The X-Men, Vol. 2 (Marvel Masterworks) Paperback – August 12, 2009
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- Publisher : Marvel; 1st Edition (August 12, 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0785137009
- ISBN-13 : 978-0785137009
- Grade level : Preschool and up
- Item Weight : 13.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 7.13 x 0.5 x 10 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,533,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I got this title for Kindle/Comixology because of the low price, and to make up for not being able to purchase the original epic collection because of back stock or the out-of-print omnibus. It was a solid read, especially for the price. Highly Recommended!
In issue 12 we start the Juggernaut saga and I must say that it is one of Stan's best efforts. He does a superb job of building up the suspense and drama not revealing Jug's true appearance as he bulldozes through the X-Men's defenses. Juggy's back story is typical Stan Lee overwrought with melodrama, but with a touch of pathos, which he did so well.
Next we have the intro of the Sentinel saga, the coinage of the slang word "muties", and the themes of mutant suspicion, paranoia, and hatred which have been the staple of X-Men plots for 40 years.
Magneto returns for a couple of issues. I must point out that even the youngest of readers probably figured out who the mystery attacker at the X-Men mansion was and it is a little humorous to have it be such a mystery to our heroes.
Werner Roth under the nom de plume of Jay Gavin does an excellent job though out. The books don't suffer much if anything when he takes over the reins from Kirby. The volume bogs down a tad with the last two stories written by Roy Thomas. Thomas would turn out to be a terrific writer; but when he started writing the books he took over from Stan; such as the X-Men and Avengers, he tended to over write filling each panel with as much dialog as he could cram in. Comics being a visual medium don't need jam packed word balloons to hinder the flow of the experience. But please don't let that stop you from buying and enjoying these essential stories in the X-Men mythos.
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Bought this on a Kindle sale recently. While I have the paperback/dead tree edition, I like having digital versions of my comic collection wherever possible.
The reason for giving this Kindle edition of Uncanny X-Men Marvel Masterworks vol. 2 is that it looks suspiciously like the proofs for the original hardback Masterworks edition dating back to the line's inception in the late 1980s i.e. poorly reproduced with none of the astonishing restoration work seen in the paperback editions.
Sad. Bigly sad, even.
So, three stars for the content alone (and what "content" - only the introduction of the Sentinels and the Juggernaut for starters!).
Bear in mind that this is the X-Men from the mid-1960s by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby and is rather different to current X-Men comics. Roy Thomas takes over the writing duties and the last story in this volume is vintage Thomas; Unus the Untouchable and the Blob AKA Fred J. Dukes dress up as X-Men and begin robbing banks in order to discredit our favourite gifted mutant gang. Some people say Steve (Howard the Duck) was the first writer at Marvel to send up or satirise the Marvel method but Roy Thomas opened the door for the likes of Steve Gerber, Alan Moore and Pat Mills first.
Lastly, comiXology has a far better system of viewing digital comics compared to Kindle's but it's sufferable!
Good stuff here but it looks very crude and basic, sadly.
The stories flow nicely into each other, with some great writing and well thought out stories. This really is laying the ground for more modern stories, with the origin of the Mimic, the Sentinels and the Juggernaut covered. It is also nice to see that Magneto wasn't the focus of most of the issues, like the first volume. It was also nice to see the more personal lives of the X-Men, and to see their control over their powers grow. A must have for any X-Men fans.