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Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia (Dark Avengers #3)

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WHO ARE THE DARK X-MEN?

He has his own Avengers team and now Norman Osborn has his own X-Men team.

The other shoe has finally dropped and Emma Frost has betrayed Cyclops and the rest of the X-Men. And that's just one of the huge surprises in "UTOPIA." Is that Namor? Cloak and Dagger? Professor X?!

The thing that you aren't ready for is that Osborn is right.

Collecting: Dar
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published November 25th 2009 by Marvel Comics (first published 2009)
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Nicolo Yu
This was a well drawn crossover between two of Marvel’s biggest properties, the Avengers and the X-Men. As is wont between two super teams, the groups engaged in some unadulterated mayhem. Overall, the story was rather forgettable but the ramifications of the final chapter of this story extended beyond this six-part storyline.

The X-Men now have their own island distinct from the United States. No longer were they beholden to the United States whose top law enforcer was a schizophrenic super-vil
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Keith
May 02, 2013 Keith rated it liked it
As Amazon reviews will helpfully tell you, the issues in this book were printed out of order. Not like someone made a mistake -- it's just that the main Utopia storyline, playing out as it does across many different X-titles, doesn't really make a lot of sense without a lot of the peripheral world-building, character-backstorying stuff originally published across a bunch of other X-titles around the same time. Sure, you can read Utopia 1-6 and you'll see the heroes win and the bad guys get punch ...more
Lindsay
I'm a huge fan of the X-Men, but I'm most familiar with the All-New, All-Different X-Men Chris Claremont debuted in 1975. I pretty much have everything about that X-team from its inception to its disintegration and re-forming as two separate teams. Then the 1990s happened, and, having sampled a few issues from that time period, I decided I can safely skip that whole chapter in X-history. I caught back up with the X-Men in college, when Chris Claremont came back for "X-Men: The New Age," which I ...more
Gavin
Aug 25, 2016 Gavin rated it liked it
Kinda all over the place...but enough good.
Fraction pulled it off, barely.
The dark X-men are stupid, and using Daken as wolverine in both is a fun joke, but not over the whole number of books.

What I like the most is that it explained how Emma and Namor were able to extract themselves from the Cabal. It also shows Emma and Scott having a better relationship than I thought, and Normie getting fucked.

Also some X force action, and showing how Utopia became the home of the xmen and how Namor joined t
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J'aime
Apr 18, 2014 J'aime rated it it was amazing
I don't read the X-Men series. All that I have read of the X-Men are through the lens of a Marvel crossover event, like House of M and Civil War. Therefore, I didn't have any issue with how this book holds up vis-á-vis the X-Men's own line. As a collection connected with Dark Reign, I thought it was excellent.

During Secret Invasion, Norman Osborn stole the information needed to kill the Skrull queen in order to set himself up as a hero. It worked perfectly. The resulting period is called the Dar
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William Thomas
Jul 03, 2011 William Thomas rated it did not like it
Matt Fraction is not my favorite writer in the Marvel Universe. In fact, I think he is one of the laziest writers on the roster. And that's saying a lot coming from the Marvel universe these days where lazy is par for the course. With that said, Matt Fraction doesn't disappoint- because I had no hope whatsoever in him to begin with.

The purpose of this book is clear from the title- a sales gimmick. A way to mash-up the new Dark Avengers into the world of mutants and sell more books between the tw
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Matt Chic
Mar 14, 2010 Matt Chic rated it it was ok
(softcover)

The single review quote on the back of this book says "...(Fraction and Silvestri) set up Marvel's big summer crossover in and interesting, complex way."

'Intersting'?!!! 'Complex'?! Those are some killer adjectives... Uhhh, yeah. I think that reviewer was just trying not to be mean, cause honestly the main story was pretty weak, and although I really like Fraction's work on IRON MAN, this didn't do much for me. Kept my interest I guess, but after the main six-chapter arc, I actually e
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Mike
Jul 23, 2013 Mike rated it really liked it
Re-reading this next to Carey's X-Men Legacy, and I gotta say hands-down, Fraction is the better X-Men writer. I don't care how much emotional weight Carey's childhood full of X-Men carries, he just flat-out writes some if the flattest, most tinny X-men dialogue I've read this last couple of years. (I shouldn't be too hard on him tho - he's not half as tone-deaf to decent dialogue as Dan Slott's been in his Avengers run - yeesh.)

