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X-Men: X-Cutioner's Song

(Uncanny X-Men (1963) #294-297)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  1,889 ratings  ·  56 reviews
When Cyclops and Phoenix are kidnapped - and Cable seemingly assassinates Professor X - the X-Men, X-Factor and X-Force go to war...with each other! Witness epic battles around the globe and on the moon as Mr. Sinister's subtle plan of vengeance on Apocalypse unfolds, and major revelations are made about the true identities of Cable and his twisted doppelganger Stryfe!

Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published October 19th 2011 by Marvel (first published April 1st 1994)
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Adventures in ye olde tyme comix continues.

Three and a half stars rounded down.

Ooh, Jeff! Where are we going now?

To 1992, Goodreader and it’s an X-Men crossover hullabaloo.

Which X-Men are in this one?

All of them. It’s a veritable clown car event.

It makes you feel downright giddy at the thought, no?

The core X-titles at the time are involved: The Uncanny X-Men, X-Men, X-Factor and X-Force.

The basic story is this: During a Lila Cheney concert in Central Park, while creepy Gambit tries to put the mo
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every story has a story and this comic is no different. When I was a kid there wasn't a comic book store nearby so I only got comics at the mall about 30 minutes away when my family would occasionally head to the mall. So as a kid I got one issue of this massive crossover event and of course it wasn't the first one so I had nearly no clue what was happening, but it had Wolverine, Cable, and Bishop in it so I was happy overall. Jump forward to my early 20's and I'm in a bookstore and see the coll ...more
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Cable shoots Professor X at a concert in the middle of Central Park...or did he? Lots of punchy-punchy between the X-teams and terrible monologues by the villains ensue. Should have been about a 2 issue story instead of 12. It's interesting how Greg Capullo, Brandon Peterson, and Andy Kubert all have the same "house" X-Men style when they first started on the X-books. I'd also forgotten how terrible of an artist Jae Lee was when he started out, those X-Factor issues are rough. This was also back ...more
Paul E. Morph
I re-read this as part of my re-reading of Peter David's X-Factor run (the crossover 'event' happened smack bang in the middle of PAD's run on the Factor Folks) and, honestly, I kinda wish I hadn't bothered. X-Factor play a tiny role in this crossover and I could easily have just skipped it.

In itself, this is also a pretty crumby story with some pretty lousy artwork in places. Its main interest for me was as a kind of historical document; it was like prising apart a piece of slate and finding a
Onur Kaya
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Claremont'un gidişinin ardından X-Men'in tekrardan kendini bulduğu hikaye. Yazım da çizim da pek bir güzel, alışıldık doksanlar melodramasıyla dolu olduğu halde kendini gayet güzel okutuyor.
This was my first ever X-crossover event when I started reading comics some 20-oddsome years ago and it was interesting to go back and revisit it all these years later. I still remember tracking down all those polybagged issues with the trading cards inside...

Anyway I gave this three stars, it was nowhere near as good as I remembered, but it wasn't terrible either (it's entirely possible my judgment is clouded by nostalgia associated with the story). It's oh so 90's comic books too, brooding her
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Μου λέγανε ότι το X-Cutioner's Song είναι καλό, και εγώ απαντούσα "μα είναι crossover των X-Men".

