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I love Jim Lee. There is nothing better than a Jim Lee penciled comic. That being said, this book is not Jim Lee. Well that's not really true, it is Jim Lee for about 8 issues. I think this volume collects around 30 issues, so advertizing it as Jim Lee is not really accurate. I think it is as much Marc Silvestri as it is Jim Lee. Have I said Jim Lee enough.
I am not well versed in X-MEN books. I have read House of M, Second Comming, Mesiah Complex, and tons of Wolverine. For most comic titles that would be enough to get you started with some knowledge of the specific universe. This is not the case with the X-men. This is one hellova history, and unless you are privy to that knowledge you will go into this being a little bitter of the fact that you don't know everything that came before it. This volume jumps around the X-men universe with a ADD quality unlike any Marvel Omnibus I have read. This is more my ignorance of the history than it is a problem with the content or the writter.
For exsiting X-fans I am sure this book is great, but for a lamen it is just ok, or not very good at all. There are some really good issues that I loved. A Wolverine, Capt America, Black Widow story that I think it great. The introduction of Jubilee which was quite good, and some great moments with Dazzler, and Psylocke ( characters I knew very little about ). For the most part this book contains stories that are of very little interest to a new reader. Lots of villians, and storylines that flip flop between issues. At times it's tedious to keep straight.
I go into any new comic trying to find reasons to really like the contents, and I try to be objective as possible, but this volume does not live up to my experiences with other Marvel Omnibuses. For example this volume is about 700 pages with a US retail of $125 compared to Walt Simonson's Thor which is 1200 pages at the same retail, and Amazing Spidey Vol 2 which is almost 1000 pages for $100 US retail. What was so special about this collection to warrant a higher price point per page than pretty much the rest of the Marvel Omnibus line.
I still believe Marvel makes the best hardcover collections on the market, and the quality of the contents is almost always wonderful. This book's build quality is still second to none and I am sure any X-man fans will like it just fine, however any new X-men fans should wait for the reprint of the original Claremont Omnibus coming out in Oct.
The X-Men stories in this omnibus are not the greatest ever written, but there is still much to love about this collection. First of all, the format is fantastic. Beautiful and extremely durable hardcover binding and glossy high quality paper does a great job retouching the original artwork, especially the later Jim Lee/Scott Williams issues.
However, this collection reprints X-Men issues published during a time when they were being released bi-weekly which resulted in some rather inconsistent work. Silvestri, at the end of his run on the book,unfortunately seemed unable to keep up with the demanding schedule. The end result is slight drop in story quality as several lesser known fill-in artists were brought in to pick up the slack.
As a collector, I love this Omnibus because it fills a huge gap between Inferno and X-Tinction Agenda that I was missing, but fans of Jim Lee's artwork might be disappointed because this collection only features about 7 issues that he actually worked on.
If you are interested in this collection because of Jim Lee, or are a casual/newer fan, I would recommend waiting for Volume 2 because it will include some of the finest X-Men work ever done (ie. the record smashing X-Men #1, the first appearance of Omega Red, the return of Professor X, as well as an epic adventure to the Shi-ar galaxy).
Otherwise, I would really only recommend this collection to die-hard X-Men fans.
I've been reading the X-Men TPBs over the past few years, and when this (and volume 2) came along, I picked them up to continue on the storyline, along with X-Tinction agenda, which sits between the two. Of the three books, this is the weakest in terms of storyline, it feels fairly directionless. However, the quality of the printing makes up for much of this. After having to read the black and white reproductions of the Essential series, the Omnibus printings are a sight for sore eyes. If you can afford them, I recommend these volumes.
This omnibus represents part of the best X Men era of my youth.
I was 16 as the XMen finished up their team up with X Factor to thwart Inferno and over the course of that next 2 years Chris Claremont, Marc Silvestri and company kept me entertained.
This omnibus collects the XMen's adventures from May 89- Nov. '90 plus the 1989 annual (Written by Terry Austin). A great collection because it contains the first appearances of Jubilee and Gambit, Jim Lee's debut as penciller, Wolverine's crucifixion and Psylocke's transformation from a Mentat British frump into a major psycho-sexy Telepathic Ninja Warrior Woman (courtesy of Jim Lee, the Hand and the Mandarin)..
