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X-Men: Messiah Complex (X-Men II #40)

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The biggest event to hit the X-Men in ten years is here! Just when it looked like there was no possibility of a future for mutants, hope arrives. But the X-Men aren't there to meet it - the Marauders and Purifiers beat them to it. Now the race is on to get the first new mutant since House of M!
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 12th 2008 by Marvel (first published April 30th 2008)
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Meh. That's about it for this book. I'm giving a two star just for the pretty pictures and Wolferine..because he is the man.
The book tried to hard to cram all the X-men stuff into it. I got lost and didn't care to find my way out.


Sesana
Aug 25, 2014 Sesana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: superhumans, comics
"No more mutants." Scarlet Witch's curse, and a death sentence for mutants as a people. And now a mutant has been born, literally. Naturally, this leads to an all-out war over the possession of an infant who just might be the mutant messiah.

So far, you've got me. That core story, that unto the mutants a child has been born, is more than a solid foundation for one of those big X-overs that we all "love". And that's the biggest problem with this book, that it's a major crossover among far too many
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StoryTellerShannon
A true Messiah has been born for the X-Men and various groups are fighting for control of the child. It's an intriguing idea but the the many subplots dilute it a bit towards the overall flow. Artwork is quite good to above average.

OVERALL GRADE: B to B plus
Kee Saitama
I had a month of laidback fun because of Jeff Parker's X-Men: First Class and I will always be thankful for that break. I almost forgot what was waiting for me once I get back to more serious works down the pipeline. As a natural progression, I was once again reading the House of M aftermath where mutants have become an endangered species and there are less than a thousand of them globally. This thirteen-issued arc with a title so shamelessly foreshadowing is where I rightfully find myself, and ...more
Stephen
Feb 23, 2016 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Read this one a while ago and decided to read it again because Messiah Complex is one of the best X-Crossovers ever.

The story revolves around the first birth of a mutant child since the events of M-Day and everyone is after the child. From Mr. Sinister and his crew of Marauders, to the mutant murdering Purifiers.
besides that i can't really tell much without spoiling, but the book is filled with action and a huge cast of characters.

This is a great place to start reading the X-Men for someone wh
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Nicolo Yu
Jun 12, 2016 Nicolo Yu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: marvel-unlimited
In a simple statement, Messiah CompleX is one of the best X-Men crossover stories ever; and it's fortunate we have a story like this to come out of Marvel just as the company has about completed making the franchise as irrelevant it could manage.

There's a lot of nuance to the backstory of Marvel deconstructing what once it most profitable franchise; but in a gist, it's all about how Fox got the X-Men rights in what amounted to a fire sale as Marvel attempted to stave off bankruptcy as the twenti
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Terence
The first new mutant since M-Day has appeared and the mutants power is so strong it disabled Cerebra.
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The X-Men head to the location to find the town was burned.
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They fear it was the new mutant, but it appears to have been a war.
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The Purifiers and The Marauders made it to the new mutant first it seems, but where is the new mutant now? The race is on to get retrieve this powerful new mutant.

Messiah Complex is an interesting race. A lot of characters get involved and they don't all make it to the end
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Aaron
In the aftermath of House of M and Decimation, there are only a couple hundred mutants left. It's in doubt if any will even appear again. So it's a big deal when the X-Men detect a mutant baby born in Alaska, which they immediately go to safeguard. They arrive to a town on fire and all but one of the children dead at the hands of enemies of the X-Men, the Purifiers and Mr. Sinister's Marauders. The X-Men go on the offensive, tracking the groups back to their sources and discovering that things a ...more
Sam Quixote
The first mutant to be born since Scarlet Witch’s curse on “M-Day” (see “House of M” by Brian Michael Bendis) – No More Mutants – is named Hope and could signal the salvation of the mutant species. But the race is on to capture this baby: the X-Men want to protect her, Mr Sinister want to use her for his infernal plans, Cable is on a mission from the future to Sarah Connor the baby, and a mutant hunting beast called Predator X is on the loose.

