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X-Men: Proteus

(Marvel Premiere Classic #21)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  275 ratings  ·  15 reviews
One of the X-Men's greatest allies must face her darkest secret when a child born of violence bends reality to his whims The paranormal Proteus battles the X-Men in body and soul, shaking the psyches of even their strongest But as Marvel's mightiest mutants face one world-threatening wonder, an even worse one awaits as the stage is set for the debut of Dark Phoenix Collect ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published May 13th 2009 by Marvel (first published April 8th 2009)
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Jan 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I’ve read this story before, as part of the Wizard X-Men Masterpiece Edition of selected X-Men tales and the Mark Millar version as it appeared in Ultimate X-Men Volume 3: World Tour. This new edition contains a recap of previous issues that helped build up this story from the mysterious Mutant X cameo in X-Men issue 104 to this three-parter. The seeds for the Proteus saga were planted in the early Claremont issue which had Magneto escape from Muir Island. By the time the writer came around to p ...more


When I heard so many good things about one of the most iconic “X-Men” stories, next to X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga and X-Men: Days of Future Past, “Proteus,” I just had to give this comic a shot! Now, I actually first heard about the Proteus storyline through the “X-Men” cartoon series that came out during the 1990s and ever since then, I was interested in seeing how this popular storyline unfolded in the “X-Men” universe and now, I finally got a chance to read it!

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Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story line gave us more background on Moira MacTaggert, someone I hadn’t read too much about before! Learning about Moira's history was interesting however, there were a lot of continuity errors concerning Proteus and his abilities which drew my out of the story every now and again. Ending on a good note, I loved how there were little comments planted about the power of Phoenix (hinting at the eventual Dark Phoenix saga) but she was not the one who defeated the villain.
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This volume collects X-Men (original series) #125-128, plus supplemental material.

In this story, we learn that X-associate Moira McTaggert has a son, the product of a rape by her ex-husband, who is a dangerous mutant. Kevin McTaggert, who takes the name Proteus, is an energy vampire who uses bodies like we use clothes - but goes through them much faster. He also has the ability to warp reality, an experience that leaves even the hardest X-Men quaking in their boots. Freed from his cell by a batt
Gary Butler
Feb 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
8th book read in 2013.

Number 145 out of 300 on my all time book list.

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Martin Králik
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Tento pribeh z casu tesne pred slavnou Dark Phoenix sagou je velmi nepravom menej znamy. Vyborna teamova praca mutantov, vztahy medzi nimi, Wolverinov sympaticky vyvoj a jemne naznaky temneho vnutra Jean z neho robia vyborne citatnie. Velmi zaujimave su aj tri suvisiace kratasy z Classic X-men, hlavne prvy, kde Proteus meni pri boji Wolverinovi realitu velmi vtipnym sposobom.
Eliza Baum
It is becoming rather clear to me that comics are not my medium of choice. This was fine, but I'm not going to rate it, because it's really not my thing.
Bill Koester
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Classic arc from a classic run. One of Claremont's best stories.
Dang Ole' Dan Can Dangle
Nov 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Claremont and Byrne do a great job on these four issues covering the Proteus arc--also known as the four issues directly preceding the Dark Phoenix Saga.

The story focuses on Proteus, also known as Mutant X, one of the X-Men's most challenging foes thus seen, whose escape had been briefly hinted at in a single panel way back in issue #104. Proteus is a pretty tragic character. Conceived through rape, he was locked away at a research facility by a very young age, until his eventual (accidental) e
Jul 23, 2011 rated it liked it
The Proteus story is a classic Claremont tale from 1979 or so, with the introduction of Moira MacTaggert's secret vampire/zombie adult son Proteus (it makes more sense in context). The story is a good one, very unsettling as the villain possesses different bodies and sneaks around dark mansions, but it loses a bit toward the end, as Claremont takes a turn for the disturbingly Oedipal when Proteus possesses (thereby killing) his father in order to kill his mother (although his motives with respec ...more
This is the stuff that got me hooked on comics when I was a kid. I was first introduced to the X-men just about 5 issues before the beginning of this book and it was amazing. The cool and complex plots of Chris Claremont with John Byrne also helping with plot and his amazing art. While the writing and plotting is top notch, the thing I keep coming back to is the art. Its hard to put into words. Realistically hyper-stylized is the best phrase that is coming to mind and that doesn't do it justice. ...more
Ben Ditmars
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
X-Men Proteus is the first comic book I have purchased and I was not disappointed. The characters have incredible depth that you do not get from the movies. Wolverine and Moira's pasts haunt them as they battle Proteus, a being who must possess the bodies of others to survive. The other X-Men are just as vulnerable as he twists reality and renders their powers useless. If you have not read comic books or X-Men before, Proteus is the perfect place to start. The intensity, emotion, and power of th ...more
May 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This was excellent. Classic Claremont, with a team full of characters I adore, functioning at their best. Though everyone in the book shines, Cyclops really gets the best spotlight; his leadership skills, particularly his ability to figure out the best strategies for fighting Proteus and getting his team into tip-top shape, are on full display here. I dare anyone to read this volume and claim that Scott isn't a great team leader.
Kevin Mann
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
These were the very 1st XMEN issues i ever read, stumbling on the bi-monthly title by accident, way back when they were new in late 70s....just re-read the 4 issues via comixology electronic guided view. These are still great. Buy them now.
Apr 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
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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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