Uncanny X-Men: Nation X
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Uncanny X-Men: Nation X (Uncanny X-Men)

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Magneto's return has stunned the X-Men, but that's not the only surprise they're in for as a herd of Predator X's come hungry for mutant tar tar.

The hits just keep coming, but can the X-Men, still nursing their wounds from UTOPIA, deal with this?

Collects Uncanny X-Men #515-522, Dark Reign: The List - X-Men and Nation X 1-4.
Hardcover, 344 pages
Published June 2nd 2010 by Marvel Comics (first published June 1st 2010)
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André
Aug 20, 2010 André rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: X-Men lovers
I've been curious about Nation X ever since I first heard of the story. I should say that I wasn't very impressed. Don't mistake me, I liked reading the book, but I was hoping for much more. This story is built on the idea of a mutant independent city-state and that by itself should be enough to allow for the development of an astonishing graphic novel.
Nation X shows how the X-Men lead the mutants in a new place, living separately from the regular people, near San Francisco. It's nice to see Cyc...more
Matt Bromagin
Not bad. It actually made me want to get more into the X-Men. The New Mutants that ran when I was a younger fella was/is my favorite super-hero comic of all time. It was nice to hang out with some of these characters again. I also forget that even though I don't like the idea of X-Men being in a shared universe with the rest of the Marvel U, X-characters have the BEST power sets.

The idea of the X-Men seceding from the rest of the world was a little goofy. It isn't the strongest of stories I wou...more
Clemency
I really enjoyed the main story arc of this graphic novel. I thought that it was really enjoyable if a little weird in terms of following it in places. Not that it was hard to follow, just that it dotted around different characters a lot which is fairly typical for an X-book. I liked the way Magneto was incorporated into the story and how the tensions were created between the characters. It was all very believable while keeping a fun boisterous sheen which I valued in this comic. I felt that it...more
Alex Sarll
The second great era of X-Men comics begins here. Yes, you can go back to the start of Fraction's run if you want, but this is where we get Cyclops finally becoming the leader the battered mutant race needs, telling chrome-domed quisling Charles Xavier to be quiet while Magneto is talking (am I editorialising slightly?). Of course, mostly it gets even better once Fraction hands over to Kieron Gillen. But there's still much to cherish here; I liked the emphasis here (which I don't recall in later...more
David Edmonds
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Anthony
After the battle against Osborn and the Dark Avengers, the X-men head to their own island of the coast of San Francisco called Utopia. That's mainly what this book is about: the X-men getting settled into their new home, and setting up the status-quo of the X-men titles for the next few years. Also, Magneto comes back - BUT NOT AS A VILLAIN. If you pick up a recent X-men comic, you'll see that Magneto now hangs around with the X-men. This is the story where his 'redemption', if you will, begins....more
Neil
It is difficult to keep reviewing graphic novels that are part of ongoing series. It is like reviewing chapters of a very long, never ending book. Much of what is good or bad depends on how it relates to previous books/chapters. The collections of most main stream superhero comics are incomplete in themselves.

That said, this chapter of the Uncanny X-Men is pretty to look at (collecting both Greg Land and Alan Davis' artwork) as well as tentatively clever in exploring what it might take to create...more
Rob
I must admit I was initially put off by Namor. A king of Atlantis aquatic people? I mean I love science fiction and fantasy but I tend not to like mixed mediums. X-Men and vampires? X-Men and mer-people, really?

But then I thought more about it, it’s not really any different from the X-Men’s interactions with other worlds and interplanetary politics. I accept that as cannon, so from that perspective I could enjoy the Namor storyline. Cyclops and Emma were strong as ever but I thought more could...more
Jeff Lanter
So this is my first ever in continuity X-Men story. I had heard how hard X-men is to get into and I have to say that those fears were somewhat misplaced. While I didn't know everything about the story (why X-Men were in Utopia for instance), I didn't really need to either. I will say that having read Whedon's run on Astonishing X-Men really helped me appreciate Nation X more however.

The story itself feels huge and the fate of the X-Men looms large. I also liked seeing Namor teaming up with the...more
William Axtell
This was an amazing bag of different stories, bridging the gap from Utopia to Second Coming.
First of we have Dark Reign: The List - X-Men. This was a terrific tale in which Norman Osborn decides to try and destroy Namor and his kingdom. It may be short but it is a beautifully put together little piece and is very enjoyable.
Next comes the main meat of the book, the Uncanny X-Men run. This was mindblowing! I mean, I wanted it because I wanted to read the story where Magneto brought Kitty back but...more
Ernest
As an X-Men fan, there is always an initial enjoyment reading an X-Men work. This enjoyment is normally weighed against a fan's critical reading of any favoured work/world. I have to say that there are good and not-so-good things about this volume.

Good:
-For the most part, the artwork is beautiful.
-The overall story (stories) fit well within the 'current' universe.
-The authors integrated the many characters well.

