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Uncanny X-Men: Manifest Destiny [Paperback]

Matt Fraction , Ed Brubaker , Greg Land , Greg Dodson


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Oct. 28 2009 Uncanny X-Men
Go west, young mutants! Following the events of Messiah CompleX, the X-Men are heading west, founding a new home for themselves and all mutants in a place known for its tolerance: San Francisco, California. Shortly after their arrival, however, the X-Men find themselves tangling with Magneto and fighting down the robotic, mutant-killing Sentinels. And as if that wasn't enough, Pixie, one of the youngest members of the team, learns just how dangerous bigotry is when she's confronted by the all-new Hellfire Cult. Collects Uncanny X-Men #500-503, X-Men FCBD #1, and X-Men: Manifest Destiny #1-5 (Dazzler, Karma, Mercury/X-23, Colossus, Emma Frost, Graymalkin, and Juggernaut)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (Oct. 28 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785124519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785124511
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 17 x 25.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #340,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars With Whedon-Like Rhythm March 3 2010
By Tyler S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Manifest Destiny is pretty awesome! There's never a moment shy of entertainment, and it's really easy to follow(a great change of pace from New X-men). The best part of this arc is the new realistic threat, the X-men interactions, and Manifest Destiny #1-5 which explores characters individually and comes out fantastic. It reminded me of Astonishing's Ghost Boxes, but this series ended up doing the collected story method so much better. I shouldn't reveal to you excatly how it plays out, but lets just say some of your favorites get some special attention and analysis.

Along with that, there's some real undertones to examine in this book. Are humans going to be extinct? Do Mutants pose a threat to their existence? I believe this book has quite a bit of power to it. That's what makes it a lasting X-men trade. By the end of reading it, I thought it was sad that Fraction and Brubaker couldn't have taken over "Astonishing." Because they know the exact pacing these characters should have.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The X-Men take the Bay Area Nov. 25 2011
By Sarah - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Being a former San Franciscan, I took note when Marvel decided to move the X-Men to San Francisco, and thought, hey, maybe that's a story I should read some time. After reading and enjoying Matt Fraction's X-Men: Nation X earlier this year, I decided that maybe it was time to go back to the beginning of the X-Men in SF story.

The basic story is: After previous Big Events (X-Men: Messiah Complex), the X-Men move to the Bay Area, buying up all of the military bases that dot the Marin headlands in order to create a complex/sanctuary for any of the remaining mutants who would like to join them. This book initially spends quite a bit of time on Pixie, a newer member of the X-Men team, but Cyclops, Wolverine, and Emma Frost form the backbone of the book (and this rebooted, relocated team). While this book is mostly about new beginnings, the team does face a threat in the form of the Hellfire Cult, who are determined to eliminate the mutant "threat" once and for all. The book ends with shorter slice of life/character study stories, which don't so much add to the plot as give you a deeper understanding of several of the characters.

I really, really enjoyed this book. While I'm starting to learn more X-Men canon, I'm still a relative newbie to their slice of the comics world, and I was easily able to follow along with the characters/plot/etc. So, if you're just looking to get started on the X-Men, this book is a pretty good entry point. I would imagine that if you aren't a beginner, it's just as good and satisfying a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Go West Nov. 16 2012
By Scion Selfie - Published on Amazon.com
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It's great to see the backstories behind the move to SFO! Each characters' motivations and aspirations are shown throughout the move. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Go West Young Mutants... Jan. 9 2011
By Joseph Born - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
After the mindshattering events of X-Men: Messiah Complex, Cyclops and Emma Frost decide that it's time for the X-Men to find a new home... SAN FRANCISCO! A place well known for there acceptance of diversity, and after saving the Mayor, they are welcomed with open arms. But not by all... a new Hellfire Cult has surfaced to make sure that the remaining 198 mutants don't live for much longer.
The artwork in this collection is above satisfactory and the story is less action, more thrill. The writing is uneven, hearing Cyclops saying "Suck this!" certainly surprised me.
Overall, I recommend buying this oversize hardcover!
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars saved only by the short stories in manifest destiny 1-5 March 18 2013
By Deej - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book conatins the stories from uncanny x-men 500-503, x-men free comic book day 1 and manifest destiny 1-5

If the manifest destiny stories were not present this would undoubtedly be only 1 or 2 stars. Even the 3 stars i gave is generous. The first story focuses on Pixie, in her native Wales and is a one off story about the old school x-men opponents, the n'garai, who are basically demon creatures introduced in the very early days of the storm/wolverine and co x-men team. The art here is poor, the n'garai make for pretty boring opponents and there's a pretty mudane fight with them at the end. also at the end, pixie is asked to come back to the x-men which she gladly accepts. UXM 500-503 is about the x-men establishing thier home in San Fran and at the newly made and very unhomely named Grey Malkin Industries. In this phase we see an uncharacteristically upbeat cyclops and co, which make for cheesy one liners and quite frankly boring dialogue and characters. I guess they try to spice it up a bit by further sexually exploiting emma frost, by having her in some some pretty steamy positions but like I read the legend Claremont once say, just becuase you can make something more adult, it doesn't mean you have to and it doesn't necessarily make for better story telling. well the main story is about fighting the new hellfire cult that severly beat up Pixie (and another). There's a few well done action sequences but other than that, just plain boring and uninteresting. And on the same sexual exploitation lines, they set the hell fire club in a former SnM club and have the red queen whipping empath in bondage gear. And all credibility of a decent fight is ruined when emma wants to get it on with cyclops, at the club, in the middle of a raid and projects an image of her in kinky leathers, into cyclops' head. man, what has happened to the quaility of x-men comics these days?

I was really ready to give up on this but I am glad I percevered because the manifest destiny stories, which are basically short stories on particular characters are actually pretty good. It's written well and the dialogue is philispohically claremont esk. The emma frost one about her guilt and self loathing is pretty powerful as is the juggernaut one where he's in a bar and basically forcing people to debate whether he's good or bad. There's some excellent dialogue in this one in particular. My particular highlight is where someone makes the very real point that if she (the person speaking), as a non-superhero or supervillian for that matter, was to murder someone, she would be in serious trouble but put on a costume and have a power and it doesn't seem to be a real issue. She makes the point that there's a pretty fine line between good guys and bad guys now. Oh yeah and the one where they try to cheer up colossus from Kitty's apparant death is really funny.

so overall, you may like it if you like the modern style of adult x-men comic. I mean don't get me wrong, modern x-men stories are not all bad, just look at messiah complex, age of x, second coming or x-men legacy- sins of the father for example but this just isn't that great. So if you want to avoid the bad part of the book, ignore this book and try and get the individual manifest destiny stories included here, on thier own.

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