- By Chris Claremont Paul Smith Dave Cockrum Brent Anderson

Essential X-Men, Vol. 4

  • Title: Essential X-Men, Vol. 4
  • Author: Chris Claremont Paul Smith Dave Cockrum Brent Anderson
  • ISBN: 9780785122951
  • Page: 133
  • Format: Paperback
  • Essential X Men Vol SC TPB NM NEW CELLO Written by CHRIS CLAREMONT Art by PAUL SMITH DAVE COCKRUM JOHN ROMITA JR and BRENT ANDERSON Cover by PAUL SMITH Published in March of Softcover pages BW Cover pr

    SC, TPB, NM, NEW, CELLO, Written by CHRIS CLAREMONT Art by PAUL SMITH, DAVE COCKRUM, JOHN ROMITA JR and BRENT ANDERSON Cover by PAUL SMITH Published in March of 2011, Softcover, 568 pages, BW Cover price 19.99.

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    1. Θυμάμαι ότι ποτέ δε διάβαζα X-men γιατί έβρισκα δύσκολο το να παρακολουθήσω τόσους πολλούς χαρακτήρες με τόσους πολλούς παράλληλους τίτλους που ο ένας ενωνόταν με τον άλλον και υπήρχαν κάτι δεκαετίες ιστορίας.Η ζημιά έγινε όταν διάβασα το Astonishing X-Men Omnibus που ήταν μία ιστορία [...]

    2. This set of X-Men issues has a little bit for everyone.Space Adventure? Check! We have the Brood Saga.Ultra-Super Powerful Hero? Check! We get the introduction of Binary.Gritty brawling action? Got it! The Morlocks story begins in these pages.What else is here? The New Mutants, Impossible Man, Lockheed the Dragon, the Hellfire Club, Silver Samurai, the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and Rogue joins the X-Men. All of these are fantastic, but there is also the superb Graphic Novel 'God Loves, Man Ki [...]

    3. This is Claremont's X-Men at their height, post-Byrne '82-'84, with the first big Brood story, plus Carol Danvers / Binary, the Starjammers, then Rogue, then Madeleine Pryor, then a wedding that doesn't happen, then a wedding that does happen, then Morlocks, then You can begin to see the signs of decay in the quality of the book, though. The in-jokes and too-cute-for-words indulgences, the focus on Kitty Pryde as teenage reader proxy (said focus including, alas, Lockheed the Dragon -- played far [...]

    4. I started reading the X-men comic books as a kid. I decided as an adult to go back and read them from the beginning. The first few dozen of this title were awful. Dumb stories told poorly. Over time, they got progressively better. I am now almost caught up to the where I started as a kid. This title finally found it's stride. The stories are fun and exciting. When it comes to science fiction, I always ask myself, "If this were to happen, could it happen like this?" At the beginning of the series [...]

    5. Madelyn Pryor and Lockheed debut, Scott and Maddy get married, the brood cause some shit, illyana rasputin is taken to limbo for seven years, rogue joins the team, wolverine gets ditched at the altar, professor x plays basketball, lilandra makes pancakes, Angel gets kidnapped and rescued with absolutely no real resolution for his character, storm gets a badass Mohawk and becomes leader of the morlocks, you know all your basic superhero shit.

    6. [2.5 stars]About 1/3 of the way through this volume (after the Brood stuff is out of the way), Claremon's X-Men characters at last begin to feel like something more than stick figures staggering through the melodrama-exposition-battle cycle. Sure, as color finally comes into their cheeks, some of the liveliness has too much soap opera about it--but it is much better than what came before. Previous to this, the only really satisfying Claremont storyline was the beginning of the Belasco/Illyana sa [...]

    7. Unfortunately, the cosmic stories in this volume are just not that interesting (the X-Men in space are never as interesting as Claremont thinks they are) and while Paul Smith's run as artist helps (because his art is amazing), the stories don't make much sense. And then we begin to see the stylistic dialogue, where every character speaks in the same cadence, emerge from Claremont's pen and the series just begins to bog down.

    8. The essential picks up off the last essential's cliffhanger and starts with what I suppose I would call the Brood saga proper. I am not sure why I like the Brood so much, but I think my initial read of this story actually set off some degree of actual dread and fear from the Brood. Which is not to say I have liked later uses of the Brood. But this initial story is one of my favorites. Though it does begin to mark the ascension of Wolverine into an -est character (meaning whatever adjective you w [...]

    9. by Chris Claremont, Paul Smith, Dave Cockrum, John Romita Jr. & Brent Anderson, published in 2006.As I continue to read through the available Essential X-Men collections (all in black in white) I find myself enjoying then even more. And this, Essential X-Men Vol. 4 has exactly what I’ve been waiting for.The addition of Rogue into the fold. Yes, Rogue is my favourite character from the X-Men Universe - but not the movie version, more an amalgamation of the TV show and the comics. But don’ [...]

    10. This was X-Men at their best. This collection starts off with the Brood saga, a thrilling space story where the X-Men thought they were going to die. The Brood queen implanted eggs in the X-Men, Lilandra and Professor X (who was left behind on Earth when the Brood captured the others). Wolverine's healing factor killed his egg, but the others faced a fate worse than death- transformation into Brood queens. Carol Danvers wasn't implanted with an egg, but the Brood did experiment on her. They acci [...]

