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New X-Men, Volume 1: E Is for Extinction

(New X-Men (2001) #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  8,360 ratings  ·  199 reviews
Cassandra Nova has murdered 16 million mutants. Now she has her sights set on The X-Men! Xavier and his team of mutants have long dreamed of a time of peace. But the time for dreaming is over. Now it is time to fight.

Collecting: New X-Men (2001) 114-117, New X-Men (2001) Annual 1
Paperback, Trade, 144 pages
Published September 27th 2006 by Marvel (first published December 15th 2001)
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Sep 22, 2016 rated it liked it

Morrison gets credit for three things: finally committing mutant genocide as X-Men plots are always threatening, in volume 1 no less; not using Magneto; giving Charles Xavier the balls to kill.

Frank Quitely is awesome. I love his stuff, but why does everyone look Asian? Seriously. The character design is a Wolverine is really husky. And Beast is very feline and Victorian. Basically Beauty and the Beast. Professor X looks like, I dunno, a Bond villain.

The plot revolves around Cassand
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Reviews

The New X-Men: E is for Extinction was written by Grant Morrison and illustrated by Frank Quitely with Leinil Francis Yu and Ethan Van Sciver helping out. When I picked this one up back in 2002, I was an old time X-Men fan; one who had cut his teeth on mutant madness during the twilight days of Claremont and Byrne’s famous run on the title, retained my fandom for years even with Claremont’s ever more convoluted plots and glorified in the tremendous artw
Nov 12, 2014 rated it liked it
I usually like Grant Morrison's writing, but I wasn't crazy about this. The story didn't flow well, a lot of the time it felt like events just happened haphazardly and randomly. The pacing was strange, too-- in the first chapter, Cassandra Nova monologues about her various evil schemes for like fifteen pages, and then the destruction of an entire country takes one page. Then everyone is kind of like, "well, that happened, let's do something else now."

It may very well be that story seems disjoin
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Pretty good! So I have had this for a while but kept putting it down because of Morrison; don't get me wrong the guy writes good stuff but some of his other stuff can give you a serious mental health injury I like to call Morrisoneitas! But luckily this one was Morrisoneitas free! So this one's plot is pretty straight forward there's some really powerful old lady who's causing havoc and the X-men have to stop her, this old lady is trying to rebirth The Sentinel's. The story was short and sweet, ...more
Jan 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Book Info: This collection contains New X-Men issues #114-117.

ABSOLUTE RATING: {3/5 stars}



I'm sure most serious comic book fans will view E is for Extinction as at least a decent X-Men story for a few pretty obvious reasons. Most notably, it sets the groundwork for certain defining moments that will shape the face of the X-Men and all of mutantkind well into the future. (I know this because most of the X-Men I've read was written after this, and what happens
Jul 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Wow. That shakes things up, but I don't know how to feel about it. I picked up the entire run of Morrison's New X-Men on a sale at my local comic shop and am jumping in about a decade after my knowledge of X-Men ends (and when I finish reading it, will be about 8 years shy of when my knowledge of X-Men picks back up). This volume contains an earth-shattering change for mutant-kind, and introduces a new villain that I have mixed feelings about whether they are a good villain to hate, or lazy writ ...more
Dimitris Papastergiou
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Re-reading after so many years.. (more than 10 I think) and well, even though I still remember the awesome moments in it, it's still 10-plus more fun to read than any current X-Men storyline for the past couple of years (minus the House of X/Powers of X because I haven't read that yet, which is the reason I'm reading New X-Men again now, since a friend recommended to me to reread this one before HoX-PoX, dunno why, but we'll see)

Anyway, it's so much fun to read this, from the characters the plot
Phillip Berrie
Meh. I really like the X-men, but I'm afraid this story just didn't do it for me.

For one it didn't make a lot of sense with the main protagonist having been around for as long as Professor X, and being as powerful, but never having been heard of before. This is especially true considering the Cerebro and Cerebra mutant detection machines that the X-Men have been using ever since the beginning to detect mutants.

There were also a few cheap gimmicks which I thought cheapened the story such as the c
Dec 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Hey, that was really good! I actually have read Joss Whedon's Astonishing X-Men before this, so many events in this volume weren't as shocking to me as they should have been, but I still enjoyed reading this volume. My only complaint is that the annual didn't make much sense to me. And what is up with Emma Frost's costume? It looks absolutely ridiculous!
Anyway, I wanted to read another good X-Men book ever since I finished Whedon's stellar run, and it looks like I have a winner here. Hope the ne
Lynn Rainbow
Jun 01, 2016 rated it liked it
The story was pretty good! I didn't really like the art style though... ...more
AJ Kallas
Nov 20, 2020 rated it liked it
It’s hard to say this is a “slow start”, considering that this is when the genocide of Genosha occurs. And I’d imagine reading this as it came out would have been insane. But 20 years removed it reads quick and then it’s off to the next trade paperback.
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
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3.5 stars

Ok, so i wanted to start reading the x-men books.... I don't wanna read the old and boring stories with boring art... i want something more modern... Of course i already saw the movies, watch some episodes of the animated tv show, saw a lot of videos about the x-men and also read a lot of things in the internet. I even read some random books of the x-men, so im pretty familiar with the characters and some plots.

