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Madame Xanadu, Vol. 1: Disenchanted (Madame Xanadu #1; issues 1-10)

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Legendary creator Matt Wagner (MAGE, GRENDEL, SUPERMAN/BATMAN/WONDER WOMAN: TRINITY) and rising star artist Amy Reeder Hadley, present Vertigo's newest ongoing fantasy epic MADAM XANADU.

Centuries long and around the far reaches of the globe, her tale winds before the ageless fortuneteller, whose powers of sight can change the course of human events.

As the mysterious past o
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 21st 2009 by Vertigo (first published July 7th 2009)
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Sesana
Madame Xanadu is a bit of a niche character, and I doubt I would have heard much of her if she hadn't been included in the new Justice League Dark. I was surprised to discover that she's been knocking around the DCU for more than 30 years. But none of that background is required for this, the first trade in her own (now canceled) series, because this is her centuries-spanning origin story.

Originally known as Nimue, Xanadu started as a fairly powerful wood nymph-like creature, until she finds her
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Wealhtheow
Nimue tries in vain to prevent her sister from using Mordred to destroy Camelot. Then she tries in vain to help her friend in Kublai Khan's court (though she succeeds in making Marco Polo look like a hero). Then she tries in vain to help her friend Marie Antoinette. And then, she tries in vain to help her friends the whores stay safe from Jack the Ripper. Nimue, aka Madame Xanadu, just happens to be bff with every easily-recognizable historical figure ever. She is unfailingly morally perfect. Sh ...more
John Wiswell
Madame Xanadu follows Nimue, a sorceress of the woods outside Camelot, as she outlives Arthur and watches human history develop. The chapters check in at various periods in our history, threaded together by the Phantom Stranger, a man not merely immortal, but so detached from time that he no longer even has emotion regarding the course of human events. We read and wonder if the fall of enough civilizations will do the same to her, or if her character can persist like her body.

Penciler Amy Hadley
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William Thomas
The start of Madame Xanadu is a convoluted one, filled with the same premise we've seen in plenty of other stories of immortals. The first ten issues are collected here and have Madame at Camelot, the palace of the Khan, and in the midst of the French Revolution. Wagner seems like he's getting to know the character with each issue, which is a bad thing. There's far too much exposition and very little story. Instead of showing, Wagner tells us far too much. If I wasn't in love with the character, ...more
Witchy Books
From the Witchy Books Network review blog.

Madame Xanadu is a character with a long history in the DC Universe who has been given a fresh start with this new series from the Vertigo imprint (home of Sandman and Fables). This first volume takes you on a wild journey throughout history, from her origin in Camelot when she was Nimue, sister of Morgan le Fay, to the palace of Kublai Khan from whence she took her name--Xanadu, to the French Revolution, the streets of Whitechapel during the terror of J
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Juliana
I did enjoy reading this, and it inspired me to write fiction and create characters of my own... Partly because I found the series wanting. I found myself thinking, ok, THIS has been done, what can I do that would be better?

That said, if I saw the second volume in a shop, I would no doubt buy it and read it! I do want to know what happens next. (Also, since I am not very involved with the worlds of DC heroes etc., I have no idea why the ending of this is significant, and I want to find out.)

Ther
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Lori
I had high hopes with the description of this series; however, I found that by the end of volume 1 I intensely disliked the protagonist.

Nimue/Xanadu supposedly wants to save those around her, but in doing so, she would doom humanity as a whole. I can understand some sense of hubris from a supposed immortal, but for one who can see/read the future and do magic, her inability to understand the "big picture" that the Phantom Stranger represents seems contrived, especially by the time of the New Yo
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Stuart Hopen
This review gets personal.
I knew Madam Xanadu intimately, back in the days when she first appeared. Now that she’s made the big time, I feel like a suitor discarded after a brief fling, peddling what I know to the tabloids.
I co-scripted, with Catherine Barrett Andrews, three Madam Xanadu stories for the original Doorway to Nightmare title back in 1978 and 1979.
The series was conceived after D.C.’s last romance title, Young Love was cancelled. Each story was to contain a mix of 75% horror and 25%
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Roewoof
I really enjoyed this comic. I'm saying this from the gut.
I really enjoyed this comic.
The art was beautiful to look at, I'm an avid tarot collector, and the art reminded me a bit of a few decks that I love. Deep colors, beautiful depictions of nature.
Despite loving and connecting with the art, I loved the story. I was genuinely invested in the story, which carried itself really well. The backdrop to the story was historically accurate, and to my delight the subject of divination. was treated w
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Don
I wanted to like this. I really did. I just couldn't. There was no overall arc to the book. It was just a collection of five team-ups, really. Those were okay, but Vertigo is known for having a cohesive story throughout their series. The lead characters are on a journey that has a beginning, middle and end. This was just a series of snippets in Madame Xanadu's life.

