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X-Men: Second Coming (Marvel Universe Events)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  4,984 Ratings  ·  146 Reviews
The climax of four years of X-Men stories is the X-Event of 2010! What started in House of M with the Decimation of mutantkind and erupted with the first new mutant birth in Messiah CompleX finishes here.

In the epic crossover Second Coming, Cyclops' faith pays off when Cable returns to the present with Hope, the girl he believes to be the mutant messiah. But will she be t
Hardcover, 392 pages
Published October 13th 2010 by Marvel Comics
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Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, superhumans
What's this? A major comic book event that's good? Sure, it happens, but it's rare. It helps when you start from a solid premise that brings together threads that have obviously been years in the making. Granted, I haven't read all of those years of comics. In fact, that's probably the only thing that kept me from absolutely loving this book. It includes two teams (the X-Club and, I think, the New Mutants) that I'm totally unfamiliar with. I didn't need to be to enjoy the book, but I think I wou ...more
The X-Men narrative in general has always been a strong allegory for real-life socio-political strifes particularly when it came to many civil rights movements in the late sixties it more or less makes an indirect commentary or allusion to. Long-time writer Chis Claremont inarguably had produced a lot of classic storylines from his seventies-eighties roster, and a few of them tackled hard-hitting issues regarding race wars and discrimination (in stories like God Loves, Man Kills  and The X-Tin ...more
Nicolo Yu
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: digital-comics
X-Men: Second Coming is probably the best X-Men crossover I’ve read in a while. A few more event stories came after it but this is the most recent one where I’ve read all the tie-in books in sequence. It is the third part of a triptych of crossovers that ran in the X-Men family of books that began with Messiah Complex and followed by Messiah War. The biblical references are intentional as the stories centered on Hope, a mutant messiah who may or may save a race facing extinction.

The story borrow
Oct 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This moves at the pace of an excellent action movie and giant mystery-thriller all at once. Some of the most fun reading comics I've had in ages. I hardly want to look at the great artwork cause I want to drink up the storyline as fast as possible.

Spectacular story and artistic renderings - some of the best epic story I've read in a year, and definitely blows away anything X-men related since rejoining comics five years ago.

Major deaths, lots of (hopefully) irreversible changes, and new powers t
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Well now, that was a ride.
Definitely in the Top 5 all-time X-Men books.
Cable and Hope return from the future, but will it be too late?
Also, who will give their lives to save Mutantkind and give everyone hope?
The storyline flows seamlessly between all the books, the writers work in tandem, the art is good in it's worst places and spectacular in the best. There's some of the most bad ass frames I've seen in a while, and you really get to see some of your favourite X-Men go postal; full gore mode.
Oct 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
What a complete joy to read this was. Huge, comic-booky, ridiculous action and a plot that rivals some of the most classic X-Men stuff around. I wish all of Marvel's major crossovers could come across this big and important. This is a huge turning point for the X-Men side of things, working back toward the return of the mutant race's chance for survival, and I really hope they don't blow it from here.

I'll also say this about Second Coming: it does a great job standing on its own. Of the series d
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
First of all: What kind of ending is that?!
Which title am I supposed to read now?
Which issue?

I am so confused with all the different titles and the crossovers and, even though I love reading them, it is a bitch realising what comes next.

Second: Will the dead stay dead? Or...

*fingers crossed* It's X-Men after all.

Third: What am I supposed to read now?
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
This is actually a lot better than I expected.
Most of the art is really great and the story is actually more than good.
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Dude that was so good

I love life and death drama
Anna Banana
May 26, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Richard Vulcan
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Epic battle to the end. Hope's powers are revealed. X-Men die in these battles. X-Force is awesome and I'm eager to read their runs. I could not put this volume down. I loved every tense page.
Oct 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I had to go back and give Messiah Complex five stars so I could give this four, because this was more a four-star kinda book and I can't stop thinking about Messiah Complex and wanting to reread it, whereas this I would like only reread if I were rereading all of them or whatever, omg that's a lot of books to reread DO YOU EVER THINK I WILL.

This one is like super gritty and sad and not fun, but tons of characters doing believable character-driven things and a lot of follow-through, climaxes, nar
Kevin Fanning
Dec 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
I don't have much to say about this other than I loved it? X-Men, end of the world, young girl becoming Who She Is, all my most favorite stuff in the world. There were a few characters who were totally unknown to me, so it was a one-hand-on-wikipedia-deal, but that's how we do it these days.

ALTHOUGH OF COURSE I WILL SAY: the fact that there are different artists drawing different parts of the story really put in stark relief which ones are the creeps who somehow always manage to frame women's b
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
This volume chronicles the return from the future of Cable and Hope, the last Mutant Child born after M-Day. But their return isn't a happy one. Bastion, the Super Sentinel, also from the future, and hellbent on the total extermination of the Mutant race has come back to see to Cable and Hope's death and thereby seal the Mutantkind's fate. And he's packing quite the heat. Locking them in a sphere that can only be referred to as "Quantum Irresolvable" packing it with a horde of Nimrods. Scott, aw ...more
Julia França
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Part 3/3 of the Messiah Complex Event.