Not-so-good:
-Some characterisations are off, especially Magneto-he hasn't had those a...more
Gavin
Good story, picking up just after the X-Men and other mutants have moved to Utopia. Problems abound on a logistical level, such as the island sinking (as it's just an asteroid floating) not enough food, etc.
The biggest development here is the arrival of a certain Magnetic personality, a bitter enemy, and what Cyclops will do about the arrival.
There's also some friction with Namor and the Atlanteans.
The book ends with the more or less return of an old teammate thought long gone, thanks to the int...more
Ryan
This graphic novels collects a lot of different stories that have one thematic element in common in that they are all about the X-Men on Utopia. Unfortunately, Greg Land draws some of it, but he keeps the images of X-Men looking like vapid smiling super-models down to a relative minimum. Balancing out Land's art is some of the nicest art that Terry Dodson ever turned in for this series. The guest artists are all top notch, with a couple of glaring exceptions. But the short stories done by these...more
Dima Yakovenko
Центральная история всего этого тома, повествующая о возвращение Магнето, поражает воображение и не дает заскучать. К тому же, безумно радует качество и стиль рисунка. Но большая часть тома уделена и другим историям. Историям, в которых нам показывают, как мутанты привыкают к новому дому. И вот эти истории настолько отвратительны и скучны, в них настолько бездарный рисунок, что их просто хочется пролистать, даже не рассматривая рисунки, не то что читать. Центральная история чуть ли не высшей оце...more
Arturo
From the return of Magneto, an attack from Predator X's and the aftermath, of who sent them.. with Fantomex. the science club-x dealing with the island sinking. Cyclops and Emma dealing with sliver of the void taken from the Sentry. And a great heroic act by Magneto. All very well written.
Ron
I was afraid that this was going to be some monster of the week comics to bridge the gap between some major events. However, when Magneto shows up, it gets really good.
AGraphicMaduck
Just a solid read for me, I really like Fraction's take on the X-Men (this is coming after I've read some Brubaker, and Aaron's Schism, some Ellis (just a note to myself, Fraction's take on Cyclops is more sympathetic/positive compared to Ellis who definitely makes Cyclops a bit of a bossy punk haha) and I know I'm all over the place re: continuity)...the art at first didn't grab me but I grew to like it. I enjoyed the character development and Fraction's take on Cyclops and Magneto's return. Wh...more
Pamela
I'm trying to play catch-up with the X-Men titles, since I haven't read them regularly in... oh, years. Nation X was a nice collection about trying to set up a mutant colony on Utopia, formerly Magneto's Asteroid M. With the major exception of Greg Land's porny, traced artwork, it was definitely a good read. I especially enjoyed the one-issue stories, particularly those in the Nation X four-book mini series. The one with Wolverine and Nightcrawler on a road trip was blissfully awesome. Now, if o...more
Timo
Beautiful Greg Park art and story with nice twists. Solid mutant fun.
Shannon Appelcline
The List is a pretty inconsequential fight, though it has nice Namor continuity [5/10]. Matt Fraction's main storyline continues to be very strong, with tons of character development. I’m particularly impressed here by the SF feel of the storyline, which blends so well with Morrison's [9/10]. Finally, I didn't have a lot of hope for the anthology of Nation X stories, but many of them were quite good, and they did give a nice focus on lots of characters. [7/10]
Michael
By no means one of the better Uncanny X-Men trade paperbacks, this book is more of a bridge, filling in gaps and setting the foundation for events to come. You could easily skip this and jump ahead and not miss much.
Laurel
Unfortunately the short stories from the Nation-X mini-series were, with very few exception, terrible. The best parts of this book are Fantomex jumping into the X-men and Magneto's return which happened in the on-going Uncanny X-men issues also collected in this volume. While most of the art would get a decent rating from me, there are a few short stories with almost embarrassingly childish looking work.
Sonic
The first half of this book was awesome fun. An exciting new direction for mutants everywhere! Then it deteriorated into a series of mediocre vignettes often highlighting some not too interesting characters, ... I have seen this formula from Marvel before where they start out with something really cool and then it just peters out, ... Quality is what we need, not quantity.
Dean
A big mixed bag of stories in here, but for the most part well told and well drawn. Greg Land and Alan Davis are worth the price of admission alone. Over the book most of the characters get a moment to shine, and I enjoyed it hugely in parts. It was a little uneven though, and a few bits here and there let it down, so I would rate about 3.5/5.
Definitely worth a read.
Kevin Fanning
Love the Matt Fraction. I don't know why I get so emotional about stuff like Kitty coming home or Rogue absorbing powers and killing bad guys but whatever, I am who I am and there were all kinds of tears while reading this.

The first half of the book is the main Fraction storyline. The 2nd half is some side-character one-off stuff that wasn't as engaging.
Jake
Aug 12, 2012 Jake rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: comics
I genuinely enjoyed this story, but I would not say this story is incredibly accessible for casual fans of comics or even the X-Men. The X-Men's roster and setting is quite different than the one most readers may be familiar with or that is prevalent in pop culture. That being said, the new X-Men team members produce great conflict and stories.
Mike
Good solid storytelling, but a little talk-y at first. I like it, I don't love it. It felt like Fraction was just biding time, circling in a character-development holding pattern while the Big Event snuck up in us.
Angela
Utopia has a lot of teething problems, and then Magneto turns up. This is a great character based piece, I love the little stories that focus on different characters. A great read, especially for those new to the xmen.
Tone
While it's nice to see an X-Men book where Cyclops is the star, not just Wolverine's foil, this book mostly just reminded me of moments in recent X-Men history that bother me.
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