinction was written by Grant Morrison and illustrated by Frank Quitely with Leinil Francis Yu and Ethan Van Sciver helping out. When I picked this one up back in 2002, I was an old time X-Men fan; one who had cut his teeth on mutant madness during the twilight days of Claremont and Byrne’s famous run on the title, retained my fandom for years even with Claremont’s ever more convoluted plots and glorified in the tremendous artw
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Sh3lly (Not all those who wander are lost)
This is the beginning of Grant Morrison's reboot of the X-Men, released in 2001. I have never read the original comics (but have seen all the movies and love them). I know some of what happened in the older comics and this is all brand new. Morrison kills sixteen million mutants in like the third issue. So he's pretty much kicking continuity's ass.

The villain in this one is Professor X's twin sister, separated at birth. Jean Grey and Cyclops are here, along with Wolverine, Dr. McCoy, and Emma Fr
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Phillip Berrie
Meh. I really like the X-men, but I'm afraid this story just didn't do it for me.

For one it didn't make a lot of sense with the main protagonist having been around for as long as Professor X, and being as powerful, but never having been heard of before. This is especially true considering the Cerebro and Cerebra mutant detection machines that the X-Men have been using ever since the beginning to detect mutants.

There were also a few cheap gimmicks which I thought cheapened the story such as the c
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Mike
I usually like Grant Morrison's writing, but I wasn't crazy about this. The story didn't flow well, a lot of the time it felt like events just happened haphazardly and randomly. The pacing was strange, too-- in the first chapter, Cassandra Nova monologues about her various evil schemes for like fifteen pages, and then the destruction of an entire country takes one page. Then everyone is kind of like, "well, that happened, let's do something else now."

It may very well be that story seems disjoin
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anthony e.
Not Grant Morrison's best work, but the flaws, I think, are somewhat i nherent in a)the fact that he's been saddled with an awful lot of continuity to make sense of, and b)the fact that he's been saddled with artist's who lack the ability to read into his scripts the necessary movement and pacing. While I haven't read it, I think this is what slowed up Batman R.I.P.

Leinel Yu illsutrates the New X-men Annual contained within this book, and the story is a trainwreck. Morrison's wild ideas are give
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Lloyd
X-Men clad in leather and looking like they belong more in "The Matrix" rather than comic books? Secondary mutations? Genocidal pieces of Xavier's psyche made manifest and sentient? Grant Morrison brought all of these to our beloved X-Men and did so magically...

New X-Men (beginning in this very volume) amped up our mutants, made them something that we'd never seen before. It was the predecessor and literary father to the popular series "Astonishing X-Men" which has gotten critical acclaim and tr
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Kirk Kiefer
I'm not much of an X-Men fan, but I am a fan of Morrison's work on Batman, so I decided to give this a shot when I found it for cheap at a used book store. It was definitely worth the $5 I paid for it.

It is thankfully mostly self-contained, though there are enough things referenced that I am clueless about for me to take off one star (where Cyclops had been, Beast's transformation, etc. etc.) but it wasn't enough to keep me interested or take me out of the story too awful much. That was always m
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Scott Rogers
in 40 years of reading comics, only twice have I been interested in the X-Men: The classic Clairemont/Byrne years and Grant Morrison's New X-Men. This series is like a kick to the head. Familiar concepts are twisted, torn down and reinvented. This is classic Morrison at his strangest, quirkiest, super-hero-iest best. The only bummer is that Frank Quietly couldn't draw the entire series.
Gary Butler
17th book read in 2014.

Number 169 out of 361 on my all time book list.