Βέβαια, σε αντίθεση με τα προηγούμενα, αυτό έχει μία ομάδα ικανών συγγραφέων και ταλαντούχους σχεδιαστές στις αρχές της καριέρας τους (άρα όχι ντίβες) και καταφέρνει να δέσει πολλά storylines, να παραμείνει εντός της πλοκής και, παρά τα όποια χαζά, πχ στα όσα κάνει ο κακός της ιστορίας, να είναι ένα πολύ ικανοποιητικό και χορταστικό crossover, ισορροπώντας δράση, πλοκή και εξέλιξη χαρακτήρων.
C. Varn
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scott Lobdell, Peter David, and Fabian Nicieza run head this massive crossover that is the height of early 90s X-madness: Jae Lee and Kubrick stand out as artists here. There is a background to shift and some of the awkwardness: Jim Lee and Rob Liefeld had increasingly driven sells at Marvel, and had taken over increasingly plot direction from the X-team writers. However, Image is founded and these artistic-creators leave Marvel for even more editorial freedom. So, with the exception of Peter Da ...more
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Even the original authors admit it wasn't their best work so I have no qualms giving this 2 stars. It's not terribly bad but it hasn't aged well and the plot is full of holes...
Jeff Harris
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: x-men, graphic-novels
This is one ginormous, bloated crossover event that threw in pretty much every X-character and team of the time (save for Excalibur) and mixed them altogether in a messy, crazy, complex story. Some people have said those qualities make this book a chore to read for those who aren't very knowledgeable of pretty much all things X-Men related, but to me, it epitomizes a lot of the best qualities of 90s comics, too, rather than just longwinded super villain speeches (Stryfe), plenty of shouting, sco ...more
Adam Fisher
This 12 part arc took place in the early 90's. X-Force has recently been established out of New Mutants, Scott and Jean were soon to be married, Wolverine still had his adamantium... ahhh the comic days of my youth...
The story revolves around Cable being framed for the murder of Professor X, which turns out to not be a murder, but an infection of the techno-organic virus, AND it not being Cable who did it, but a clone from the future turned evil, calling himself Stryfe. Secondary stories involve
Wade McGinnis
May 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was so much fun to pull out this graphic novel and take a trip down the memory lane of mid-90's X-Men stories. So much fun in fact that I was inspired to sort through my huge bins of comics to get the individual Phalanx Covenant issues together and read those again for the first time in 20 years. I'm half tempted to start reading Generation X all over, too! Anyway, this is a great nostalgic story with the complex Summers family history at its core. I was surprised that my mind had held on to ...more
Jul 10, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was interesting, and faster paced than some earlier X-Men events that I have read recently, though it definitely shows that it comes from the '90s, since it's very dark, gritty, and EXTREME! Particularly the artwork in the X-Factor comics, which are comically so. Still, the story is interesting (though I knew what was only hinted at here already), and it shows the genesis of the legacy virus (albeit subtly), so that's pretty neat. Still, it was hard to deal with the somewhat ridiculous natu ...more
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
These are the X-Men that I know.

But this crossover -- yuck! Sloppy and confusing. The climax is a surprise and not in a good way. The book withholds the big reveal about the big bad for reasons that are not clear. And I mean it withholds all the way through. Looking back, the hints are heavy-handed, so it is not like they were at the beginning of the mystery.

And the peripheral characters . . . Does anyone care about any of these members of X-Force? No wonder they're put in jail cells for most of
Fugo Feedback
May 14, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Completistas de la franquicia
Recommended to Fugo by: Que estaba a mano
Se me hizo laaaaaaaargo. Y eso que tiene buenos guionistas como Nicieza y David y buenos dibujantes como unos Jae Lee y Greg Capullo principiantes pero con un talento ya visible. Pero estar trescientas páginas para terminar sólo insinuando que Cable es el hijo de Cíclope me parece demasiado.
Stephen Case
Jul 15, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I’m not a fan of crossovers. At the core, what is a giant comics crossover other than simply an attempt to get you to buy more comic books? If done right, I suppose, a crossover might also be a chance to bring different characters together and spin a story that spans a couple universes or intertwines a few storylines, but honestly—I don’t think I’ve ever seen a crossover done well. (The Great Fables Crossover was certainly a disappointment, and I’m viewing Dark Cybertron as an unwelcome interrup ...more
TinTin Kalaw
It's been a long time since I've read an X-title and had to make sense of the events leading up to this one. In fact, I only read this because a podcast that I was listening to has an episode about it.

