X-Men: Messiah Complex
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X-Men: Messiah Complex (X-Men II #39)

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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! Collects X-Men: Messiah CompleX One-Shot, Uncanny X-Men #492-494, X-Men #205-20...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 12th 2008 by Marvel (first published April 30th 2008)
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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...more
Keith
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
John Wiswell
Jan 24, 2008 John Wiswell rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
Gavin
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...more
Federiken Masters
Feb 21, 2014 Federiken Masters rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Franquicistas
Recommended to Federiken 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
Vulgrin
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...more
Rob
Wow, not the x-men that even I know anymore. While probably not the ideal jumping in point after a little time away, the story telling is solid, great action. Despite problems with rotating artists (i.e., series of costume changes and alternating character renditions), the art fit the story that Brubaker was telling. I'm kind of put off by the religious overtones of the hate group, but that might just be my hangup.
Silas
I knew a fair amount about this expansive X-Men crossover event, since I have read contemporary X-Men issues, and most of the Cable series that follows, and had read House of M, and some later stuff leading up to AvX, so I have some knowledge of what was going to happen here, but the event was quite good. I didn't really follow New X-Men, so those characters were unfamiliar, as well as some of Sinister's cadre (and I have no real idea what Gambit was doing there... though they sort of explained...more
Ken
Convoluted and barely coherent unless you were an X-fan to begin with. Really more like 2.5 stars but I'll give it a 3 because it has a few nice moments, and because it succeeds (against the odds) at taking a few chapters of several different mutant books with different art and writing teams, and assembles them into something like a story.
Arturo
Re-read 5 years later after I read all X-Titles before this crossover.
Before the Crossover starts.
Iceman is the last X-man standing from Mike Carey's X-Men. Half his team turned Marauders, (Mystique and Lady Mastermind) while Omega Sentinel was possessed by Malice. Team leader Rogue is down and hostage of the Marauders. Cannonball goes down and on the injured list when he and Iceman take on the Marauders. Cables dead. And See: Wolverine Evolution for the fate of Sabretooth.
Doesn't help that Si...more
David Edmonds
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Alazzar
This would almost certainly be a 4-star book if not for my own stupid personal issues with it. Namely:

1. I hadn't read any X-stories between Joss Whedon's Astonishing run and Messiah Complex. That means I missed several years of arcs and had no idea who half of the characters were.

2. I picked up Messiah Complex because I wanted to read a story with Mr. Sinister in it. (You know, since I dressed up as him for Halloween when I was about 11 years old. I figured it was finally time to do some resear...more
Justyn Rampa
I LOVED THIS STORY!!

This volume collected thirteen issues of various X-titles to tell the story of one event which I will explain in a minute. Ed Brubaker (whose Catwoman run was amazing) wrote the one-shot that started the story and all the Uncanny X-Men titles. The other titles involved in the event included X-Factor (by Peter David), New X-Men (by Craig Kyle and Christ Yost), and X-Men (by Mike Carey). All of the writers worked very well to create a massive event with a huge cast of character...more
Martin
While long-time followers of the X-Men will get the most out of X-Men: Messiah Complex (which we'll refer to as MC), it is a good jumping-on point for this particular era of the X-verse, as a lot of subsequent storylines, across many series, stem from this book.

Already a few years old today, this book no longer is "current", but the then-reality (or status quo, if you prefer) is more-than-adequately explained within its pages.

When I first got MC, I'd been "out of the loop" with all things X-Men...more
Rick Sand
I have not read any X-Men comics since the end of Grant Morrison's New X-Men. I previously read "House of M" as an Avengers story, so I knew about the downsizing of the mutant population already. I recently decided to take an interest in the X-titles and did some research on the best jump-in points. Messiah Complex seemed the best bet. So I will be coming at this review as a reader who had not read X-Men for years prior to this story.

Let's start then with accessibility. In spite of several majo...more
B
Dec 16, 2012 B rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
Pretty good X crossover. A couple of threads going at once. Probably my biggest problem is that a bunch of characters were not identifiable. Also that they think they can kill Mr. Sinister. My understanding is that he is generally unkillable.

It's interesting how much legwork the authors have to do to deal with psychic and precognitive characters littering the page. I think one-third of the dialogue might be about how Person X (not an actual character -- something you have to say when discussing...more
Kevin Fanning
Can't really speak to where this sits on the infinite shelf of X-Men books, tie-ins, spin-offs, and crossovers, but I reallly liked it.

