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Marvel Masterworks: Uncanny X-Men, Vol. 1 (Uncanny X-Men, Volume I Marvel Masterworks 1)

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Celebrate Marvel's 70th anniversary by experiencing the tales of the world's most-famous super heroes from the very beginning The Marvel Masterworks have brought readers deluxe hardcover collections of Marvel's classics from the Golden Age, Atlas Era, and the mighty Marvel Age, and now you can join in the Masterworks excitement with Marvel's new Marvel Masterworks trade pa ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published December 9th 2009 by Marvel (first published 1991)
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Now, to be honest, I have grew up with the 90s X-Men cartoon series, so I have not really read any X-Men comics prior to the 90s, so reading “Uncanny X-Men” from Marvel Masterworks was a great look back to the 70s X-Men comics where the second generation X-Men (Wolverine, Colossus, Storm, Cyclops, Banshee, Sunfire, and Nightcrawler) are first introduced in the X-Men franchise.

What is the story?

In this volume, Professor Xavier goes around the world to recruit new members for the X
Jun 01, 2015 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is a must have for any true X-Men fan, this book includes the formation of a new X-men team while introducing iconic characters such as Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Colossus and Storm. If you want to catch up on some back issues that you may have missed, or you simply want to fill some gaps in your collection or get more X-Men knowledge then go and get it.

I know Chris Claremont did not create the X-Men characters, but he is definitely the one who made them alive, he's the one who built the rela
Dang Ole' Dan Can Dangle
In 1963 the original X-Men comic, by the now legendary Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, was released to mild success, not bringing in sales as big as some of Marvel's other titles, but nonetheless profiting and forming a considerable fanbase. That didn't last very long, however, and by 1969, despite numerous attempts at rejuvenation, sales plummeted drastically and X-Men was cancelled and continued only in reprints. It wasn't necessarily that the quality of the comics fell--indeed Roy Thomas wrote some ...more
Nicholas Karpuk
Through out the history of Marvel there's a proud tradition of Stan Lee creating characters that no one gave a crap about until a writer came along that actually brought something interesting to the idea. No one really cared about Daredevil until Frank Miller gave him a tune up (and oddly turned him into a testing ground for other writers), and I know I personally thought Spider-man was mostly junk until writers like Slott and Bendis got involved. There's a sense that Marvel is willing to let it ...more
B. Jay
Mar 29, 2011 B. Jay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although these comics have a hard time standing up by themselves, especially compared to the work they spawned, it nonetheless all started here. The history of the failed X-Men series, the creation of the New X-Men by Len Win and Cockrum and the beginning of the Claremont years all melded in this collection of comics to kick off one of the greatest comic book series ever.
The newbies are unfleshed, the old standbys just accept that their days our done and leave immediately (the way you wish that
Dec 22, 2013 Neil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This collection is five stars for nostalgia's sake, only. The early Claremont/Cockrum books are so simplistic in retrospect, but at the time, they pushed the four color mutants into a whole new realm of relevance and popularity... long before they would become household, pop-culture icons. In this collection, we see the beginning of the New X-men, the team that would take a comic from being ready for cancellation, to the most popular superhero team, ever... a bridge between the old and new, wher ...more
Artur Coelho
Sep 12, 2016 Artur Coelho rated it liked it
O início da temporada de Chris Claremont como argumentista da série. Neste primeiro volume, há uma nítida transição entre o tipo de aventura dos comics clássicos, episódicas e resolvidas numa ou duas edições, e as estruturas narrativas onde as personagens se interrelacionam e aprofundam ao longo de diferentes arcos narrativos. A transição é visível. Com Len Wein, as histórias são directas, resumidas. É a época em que os X-Men enfrentam a ilha viva de Krakoa (dá um certo gozo escrever isto) e o C ...more
In the 1970s, Uncanny X-Men experienced their first "All New" rebirth. The famous Chris Claremont has taken over the writing, and much of the art here is by Dave Cockrum. It has a very 70s "psychedelic" feel to it. :) Banshee, Colossus, Nighcrawler, Wolverine, and Storm are added to the team. The original Thunderbird, John Proudstar, joined up for about 3 issues before going down in a blaze of stupidity. The primary enemy here is Steven Lang who resurrects Trask's Sentinels...with a twist. At th ...more
Jul 12, 2013 Kami rated it it was amazing
- Woo! I'm excited to start this new series with new and awesome members of the team! Even though they aren't really new to me, I loved reading about how they were introduced to The X-Men, and I especially loved seeing Professor Xavier gather up the new recruits.

- When we first meet storm is not wearing much! Yeesh! This is pretty risque for 1975.

