This volume reprints Uncanny X-Men #180 - 198, X-Men Annual #8, and X-Men/Alpha Flight #1-2.
I call this period on the series a major turning point. ThThis volume reprints Uncanny X-Men #180 - 198, X-Men Annual #8, and X-Men/Alpha Flight #1-2.
I call this period on the series a major turning point. The title shifted from super-hero adventure to personal drama, social commentary, and deep inspection of relationships and trust.
The first issue (#180) leads right in to Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars. Events in that crossover led to changes in the team dynamics and internal relationships. The relationship between Kitty Pryde and Colossus hits a very rough time. There are some conflicts over who should lead the X-Men...especially into battle. Then, their long-time enemy, Magneto, is brought into the fold by Professor X. The team will never be the same after this volume.
As the book goes on, so much happens that impacted Marvel Comics for years. The biggest may be the introduction of the Mutant Control Act. Anti-mutant racism begins to spread and take its toll on many members of the team. Storm undergoes a major change, Xavier is attacked, and no-one is safe. There is even a tie in to the Secret Wars II crossover later in the collection.
This volume also introduces some major characters to the X-Men story. Forge, Nimrod and Rachel Summers debut. Selene (from early New Mutants issues) returns from "death" to join the Hellfire Club.
The highlight of this entire book is the Lifedeath and Lifedeath II storylines that take a closer look at Storm and her journey to find herself.
So much good is packed in here for X-Men and Marvel fans. I recommend! ...more
I absolutely enjoyed everything about this collection, even though it is now over 30 years old.
This book collects The New Mutants issues #18-25 and AnI absolutely enjoyed everything about this collection, even though it is now over 30 years old.
This book collects The New Mutants issues #18-25 and Annual #1.
Here in #18 we start the Bill Sienkiewicz era as illustrator for The New Mutants. His experimental, bold approach was jarring and over the top, but that is what made it so special. He only stuck around through issue #31, but this collection is all his.
Story-wise, this collection sets the New Mutants up as real players in the Marvel Universe. Their powers grow and evolve. They interact with more characters from other titles. They impact things in the overall Marvel Universe story.
Issues #18-20 make up the Demon Bear Saga which shows the true powers of both Dani Moonstar and Illyana Rasputin in action. This saga was the original reason I started subscribing to the New Mutants as a kid. As a matter of fact it is still amazing 30 years later.
That storyline was only the beginning though. following on the heels of that, we have the introduction of Warlock the alien refugee to the ranks of the team. Then, we find out about the powers of Doug Ramsey (friend to the X-Men's Kitty Pryde)...he can decipher/decode/translate any code or language. The Annual introduces the rock star/interplanetary thief Lila Cheney (and her long distance love affair with Cannonball).
If this all doesn't sound cool...several X-Men guest star and issues #23-#25 include Wolfsbane and Sunspot with the powers of Cloak and Dagger...leading to the appearance of that same light/dark duo in the last issue. Oh, and there are snippets here and there of Magneto...his asteroid base and his mysterious island.
This is fun reading and a must for X-Men and New Mutants fans. Several of the main characters become X-Men and/or Avengers down the road, so you can see their super powered childhood right here....more
Reprinting New Mutants #8-17. This book presents the addition of new members, Magma and Magik. The New Mutants get their firThis volume was a delight!
Reprinting New Mutants #8-17. This book presents the addition of new members, Magma and Magik. The New Mutants get their first showdown with the Hellions of the Hellfire Club. Important future player, Doug Ramsey is added to the story. Selene the Black Witch, Emma Frost/White Queen, Sentinels, and first hints of the upcoming Demon Bear Saga!
These issues progressed the early development of these mutant characters and set them up to be very important in the Marvel Universe. In my opinion, this is the end of their purely amateur status as heroes. All the volumes that follow lead them into adventures and against menaces on par with the X-Men....more
New Mutants Classic Volume 1 includes the introduction of the New Mutants characters that influence the X-Men series forThis volume was so fantastic!
New Mutants Classic Volume 1 includes the introduction of the New Mutants characters that influence the X-Men series for many years. This book also has the epic finale to the Brood Saga (in New Mutants 1-3 and Uncanny X-Men 167). The overlap with the Uncanny X-Men made it easier to see where they fit in the greater Marvel comics universe.
Claremont is a genius when it comes to writing characters who are just learning their powers and getting hold of their self confidence.
As much as I love these issues, Volume 2 includes more new members (Including Magik...my favorite) and Volume 3 has the great Demon Bear Saga. So, Claremont and X-Men fans...this is a must read from 1983....more
This set of X-Men issues has a little bit for everyone.
Space Adventure? Check! We have the Brood Saga. Ultra-Super Powerful Hero? Check! We get the intThis set of X-Men issues has a little bit for everyone.
