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The Uncanny X-Men Omnibus, Vol. 1 (Uncanny X-Men, Vol. 1 Omnibus 1)

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When a young writer named Chris Claremont took over X-Men in 1976, few fans could predict the incredible impact he would have on the Marvel Comics series. With a flair for realistic dialogue, heartfelt storylines and hard-hitting action, Claremont's writing breathed life into the characters. In collaboration with artists Dave Cockrum and John Byrne, Claremont crafted a run ...more
Hardcover, 848 pages
Published August 2nd 2006 by Marvel (first published May 17th 2006)
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Randy Lander
It's hard to believe in these days of a dozen X-titles, but there was once a time when the X-Men weren't popular. Despite a well-liked run by Neal Adams revamping the original team with new costumes, the book fell into reprints and from there, cancellation. Almost. A young upstart named Chris Claremont, fresh off smaller Marvel books like Iron Fist, came in with artist Dave Cockrum and created a completely new team, ditching all but one member of the original team. They added minor, unknown char ...more
Alan
Jun 26, 2014 Alan rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Going back to something that you loved from your childhood can be a daunting experience. If you've ever tried to re-watch an old episode of 'Thundercats' or 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' (and you're not deluding yourself into thinking that they're still good), then you'll know where I'm coming from. As such, it was with some hesitance that I approached this Marvel Omnibus. Chris Claremont's legendary 20 year run on 'Uncanny X-Men' is considered the most influential period in the franchise's his ...more
Arturo
Jun 21, 2015 Arturo rated it it was amazing
You know how you can read something that you know is a classic, you can see why it's great, but it's obviously old.. And might be hard to get thru at times.
Well this isn't it. This is not only classic, it's fun, it's epic, it's entertaining in every way. For some reason or another after a couple of years ill end up rereading it from the start. Maybe there's some issues in the end I never got to, I mean it's a pretty big book. And rereading it, it just doesn't get old. I started reading X-Men in
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Adam Ross
Oct 13, 2015 Adam Ross rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
These are the original X-Men stories from the early 70s. They are equal parts fun and frustrating; fun because they are campy and cheesy and embrace this completely. One of the most interesting aspects are how, on the one hand, the X-Men are a metaphor for every discriminated minority, and yet on the other how oblivious the writers were to the casual sexism and occasional racism. At one point (in the first issue, no less) Professor X race-shames a Native American mutant named Thunderbird to stop ...more
Keith
Mar 16, 2013 Keith rated it it was amazing
I apparently bought this for sixty bucks back in 2006, according to Amazon records. I would guess this is one of the smartest things I did that year.
Jim
Jan 25, 2015 Jim rated it it was amazing
I borrowed this off a buddy. Thanks, man. WHERE TO BEGIN? In 1975, Chris Claremont begins his long and prolific run on The Uncanny X-Men, a struggling Marvel title that had been in reprints for like 5 years. The "CHILDREN OF THE ATOM" need to be reinvigorated. So Professor Charles Xavier recruits new X-Men for his fake school/real superhero team. They would form a POP CULTURE JUGGERNAUT that would dominate the world of comics for the next, hmmmmmmm, maybe 20-odd years. Well, the juggernaut is fo ...more
Aildiin
Jun 25, 2016 Aildiin rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
I used to read this title when I was a teenager ( it was translated to french in the 80s) and I have to say it did not age well.
Still some of the stories are pretty good like the one involving Proteus or the one introducing the Hellfire club.
Devero
Jan 21, 2014 Devero rated it it was amazing
Una grande rilettura.
Le storie sono decisamente dei classici, scritte grandiosamente da Chris Claremont e disegnate prima dal compianto Dave Cockrum e poi da un John Byrne giunto all'apice della forma, apice che manterrà per oltre un decennio. Diversi inchiostratori all'opera, tra cui spicca Terry Austin e i sempre eccellenti colori di Glynis Oliver.
Qui, tra la fine degli anni '70 ed i primi anni '80 del secolo scorso, nasce e si consolida il mito degli X-Men con storie che ancora oggi sono capo
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Casey Miller
Jun 03, 2015 Casey Miller rated it it was amazing
First of all, I'm new to x-men comics. I loved the 90's x-men cartoon as a kid, and I played the Sega Genesis game all the time. I remember being impressed by my Marvel-loving cousin growing up, who seemed to have a handle on the vast array of characters and plot lines. I was fascinated, but I never got into the comics myself because of the vastness of the history and the expense of staying up-to-date. Enter the Podcast "Rachel and Miles X-plain the X-men", which provided exactly what I needed t ...more
Chris Maurer
Feb 15, 2014 Chris Maurer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the stories that made me a life-long comic book reader and they still hold up nearly 40 yrs later
Jamie Frank
Feb 06, 2016 Jamie Frank rated it it was amazing
As far as super hero books go this run has just about everything you could ask for: space pirates, mutant pterodactyl vampires, space bird people, the X-Men in a giant pinball machine, the list goes on. It takes a little while for the book and characters to find their feet but that's also kind of the point, this is the new X-Men becoming a team and by the end we're left with a book (and team) that's really firing on all cylinders. This part of Claremont's run is a bit overshadowed by all the gre ...more
Steven K
Jul 15, 2016 Steven K rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, 2015, 5-stars, marvel
I’m going to change my rating from 4 to 5 stars. This is a fantastic omnibus that gives the reader probably the most important run in the franchise, Thanks to it booming in popularity as it was on the brink of cancellation. Despite being four decades old at this point, the writing holds up surprisingly well, It can be melodramatic at times and has that old comic book cliche of "Oh your optic blasts can't effect me because I created a specific shield to counter that" etc etc.