- I didn't know Banshee was ever a good guy. I don't know if I trust him. He has a really annoying mutant power. I'd hate to be fighting around him.

- T
Jan 23, 2014 Michael rated it really liked it
My review of this trade will actually be a brain dump about the X-Men in general - mostly.

I read the X-Men comics monthly for about ten years (let's say 1982 to 1992). I still fondly recall the first half of those stories (maybe up through Inferno, and along with New Mutants) but the older I got the less patience I had with Claremont's writing. People just didn't talk the way he made his characters talk. Not that other comic-book dialogue was BETTER, but it still grated on me. Then the art chang
Joseph Zurat
Oct 24, 2013 Joseph Zurat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic
If I were really pressed, this would probably be a 4 out of 5, but compared to the first Masterworks volume of X-Men this has to be rated higher. The art throughout really nails the pained expressions of anger and grief that the characters feel when the chips are down.

Alright, so some pros first. This is really indicative of the push of Bronze age comics to have an even more human side to them. The stories have threads that continue for more than just a few issues, the characters seem to have s
Jon Arnold
The first issue here is obviously the definition of that much abused word seminal; it’s the beginning of the rise of the X-Men from a cancellation hell to the culture conquering modern force it is today. The first issue details that transition in a ‘Giant Size’ issue, Professor X putting a second team together to rescue his original X-Men. Quite wonderfully, there are a number of unexpected twists and turns to the story and it’s easy to imagine that elements of it were an influence on Lost. It’s ...more
Dec 06, 2012 Alazzar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chris Claremont's exposition is still excruciatingly bad at times (see below), but the stories are good and it's fun to see how the "new" (as of 1975) X-men team came together. There were tons of first appearances (Nightcrawler, Colossus, Storm and more), and it was particularly cool to see an image that I immediately recognized from the animated series' retelling of the Phoenix Saga--good memories came flooding back!

As far as the exposition goes, Claremont seems compulsive about having his char
The comics included in this collection are deceptive. They might seem like straight forward X-Men stories, and in many waysthey are. But these issues also completely altered the comic book industry. Not over night, but they did irrevocably alter everything. These stories introduce the new team of X-Men and a new storytelling style whose ramifications are still strangling the industry. Up to this point Marvel had mastered single issue stories, multi-issue stories and even mega-issue stories, but ...more
Dominik Banach
Jul 30, 2016 Dominik Banach rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Druga Geneza" pokazuje nam początki w teamie X-Men takich postaci jak: Wolverine, Storm, Colossus czy Nightcrawler. W związku ze spadającym zainteresowaniem pierwotną grupą mutantów, Marvel podjął drastyczne środki i postanowił wysłać ich na dłuższy urlop pozostawiając jedynie Cyclopsa w roli dowódcy dla nowych członków.
Nie jestem zwolennikiem komiksów z lat 60/70 ponieważ w większości są to straszne ramotki. Ten album natomiast to esencja grupowego komiksu superbohaterskiego, prawdopodobnie fu
Aug 28, 2011 Alex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
The beginning of the Uncanny X-Men saga and in truth, despite being where it all began, it's a bit of a chore. You can sense that Claremont wants to write something a little bigger, with more drama and with more emotion but as yet he hasn't found the right way to go about doing it. Whilst there are some good ideas in these early volumes, his imagination can't break free from very tired villains and even more stale ways of dispatching them that seem to generally run the course of monologues "oh n ...more
Sep 13, 2015 John rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Required reading should always be so enjoyable.

The characters in the volume are so simple, but the foundations are laid for the complex and coherent characterization that marked Claremont's near-eternal run on the X-Books. Better still, the first seeds of some of the X-Men's greatest stories (including the most famous, and perhaps best) are planted in these first six issues.

Dave Cockrum's designs are iconic. No argument can be made - some of the costumes have not been changed, and many have been
Mar 12, 2011 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
More enjoyable each time I read it. Most recent read was scanned copies of original issues, so I had a chance to read the letters for the first time. So interesting! Storm was the most popular of the all-new all-different X-Men and Wolverine was pretty unpopular. Cyclops and Professor X had a lot more emotion than I recalled: at one point Prof tells the Cyke to go to save the new team and Cyke refuses because he is watching over a recovering Jean Grey (freshly Phoenix). Cyke says the team has to ...more
Matthew Ledrew
Dec 30, 2013 Matthew Ledrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, x-men, un-reviewed
There were a few Marvel titles created by Stan Lee that he did not leave a definitive mark on. Titles that while his great mind came up with a wonderful concept, the execution was found lacking. Two that jump to mind are Daredevil and She-Hulk... With the major third being X-Men.

