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Marvel Masterworks: The Uncanny X-Men, Vol. 2 (Uncanny X-Men)

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Ever-expanding their ranks, the Children of the Atom combat the evils threatening both mutants and humans - like the Juggernaut and Black Tom Cassidy, Magneto, The Imperial Guard. The Starjammers. Weapon Alpha and Warhawk.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published December 2004 by Marvel Entertainment Group (first published 1982)
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After reading the first volume of “Uncanny X-Men,” I just could not wait to read the second volume of “The Uncanny X-Men” featuring the second generation X-Men! This time, the X-Men are up against even deadlier foes than before and they will have to fight harder then ever before!

What is the story?

Continuing from the first volume after Jean Grey seemingly sacrifices her life to save the X-Men in space, it turns out that Jean Grey has become the Phoenix! Oh, and not only that but the X
This volume charts the classic days of the X-men, as the new team becomes the most popular team, and the creative names behind the book, Claremont, Byrne and Austin take the Uncanny X-men into comic book history.

Volume two introduces the Shi'ar and the Imperial Guard, a full on copy of the Legion of Superheroes translated into Marvel-dom. It is high melodrama and cosmic action that is up there with the Kree-Skrull war as definitive Marvel storytelling. Most importantly, these are the early issue
As part of my continuation reconciliation with the X-Men I picked up the second Uncanny trade. I still love that Wolverine isn't very prominent, although by the end of these stories he is starting to become less of a raging asshole and more of a two-dimensional character. Nightcrawler is obviously Claremont's favorite X-Man (and by extension my favorite so far). Overall the quality of the stories is good, but a couple of fill-in issues with terrible art take a half-star, or the idea of a half-st ...more
There are real leaps in quality in this volume, mostly during the stories centering on Jean Grey and her transformation into the Phoenix. Not only is it satisfying to see Claremont set plates spinning for an endgame that's way off yet, but its also a joy to see a thoughtful storyline that shows Phoenix struggling to control and understand the power that she sees thrust upon her. Superhero stories are all about this in a way, but Claremont, here, begins to take it to its logical conclusion. Throw ...more
Michael Alexander Henke
I'm not entirely sure where this book came from. I know I didn't purchase, but I have no recollection of anyone giving it to me either. It just sort of appeared.
This reprints X-Men 100 - 110 first published in the 70's. It's a classic story that tells of Jean Grey first becoming the Phoenix and learning to cope with it. I know the stories are classics, and I fondly remember some of them from the 90's X-Men cartoon, but boy can they be tough to get through nowadays. The writing style back then co
I'm not sure if this volume should really be getting 3 stars after the previous one got 4; after all, this is the one with the famous Phoenix Saga! You'd think it would be better than its predecessor. But, for whatever reason, it didn't seem to have as much of an impact on me as Volume 1 of this collection did. Maybe I just need a break from the X-men and Chris Claremont's exposition for a bit? I don't know.

In any case, I've learned the following things about the X-men from my forays into their
B. Jay
Claremont starts to really settle into his storytelling pace with the second volume of his first run on the "New X-Men". The addition of Byrne marks the beginning of a historic run as the Phoenix Saga starts coming together.
Individually, these comics still leave a lot to be desired. The characters and their interplay is choppy, but less so than the first volume, and in these issues we see the first glimmerings of traits that make Logan and Ororo the standout characters they become later in the e
Dang Ole' Dan Can Dangle
Much of what I said in my review of the first volume applies to this one as well. Although I'd say that this volume, as a whole, is better.

Claremont's writing gets even better, the quality of the stories gets much better, the characters get heaps of development. The comics show the X-Men in and out of action, and really allows you to get to know them--whether in seeing them play baseball, go on picnics, etc.--without ever feeling forced. A lot of back-story going on as well. We learn Storm's or
The thrills do not stop. First the X-men crash into Jamaica Bay in a space shuttle and one of them emerges reborn: The Phoenix! The X-men are then sent on a vacation, but before they know it they face Black Tom Cassidy, Juggernaut, Magneto (reborn as well from being turned into a child by his own creation Alpha the last time he was seen) and Eric The Red. Seemingly random events from the previous issues now make sense and the X-men are hurled into space to fight a mad alien Emperor who is out to ...more
In this volume of the Marvel Masterworks series we follow the transformation of Jean Gray into Phoenix. The X-Men fight in a wide variety of settings, and it was very cool to see them in space! I loved the SF elements, and the created alien races were brought to life by the wonderful artwork.

Again the interpersonal relationships between the X-Men are well handled, with each member having their own personal agenda's creating conflict for the group. I particularly enjoyed Jean and Scott and there
Collecting X-Men #101-110.
Team roster: Banshee, Colossus, Cyclops, Jean Grey (as Phoenix starting in #101), Nightcrawler, Storm, Wolverine

Beautiful new captions, more colourful, more artistic. Dave Cockrum is simply an amazing artist! The story lines are all connected and there's rarely a stand-alone issue with no connection or no consequences that would affect the later issues.

Perks for this issue include but are not limited to: sexy time with Storm who does not like clothes and will remove the
Loved these stories. I have vague memories of the Shi'ar from the 90s animated series, but it was wonderful to get introduced to this world with such a compelling story.
In these issues, we witness the birth of the Phoenix. There's so much entertainment here from our first look at the Shi'ar Empire and Lilandra, the appearance of The Starjammers (and a certain secret revealed about Corsair), the Colossus/Wolverine fastball special, X-Men playing baseball, a brief page detailing Storm's origins, Wolverine's infatuation with Jean as Scott becomes troubled that she has stopped confiding in him, the relationship that develops between Banshee and Moira McTaggart, an ...more
whoops! Looks like my previous specific comments for Vol. 1 apply more to this collection. The Phoenix is fascinating in it's original form and with the fleshed out stories included in the back ups of the reprints.

A great thing about the Claremont years is that the readers really got a sense of how the X-Men lived. The stories showed the mansion, including individual and personalized rooms, as well as leisure time. It was also great to see the characters getting to know each other.
This volume was interesting to read mostly from a historical perspective. Seeing these comics as a sort of transition period from requiring each issue to have a different villain, to a more modern "saga" like set up, where each issue in itself does not stand alone. I can't say that I am terribly interested in superhero comics, but I can see the beginnings of the types of comics I do like inside these pages.
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Chris Claremont is a writer of American comic books, best known for his 16-year (1975-1991) stint on Uncanny X-Men, during which the series became one of the comic book industry's most successful properties.

Claremont has written many stories for other publishers including the Star Trek Debt of Honor graphic novel, his creator-owned Sovereign Seven for DC Comics and Aliens vs Predator for Dark Hors
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