Anyway, apart from my initial confusion, it was an okay read for me. It's has a convoluted plot devised by Stryfe--whose existence is also another convoluted story--filled with excessive (and a few of it needless, in my opinion) fight scenes, that all boils down to mommy and daddy issues. In which
Maurice Jr.
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This collection encompasses all of the X-books (both x-Men titles, X-Factor and x-Force) and explores the relationship between Cable and Stryfe, who share the same face.

Cable has been off in time, but someone looking like him shot Professor X and nearly killed him. Stryfe did it, but Cable of course is blamed. This leads to the X-Men and X-Factor hunting down X-Force to squeeze Cable's location from them.

This series has it all- inter-team struggles, the Cable/Stryfe relationship, Mr. Sinister an
Roman Colombo
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: marvel
The first time I read this O was just starting to read comics, heard this was a classic, but had no idea what was going on. Now, reading this after Cable and X-Force trades building up to it, it's a lot better. It feels like an X-Force event this time and not a random string of characters O hardly know anything about. And yeah, it's crazy. It's a bar shut insane story but that just makes it better somehow.
The Glassed And The Furious
Not my favorite X-Men out there. I find I enjoyed Chris Claremont's Uncanny X-Men more than Scott Lobdell's. But that's just personal preference. I still liked this series though and I can recommend this as part of the X-Men universe as a must read.
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was all about style for me, and I love this early 90s X-book stuff. You get to see all of the X-teams from that time mix it up with many cool villains. There are a couple surprises, too. I thought it was awesome.
Better than the last X-Men crossover, although still stuck in the spirit of the 90s X-Men comics, where everything was a mystery and nothing could be completely set in stone.
Jenna Scherer
A singular peek into the ’90s, which were...very, very extra.
Ivan Lex
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the kind of stories that remind me why I read comic books!
May 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars, comic-books
3.5 stars. Fun to read, but kind of weak and disappointing story-wise. Stryfe was a cool new villain though.
Thomas Markiewicz
My first X-men crossover. Marvel should make this into a movie once they bring the X-men into the MCU.
Dec 10, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yes-i-m-a-geek
This crossover event gets a lot of mud thrown its way. Most of that mud has to do with how continuity based the crossover event is. Is that a valid criticism for a comic book event? It depends on how you are weighing the book. Personally I think a little messy continuity is good for piquing the interest. If done correctly the reader wants to read what took place before and may still be in the loop enough to know what is going on in the present. I think that is a job well done. As to whether or n ...more
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ahhhh, nostalgia. I enjoyed revisiting the X-Men of my childhood, before the Event That Shall Not Be Named ruined comics for me for two decades.
Nov 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the first major X-Men event since the artists of all of the X-Titles left en masse to form Image comics, The X-Cutioner's Song crossover had a lot to live up to. The story begins when Professor Xavier is gunned down by an assassin that appears to be X-Force's mysterious leader Cable. At the same time, Cyclops and Jean Grey are kidnapped by the mutant terrorist Stryfe. The resulting conflict features battle after battle (X-Factor vs. X-Force, Cable vs. Wolverine and Bishop, Stryfe vs. Apocalyp ...more
Alex Lee
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic, 2014
As comic book companies became more and more corporate, sales needed to be key. One of the ways these companies did this, was to have cross-overs. You sell more comics per month, introduce readers who are already familiar with one universe to experience other casts... and thus cross-overs reigned supreme in the 90s.

I haven't read comics in a while, but used to as a teenager. X-men was one of my favorites. So while I am familiar with most of the cast, I actually don't know who many in the other g
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Scott Lobdell (born 1963) is an American comic book writer.

He is mostly known for his work throughout the 1990s on Marvel Comics' X-Men-related titles specifically Uncanny X-Men, the main title itself, and the spin-off series that he conceived with artist Chris Bachalo, Generation X. Generation X focused on a number of young mutant students who attempted to become superheroes in their own right at

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