Follow the link below to see my video review:

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John
I guess I can't do the superhero soap opera thing any longer.
Scott Jeremy Nino Roberts
The book cover looks awesome. I give this book 5 stars.
David Sarkies
Dec 23, 2014 David Sarkies rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who like the X-men
Recommended to David by: The X-men movies
Shelves: superhero
Once again something wants to wipe out all the mutants
29 December 2013

I have read an X-men graphic novel before but it was one of the original X-men comics as opposed to this one, which is more of a revamped version that is darker and grittier that has done away with those really annoying yellow spandex uniforms that they would wear. Also, Wolverine looks a lot more like Hugh Jackman and he doesn't run around with that mask on. In a way it seems that they have decided to follow along with the s
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Andrew
I always forget exactly how good Grant Morrison's beginning to New X-Men is.

Many people equate this as either the best or second best period of X-Men comics. The other contender being the Claremont/Byrne run. I don't know that I would put the overall Morrison series that high (though I am willing to change that estimation this read through if it so impresses), but the way he starts the series is fantastic.

He effectively steps the series up from its complacency and dated storytelling/dialogue/st
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Chris
There is a palpable change in the X-men in this volume, brought about by a new gritty and mature approach to the franchise. Morrison certainly has set out to change the perception of the team, bringing a much more threatening and realistic feel to the plotting with a distinct dark atmosphere.

The art style suits the new tone mirroring the story with the use of dark, moody tones. Each panel is well crafted, and conveys the action in clear and effective displays of graphical prowess. I also like th
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Tiamatty
Grant Morrison opened his run on New X-Men by killing 16 million mutants. That's one hell of an entrance. Luckily, what followed was even better. Morrison brought plenty of action, drama and humour. But he also did something incredibly important: He started bringing mutants out of the shadows. He treated them like a real minority. Not isolated individuals trying to hide their powers, but a significant population, with a culture, and living out in the open. It was a fantastic development.

He threw
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Leila Anani
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Christopher Mclean
This was my first new x-men title as I work through Recent essential Marvel arcs. As with some other classic comics I have read I found the impact of this first volume a little lacking. Many people point to this volume as a turning point for the x-men universe but given my lack of familiarity with that setting any turning point was lost on me.

As far as the actual stories go I found them interesting enough, although quite rushed feeling. there was a bit of a tendency for the storyline and charact
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catechism
+1 for Emma Frost in general and another +1 for genocidal bits of Charles Xavier's psyche made manifest but -1 for weird pacing and -1 for nonsense. And let's just not talk about the fact that I know perfectly well Magneto is not dead and yet I still got pretty upset about it. On the plus side, probably not as upset as Charles.
Amauri
Not an x-reader but a fan of Grant Morrison. I didn't know what to expect, and on some level I don't really know what I got here. In other places I have been very sucked in by Grant's style of giving you puzzle pieces rather than explicit plot points. Here the story seemed fairly straightforward and fairly typical for that. I like Frank Quitely's art but his style wasn't great for these characters. Also I don't know whether he or Grant is to blame but for this, but if the characters weren't tell ...more
C.T. Brown
Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely doing the X-Men, what's not to like? This was my first thought when this came out originally and luckily I was not disappointed. The whole New X-Men arc by this well suited pair begins here and it is worth following all the way through.

Sure, there's a lot of continuity for them to wade through and you probably need a decent grounding in X-Men lore to understand a lot of what goes on but, if you have that prerequisite, you will love it. Rule books are torn up, sac
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Patrick Hudson
Anecdote time: I bought this one at a signing for Supergods that was on the same night as my son's eighth birthday. I talked it over with my son before hand, and he said it was okay, and so I asked Grant to sign it to him on his birthday.

I'm readihng my way through these one by one. They're pretty cheap on amazon right now, and worth a look ig you're a Grant Morrison or X Men fan. It's good fun stuff and I like his take on the characters, but it doesn't quite have the oomph of his subsequent wo
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Travis
One of those comics where there is no middle ground. It is either brilliant or it is painfully bad. Sometimes on the same page. The first three-parter is a good intro to the team and solid first adventure.
Then things start to go wrong for the X-men and you begin to realize that the secret menace Grant has set up, is really stupid.