Definitively my favorite of the three. Had more emotion, more action, more surprises. It was very good.
My only complaint is that the art wasn't very fluid, I could notice perfectly when the work of an illustrator ended and the next began. Otherwise it would have been practically flawless.
ABSOLUTE RATING: {3+/5 stars}

Jenna Scherer
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Hey, it's a giant crossover event that doesn't get crushed beneath its own bloat!
Emmett Spain
Feb 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The best Marvel crossover event I’ve ever read. Period.

This is a second reading for me (first read Feb 2011), and I must say I marvelled (pun!) at the execution of this work. The story moves from beat to beat seamlessly, weaving multiple storylines together with apparent ease. The art, whilst not always complementary in style, is action-packed without being overly busy. But most importantly, I was made to care.

There are real stakes here, as opposed to the usual thing WHERE AN UNSTOPPABLE FORCE I
Sep 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Really didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did. Hope Summers returns, making this a sort of sequel to Messiah Complex and a set up for future stories. It's a pretty big story, in both its scale and in what happens. It's 14 parts, and it spans across about 4 different titles. Buying this in single issues probably would have been hard work, especially if it meant picking up titles you wouldn't usually buy, but now that it's all collected together in a singular format it really works.

Each chap
Zack! Empire
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: marvel-comics
I don't have a lot of context for this era of X-Men, but with this book it didn't even matter. Even coming into it basically cold it's still one of the best books I've read lately. It's actually a pretty basic story of Us VS Them, but told insanely well.
The thing that really got me was the level of strategy people are actually putting into the fighting. With most superhero books the villain's plan is to show up with a bunch of henchmen, fight the heroes, and hope for the best. But, in this stor
Nov 28, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics
Exactly why I stopped reading X-men comics years ago. Convoluted plots with no real stakes except the ones the writers make sure every character talks about so we as readers supposedly feel the importance of the ultimately non-important event. Too many characters, and too many retreads of characters that should have been laid to rest decades ago (Cameron Hodge? William Stryker?). Forced characterizations, and cliche "confrontations" combined with the divergent styles of the multiple titles colle ...more
Elin the Lightship
Oh. My. I don't even.
Pretty much the most intense comic I've ever read. For me.
Everything has lead up to this and there's no real light in the tunnel. Only a spark. A spark no one really knows but everybody clings to - Hope.
She and Cable is back. And it hasn't been easy for either of them. For anyone in the mutant society.
And it's not going to get easier, feel better to be on solid ground, not running through time from unknown threats. No. Because now, the 16 year old mutant Hope is seen
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Última parte de la trilogía que empieza en "Complejo de Mesías".

Un nuevo enemigo para los X-Men, algunas muertes que se vuelven bastante emotivas y todo el plantel mutante dando pelea (con cierta participación medio floja de los Avengers, que aparecen para salvar las papas pero no pueden hacer demasiado). Hay una interacción particular entre los personajes, sobre todo con Hope. Algunos parecen estar de su lado y otros no creen que esta piba valga la pena entre todas las penurias que están bancan
Adam Fisher
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of the best X-Men comics I have ever read. Hands down.
After the events of Messiah War, Hope and Cable return from the future and with as many groups sense them... its an all out war to see who can get her first. The X-Men? The Human Council? X-Force? or will it be Bastion, future human/sentinel hybrid?
What unfolds are chases, fights and deaths. MAJOR Deaths here. Nightcrawler falls by using his body to block a fatal blow to Hope from Bastion. Cable dies holding open a portal from the future
Jeff Lanter
Mar 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
If this is what a comic book event is like, then I can see why people enjoy them. Second Coming is a massive story that somehow manages to build and build over many pages. While I'm pretty new to X-Men comics, I loved seeing the large cast of characters and have always thought Cable is a cool character too. The villains (always an important part!) were not quite as fleshed out and seemed to rely more on the reader's knowledge of who they were. With that said, the way time travel worked in this s ...more
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Haven't read an omen story this good in a very long time. Sad to see a couple of characters killed off.
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great Xmen crossover, finished on one sitting!
Jan 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is how it is done!
Fun thrilling stuff with excellent writing and art throughout!
Michael Hicks
In HOUSE OF M, the mutant population was eradicated from 16 million souls to only a few hundred. Facing numbers too low to ensure the continuation of their species, the survivors face extinction. The first mutant to be born since M-Day, Hope, was hunted down by rival factions of mutants seeking to control her and antimutant hate groups that wanted her dead. Rescued by the X-Men, she was sent into the wastelands of a future America with the time-traveler Cable, where he raised her as his daughter ...more
May 22, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a re-read for me, as I remember reading the actual issues when when came out in 2011. I can recall liking it overall. After this return to it, I have to rephrase my opinion.

The story is about Hope Summers, but it is also about Cable, and it is about sacrifice. It is also about taking responsibility for our actions, and the consequences of those actions. And, it is about the end of Christoper Yost's and Craig Kyle's X-Force run.

There was some top writers assigned to this x-over, but it j
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