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Marvel Masterworks: The X-Men, Vol. 3

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Collects X-Men (1963) #22-31. Witness the first appearance of X-Men mainstay Banshee and read the rare stories when a sixth mutant member, the Mimic, joined Professor X's squad. Also featured are the beginnings of the long-ranging Factor Three saga, and the classic battle between Mimic and the Super-Adaptoid. ...more
Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published July 27th 2011 by Marvel (first published 2002)
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Evan Leach
This collection contains issues 22-31 from the original run. The original team consisted of Cyclops, Angel, The Beast, Iceman, and Marvel Girl (Jean Grey). Professor X and his giant mutant brain are on hand to lead the team. I mentioned in my reviews of the first two X-Men Marvel Masterworks that those early issues can be awfully cheesy, and that remains true for issues 22-31 as well…

X-Men

Yeah. There are a lot of silly costumes and a lot more silly dialogue in this book. These issues were published
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Amy
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Cyclops is still whiny as heck
Wolverinefactor
May 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Complete slog

It feels like no real advances happen for the overall plot. Just some teases of a secret organization. There’s a lot of returning villains and/or villains from other comics and it honestly does nothing for me. Also, the complete verbal diarrhea on every page is mentally draining.
Jedi Sunni
I don't usually rate a x-men book this low but it started out as a hot read with some unusual characters. It quickly got boring and repetitive. I usually dont start a book and not finish so I did the noble thing and finished this book. It an above average book which some may deem worth reading. ...more
Nate
Jul 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading silver age comics can be jarring when you are used to modern comics. These issues of the X-men are hyper dense in terms of the text per panel that make much of this collection drag even as a modern reader like me could also celebrate these early stories as the foundation of the decades long superhero soap opera it would build to. Roy Thomas is a solid writer and it is refreshing to see heroes sidelined for multiple issues with injuries rather than rely on healing factors or time jumps to ...more
Liedzeit
Dec 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Before they became huge with Claremont and Byrne (and Cockrum) the X-Men were Marvel’s minor superhero group. But I preferred them to the Fantastic Four and the Avengers even back then. When Roy Thomas started writing them he did not have much. For one thing not the world’s best artist with Werner Roth. No First Class villains except for Magneto. In here they battle El Tigre for example. But still. Okay, I admit had I not read these as a kid they would not mean that much to me.
Allison
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
/ my mom hates this cover, xD
Elliot Huxtable
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Very middle of the road fare, with no interesting developments. With the exception of Banshee no interesting villains are used, all one-shot wonders.
Tara Calaby
I enjoyed some of the comics collected in this trade far more than others, but overall they were a good read.
Cipryan
Jun 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics-manga
2.5/5
Christopher Rush
Roy Thomas starts off his tenure as writer of the X-Men by showing off his knowledge of Marvel history - this could have been a good thing, had he done something interesting with forgotten characters or former X-Men villains. However, he just sort of parades meaningless moments and characters who should have been forgotten and doesn't do anything spectacular with them. Yes, he does create the Banshee, but he makes him a confusingly-motivated ancient man and needs several tries before he can do s ...more
Kelly Lynn Thomas
The emotional characterization in this volume picks up quite a bit. But I was really annoyed that they call each other by their real names in battles all the time! After making a huge deal about their secret identities in multiple issues. There are other oversights like this that bring down the quality of the book, but if you can ignore it, it's not a huge deal. Some of the villains are ridiculous, like the Maggia (the porcupine guy, I mean come on), but some of them I really enjoyed like the Lo ...more
Inkling
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The stories are ok. It depends what you're after. There's not much character development happening, but that's to be expected of early comic-book issues. The problem, in my opinion, is that, since it is focusing on action each and every time, the stories seem to always be set in the same pattern - easily spotted every time.

What's a bit annoying, and the other fans of the series have noticed it as well, is the fact that, Roy Thomas, the writer, is such a huge fan of the Marvel universe, that he c
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Kami
Apr 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
- This one wasn't as fun as the previous 2, but I still enjoyed it.

- Jean should just hook up with Warren!!!!! Why is she wasting her time dreaming of Scott? Scott is so dramatic and emotionally unstable. Warren is good looking, has money, and is more forward about how he feels.

- Jean and Cyclops are just getting annoying. I'm tired of the "Oh, I can't tell her how I feel!" crap!

- I like the new costume change, especially Marvel Girl's.

- It was fun to see a few cameos in this volume. Quicksilve
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J.R.
Jun 12, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
By story arc
-Nefaria/Maggia - Lame villains, good plot. 3 stars
-Locust - Again, a decent plot, but the villain's costume was too corny: 2.5 stars
-Magic pendant - Extra star for the key plot point of Cyclops accidentally clipping Angel: 2 stars
-Mimic stuff - 3 stars
-Banshee - 4 stars
-Warlock - 2 stars
-Cobalt Man - 2 stars
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Edward Davies
Count Nefaria makes his first X-Men appearance, becoming a pretty important character when the series relaunched in 1975. Still, other than the first appearance of Banshee, this is pretty mediocre stuff, possibly because of Roy Thomas coming on as a new wirter and not being able to immediately find his feet.
Mike
Aug 10, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
More classic X-Men. I liked Roy Thomas's issues more than Stan Lee's but as with Volumes 1 and 2, these are neat to see how the team has evolved but I wouldn't recommend them to those looking to get into the series. ...more
Etienne
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Certainly the best X-Men volume until now. Lot of actions, cool news characters, story is a lot less repetitive than it was. It set the bar really high for the next one!!
Jessica
Mar 15, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I don't like the ComicCraft cover compared to the standard, but this is the one I own. ...more
alternBRUNO°°
These ones were a bit boring, but let's wait to see how the story unveils. ...more
Heather Fryling
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure if these are getting better, or if I'm just getting into the humor of the cheesy dialogue, but this is my favorite volume so far. ...more
Brian Mercer
oh man, the tension between Cyclops and Jean Grey is too much to bare!
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Roy Thomas is a comic book writer and editor, and Stan Lee's first successor as editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics. He is possibly best known for introducing the pulp magazine hero Conan the Barbarian to American comics, with a series that added to the storyline of Robert E. Howard's character and helped launch a sword and sorcery trend in comics. Thomas is also known for his championing of Golden A ...more

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