Space Adventure? Check! We have the Brood Saga. Ultra-Super Powerful Hero? Check! We get the introduction of Binary. Gritty brawling action? Got it! The Morlocks story begins in these pages.
What else is here? The New Mutants, Impossible Man, Lockheed the Dragon, the Hellfire Club, Silver Samurai, the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and Rogue joins the X-Men. All of these are fantastic, but there is also the superb Graphic Novel 'God Loves, Man Kills' collected in this volume.
Last, but definitely not least, we are introduced to Madelyne Prior. She will become the focal point of lots of X-Men stories that follow.
This was good. Not the best X-Men stories, but still very entertaining, and it sets up so much down the road....more
This volume continues Chris Claremont's run in Uncanny X-Men with issues 132-140. I read some of these in my youth. I loved the 80's and 90's X-men coThis volume continues Chris Claremont's run in Uncanny X-Men with issues 132-140. I read some of these in my youth. I loved the 80's and 90's X-men comics and all the crazy crossovers that begin not long after this volume ends. Even over 30 years later, I am amazed at the ability of Claremont to complete the epic Dark Phoenix Saga in just a few issues.
As a teenager, I thought that Claremont was quite possibly the greatest writer in the history of comics. Since then, I have been exposed to Grant Morrison and several others that eclipse his ability, but he still stands as one of my favorites.
The only annoying thing about 1980's X-men (besides the nutso costumes) is the paragraph length thought bubbles that info dump the "story so far" and the "these are my powers, so I will try this..." kinds of info. Strangely enough, this is the same thing that endeared me to the X-men back then because I thought they writer was being more thorough and 'deep' by looking into the heads of our characters.
So, for Chris Claremont fans, X-Men fans, Marvel Comics fans, this volume is essential to appreciating the history and classic epics that have come before....more
I really, really wanted to be able to give this a full 5 stars. I mean, the concept is fantastic...pregnant werewolf facing down what could be Jack thI really, really wanted to be able to give this a full 5 stars. I mean, the concept is fantastic...pregnant werewolf facing down what could be Jack the Ripper who came through a dimensional portal from his Victorian England home.
Kelley Armstrong is a brilliant author, and usually her works are almost flawless. Unfortunately, this one dragged, a LOT. In the previous novel of this series, Haunted, there were a couple of chapters that felt like filler that left characters going in circles and avoided furthering the plot in any meaningful way. In Broken, that section was over 75 pages long. I think the success of the series may have led to the publisher pushing a page count that she couldn't quite meet without filler.
So, to sum up...the story is very good. The characters are amazing. The concepts and imagery are great. the execution of the plot gets a 'meh' from me. What could have been a 5 star novel gets about a 3.75 from me.
I still love the series. I am going to keep reading all the way to the end (I hope). this one just feels like a speed-bump that the next will hopefully make up for....more
I received this book as part of a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.
Late last year I read a novella called Durable Impressions. It was basically the prolI received this book as part of a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.
Late last year I read a novella called Durable Impressions. It was basically the prologue to this story.
Certain Hypothetical begins sometime in the not too distant future. Based on the very little background we are given, I assume that the USA is falling apart from within due to lots of unspecified reasons. What we do know I that Florida is seceding from the union and there is general unrest in the country.
As this book begins, the governor of Florida is scooping up all Federal properties and using the National Guard as his own personal army. Our characters are in a Federal University compound that is closing itself off in preparation for the impending takeover.
Unfortunately, it feels like nothing really happens in the story until nearly the end. I mean, how much danger are they really in? If Florida takes over the Federal compound, I doubt they would plan to kill all the students and their families.
There was some good intrigue and mystery in the later quarter of the book, but by then it was too late to make the story stronger. The last 10 pages + the "deleted scene" at the end give more information about the state of the outside world than the rest of the book.
The best thing about the story is the pair of main characters, Kat/Kate and David. They showed a growth and progression that was made even better by having read the prequel novella.
Overall, I am not a big fan of this story. I probably will not try to get ahold of the rest of the series....more
As an ending to this series, Gray Moon Rising was excellent. It tied up a lot of plot lines and established more of the framework of the story's worldAs an ending to this series, Gray Moon Rising was excellent. It tied up a lot of plot lines and established more of the framework of the story's world.
There is a ton of action, lots of supernatural bits and pieces, and an awesome group of antagonists, The Union. The story continued to expand on all the world building presented in previous volumes, making this an ultimately satisfying read.
Rylie has become a fascinating and strong character over the course of these 4 books. There is so much more that can be done with her story from here. I am really glad that there are more series with this world and these characters.
The Seasons of the Moon serves as a kick-off for my interest in SM Reine and her books. I plan to revisit her works frequently!...more