Book Review: Marvel Masterworks: The Uncanny X-Men, Vol. 2

Marvel Masterworks: The Uncanny X-Men, Vol. 2 Marvel Masterworks: The Uncanny X-Men, Vol. 2 by Chris Claremont

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book collects Issues 101-110 of the Uncanny X-Men following the big events of X-Men #100. In these ten issues, they face off against many villains including the team of Black Tom and the Juggernaut, as well as Magneto, and dealt with alien enemied and met Lillandra. The first issue also sees Jean Gray's transformation into Phoenix.

In many ways, as a 10-issue slice of action from the 1970s X-Men, it felt like a lot of issues were only setting the stage for greater battles ahead, so reading these ten in isolation is a bit of frustration.

On the other, some of the stories we get later, paticularly regarding Lillandra and the Starjammers are ideas that would be key to the 1990's X-men Animated and would essentially be adapted word for word. That series is acclaimed and it's probably time to recognize that one reason for its success is the plots and characters Claremont created here.

One thing that deserves praise is just how balanced the team book is in terms of how its handled. I think its fair to say Jean Grey, Wolverine, and Professor X get more focus than the other characters, but no one's forgotten. You do feel like you know the other characters and they do have their moments. One thing that's particularly impressive is that this volume manages to have all these characters without character-stuff turning the book into a soap opera. There's just enough to make the characters real and then we just get on with the story. This might be helped by the comics being about 18 pages in length and therefore, soap operas are hard to fit in with all the action.

Overall, not as good as the first, but still a strong volume.

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Published on March 18, 2021 23:32 Tags: bronze-age, marvel, uncanny-x-men
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