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

(Marvel Masterworks: The Uncanny X-Men #2)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  849 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Collects Uncanny X-Men #101-110.
Ever-expanding their ranks, the Children of the Atom combat the evils threatening both mutants and humans - like the Juggernaut and Black Tom Cassidy, Magneto, The Imperial Guard. The Starjammers. Weapon Alpha and Warhawk.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published December 2004 by Marvel Entertainment Group (first published 1982)
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Nicholas Karpuk
While I accept that reading comics older than the mid-80's comes with some interesting baggage, I think I've just about reached my limit when it comes to Claremont's famous run on the series.

The thing is, when it comes to X-Men, people never shut up about this era. It's the source of a lot of the dynamics that have been reused in movies and cartoons for decades. It's the source of things like the Wolverine/Cyclops rivalry, the Dark Phoenix saga, etc. But I would argue that those later versions d


After reading the first volume of “Uncanny X-Men,” I just could not wait to read the second volume of “The Uncanny X-Men” featuring the second generation X-Men! This time, the X-Men are up against even deadlier foes than before and they will have to fight harder then ever before!

What is the story?

Continuing from the first volume after Jean Grey seemingly sacrifices her life to save the X-Men in space, it turns out that Jean Grey has become the Phoenix! Oh, and not only that but
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
There's some unfortunate filler issues drawn by Not-Cockrum-Or-Byrne that do nothing to advance the plot, but there's also too much good stuff here to ignore. Jean re-stitching the fabric of the universe as Phoenix. The Shi'ar and the Starjammers. Storm's origin story. The unexplained existence of helpful leprechauns living in the walls of Banshee's ancestral estate. Claremont finds the right balance between soap opera, superhero silliness, and cosmic adventure story, and with the introduction o ...more
Dang Ole' Dan Can Dangle
Sep 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Much of what I said in my review of the first volume applies to this one as well. Although I'd say that this volume, as a whole, is better.

Claremont's writing gets even better, the quality of the stories gets much better, the characters get heaps of development. The comics show the X-Men in and out of action, and really allows you to get to know them--whether in seeing them play baseball, go on picnics, etc.--without ever feeling forced. A lot of back-story going on as well. We learn Storm's or
Aug 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
There are real leaps in quality in this volume, mostly during the stories centering on Jean Grey and her transformation into the Phoenix. Not only is it satisfying to see Claremont set plates spinning for an endgame that's way off yet, but its also a joy to see a thoughtful storyline that shows Phoenix struggling to control and understand the power that she sees thrust upon her. Superhero stories are all about this in a way, but Claremont, here, begins to take it to its logical conclusion. Throw ...more
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This volume charts the classic days of the X-men, as the new team becomes the most popular team, and the creative names behind the book, Claremont, Byrne and Austin take the Uncanny X-men into comic book history.

Volume two introduces the Shi'ar and the Imperial Guard, a full on copy of the Legion of Superheroes translated into Marvel-dom. It is high melodrama and cosmic action that is up there with the Kree-Skrull war as definitive Marvel storytelling. Most importantly, these are the early issue
Feb 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As part of my continuation reconciliation with the X-Men I picked up the second Uncanny trade. I still love that Wolverine isn't very prominent, although by the end of these stories he is starting to become less of a raging asshole and more of a two-dimensional character. Nightcrawler is obviously Claremont's favorite X-Man (and by extension my favorite so far). Overall the quality of the stories is good, but a couple of fill-in issues with terrible art take a half-star, or the idea of a half-st ...more
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've forgotten just how second team was in this collection. Wolverine and Storm were just coming into their own, Nightcrawler was just learning how his powers worked, and so on. Jean is learning about her Phoenix force and how she has changed.
Classic storytelling and great artwork for the time. Still holds its lustre even 40+ years later.
Kathryn Kania
Dec 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Claremont is starting to come into his own. Which means, somehow, it got hornier.
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was ok
I understand that these are considered classics, but classics are not always that much fun to read. This volume was just messy, is the word I would use.
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been wanting to read some of these old Claremont series for a while. When I got my daughter into the 90s X-Men animated series recently, it triggered my desire to go check out the stories that are behind so much of that fantastic show.

I decided to stick to the comics related to the Phoenix, since it's such an epic and iconic story arc. This book, followed by vol #3, and the Dark Phoenix saga book cover that era pretty well.

