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X-Men by Chris Claremont
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Jun 24, 2008

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Easily twenty-some years after neglecting to bogart my brother's first printing copy of this acclaimed Marvel graphic novel, I've finally managed to track this down and read it in one sitting. Claremont's writing is better than I expected -- despite my preference for the current Bendis school of terse dialogue, versus the more archaic way of ladening a plot with a narrator and thought balloons. (The only thing the Dark Phoenix Saga has going against it -- in hindsight of course.) "God Loves, Man Kills" probably stands the test of time as being one of the sharpest pieces of 80's mainstream comic book writing -- outside of Moore's Watchmen and Miller's The Dark Knight Returns -- and it's no wonder that its characters and theme were used for the last decent X-Men film. (And I'm not talking about that godawful mess produced by Ratner and Co. last year.)
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