This book marks the reimagining of the X-Men with the all-new, all-different. I always wondered if these stories were perhaps only good compared to the trite that came before it... But it's actually very good. The stori
Ben Guilfoy
Sep 11, 2013 Ben Guilfoy rated it really liked it
While the style of writing and artwork are very dated, I still found a lot to enjoy here. These are wild, sci-fi/action adventure stories early on in the career of the "new" X-Men, and they're a lot of fun. Sure, the characters have a tendency to narrate their own actions out loud, but whatever. I enjoy Claremont's plotting and characterization, that is that he acknowledges that these new X-Men don't quite function as a solid team yet, often arguing with each other in the heat of battle over str ...more
Erin Elizabeth
Jun 09, 2011 Erin Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Wow this was a surprise! I was expecting the characters to be happy go lucky and very stiff in writing and art. Almost too much angst from the new characters. Movement in almost every panel. I really enjoyed the dated but charming dialogue that made everything feel urgent and exciting. Some of the laughs I got from this book may not have been intended at the time, but others were intentional and are still funny today.
And the bonus art pages were very cool. Dave Cockrum's pages instructing other
Feb 08, 2012 Patrickderaaff rated it liked it
Shelves: x-men
This the very beginning! All sorts of coolness starts here and the potential is evident right from the start. However, Chris Claremont needs some time to settle comfortably in his chair after Len Wein set up things with Giant-Size and the 2 following bi-monthlies. It's great fun to read these stories again after these many years. I still got chills when I re-read hints of the things to come. Especially with regards to the Dark Phoenix saga and the ret-con that followed during Secret Wars II. Goo ...more
Nov 11, 2014 Clark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strong intro to the new team. My immediate reaction is that they all seem so fully formed right from the start. It was interesting to read these issues back-to-back with the original 20 issues of X-men. The original team took so long to develop into clear individuals and lacked depth. Their stories had no punch or momentum whereas these characters hit the ground running. It's easy to see why this became such a huge series.
Phillip Berrie
Should be 3.5 stars, but not 4.

I read these stories in the original comics and they made a lot more impact back then. Overall, I think the introduction of the new team was done a little too quickly (it was done to revive the series and still fit in with the current storyline). Later, when things started to settle down and we started to see more of the background of the new team members it became a lot better, in my opinion.

Not great, but it's good to have.
This collection covers the origins/coming together of the X-Men team we're more familiar with from the movies: Wolverine, Storm, Cyclops, Jean Grey/Marvel Girl, Nightcrawler, Banshee, and Colossus. Originally published in the mid-70s, Chris Claremont's writing is good, and the art, though different than comics now, is also good. This volume ends on a cliff-hanger, so I'll have to get started on the next volume!
Edward Davies
Jan 19, 2015 Edward Davies rated it it was amazing
This slimmer than usual volume of Marvel Masterworks sees the critically acclaimed return of the X-Men after six years in limbo. It starts with the formation of the new team in Giant Size X-Men issue 1, then proceeds into issues 94 to 100, including the death of new characters, the return of some old ones, and a conclusion that leads into the creation of possibly the most powerful character in X-Men history. A definite must for all X-philes.
May 14, 2013 Craig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These are Claremont's first stories of the second-generation X-Men from 1975 and 1976, back when you could still read the books without a scorecard and know who everyone was and what they were doing. It isn't perhaps always as crisp as later decades, or as enthusiastic as the earlier originals, but these are the seminal stories that have led directly to generations of later storylines. It's a great place to start.
Mar 12, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this collection as it has been printed in color. The stories are for the most part a lot of fun. One star comes off for flimsy storytelling at times.
DO REMEMBER, everyone, this is something written decades ago now, so be ready for awkward attempts at diverse characters and some seriously hilarious costumes!
Johnny Andrews
Nov 09, 2014 Johnny Andrews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A classic tale with rich characters and a whole shake up to the X-Men universe. Tempers and egos flare as the new members must learn to work together.
A really good arc that gives us good banter between wolverine, colossus and banshee as they seem to argue, mainly due to wolverine giving them 'pet' nicknames.
Lots of action, lots of drama it's what you'd expect from the team and more so.
Dec 08, 2013 Inkling rated it really liked it
Brilliant drawings! Far superior to previous X-men issues.
Wolverine joins the team in this one, same as Storm. Brilliant designs for the both of them. Cyclops and Marvel Girl are still on the team, but the Beast and Iceman aren't. Nightcrawler and Colossus show up right from the start. Great teamwork. Better stories. Liked it! :)
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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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