It’s really the rela
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Paul Dinger
Jan 27, 2009 Paul Dinger rated it it was amazing
It is hard now to think that this was once Stan Lee's worst title. There really wasn't much to say about the Xmen then. Kirby deserted the book quickly and with rare instances the art was nearly as bad as the stories. True, guys like Roy Thomas and Neal Adams did a great job, but really the book wasn't going anywhere. Really the guy who saved it was Chris Claremont. Taking it up after Len Wien came in and did one issue, another rat leaving the sinking ship, Claremont really turned it into someth ...more
Paul
Jan 13, 2014 Paul rated it it was amazing
I don't really think it's necessary to review this book - you either see it and want it immediately (as I did) or you're not sure what it's all about. If you're in the first group, then buy it. Please note that it stops after issue #131 - which is cheating and Marvel knows it's cheating, but you should still buy it. Then buy a used copy of The Dark Phoenix Saga (because screw Marvel that's why - there is no reason to buy the second Omnibus). If you're not sure what it's all about, then just get ...more
Josh Brown
Jul 02, 2016 Josh Brown rated it it was amazing
A great slice of history. Some characters that have lasted decades get their start here, and even from the beginning they are built to last. The art is always good if not amazing in these issues. There is some 70's silliness to be sure, but overall I am not surprised that this became Marvel's flagship series after reading a foundation this solid.

(read on Marvel Unlimited)
Relstuart
May 11, 2014 Relstuart rated it liked it
Shelves: super-hero
Classics in ever sense. This idea of mutant superheros was all but done with flagging sales when Chris Claremont took over and began his long run of X-men story telling that made the X-men into one of Marvel's best selling books. That story run begins here.
Charlotte
Jun 14, 2014 Charlotte rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, uit-eigen-wil
The second wave of merry mutants has always been my fav. There's this magnificent mix of stereoty- I mean, nationalities which makes for a very interesting team dynamic. And you learn some Russian on the side, da. The plots are magnificently campy, but have that underlying symbolism everyone loves the X-Men for.

Claremont does often forget he has an artist who is very much able to show what is happening, and that the consequently doesn't have to have the character SAY what they're going to do in
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Berry
Mar 13, 2015 Berry rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous. I wish they would keep publishing omnibuses of Uncanny up till 544, and then even vol. 2 up until 300. Even the sorriest runs would look great, I bet.
Seamus O'Keeffe
Mar 22, 2015 Seamus O'Keeffe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can one say, nostalgia laden, characters that have been with my whole life. Forget ur myriad teams and alternate timelines, these are my X-Men
Marcus Jensen
Nov 03, 2014 Marcus Jensen rated it it was amazing
The start of one of the best comic book runs ever published. The long term story really pay off. The only comics from The Big 2 with this kind of storytelling is Avengers and New Avengers by Jonathan Hickman. Sadly Hickman's run is more focused on plot than characters something Claremont almost never forgets.
Tankboy
It takes almost 400 pages for the new team to hit their stride art and story-wise. So slog through the early and tough days and it's worth it. I have most of these original comics and it was a shock how crude the first phase of a team that would come to define modern comics was. But how weird it was at the time is still impressive.
Rachel
Jul 21, 2007 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Great collection. I gobbled it up. The pages are nice and heavy and glossy. I read this collection because I was only familiar with the newest X-men and not with the UnCanney X-Men. I would like to read the originals that came even before this collection. The evolution of the X-men is a topic that fascinates me.
Shannon Appelcline
Aug 22, 2012 Shannon Appelcline rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, comics-marvel
Though not as polished as modern-day comics, these still remain gripping. They're also impressive for the raw creativity that continues to influence the comics today, including creations such as the Shi'ar, the Imperial Guard, Alpha Flight, the Hellfire Club, and of course the new X-Men themselves.
Gord
Oct 25, 2010 Gord rated it it was amazing
Shelves: super-hero-gns
I dont actually own the Omnibus edition but I read the originals when they were out. #94-145 was just amazing. The Paul Smith era that followed was very good too but Byrne and Claremont were on another planet at the time.
Inkling
Nov 22, 2014 Inkling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the stories are quite interesting, especially towards the end.
if you want to read X-men and start with the old stories, this would be quite a good place to start.
Mike Wierzbicki
Sep 12, 2011 Mike Wierzbicki rated it liked it
The series is put in the hands of Claremont. He definitely makes the series better but it still doesn't reach its peak in this volume.
Michael Moreci
Jul 10, 2009 Michael Moreci rated it it was amazing
Not a whole lot needs to be said about one of greatest--if not the greatest--runs in X-Men history. Epic.
Shawn Fields
Mar 08, 2015 Shawn Fields rated it it was amazing
Simply one of the greatest storytelling/art runs of all time.
Mer
Feb 07, 2010 Mer rated it it was amazing
Perfect reading for a snow day. Made me feel like I was 13 again.
Gareth Nang
Apr 20, 2014 Gareth Nang rated it it was amazing
4.5
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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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