    11. Collection of Uncanny X-Men #162-179 and Annual #6 (1982/3) - Classic X-Men at its finest. This is my favourite X-Men collection to date - The first third have the X-men's encounter with the brood who lay eggs inside them and only Wolverine is able to get free. As much as I generally dislike the alien/shi'ar arcs, this one is brilliant. We also have a Wolverine in Japan arc - Mariko, Yukio and the Silver Samurai all feature. Anyone who loves recent movie: The Wolverine will love this.There's a C [...]

    12. Incredible. The brood saga is Claremont finallyOvercoming his bad writing tics and becoming truly incentive with story structure. God loves man kills is possibly the best xmen I've read so far, maybe one of the best comics in general. There are dodgy moments and the Madeline Pryor/Scott stuff is so so fast it's kinda mind boggling. Rogue is amazing, wolverines fight scenes in the wedding issues are perfect, kitty grows up more and storm develops into the most complete and compelling character on [...]

    13. This, my friends, is a book! Oh MAN, it starts off with this sci-fi story involving aliens who eat you from the inside and take on your personality. Is it a knock-off of 'Alien?" WHO CARES, IT'S X-MEN DEPRESSED IN SPACE. Then there's an issue where the X-Men go on dates. There's a friendly dragon. Wolverine in Japan. There's an evil preacher. I loved this. I was sorry that I finished it. I give Essential X-Men, Vol. 4 two dead legs, because that's what I often had while reading this book as it m [...]

    14. I love this volume. This was the only essential volume that my library system had, so for years these were the only X-Men comics I had ever actually read. It has Rogue joining the X-Men, Carol Danvers being repowered, the Morlocks story which totally blew my mind when I first read it after having seen the pg cartoon version, Storm's first major story arc (yes she has more than one) and Wolverine in Japan. Also GLMK but I'm not into that. For non-readers who only know the X-Men through adaptation [...]

    15. This book starts with the awesome space opera taking place mainly on the Broodworld. That alone would be enough for a great book. Ther's also Marvel Graphic Novel No.5 where X-men and Magneto must fight a religious fanatic, a theme that is painfully actual after 25 years since its creation. The following stories are also strong with some really interesting character development and one big event - Rogue finally joins the team! And finally, there's a really funny story from X-men Annual No.7. As [...]

    16. BEWARE THE SQUID!!!This volume collects some of the best issues of Chris Claremont's X-Men run. We get tons of soap opera antics and Claremont's clunky dialogue. The X-Men tangle with the Brood, meet the Morlocks, Lockheed the Dragon & Rogue join the team and Cyclops marries Madelyne Pryor. My favorite part of this volume is when Cyclops and Madelyne Pryor are attacked by a giant squid while on their honeymoon. Unbelievable perhaps, but true. The squid steals Cyclops' glasses with his evil t [...]

    17. Things start picking up again here. Storywise, you get newly badass Storm, Rogue joins the team, the Brood, Wolverine takes a wife, and the mystery of Jean Grey doppelganger Madelyne Pryor begins. And you get some really fantastic artwork from Paul Smith and John Romita, Jr to boot. Still doesn't quite hit the dizzying heights of the later Claremont/Byrne run, but it's easy to see why the book continued to gain fans. Good stuff abounds.

    18. This volume includes the majority of one of my favorite story arcs: The Brood! It also has the major introduction of the Morlocks and Rogue as a member of the X-men.The more I read of Marvel's past history the more I see that Chris Claremont had as big a positive affect on the characters and the universe as Stan Lee did. So many much character development that I adore happened under his pen Magneto's Jewish heritage, Kitty Pryde, Scott's new wife.

    19. The X-men are great and this was no exception. There is lots of characterization, expecially of Scott Summers. Plus there is the anual where the team comes up against Dracula. I'm not big on the changes Storm goes through. Kitty and Peter are cute and I enjoy the direction Nightcrawler takes in these volumes.

    20. This is the X-men that I grew up with. Reading it now? Soap opera for boys (or at least this boy). Long before Smallville, Claremont had figured out teen-angst mixed with kicking butt. Surprised just how talky this stuff is today. And dude, I don't think Claremont can go a page without a thought-bubble.

    21. The previous volume had Claremont treading water after the departure of John Byrne but here, with wonderful art from Paul Smith and John Romita Jr Claremont proves he can do it without Byrne. fantastic story arcs featuring the Brood, the Morlocks and Mastermind showed where the X-Men were headed for the of the 80s.

    22. So many things happened! Carol Danvers became Binary, Storm got a mohawk, Rogue joined the team. It's nice to find out where specific characters come from, and interesting to watch Carol lose her memories and then go do some missions in space - the second half of Kelly Sue DeConnick's run paralleled these events, although with different causes.

    23. I've been reading the essential series so far and this is by far the best collection of x-men stories. Right from the begining its just all around captivating. I could not put the book down. It was just great story after story. Im really inspired to read more! :)

    24. Claremont's X-Men continue to impress me. The depth of character and complexity of story seem to be unmatched by its contemporaries. I'm even hard-pressed to think of comics writers now that have such a grasp of their characters as Claremont did the X-Men.

    25. The metric ton of joy I had reading it is impossible to deny, and choosing between five and four stars was very difficult! But there yah go I guess???

    26. Amazing that these X-men stories are consistently good and complex. There is the oddball issue, but overall solid.

    27. I didn't care much for the brood arc, but the story improves significantly after that, so I'll round up.

    28. Storm goes bad-ass and gets a mohawk, Wolverine gets married, and the X-Men get a little darker as the racial metaphors get more pronounced. Like keeps kicking them, and its a great read.

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