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Marvel Masterworks: The X-Men, Vol. 3 (Marvel Masterworks: The X-Men #3)

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Collects The X-Men #22-31
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Marvel (first published 2002)
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Evan Leach
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…

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Yeah. There are a lot of silly costumes and a lot more silly dialogue in this book. These issues were published
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Christopher Rush
Jun 18, 2012 Christopher Rush rated it liked it
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 ...more
Kelly Lynn Thomas
Feb 05, 2014 Kelly Lynn Thomas rated it liked it
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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 ...more
Inkling
Aug 18, 2013 Inkling rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kami
Jun 19, 2013 Kami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
- 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
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J.R.
Jun 16, 2014 J.R. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 04, 2012 Mike Wierzbicki rated it liked it
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.
Etienne02breton
Nov 21, 2013 Etienne02breton rated it it was amazing
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!!
Heather Fryling
Mar 16, 2014 Heather Fryling rated it it was amazing
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.
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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 ...more
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