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Essential X-Men, Vol. 6 (Essential X-Men #6)

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"Mutant" means change, and there was plenty of that when the Uncanny X-Men counted down to the Marvel Mutant Massacre, beginning with the trial of Magneto! Rachel Summers became Phoenix and the Brotherhood became Freedom Force! Lady Deathstrike became a cyborg, Moonstar a Valkyrie, Colossus a killer, and Psylocke an X-Man! And Sabretooth first set his clawed food into the ...more
Paperback, 656 pages
Published October 24th 2007 by Marvel (first published September 14th 2005)
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Mar 01, 2016 Μιχάλης rated it liked it
tl:dr Storm has no powers but manages OK. Rachel suffers from PTSD and is a risk for everyone. Especially when another superteam appears. Then Rogue will touch some other mutant, get his/her powers, lose control, turn against the team. Kitty/Colossus/Nightcrawler will run to the rescue and somebody gets seriously crippled in the struggle.
And this goes for half the issues here.

Worst superteam ever.

On a more serious note, this is the dawn of the Dark Age of comics and these issues are pretty much
Even though I feel that Chris Claremont had passed his peak issues on the title, he was still going strong and there were still many more wonderful stories to be told. This black & white reprint collection was a great (meaning inexpensive) way for fans to get these issues without having to fork over large piles of cash, sadly Marvel has discontinued their line of Essential volumes in favor of the more expensive (and profitable) Epic Collection volumes. This volume includes a crazy donnybrook ...more
Oct 17, 2008 P.J. rated it really liked it
Shelves: dishesaredoneman
656 pages, all black-and-white. The nifty thing about this collection of Uncanny X-Men issues from the mid-1980s is that it includes issues from other titles that tied into running storylines, such as New Mutants and Thor. However, it makes for a somewhat schizophrenic read as storylines bounce around with multiple writers and artists.

Oh, who am I kidding -- despite the sometimes hard-to-follow timeline, these stories are pure gold, mostly written by Chris Claremont and when not drawn by the awe
Sam Poole
Jan 03, 2016 Sam Poole rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars-2015
I want to kill the beyonder too.

All jokes aside- this is SO FUCKING GOOD. Rachel summers, storm and rogue play huge roles. The mutant massacre is legitimately amazing and the Asgard stuff early on is engaging and beautifully drawn (especially the new mutants stuff). This is dense and character driven comics at their finest. Claremont was clearly reaching his peak here and I am morbidly super excited to read the uncanny side of the fall of the mutants.

Also spyral stole Rachel summers. Uh oh.
Feb 20, 2009 Andrew rated it liked it
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I have never read either Secret Wars events. But what I know about the two series is that the first was a good way of doing a crossover event. It was separate from everything else though it affected some of the major characters involved. However if you completely missed the series you would be alright. If it was a terrible series, it's okay cause the book you are following is for the most part alright. Secret Wars II... is a terrible way to do a crossover event. You can't ignore it, the lines yo ...more
Jan 28, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it
Volume 6 covers issues 199 through 213 and includes some high highs and low lows. Issue 200 is one of the all time great X-Men issues. It's a classic story that's both emotional and has great action. Issue 205 is this wild predecessor to Weapon X with breathtaking art by Barry Windsor-Smith. I can only imagine how bracing this would have been to contemporary readers. The Rachel Summers arc is enjoyable, but I don't think Claremont ever had a really strong idea of what to do with her. The Mutant ...more
Oct 09, 2012 Matt rated it liked it
Sure it was written in 1985, but I still like it and there's something about mutants (the Marvel Universe's rejects) that still manages to hit an emotional center with me.
Sure it's formulaic and overwrought, but Chris Claremont still makes it interesting. Unfortunately, Claremont is not the only author here, which is why I knocked off some stars. There's a gigantic crossover here. I used to think that crossovers were cool, and they are, if every author that takes part in the crossover can write
Apr 03, 2007 Chris rated it really liked it
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The first comic I ever bought was X-Men #275, penciled by Jim Lee, written by Claremont, and was "The Return of Professor X". I was hooked from that first issue, but for me the return of Xavier was no big deal - he was essential to the X-Men, and I always had them. Perhaps that's why I loved reading these pivital issues - trial of Magneto, Xavier leaving with the Shi'lar, not to return for 75 issues, or over 6 years of real-time. Magneto takes his place and the X-mEn become darker, outlaws, and ...more
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Nov 08, 2013 Holden Attradies rated it really liked it
An enjoyable read with a lot of classic moments, but this is the first volume where I feel REALLY aware that the X-Men universe is getting spread out over more comics than one. The collection does a really good job at slapping in issues from other comics that you kind of need to read to make sense of whats going on in the main story. The only down side is these side issues show you how much else is going on this characters lives and almost make you more aware of how much you are missing.
Jul 08, 2015 Matthew rated it really liked it
Sometimes, I just have to go back to my childhood and read some comics. I loved X-Men and this collection of issues are some of my favorites.
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Dec 06, 2014 Laissez Farrell rated it liked it
3.5, really. Strong arcs pulled down by weaker ones.
Oct 06, 2013 Michael rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
probably the most quintessential vooume of X-men available. It sets the pace for all the future books.

I recommend checking out Essential X-factor volume 1 before reading this. There is some confusing backstory, but the " essential" part is covered in both volumes.
Dec 30, 2015 Christopher rated it it was ok
Not as strong as previous issues. Stories are scattered and even the good ones aren't as engaging or interesting. No good villains either. However, having Power Pack in there was reminded me how crazy the 80s were.
Mar 10, 2016 Nadia rated it really liked it
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This one got real heavy handed and cheesy at times I could not handle it but it got pretty good towards the end. Except some of my fav characters obviously getting sent off to the spin-offs, that is not so good.
Mar 09, 2009 Josh rated it really liked it
i am currently reading the chronological x-men titles. i'm loving it thus far.
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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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