I'll try volume 2, but if that doesn't do anything for me, I think I'm done with this series.
Robb Bridson
The story is one that is better in concept than execution, the parts a bit disjointed and not all that interesting. One nice thing about this book is that it ends at a nice place to leave off so you can ponder whether or not to try out the next one and see if the story gets better now that the origin story and history are out of the way.
The character is great and the artwork is the best thing about Madame Xanadu. The faces of the characters carry emotion really well and are sort of a hybrid betw
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Val
I just have to say : the art was AMAZING. Amy Reeder Hadley is one to watch. Those expressions, the backgrounds, the costumes, the colors. Can't say the same about the story - although the first 6 issues are great (especially the one featuring Marco Polo), it soon becomes overlong, repetitive and turns the title character into something that she's clearly not, only for the purpose of pointing out the same tired tropes, before setting up the status quo for her next stories. Too bad, could have be ...more
Ezekiel
I find myself wanting to review this mostly because of how annoyed I got reading people hating on Nimue/Madame Xanadu. One person says that she is petty (and therefore unrelateable) one says she is a goody two-shoes and depicted as morally perfect (and therefore unrelateable). People say they think she is unrealistic because she isn't mature and interested in the big picture. Then someone else says that she is ineffectual... (Everyone agrees the art is gorgeous).


I really liked this collection be
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Fantasy Literature
A few months back, we had a discussion here at Fanlit about Tarot cards and literature. We tried to come up with a list of books in which the use of Tarot cards was prominent. Well, I’ve got another book to add to that list: Madame Xanadu: Disenchanted by Matt Wagner.

Madame Xanadu is a DC character who is one of DC’s magical and mystical figures, along with such characters as Zatara, Zatanna, The Spectre, The Phantom Stranger, John Constantine, The Demon, Sandman, Death (from Sandman) and others
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Keith Davis
Madame Xanadu was one of my favorite new Vertigo series. It sort of foreshadowed the reintegration of the Vertigo characters with the DC universe as it featured appearances of by numerous DC characters (Entrigan, the Spectre, Zatara, Martian Manhunter) and referenced even more. I enjoyed the overarching plot of the first 10 issues featuring the love/hate relationship of Xanadu and the Phantom Stranger as they encounter each other in various time periods and Xanadu rebels against the Stranger's c ...more
Michael
History is what motivates so many different people. They want to know what has come before them. Madame Xanadu has history seeping out of it's pages. This first collected trade gives you the first ten issues of the series. The story starts of slow. I wasn't sure if I even wanted to read the entire book. I thought the book took place during the Noir time period, which is the 40's. Yet when the book starts it's during the time of Camelot. I was not excepting that at all. The comic picks up though ...more
Alice Lee
I had very high expectations. Someone whose opinion I value highly loved it. It's by Matt Wagner. The art is breathtaking.

So what did I think?

Well... the art is breathtaking. The writing was just okay, sadly. The only other Wagner I've read was much better (Trinity). The over-usage of this sentence structure "the blah of blah..." really started to annoy me. It really wouldn't kill anyone to use contractions once in a while. "Her magic's power" can sometimes be a real nice alternative to "the pow
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Nancy O'Toole
Younger sister to Morganna and The Lady of the Lake, Nimue lives a quiet life in the forest. Then she encounters the Stranger, a mysterious man who convinces her to betray the powerful wizard (and her occasional lover) Merlin. In return for her betrayal, Merlin curses her, leaving her disenchanted. The story then follows Nimue through the ages, from the court of Kublai Khan to the New York City during the Jazz Age, as she struggles to regain her powers, help others, and deal with the Stranger, w ...more
Laura Morrigan
Madame Xanadu began as a mystic character in DC comicbooks. Before reading this graphic novel I had never heard of her before, but this story offers a more than satisfactory introduction. With beautiful illustrations, costuming, and well-written 'voice over' storytelling, this book is a pleasure to read.

The story takes place in iconic times in history: Arthurian England, The Xanadu of Kubla Kahn, the French Revolution, Victorian London under the threat of Jack The Ripper, Depression Era America
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Vivienne
Madame Xanadu has been a character in the DC Universe since 1978 when she appeared in Doorway to Nightmare #1. In the series she was the proprietor of a fortune telling shop in Greenwich Village. After this she popped up in various series as a supporting character and a member of the Sentinels of Magic. Then in 2008 she was given her own series, which ran for 29 issues ending in 2011. Disenchanted contains Issues #1-10 and covers her origins and aspects of her history.

