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Marvel Masterworks: The Uncanny X-Men, Vol. 3 (Marvel Masterworks #24)

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The heart of an Antarctic volcano. The steamy jungles of the hidden Savage Land. Coastal Japan in flames and the far-flung Canadian city of Calgary buried in drifts of snow. All these locales and more await our merry band of mutants in the following eleven issues- and there's no time to catch your breath! This volume reads as one long story, setting the tone for the heavy ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 12th 2011 by Marvel (first published 1993)
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Andrew
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
The first "Masterworks" volume to feature front-to-back Claremont/Byrne X-Men. This volume reads like one long shaggy dog story, with the X-Men bouncing from Antarctica to the Savage Land, to Japan, to Calgary after they're kidnapped by Magneto. There's lots of really funny, silly stuff in this volume (Magneto's Nanny-Bot, Cyclops realizing Corsair is his father because they look the same with a mustache, etc.), but Claremont still makes you care deeply about these neurotic characters, as they f ...more
Artur Coelho
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Chris Claremont e John Byrne foram uma daquelas raras duplas de argumentista/ilustrador que marcaram os comics. O estilo intricado mas focado na forma humana de Byrne assentou como uma luva ao tipo de histórias de Claremont, que mantendo dramas pessoais e inter-relações como fio condutor, apostava em aventura explosiva seccionada em episódios para manter o interesse dos leitores. O tom de drama e aventura são elevados nesta temporada, com os X-Men dispersos. Enquanto a equipe principal regressa ...more
Holli
Warning: Smallish rant ahead. I apologize, but I had to let this out otherwise I was going to scream and throw things. And everything I wanted to throw is breakable and probably expensive.

1) The mounting references to outside comics is insane! If you can't find a synopsis for the comic that one throwaway line of another story comes from, you have to go through pages of bios to find out what they are talking about. Interesting, but it takes a long time to find it and by the time I did I really di
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Neil
Apr 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Reading through the GNs of all the old X-men I bought and read as single issues so long ago, enjoying the visual power of Byrne's greatest art, and remembering when Chris Claremont was at the height of his game and hadn't descened into over-wordy, repetivity. This and the next volume are the penultimate chapters, leading up to the Dark Phoenix Saga. Getting to share these original works with my wife, who only knows the characters from the movies, is a real blast. She is enthralled with the compl ...more
Tony Romine
Feb 15, 2018 rated it liked it
This collection houses issues #111-121 of the Uncanny X-Men. These 11 issues take the team everywhere, starting with the X-men trapped in a circus as victims of Mesmero and ends with them fighting Alpha Flight in Canada. In between they are once again faced with fighting Magneto on Astroid M, trapped in the Savage Land fighting Sauron, and helping the citizens of with the help of Sunfire.

One major thing missing here though is Professor X, as he is not featured at all for most of the issues aside
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Lloyd
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chris Claremont, John Byrne and Terry Austin made this volume a visual treat to read. And reading it in digital really brings out the detail of the work that Terry Austin put into his inking. On the other hand, if someone was rushing or not such a great inker, that stands out too. Either way, these are just comics and entertainment - and produced by some of the best talents of their time. I'm having a great time re-reading and haven't even gotten to the meat of what I loved back in the day!
Jdetrick
I'm not the biggest fan of the Savage Land stories, but they're not bad stories, and everything else in this volume is exceptional, particularly the battle with Magneto. There's a reason these stories are classics.
Drunken_orangetree
Sep 23, 2017 rated it liked it
This from the Chris Claremont/John Byrne run. The art's usually pretty good: not the detail of present comic books, but dynamic. The story-telling is a little more awkward. Worth a look if you're an X-Men fan.
Kenneth Clark
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent

From Antarctica to Japan to Canada, this is classic Claremont and Byrne. The story is exciting and cohesive. I highly recommend this book.
Kevin Mann
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Didnt plan to read this in just 2 sittings, but once i started, i literally could not stop. The Claremont/Byrne XMEN have always been my own personal comic book version of "The Beatles" - Top of the top, A - number one, top of the heap, the best....(for me) - as a wee small laddie, I stumbled on the bi-monthly xmen around issue 127 ("Proteus" saga) and i was totally hooked. It was a little more "adult" than all the other books and it was just so weird for that time. Truly alternative and made th ...more
B. Jay
Jun 20, 2011 rated it liked it
The description of this trade paperback may read that it collects a series of issues which read as one story, and in a way that's true. It spans a remarkably long time in which the X-Men were divided and lost as a team, and which Professor X, in fact, believes most of the team to be dead. But the issues still jump from one story line to another, with no overriding story arc. This is no graphic novel, folks, merely a collection of vintage X-Men comics.
Where these issues do shine is the excellence
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Jessica
Mar 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, wish-list
This collection sees Magneto separating the team shortly after they return from Phoenix fixing reality. The X-Men really start to gel as a team during a series of adventures on their way back home from the Magneto encounter.