There is a lot going on in the book that isn’t reall
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Relstuart
Oct 17, 2015 Relstuart rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: super-hero, x-men
This book helps fill in the story of where Hope comes from. It follows the X-Men Endangered Species OHC where the X-Men are struggling to find a way to preserve the mutant gene/species. That book was very Beast focused. This one featured a ton of people and is much more team focused versus person focused. Lots of action and a little time travel. I felt like we saw all the major X-men in action and we see a few deaths and rebirths. Overall fun but not for a new reader who would have no idea who e ...more
Gavin
Aug 11, 2013 Gavin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
OK there is absolutely no messing around with this one. This is a major story, and the X-Men universe will be significantly altered.
The first Mutant Baby is born since the House of M event, and every force on the planet wants the baby for their own purposes. However, there is one lone figure who gets to the baby before anyone else...
This sets up chases and battles, and we see a huge roster of characters in this one: Wolverine, Cyclops, Emma Frost, Storm, Beast, Prof X, Angel, Iceman, Nightcrawle
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Keith
Oct 15, 2013 Keith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy bejeezus, the world was right and I was wrong. I'm normally pretty averse to crossovers, especially crazy-expensive crossovers with crappy uneven artwork, but everyone said this one was good, and I didn't listen. But my girlfriend has been tearing through Christopher Yost's X-Force, and finally got to the point where she realized she needed to read the crossovers that led up to the series in order to go any further. So I bit the bullet (it helped that I hadn't read much comics all summer), ...more
Tomás
Feb 15, 2016 Tomás rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Esta saga me gustó mucho, me resultó bastante entretenida. No pierde el ritmo nunca y aparece todo el plantel mutante en varias escenas de acción y también en ciertas circunstancias dramáticas que están muy bien escritas. Al final, te deja con ganas de más y con varias cuestiones en suspenso. Ya de por sí el comic suma mucho por la simple aparición de X- Factor y de la participación muy activa de Jamie Madrox y Layla. 10 puntos!

Ideal para leer después de repasar House of M.

Quizás lo negativo es
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Aaron
Oct 04, 2014 Aaron rated it really liked it
What a great change of pace for the X-Men! The preceding few volumes by Ed Brubaker have been so bland and empty, feeling like they’re just stalling, afraid to make any real progress, but now it finally feels like something huge is going on.

This is classic X-Men crossover territory. About a million things are going on, all over the globe in the present day, to a mutant concentration camp 80 years in the future. We’ve got the first mutant birth since Scarlet Witch wiped out all the mutants, Cable
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John Wiswell
Jan 24, 2008 John Wiswell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Comics readers
This review covers every issue of the Messiah Complex story, but not the hardcover collection. As of this time it has not been printed, even though all of the issues have been released. This was by far Brubaker's best X-Men story to date, and easily one of the best stories about Marvel's mutants to date. Week to week it delivered interesting plot threads, pulling them just far enough to create satisfying chapters, even out of pre-existing plots that were downright boring or annoying up until the ...more
Becky
Oct 05, 2014 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Ouch.
Zack! Empire
I liked this book, although I wasn't really sure what was going on. Not because of the book itself, but just because it's from a period of the X-Men I don't know much about. It's kind of hard to write a review about a book where you just state all the things that seemed to be resolved during the story, but you didn't even know they were a thing, since you didn't read what came before it.
It was a great story with some pretty interesting art.
Feather Mista
Feb 21, 2014 Feather Mista rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Franquicistas
Recommended to Feather by: Paliman
La saga me gustó más de lo que me esperaba pero de todos modos se me hizo estirada y con muchas escenas de bifes innecesarias. No me sorprendió para nada que de las muchas sub-tramas que se desarrollan en el tomo, la que más me haya enganchado sea la de Madrox y Layla Miller en el futuro. ¡Ahora finalmente puedo seguir leyendo X-Factor sin saltearme números! :D
Adriana
Really 3.5 stars.
The plot is pretty solid on the most part and things stay interesting throughout. Be prepared to have your knowledge of every single X-men character and event ever mentioned tested to the limit. I had to Wiki things a couple of times.
I would have skipped the inclusion of one predator (things were jumbled enough as it was), but I guess they were going for an everything that can go wrong will go wrong kind of vibe.
My beef with it is that there are way too many characters and arti
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Thomas Cummins
Mar 07, 2015 Thomas Cummins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Re-read