Originally she was Nimue I
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Chip'sBookBinge
Maybe it's just me, but I don't see what all the hoopla is surrounding Madame Xanadu, Vol. 1: Disenchanted. I found it to be incredibly boring and disjointed as it bounces from one story to the next and each story itself wasn't anything special. It wasn't that the writing itself was bad, it's just that the story wasn't all that compelling and the character motivations were non-existent. I read a lot of comic books from all styles and from many different publishers, but clearly those that focus o ...more
Steve
This trade paperback collects the first ten issues of Vertigo's excellent MADAME XANADU ongoing series, a book that's always hovering at the top of my "READ IMMEDIATELY!!!" stack of monthly books, and I recommend it to anyone out there who enjoys quality fantasy for grownups. I've sung this series' praises since issue number one and continue to do so now that it's just finished its first year, and again I say it's the best thing to come out of Vertigo in at least five years.

The first volume reco
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Andrea
This first volume of a series amounts as an origin story for Madame Xanadu, from her original identity as Nimue, to her final resolution to help people with her powers of foresight.

Art-wise, very interesting, some lovely pieces.

Plot-wise, I hated it. Nimue/Xanadu is a seer of immense naivety, ineffectually butting up against history's events but apparently without any ability to understand the participants. She has an opponent of sorts, The Phantom Stranger, who occasionally shows up to manipula
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PurplyCookie
She is comics' most mysterious magician, playing a part in countless stories yet having no chance to tell her own. Wagner has written from Madame Xanadu's story as it spans centuries from the time of Camelot to the court of Kublai Khan to 1940s New York City and beyond.

Always, Madame Xanadu's powers of sight can change the course of human history, but her vision is clouded when she looks into herself. Time and again, she encounters the Phantom Stranger who prods and guides her actions and motiv
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Sofia
Posted on my book blog.

Lovely artwork from Amy Reeder Hadley. The story was interesting, but Madame Xanadu, as a character, fell a little short of my expectations. I felt that she had the potential to be a lot more interesting, not to mention likable. The Phantom Stranger was simply annoying and had a serious lack of communication skills, but then again, I've never been a fan of these brooding, mysterious character types. Still, the story was good and I enjoyed reading about how the story of Mad
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Dan
I can't even begin to describe how happy I am that DC Comics is still using the Vertigo imprint as a platform for complex and stimulating stories. Now understand: I like a good spandex-clad slugfest as much as the next lad, but my heart truly lies in stories like these. Ever since I was first introduced to Gaiman's The Sandman back in the day... way back in the day... the nature of my comics fandom changed irrevocably. Matt Wagner's take on Madame Xanadu (and the other DC magic peeps by proximit ...more
Federiken Masters
Mar 19, 2011 Federiken Masters rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Vertiginosos relativos
Recommended to Federiken by: Guionista y portadas.
Al principio lo arranqué lento y me aburría un poquito. Después se pone vertiginoso (pero no vertiguesco) y se deja leer mejor. El resultado: una serie muy llevadera que podría haber dado más de sí. El contexto histórico es bastante abarcativo y está bueno que cada capítulo se desarrolle en un siglo distinto. Pero lo que podría ir más allá se queda en simple escenario. La dibujante quizás no sea de lo más expresiva y detallista pero logra una ambientación bastante adecuada y unas caripelas al me ...more
Caroline
This is a gorgeously illustrated story concerning a fairly naive globe- and time-trotting seer, Nimue. The art is really, really fabulous--I loved how much effort and emotion Amy Reeder Hadley put in to just Nimue's eyes alone. This is one of the better comics I've read in a while for sheer emotions in the illustrations.

The story subject itself was pretty fun, but throughout she stays pretty much the same. While she's quite likable, she does spend almost the entire time either getting used or ma
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Paul
I had never really known or even been interested in the character of Madame Xanadu, to me she was mostly a go-to character other superheroes consulted once in a while, I had pretty much relegated her to the level of the Phantom Stranger... maybe even lesser than.
This all changed with the release of this book. I've been a long-time fan of Wagner from his Grendel and Mage books so I thought I'd give this a shot.
So basically, this up-to-now almost completely unknown character is given a past. And w
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Juju
Good Vertigo fantasy. The troubled love life of an ancient fortune telling enchantress. It's interesting to see how blinded the character becomes to her own moral weakness, that this Seer who can predict the fortunes of others cannot see her own predicament. Amy Reeder Hadley's artwork is gorgeous throughout, despite Matt Wagner's writing seeming lazy or rushed at times. The Camelot and Marco Polo chapters got me curious enough to look up specific details. I did have some problems with certain a ...more
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Matt Wagner is an American comic book writer and artist. In addition to his creator-owned series' Mage and Grendel, he has also worked on comics featuring The Demon and Batman as well as such titles as Sandman Mystery Theatre and Trinity, a DC Comics limited series featuring Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman.
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