After a long and intense search i finally made a list of titles to read! So
C. Varn
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good but...

The cosmic vision of Grant Morrison and the X-men, and Morrison does not pull his normal meta-narrative tricks, so why the low rating. Conceptually,Morrison is doing a lot with X-men but his characterization seems, well, off in ways even Whedon or Bendis or even some of the 90s edgier-than-thou X-books don't feel. Morrison doesn't seem to fully inhabit the characters although he does interesting things with them. We will see where he takes this.
Oct 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: marvel-comics
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Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This book was the start of Morrison redefining the X-Men. This was my first reread in years, and I think it holds up fairly well. There’s a few bizarre moments and the annual isn’t the most exciting, in my opinion, but overall it’s an interesting story. I’ve read a lot of Morrison’s Batman recently, and I think this is way more character focused than their Batman run. Their Emma Frost in particular is STUNNING, and I loved the insecurities we see Beast explore. This book is just full of extremel ...more
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So good that you forget how stupid everyone looks.
Paz R.M.
2 Stars.

Aw, man. I really didn't like this story.
Interesting ideas with a really bad execution, strange pacing and scenes that felt disjointed and confusing.

This volume is the first one in Grant Morrison's reboot. Published in 2001, E is for Extinction collects New X-Men #114-#117 and New X-men Annual.

This trade introduces Cassandra Nova, the main powerful villain. At the beginning of the volume, we have her parallel story where she talks about humanity's evolution and how the way to assure the
Shannon Appelcline
E is for Extinction (#114-116). Morrison's debut on the New X-Men turns out to be one of his weaker arcs. Oh, there's delightful storytelling here, great characterization, and the wonderful intro of Emma to the main team (and the similarly wonderful introduction of Casandra Nova, though she doesn't really come into her own until later arcs). And of course we get the rather shocking destruction of Genosha, so critical in the Magneto Rex era, just tossed away now. But, this story also feels a bit ...more
anthony e.
May 31, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Not Grant Morrison's best work, but the flaws, I think, are somewhat i nherent in a)the fact that he's been saddled with an awful lot of continuity to make sense of, and b)the fact that he's been saddled with artist's who lack the ability to read into his scripts the necessary movement and pacing. While I haven't read it, I think this is what slowed up Batman R.I.P.

Leinel Yu illsutrates the New X-men Annual contained within this book, and the story is a trainwreck. Morrison's wild ideas are give
Adam Fisher
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Been quite awhile since I've read an older X-Men comic that wasn't something I had already read before. Nevertheless, with Grant Morrison coming onto the title (and a friend having copies I could borrow) I thought this might be a good place to start in the era of X that I had skipped.
(SPOILERS) Cassandra Nova, a woman who looks A LOT like Xavier, has fired up a Master Mold plant and builds new Sentinels that go and exterminate the lives of more than 16 million mutants as well as lay waste to the
Jan 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
X-Men clad in leather and looking like they belong more in "The Matrix" rather than comic books? Secondary mutations? Genocidal pieces of Xavier's psyche made manifest and sentient? Grant Morrison brought all of these to our beloved X-Men and did so magically...

New X-Men (beginning in this very volume) amped up our mutants, made them something that we'd never seen before. It was the predecessor and literary father to the popular series "Astonishing X-Men" which has gotten critical acclaim and tr
Kirk Kiefer
Dec 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-superhero
I'm not much of an X-Men fan, but I am a fan of Morrison's work on Batman, so I decided to give this a shot when I found it for cheap at a used book store. It was definitely worth the $5 I paid for it.

It is thankfully mostly self-contained, though there are enough things referenced that I am clueless about for me to take off one star (where Cyclops had been, Beast's transformation, etc. etc.) but it wasn't enough to keep me interested or take me out of the story too awful much. That was always m
Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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On the strength of the initial 3-part "E Is For Extinction" story alone does this book merit 5 stars. The Annual & #117 issues are good (though probably "only" get 4 stars). It is in "E" that Morrison does more in 3 issues to make the X-Men relevant again than had been done in a long while. And the art by Quitely is simply icing on the cake. ...more
Scott Rogers
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
in 40 years of reading comics, only twice have I been interested in the X-Men: The classic Clairemont/Byrne years and Grant Morrison's New X-Men. This series is like a kick to the head. Familiar concepts are twisted, torn down and reinvented. This is classic Morrison at his strangest, quirkiest, super-hero-iest best. The only bummer is that Frank Quietly couldn't draw the entire series. ...more
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Read as individual comic books.
Gary Butler
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
17th book read in 2014.

Number 169 out of 361 on my all time book list.

Follow the link below to see my video review:
Scott Roberts
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The book cover looks awesome. I give this book 5 stars.
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Whoops, that podcast made me wanna read some X-Men comics, so I'm glad I picked one of the good ones. ...more
Trevor Dailey
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, marvel
Baxter Crabtree
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
One of my all time favorite runs. I love Quitely’s art. Morrison’s writing is bold and clever.
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