Deodato's art at the end is fan-f'ing-tastic, and it really stands
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Ernest
Jul 28, 2011 Ernest rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this volume. As an X-Men fan (and Marvel fan generally), I really liked seeing how everything connects together and the story plays out. The art is generally well done, if a little large in each page (there could be more panels per page). Yet, there is something ultimately something lacking in this volume-I cannot figure out whether it is there sheer volume of the Marvel universe (one really needs an understanding of the world to properly understand and appreciate thi ...more
Elin the Lightship
Well, this is a crossover.
The story is a bit confusing at times and the art varies from ok to exceptional. Was actually two different pages I wanted to tear out and hang on my wall, that's how good some parts are.
And the confusing bit is actually refreshing. I'm tired of everything adapting to the casual reader with explaining everything and lots of throwsbacks. Sure, some more details could've been nice every once in a while but it didn't bother me. It made it interesting. Seeing both sides, o
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Sonic
Mar 12, 2010 Sonic rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Parts of this were thrilling, especially for those of us familiar with the histories of most of the characters involved. This world of the "Marvel Universes" which for me is something of a cross between mythology and soap opera, this world of powers and personalities can be magical if it is handled consistently both in terms of content and quality. Quality is one thing that is lacking at times in these story compilations with many different writers and artists, so while I really dug this on the ...more
Adam Fisher
Mar 21, 2016 Adam Fisher rated it liked it
3.5 Stars
All the plots of the past few years (X-Men moving to San Francisco; rise of Anti-Mutant legislation; Illuminati; Dark X-Men; re-creation of X-Force; Dark Avengers; H.A.M.M.E.R. replacing S.H.I.E.L.D. at the end of Secret Invasion; the whole Mutant Messiah plotline; etc) come to a head here in Utopia. Most of the story is fighting and the execution of a cleverly placed plot. Everyone faces off and battles, then suddenly, the island of Alcatraz rises up more fully from the water, and is d
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Silas
Feb 04, 2016 Silas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As big Marvel crossover events go, I was surprised at how well this came together. I kind of saw the ending coming, but that is based on experience with later comics, I suspect. I liked how this explained the change in Cyclops and actually made bringing Namor in to the X-Men make some sense. I liked that the X-Men are actually included in the Dark Reign event, though I don't exactly understand how this fits in with everything else. Big changes happen here, but they actually make some sense, and ...more
Mairi
Feb 23, 2016 Mairi rated it really liked it
Events between Trask and the mutants in San Francisco come to a head, and Norman Osborn and his team of X-Men intervene. I found this more enjoyable than the other Dark Reign stories I've read - I've generally found the characters they involve to be rather uncompelling, and ones I have no attachment to. That's still a problem here, but there's enough going on with the X-Men that I found it enjoyable. The side stories (X-Men Legacy, the Confession, and the Dark X-Men: the Beginning) were decent, ...more
Todd
One reviewer here said that this story has no real influence on Marvel continuity. If anything, I think the one star I'm deducting is because Fraction is so busy looking forward at what he wants to do with the X-Men that he stumbles a few times in the present.

I think the Utopia storyline is one of my favorite things to come out of the Dark Reign. The X-Men have finally had enough. It's surprising that it took so long between M-Day and this for the mutants to make a real choice about their futur
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David Edmonds
Aug 02, 2010 David Edmonds rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2010, x-men
Well, the X-Men's stay in San Francisco is short lived. The Humanity Now! Organization's march through San Francisco in support of their bill to regulate mutant breeding brings about riots on both sides of the struggle. When the situation seems to be escalating out of control, Norman Osborn and his Dark Avengers descend on the city to bring order back to the city. And on top of that, Emma's secrets finally come to the front as she reveals that she has teamed with Osborn as leader of his newly fo ...more
C.J. Edmunds
The vision or dream of Utopia itself apart from a fleeting one, is truly ambitious. But to collect several issues of Dark Avengers and Uncanny X-men in the hopes of establishing coherence in one continuous read is definitely no easy feat either.