This was probably the first big X-Men event that I read when I was first getting into comics. It's stories like this that have kept me reading X-Men to this day. While it's a little all over the place plot and art wise, the main thing these events are good at is aftermath. And this story leaves some series aftermath in its wake. We're dealing with the repercussions of this for a good 5 years. Like any big marvel event it's all about the action. We've got a lot of awesome scenes in this. X
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Tays
Jun 13, 2015 Tays rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well it was a well written tale about having a saviour post M-Day in order to survive. Characters were utilized as most as the writers could. Cyclops came off quite impressive actually, leading the team tactically and wisely. A few subtle treacheries here and there. Loyalties being unclear. In a way, Brubaker managed to tie everything up together in good fashion. I just had to give it 3-stars due to the plot being something usual and typical. I liked it though, its just that these messiah type o ...more
Alex Gherzo
I took an X-Men detour and kinda wish I hadn't bothered. The story was okay -- after House Of M and the seeming destruction of mutants, a mutant baby is born and the X-Men and other factions are all racing to get to her. But I found it hard to care about any of it because of the sheer number of characters, many of whom I'd never heard of before and didn't find particularly endearing in this book. The better X-Men stories always seem to be the ones where they focus on a core group of them instead ...more
Erik
Dec 19, 2008 Erik rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t go in much for the mega-events in mainstream comics. Back in the day – you know, we’re talking over twenty years ago – I was alternately enamored and repulsed by the huge cross-over events that the two comic book publishing giants spewed out. Crisis on Infinite Earths was a detailed and dramatic event worthy of the paper that it was printed on, but that Secret War nonsense was just downright painful. (The only two good things to come out of that were Spidey’s black-and-white alien costum ...more
Omar Alhashimi
Jul 24, 2016 Omar Alhashimi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty epic storyline following the events of "House of M". While the first half of the book dragged on, the second half picked it up a notch. My only issue is that I am not familiar with all of the x-men characters in the comics, so I had to keep on checking the internet while I was reading. However that did not stop me from enjoying the book. It is a good continuation of the huge event which happened in "House of M" and would recommend to anyone who is looking for a follow-up to that event.
Annabelle
Jun 15, 2016 Annabelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was like Baby Boo's Day Out with a bunch of explosions, deaths, chases, kidnappings, the Xavier Institute getting burned down again and everyone against everyone.

I liked it. A lot.

My only complaint was with the artwork and specifically the issues of New X-Men.
Argh, no.
I did not like that one.

Now I need to read Cable because we must protect Cable at all costs.
Vulgrin
Aug 06, 2009 Vulgrin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure what happened to the X-men of my youth, but its safe to say that I'm waaaay out of the loop now. While this may have been a good story for hardcore X-series readers, its crap to those of us who don't really know whats going on. I understand that this is a reprint of a x-over series, but apparently you still need to have kept up on the stories before this one to know what the hell is going on.

I miss the days when a story arc started and finished. I miss the days when a graphic novel
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Julia França
Aug 07, 2015 Julia França rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Part 1/3 of the Messiah Complex Event.

It's very promissing so far, and I liked the art, some parts were a bit crowded though. 3,5 stars. Hoping to learn more about Hope next (see what I did there?).
Brendan Ferraro
Great follow up to the house of m
Tarique Ejaz
Feb 22, 2016 Tarique Ejaz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The mutant race was brought to the point of extinction when a distraught Wanda Maximoff pronounced that there shall be no more mutants. It has been so since that day. The dwindling mutant population has only forced X-Men to look after their own and worry about the imminent consequences of a reduced mutant race. Until a new mutant is discovered to be born with its mutation active that sends the Cerebro crashing down. Thus, the stage is set for the Messiah Complex.

Cyclops, who is the current leade
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Will Robinson Jr.
Feb 08, 2016 Will Robinson Jr. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
A masterwork of what a X-men comic should be about. I am one of those X-men fans who has been disappointed by what has happen to this comic series currently. Although I have high hopes for what Jeff Lemire is going to do with his particular X-men book. I am going to this story arc as a relative newcomer. I have been reading a lot of the Brubaker runs with the X-men and I have to say his writing for the X-universe is some of the best modern X-men tales around. Messiah Complex is an arc which is a ...more
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Ed Brubaker (born November 17, 1966) is an Eisner Award-winning American cartoonist and writer. He was born at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland.

Brubaker is best known for his work as a comic book writer on such titles as Batman, Daredevil, Captain America, Iron Fist, Catwoman, Gotham Central, Sleeper, Uncanny X-Men and X-Men: Deadly Genesis, and The Authority, and for helping
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