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What not to do.
Reviewed in the United States on August 21, 2021
The original two issues of Uncanny X-Men are considered to be classics nearly on par with the seminal Dark Phoenix Saga, so it was with great anticipation that I purchased the novelization.
First off, the writing is solid, the story moves at a great pace and it's a fairly quick read. It's definitely more solid than most of these kinds of books tend to be. Though, that may be just because of the original story it's based on.
I'd be curious to learn how this story reads to someone who hasn't read the comics because I feel like that's the only way to truly enjoy it.
As I read this I began to doubt that author had more than a passing familiarity with the characters he was using.
Events occurred that are completely at odds with subsequent stories (at least in the comics). *Minor spoiler* a character dies in the book that is absolutely essential in later stories.
Certain relationships are changed and the climax of the story just barely resembles the original resolution.
Again, I'm coming at this as someone who has been reading the comics so I'm definitely biased. I do think it probably reads better to someone who wants to read about these characters but has neither the time or the inclination to invest in and read the original comics.