Decent art and some interesting takes on the characters, but too much forced drama and effort is put into making everyone's dialogue sound clever. There are some great
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Ryan Morris
Interesting to see how many new ideas Morrison brought to the table when he started this New X-Men run that have stuck even until now. A rarity these days for sure. Emma Frost + Beast's secondary mutations; the destruction of Genosha; the beginnings of the Scott/Emma relationship; the "outing" of the X-Men. Frank Quitely's art style seemed off-putting back when these books were first released, but now it seems so slick in its originality. Love it!
The gimmicky sideways-orientated Annual is servic
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Chris
Back in 2000, when I was 6 years into an 11 year absence from comics, I remember hearing about the X-Men relaunch and that Grand Morrison was taking over, and it sounded like a terrible idea. Two years ago, when I got sucked back into the X-Men and trying to catch up on a decade of lost history, I bought Morrison's entire run off e-bay, and was blown away. I know its still a very contentious issue with x-fans, and I don't like everything he did, but it was so new, so original, a shot of creativi ...more
k.wing
This run of X-men really hit on the classic things that we've come to love about X-men: the witticisms between characters, the double entendres, cool art, and the huge girl boobies. I have to admit those did not disappoint in this volume.

However, I found the story skipped around and made me confused a few times: 'what happened to the bald chick again?' I asked myself. Or when my husband peeked over my shoulder, "Why is Professor X wearing lipstick?" (me: "oh. I guess that bald lady DOES look a
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Federiken Masters
Apr 15, 2014 Federiken Masters rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans de los comics en general, de los mutantes de Marvel y de Morrison en general.
Recommended to Federiken by: El enfoque de Morrison.
La tengo en la edición en revistas de Conosur (números 1 al 6, creo), que nunca fue recopilada en libro ni se la reentapó (creo), a diferencia de los Ultimate X-Men. De todos modos, las cuatro estrellitas las subo por el comic en sí, y no por esa funesta edición, en la que no existían acentos, ni signos de apertura, ni el más mínimo sentido común a la hora de traducir. Eso sin contar los textos extras que mostraban que los encargados de hacer la revista eran terriblemente ignorantes de qué estab ...more
Denae Dietlein
I got this volume in hopes of finding a manageable introduction to the X-Men comics, and I think it served that purpose to an extent. Of course the artwork is fantastic and I'm enjoying the storyline thus far, but I can't speak much on a comparison of the New X-Men thread by Morrison to the rest of the canon because of my lack of experience with the comics. As of now, I don't know that I'd recommend this as a starting point to others, but it has been enjoyable. I had to do some research for a fe ...more
Cris Gusmao
A ideia tem muito potencial, mas foi mal explorada. Apesar de respeitar muito o trabalho do Grant Morrison, acho que um plot assim merecia muito mais.
Jesús López
No esta mal, la historia esta muy buena pero tampoco me mato, lo que si espero su continuación. Algo que no me gusto mucho es que pudieron haber hecho las partes de peleas contras centinelas mas gráficas. Pero nada mal
Calificación final: 4 estrellas
Mike
I usually like Grant Morrison a lot, but this one just didn't do it for me. The Cassandra Nova stuff drags where it should be passing right over stuff, and blows right through events that need more breathing room. The Xorn "Man from Room X" stuff could be really creepy and cool, but just ends up feeling nastily "over the top". (And whoever they brought in to pinch-hit for Frank Quitely...is no Frank Quitely). Overall, just not really something I'm interested in pursuing further (unless Rachel an ...more
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Scottish comic book author Grant Morrison is known for culture-jamming and the constant reinvention of his work. He is known for his nonlinear narratives and countercultural leanings in his runs on titles including DC Comics' Animal Man, Batman, JLA, The Invisibles, Action Comics, All-Star Superman, and Doom Patrol, and Marvel Comics' New X-Men and Fantastic Four. Many of these are controversial, ...more
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