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Essential X-Men v1

A comic review article by: Ingo Junior

Where is all started. Chris Claremont’s legendary run on the X-men was what ushered a golden age for the title that influences it to this day. Collected here are the first two years of his run on the title.

The Good:
That’s one long list.

First of there are the characters. These are the pure versions of the characters. Here Cyclops is a leader with emotional issues that tries to make the X-Men into a team. Wolverine is a psycho. At least twice I was confident he was about to cut his teammates to pieces. Storm is rather naïve at times, hasn't turned into the leader we tend to see these days. Xavier is a saint, there is no doubt about it. But my favorite is Banshee. He is a decade older than the rest of the team, which makes him something of an uncle figure to the team. Just why he vanished is beyond me.

Another thing is the unpredictability of the stories. One issue the X-Men are fighting in the danger room after somebody starts to use it against them, the next the are circus freaks and the next they must battle Magneto in Antarctica.

And finally there are the villains. The X-Men have to go toe-to-toe with some genuinely threatening villains and you're never quite sure who will emerge on top. Also, several times the X-Men are genuinely afraid of the enemy, making them feel more like a menace. This is further helped by the fact that the X-Men lose at least two battles if not more.

The Bad.
Well as an Essential book it's bound to have some flaws. The black and white coloring doesn't quite do the art justice. Also the unpredictability can sometimes become a bit too much. Honestly, are we supposed to believe that a band of space-pirates just happened to be passing by and just happened to be led by Cyclops’s father?

But most of all what irritated was the fact that Marvel took the "let’s make it as cheap as possible" too far. How? After I read the book ONCE its cover fell off and I had to glue it back onto the pages. That is really annoying

Final words. 
A wonderful book that leaves more often happy than not.

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