The Byrne art is really amazing and it just really pops even after all these years and rereads. I have been slowing down to study the panels. Noticed the reprint colors are redone and I even caught an edit that removed that Magneto had a run in with the FF and Dr. Doom betwee
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Patrickderaaff
May 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: x-men
The X-men are seperated after fighting Magneto under an Antarctic volcano and each group believes the other dead. Beast and Jean make it back to the civilised world and inform Charles, who leaves Earth with his new love Lilandra. Beast returns to the Avengers and Jean takes a holiday to deal with her grief. But... the other X-men are not dead. Through a series of adventures they travel the globe, from the Savage Land to Japan to Canada and then finally home. They face many adversaries and during ...more
Chris
Aug 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, graphic-novels
This was yet another enjoyable foray into the Claremont X-Men run, but for me it didn't quite reach the heights of the previous volume. Firstly the art and inking is absolutely gorgeous, lush, vibrant and full of character and atmosphere.

I liked that Claremont continued to build on the back-stories, the Xavier section in particular was very well done. The Magneto story too was of a high standard and made me want more. The other sections were less impressive for me, but still fun, as the X-Men w
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Alex
Aug 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are standouts here but mostly its John Byrne's outstanding artwork that shines, raising a lot of otherwise mediocre plotting into something spectacular to see. The Magneto story is well known but I could't help feeling that its because it *looks* so damn good since otherwise it's just a case of Magneto wanting to get his revenge and ultimately failing. Splitting the heroes storylines post Magneto was a neat idea and it allowed for a lovely character issue for Xavier "Psi-Wars" but otherwis ...more
Ryan Linkous
Dec 10, 2014 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this collection of stories for the X-men. The scene changes quite drastically every 2-3 stories (Antarctica, Magneto's lair, Strange Land, New York/Space, Japan, Canada), but it was interesting to see how the characters develop over 9 issues. This gave a lot of context to the Dark Phoenix saga, especially several of the problems the X-men are experiencing. It also gives me more appreciation for the Dark Phoenix saga story-arc b/c it was a pretty focused story for about 8 episode ...more
Shaun
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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James
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
The best. Claremont hits his full stride, distinguishing the characters, developing an excellent around-the-world adventure and "killing off" the team for the first time. Magneto is at his peak here, with some of my favorite character moments, including his seeming concern when robot "nanny" is on the fritz.
Scott Lee
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fun X-Men Comics. The seventies style here is a bit closer to the one I grew up on, where the written element is of equal weight and importance with the visual element. Claremont and Byrne do wonderful stuff here. It's not world shattering, but it's great serial storytelling with strong characters and superhero goodness. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Edward Davies
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The X-Men fight Magneto in space! There's a trip to the Savage Land, Japan and Canada as the X-Men meet friends and foes both old and new. Some great stories from Claremont and Byrne as one oft he most famous runs in comics history continues.
***Dave Hill
Feb 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: illustrated
Claremont and Byrne at their early X-Men most-awesomest, complete with Magneto, the Savage Land, and the introduction of Alpha Flight. Seriously, kids, this is the run that made the X-Men a franchise.
Mphill968
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It doesn't get any better than this!!!

Almost 40 years later and these issues are still as wonderful as I remember. There are many wonderful writer /artist combinations, but nothing beats Claremont/Byrne/Austin.
Adam  McPhee
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Pierre Elliot Trudeau sends Alpha Flight to kidnap Wolverine. They wreck Calgary in the process, and constantly talk about how shitty it is.

(They also visit the Savage Land and Japan.)
B
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: borrowed
Oddly, hardly different than the X-Men stories being told twenty years later.

Things keep moving forward and the flaws are not necessarily obvious.
Anthony Bello
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
The only thing that I really dislike about this volume is that Storm becomes a damsel in distress in issues 114 and 115. WTF Claremont and/or Byrne?
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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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