This graphic novel collects Uncanny X-men #513-#514; Dark Avengers #7-8; Dark X-Men The Beginning: #1-3; X-Men Legacy #226-#227; Dark X-men: The Confession and material from Dark Reign: The Cabal. This collection released last year 2010 and written by Mat
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Anchorpete
Jul 27, 2013 Anchorpete rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. The question is, would I have liked it at the time it came out? It was very clear, around the time Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-men hit the shelves, everyone was feeling event fatigue. We went from Civil War to Secret Invasion, to Dark Reign.
Seeing where the X-men are today, post Avengers VS X-men (hey wait, isn't that what this book is about?) it is fun to travel back to a time where Wolverine and Cyclops were still on the same team.
What I found interesting in this colle
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Martin
Dec 16, 2015 Martin rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
The main Utopia storyline is only about 154 pages long, less than half the book's total page count. It is a good, well-written crossover event. Matt Fraction does not disappoint. The Dark Avengers VS The X-Men? A real treat. We even get Dark X-Men in this story: There's Cloak & Dagger [who are not mutants], who've been sort-of coerced by Osborn into joining; we've got Weapon Omega and Mimic [who are both nuts], Dark Wolverine [Daken] and... two surprise members. No love is lost between the D ...more
André
Mar 08, 2010 André rated it really liked it
Utopia is probably one of the best built Marvel HC collections I've read. It includes Utopia by Matt Fraction and Dark Reign: The Cabal, Dark X-men: The Beginning and two numbers of X-men Legacy.
Even for one who knew nothing about the "Dark Reign", this was a very good start, being a great take on the theme, showing the X-men's role and Norman Osborn's scheme to take care of the mutants. It allows the reader to peek into Osborn's mind, to understand his behaviour and his plans for the humanity
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Aaron
Jul 23, 2013 Aaron rated it liked it
To be fair to this book, I have not read any of the rest of Fraction's X-Men stuff, and this is definitely much more for X readers than it is for Dark Avengers readers, like myself. The vast majority of the setup leading up to this confrontation was clearly contained in the X books, as it just kind of crops up out of nowhere in the Dark Avengers series. This left me fairly unclear as to why so much violence exploded out of seemingly nowhere in this book. However, I can't really forgive this book ...more
Moe
Jan 02, 2012 Moe rated it liked it
I had mixed feelings about this story it was a typical X-Men story even though this was supposed to be Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men. I understand the concept of "Dark" but too many of the characters were psycho there wasn't enough balance for me it seemed a bit forced and amped up. The story was decent but again it was a typical X-Men story and for a franchise that loosely bases the struggle of mutants on the struggles of minorities in America there are surprisingly few you're more likely to see ...more
Elliot Huxtable
Apr 07, 2016 Elliot Huxtable rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
A great intro to the Dark X-Men. The opening story, dealing with the X-Men in San Francisco fighting Osbourne is great, with some fantastic fight scenes. Especially with Venom and Colossus. But the highlights have to be Osbourne recruiting the various members of the Dark X-Men. These are short, but sweet with Emma Frost exploring Namor's mind, Osbourne losing the fight against Aurora and her many personalities and the creepiness of Dark Beast.
Jose Monarrez
Nov 19, 2015 Jose Monarrez rated it it was ok
Realmente es un Cross over que me paso de noche, mas que cambiar el mundo de los mutantes o de marvel en general, explica que es lo que pasa con los mutantes a consecuencia de todo lo golpeados que han estado, por lo que no pasa de ser una explicación de anécdotas de los mutantes. esperando que sea un preámbulo para lo que seria necrosha, nos dejo solo expectantes. al parecer todo lo bueno esta pasando actualmente en Dark Reign.
Cristhian
Mar 27, 2015 Cristhian rated it liked it
Mire usted, había olvidado este crossover, así que ayer lo releí.

Ahora mismo ya lo estoy olvidando. Realmente no aportó mucho en su momento (sacar a flote el asteroide M, la anexión de Namor, los poderes de Danny, pudieron ser contados sin un crossover que mñé).

Lo mejor fue Daken, en todos los diálogos, en su mini que completa su reclutamiento y cuando hacen referencia a él es donde brilla Fraction. Lástima que lo mataron y revivieron de una manera tan insulsa.
Ryan
Jun 25, 2012 Ryan rated it liked it
Shelves: justok
This could have been better, but was poorly written. The main story has some good ideas that start out well. But then the story is shifted to a bunch of conversations with Norman Osborn. After, that, we see a whole lot of characters get a few panels each. Very confusing to the reader, apparently even moreso to the writer. Fraction has trouble keeping the personalities straight and constantly dips into redundancy.

I felt a relief when we moved into the Legacy issues because they focused on a few
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David Faber
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Dmitry Yakovenko
Sep 06, 2014 Dmitry Yakovenko rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
Сюжет повествует о борьбе Скотта Самерса (Циклоп) и Нормана Осборна (Зеленый Гоблин/Железный Патриот), мутантов и людей, людей-икс и темных мстителей. В общем и в целом, сценарист придумал довольно интересную историю, которая, правда, не то что не хватает звезд с неба, а даже и не смотрит на это самое небо и не мечтает о нем. Сюжет наполнен различными штампами и банальными вещами, диалоги особо не блещут, а финал можно предсказать с первого выпуска. Но стоит отдать автору должное: на протяжении ...more
Wesley
Feb 22, 2015 Wesley rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
Unfortunately this book does not work as a standalone story. The reader needs to have a knowledge of events of the Avengers and X-men continuity from the period that is not adequately explained. The main story also has a rather unsatisfactory ending. A mess from start to finish that should never have been collected in this form.
Eric Mikols
Feb 08, 2012 Eric Mikols rated it really liked it
Shelves: x-men
Finally made it to the big Utopia story and it's pretty good. As mutant births are on the way to being outlawed and San Fransico is putting a curfew on mutants all together, the last remaining X-Men stand against the wave of protest and the agressive tactics of the Dark Avengers and Norman Osborn. What makes this work is how core to the X-Men these threats are. It's good to see them standing for mutant rights while just trying to survive. It's not a perfect story as it feels like very little hap ...more
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"How he got started in comics: In 1983, when Fraction was 7 years old and growing up in Kansas City, Mo., he became fascinated by the U.S. invasion of Grenada and created his own newspaper to explain the event. "I've always been story-driven, telling stories with pictures and words," he said.

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