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Essential X-Men - Volume 9 Paperback – Jun 10 2009

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Tons of great stuff for an unbeatable price Aug. 12 2009
By Kid Kyoto - Published on
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With Essential X-Men volume 9 we start to reach the end of Chris Claremont's epic run as writer of the X-Men; a run that took them from being a mostly-forgotten Silver Age relic to a decades-long reign at the top of the sales charts. Not to mention multiple TV series and movies. This volume covers stories from 1989 and 1990 a year or two before the 'X-odus' that saw Claremont and most of the book's artists leave.

With art by Marc Silvestri, Jim Lee and a host of others (even a credible fill-in issue by Rob Liefeld) this is one of the best looking volumes and the B&W reproduction sacrifices none of the detail.

The story is very complex and daring. At the time Claremont was writing the most successful comic in America but rather than stick to safe storylines he took chances. Popular characters like Wolverine and Storm are absent for months at a time. Instead the focus is on more obscure ones like Longshot, Havoc, Dazzler, Jubilee and Psylocke. Halfway through the book the handful of remaining X-Men are demoralized and faced with a deadly threat...

And they give up. Using a magical amulet they instead choose to go through the 'Seige Perilous' and emerge with new lives. So the rest of the book is spent covering their diverse storylines (some disappear for the rest of the book) and introducing a new cast of X-Men.

So why only 4 stars? Well not every gamble pays off. The story-telling risks in this book make it very scattered and hard to follow. Even with 552 pages, there just is not enough room to cover Wolverine's adventures in Hong Kong, Storm's in the midwest, Dazzler in Hollywood, etc, etc. Although the X-Men franchise in 1989 was not as unmanageable as it is in 2009, there were still 4 monthly books out in addition to Uncanny X-Men (New Mutants, X-Factor, Wolverine and Excalibur) characters and plotlines from those books sometimes fold back into this one making it confusing for all but the most dedicated X-fan.

Still, this is the penultimate volume of Claremont's epic run, a sprawling superhero soap opera that might never be equaled and it's worth a look.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Crazy pricing March 16 2013
By ismael rivera - Published on
Format: Paperback
Everyone that is selling this trade at such high prices is crazy... Just because it is out of print you people wanna cash on? The other trades are out of print as well and are still at reasonable prices. You guys should be ashamed of yourselves
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Claremont still continues generally strong. Sept. 15 2009
By Dylan Luciano - Published on
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Inferno was one of my favorite X-Men stories so I was very interested in seeing what would happen after it. The big change in this volume occurs midway through when the X-Men go through the Siege Perlious. Although you don't see all of the X-Men after they go through the device so I was disappointed. (But if it's a chance to ditch Longshot I'm all for it.) The lineup of the X-Men just seemed to get weaker and weaker every passing volume. Even though I'm generally happy with this volume I find it kind of a mixed blessing.

I generally hated the Outback era so I was glad that it was coming to an end. On the other hand the new X-Men team that got assembled was painfully dull. Words fail to describe just how boring and little I cared about Forge, Polaris and Banshee subplot of finding the originally X-Men. Also subplots like Storm turning young and the X-Men either remembering who they are or dealing with the Shadow King aren't really dealt with. I kept waiting for Claremont to have the various X-Men character interact with each other or give some type of hint when they would come back together.

The book is still going strong and I'm still going to get Volume 10 but I hope more of the subplots are wrapped up in the next volume and not become abandoned arcs.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great stuff... Aug. 25 2009
By Ryan - Published on
Format: Paperback
The Essential series is one of the best bargains ever (also the DC version, Showcase). It's awesome and nearly all of the books are must haves in any collection. This one is no exception, but I couldn't rate it that high since the Annual was included. "Atlantis Attacks" in UXM Annual 13 should not have been here, but the entire storyline and corresponding parts should have been its own essential book. It's kind of silly to have one small part in this one book. For the most part, Marvel's done a good job of containing the tpb's story arcs within the Essential series it belongs to (like Mutant Massacre being in a previous Essential volume).
Anyway, you should buy this one too since you get lots of great stories, it's just sad what they did here. :(
6 of 13 people found the following review helpful
downward spiral May 19 2010
By D. Brower - Published on
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I have to admit it I did like the Inferno storyline,Sinster was a great badguy.The following issues after well kerplunk.I love Marc Silvestri he is probally my third favorite x-artist 1st being Byrne,2nd Cockrum,You could tell Chris was bored by now and here this well tick people off Being a Bat-Fan sorry I don't like Jim Lee the stylised art stuff just too hookey.I did like Hush,but his work in X-men was just too over the top.The Reavers bore me,(except Deathstrike),The Shadowking Yawn...Beging of the end of a good book.and who screwed it up Bob Harris.Don't buy this book buy Vol 1-2 way better