Is some of the dialogue a bit dated and clunky? A lot of descriptio
Kenneth Clark
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This book continues the saga of Phoenix as an X-man. The X-Men themselves look better than ever with the beginning of John Byrne's legendary run as illustrator. This volume also brings us the Starjammers, Lilandra, the Shi'ar Empire and the M'kraan Crystal. Classic Claremont! Love it!
It really is amazing to me how well these comics still hold up, and it's great to see John Byrne begin his run on the book. ...more
Bill Coffin
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Chris Claremont's legendary run on the Uncanny X-Men is largely collected in a 12-volume (and counting) set in the Marvel Masterworks series that takes us through some of the most pivotal stories in X-Men lore. (As of volume 12, it gets up to Uncanny X-Men #200.) Here we see the launch of a new X-Men team that includes, over time, Cyclops, Jean Grey/Phoenix, Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Wolverine, Kitty Pryde, Rogue and many others. The stories include some of the most iconic in X-Men history, ...more
Adam Graham
Mar 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
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
Joseph R.
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jean Grey pilots the X-Men's shuttlecraft to safety, exposing her to the most intense solar storm in centuries. The exposure kills her, but in true comic book fashion, she doesn't die. She comes back as Phoenix, an extremely powerful mutant. So powerful, in fact, that Jean is afraid of these new abilities. She can kill almost at whim, which delights and disgusts her. She hides this truth from the other X-Men as they have various adventures against various foes. Often, they are taking a break fro ...more
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's always a blast to go back and read some Claremont X-men. I started reading the Phoenix Saga, but halfway through I decided to visit this volume before continuing my read. This give a little backstory on the Phoenix Saga right after Jean experiences the events in space that unleashes the Phoenix. In this volume the X-men is at their best against several villains and throws them into an intergalactic battle with the Shi'ar Empire. It's too goo to miss, especially if you're gearing up for the ...more
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, read-in-2019
Favorite issues: #103, #105, #107 and especially #108.
I liked that we get to see a lot more from some characters like Ororo and Jean (my current faves) and of course we get a lot more of team members development. I liked that there was a lot of action and well written storylines. Some issues were boring, but less than last volume.
I'm so excited for the Phoenix storyline, I know it's only starting, but it's already nice and interesting.
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved every minute of Jean Grey that I got. And oh! That little glimpse of Beast and then the beginning of Scott and Jean's troubles. Amazing. Also, Storm continues to be a badass and I LOVE her. She talks to her plants! Truly the best. Issue 110 ends on a nice, happy(ish?) tone but I know it gets worse after pretty quickly. Enjoy it while it lasts though right? ...more
Sep 11, 2019 rated it liked it
The brief venture into space is neat, and I appreciate the long-run setup of Dark Phoenix. Everything else is just so darn clunky in the way that most comics of this era are. It’s way too talky, but that also means there are numerous speech bubbles dedicated to calling Wolverine a midget so maybe I shouldn’t complain.
Andrew Shanks
Artwork is great and some of the panels were absolutely beautiful. The one of the Phoenix makes me wish I could be that artistic. Good stories in these issues as well.
Caleb Abel
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: me-bc, comics-2019
Yeesh, that did not meet my expectations at ALL.
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Lots of great character development, and so many seeds planted for future storylines.
Hannah Thaggard
Feb 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kinda funky!!!! Love the utilization of leprechauns but also aliens and that one little guardian of that gem, he was fun! B
Garrett Roney
Mar 26, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
A lot of this was meh and filler, but this introduced the Shi’ar and had some fun stuff involving the M’Krann crystal and Phoenix. Unfortunately, introducing the star jammers, the Imperial Guard and Lilandra, while forcing that love story between her and Xavier, just made for a mess.
I like the mention at the very beginning that Jean Grey is relying on her telepathic abilities to protect her from the cosmic radiation. Um, yeah. I can't remember the last time the sun's thoughts gave me a sunburn. She should be relying on her telekinetic ability. You know, to make a shield around herself that would actually do her some good against radiation. And the X-Men are falling into a hole yet have time to change clothes so they can be in costume when they land. Riiight. I always think ...more
B. Jay
May 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Claremont starts to really settle into his storytelling pace with the second volume of his first run on the "New X-Men". The addition of Byrne marks the beginning of a historic run as the Phoenix Saga starts coming together.
Individually, these comics still leave a lot to be desired. The characters and their interplay is choppy, but less so than the first volume, and in these issues we see the first glimmerings of traits that make Logan and Ororo the standout characters they become later in the e
Dec 06, 2012 rated it liked it
I'm not sure if this volume should really be getting 3 stars after the previous one got 4; after all, this is the one with the famous Phoenix Saga! You'd think it would be better than its predecessor. But, for whatever reason, it didn't seem to have as much of an impact on me as Volume 1 of this collection did. Maybe I just need a break from the X-men and Chris Claremont's exposition for a bit? I don't know.

In any case, I've learned the following things about the X-men from my forays into their
Oct 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics
I read this collection because it was the first appearance of the Phoenix force and I thought it would be a great precursor to the reading the Dark Phoenix Saga (which I've heard is amazing). I'm hoping the Dark Phoenix Saga is great because this collection was awful. The appearance of the Phoenix seemed to barely be a blip on the radar and she only stepped in once the X-Men had been beaten soundly by an opponent. The narrative was awkward and stilted and jumped back and forth between large quan ...more
Jul 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this volume of the Marvel Masterworks series we follow the transformation of Jean Gray into Phoenix. The X-Men fight in a wide variety of settings, and it was very cool to see them in space! I loved the SF elements, and the created alien races were brought to life by the wonderful artwork.

Again the interpersonal relationships between the X-Men are well handled, with each member having their own personal agenda's creating conflict for the group. I particularly enjoyed Jean and Scott and there
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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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