This omnibus also collects the story of how the dissolution of the post-Inferno team came about that would lead to the formation of the 90's team.
All stories are entertaining and the presentation is great. The colors don't look too off as compared to other Marvel Omnibuses.
I am certain many X-men fans are scratching their heads and wondering why there is still no Uncanny X-men vol 2 omnibus. I am one of those fans. In the meantime Marvel has decided to publish the first of 2 announced X-men omnibus books highlighting Marvel's mutant adventures in the early 1990's. This collection reprints Uncanny X-men issues 244-269. Jim Lee gets top artistic billing but Marc Silvestri actually penciled the bulk of the book.
This omnibus follows the adventures of the X-men following the events of Inferno, the groups's transformation after the seige perilous, the introduction of Gambit and the ultimate revamping of the X-teams. The art varies. Marc Silvestri fans have plenty to be happy about. I loved his take on the X-men, his pencils were gritty and loose - a sketchy style that gave the book a kinda rough, edgy look. His art was only ruined by poor inkers that cropped up from time to time. There are some guest pencillers on a few issues but the real treat is the work of Jim lee. Jim Lee's first X-men issues with long-time collaborator/inker Scott Williams obviously sought to impress as the 3 issue arc transforming Psychlocke from boring British telepath to edgy ninja vixen is simply stunning. The first 2 issues of his uncanny run as regular penciler (268-269)end the omnibus but they are amazing! Jim lee draws a tough Captain America and its easy to see why Marvel has used the images from this book of the captain in so many promo pieces over the years.
Marvel includes lots of extras in the form of Jim lee sketches, covers he did for other Marvel titles (alpha flight, Wolverine, Punisher) and some nice promo art I had only seen in defunt mag Comics Scene.
The book itself is the typical omnibus format from Marvel with dust jacket and sewn binding. It's absolutely beautiful and I would guess this omnibus may sell out fast so I recommend buying now before having to pay higher prices later.
Based on the solicitation for the second Omnibus the next volume will pick up at Uncanny X-men #273 so if you are looking to complete your Jim lee X-men issues in hardback you will need to pick up the X-tinction Agenda to get his work on Uncanny X-men 270-272. In my personal opinion Uncanny X-men #270 is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for any Jim Lee fan as it includes his take on the X-men, X-factor and the New Mutants.
What can I possibly say about this collection of the fabled Chris Claremont's seventeen-year-run on Uncanny X-Men? If you're still reading by this point in the series, you're a fan. Rereading these tales for the first time since they originally debuted over twenty years ago (WTF?!), I was honestly expecting that they'd have lost their luster since they were late in Claremont's run. Alas this was not so...this picks up after Inferno (when multi-book X-events were still fresh and welcomed) and quickly breaks down the team's status quo, giving way to an unconventional team. I remember agonizing over how long it took a more classic roster to come back to together but looking at this now it's undeniably a fresh take on the title. It's great to see some of these characters fleshed out and allowed to shine (remember when Forge was more nuanced and not just the X-Men's 'tech guru'?). As it is, this is unquestionably a great read and if you love the X-Men this is is a must own book for your collection.
This is the start of the great transition from the late 80s era X-Men to the 90s Gold & Blue teams, and also contains some great art from an up and coming Jim Lee along with an always solid Marc Silvestri. Here we see the leaving of Dazzler & Longshot, the first appearances of Jubilee & Gambit, a reborn Psylocke, and the beginnings of the Wolverine and Jubilee as a duo.
There are some weak spots. Although this volume mostly take place over a year of publication, there are 20 something plus issues here. This was a time when X-Men was coming out bi-monthly, and sometimes even tri-monthly. Very few artists can keep up with that pace, and many substitutes were brought in on issues, some to little success. The inclusion of the X-Men annual that ties into the Atlantis Attacks storyline was also jarring, as it has nothing to do with the continuing storyline and opens with a team member in a switched body with a Captain America villain, something that isn't clear at first.
Over all, I have to give this collection 5 stars, because the quality is amazing, and honestly I just wanted something of high quality that would stand the test of time for my collection. I'd give the stories contained within, odd annual and sometimes inconsistent art included, about 4 & 1/2 stars. It's a great read for anyone interested in the era, though it would be best to also buy Xtinction Agenda and Volume 2 to get the full story.