I had to read it with one hand on Wikipedia--there were all kinds of characters I'd never seen or heard of before (particularly w/r/t the New X-Men). So the first time through was slightly rocky but reading it a second time helped, I was able to just focus on the the story.

There are many different artists involved--some sections I liked better than others and s...more
Jack
Hurm. While I don't doubt the assertion that this is the best X-Men X-over in years and years, that also doesn't say all that much about the state of X-Men X-overs. I will say that unlike many multi-title x-overs, the story was very coherent and relatively engrossing the whole way through. The problems were a repetition of very similar feeling beats in just about every issue, really uneven pacing, and occasionally incomprehensible art work. When you have one large group of mutants jumping into a...more
Eric
I started reading this back when it was coming out, getting it on the story's weekly schedule. Unfortunately, I had to stop in order to pay for things like college. I finally picked the trade up and have to say I still greatly enjoy this, even if the flaws are more apparent than before.

I love the moments this story had, the little beats. Warpath lunging from his window, the big fight in issue five, the reveal of Cable, Rogue's frustration with Mystique, all good stuff.

The big issue I for me is t...more
Loz Cook
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Kathryn
I had a part of this sat in my drawer for absolutely ages from when I bought a random Essential X-Men reprint, and I vividly remember X-23 beating the snuff out of Lady Deathstrike, but sadly I didn't have the other parts until I bought the trade today. I wouldn't say it was the most readable trade as a standalone as it is a fairly wide-spread arc. I got the general idea, though, and I thought it was a fairly good read. I didn't know a number of the characters, but that didn't hinder my enjoymen...more
Ed Dinnermonkey
A sprawling cross-over event that muddles along with a disparate group of writers just about held together by Ed Brubaker, until Mike Carey comes along and livens the whole thing up. It genuinely feels like a different book when he's in charge, filled with humour, pathos and a genuine sense of threat. Similarly, the artists working from his script create a mutant ghetto that feels appallingly squalid, only for the artist on the next issue to render it as a slightly grubby holiday camp.

Big upheav...more
Łukasz Korecki
It's been ages since I ready any X-Men books (last one was... New X-Men maybe?)... So here I am - I have no idea who X-23 is, Xavier and Scott seem to be really crossed and for it turns out Rogue is Mystique's daughter... Oh and mutants have been decimated. Looks like I have a lot of catching up.

So - as a stand alone X-book it's pretty ok, not brilliant but ok. Even though there's no definitive ending and judging from Wikipedia article I need to follow at least 3 story arcs to see what happened...more
Dan
Jul 28, 2008 Dan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who have felt put off by Marvel lately
Shelves: 2008, comics
This is the storyline that prompted me to start buying several monthly X-Men titles on a regular basis again, something that hasn't happened in over five years. Starring (almost) all of the major players from the X-Books in recent years (Ed Brubaker's outer space team is conspicuously absent), the story has set up a brand-new status quo for the teams in much the same way that Avengers: Disassembled did for that team several years ago (though this one to much greater effect). There are several su...more
Jeff
This was a decent story, but I'm pretty much done with the grim and gritty comic world. There's little joy in this book - there's never a moment where I see or feel a character show empathy, remorse, hope, or kindness in the book. I know the mutants are beset on all sides and they are in a war for survival, but generally the x-men has an everyman character for showing the hope that what they do will create a brighter future. That character is lacking here, unless one considers the newborn infant...more
Davy
In trying to pick-up the X-men's story-line after the House of M, Messiah Complex is a mandatory issue. It kicks off with a dramatic happening in a small town. The X-men rush to the occassion to face their own "Stamford-incident" (the incident that started the Avengers Civil War and their 'love-or-hate' relation to the 'normal' people). From that moment they are searching and confronting the anti-mutant Purifier's and Mr.Sinisters Marauders, both groups searching for Hope, the first new born mut...more
Alex Meeres
The core story is good, and was helpful for understanding some of the other major story arcs which followed. The art was very uneven, though, and it felt like there were too many key characters at times to keep track of.
Travis
This is an x-men story! Fantastic writing by brubaker. This book bridges post house of m and the hope story. The art is almost perfect but man that story is epic with stunning fighting and great action! 5 stars all the way
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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...more
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