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Claremont's Seminal Masterworks Collection has One of its Most Packed, Exciting Volumes Yet
Reviewed in the United States on March 8, 2018
Claremont's seminal run on the Uncanny X-Men hits a fever pitch with its third collected volume. Essentially framed around a globe hopping trip, the X-Men run the gamut of some of their fiercest villain in some classic story arcs. The book picks up with the team having been brainwashed by Mesmero into joining a circus freak show (a pithy act of revenge) before the team is taken prisoner by Magneto and whisked away to his base in Antarctica. After a showdown in which Magneto trashes the X-Men (again) the team is split in two. Beast and Phoenix are rescued by the American military and taken home, believing their comrades are dead. The other X-Men manage to survive but are left stranded in the Savage Land where they team up with Ka-Zar and run up against Sauron before picking up a lift to Japan. There we a return from Sunspot and an introduction to his cousin Mariko (Wolverine's future lady love) before they team up against Moses Magnum and finally catch a flight home. Sadly, before they can be reunited with Jean and Xavier they have one last trial to overcome: a battle against Alpha Flight, Canada's super team. The Canadian heroes are looking to reclaim Weapon X for their government, but the X-Men refuse to give up their friend without a fight. We also learn that Xavier has ventured into space to live with Lilandra and get a flashback to a past experience he had with the first Shadow King. All these classic stories perfectly weave into one another and hold up to this day for the most part.