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X-Men by Chris Claremont and Jim Lee Omnibus - Volume 1 [Hardcover]

Chris Claremont , Terry Austin , Ann Nocenti , Marc Silvestri , Rob Liefeld , Jim Lee , Rick Leonardi , Kieron Dwyer
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Oct. 19 2011 Marvel Omnibus
What happens when you combine an industry veteran at the top of his game with a hot, up-and-coming young artist, and let them loose on Marvel's mightiest mutants? You get a fan-favorite, multi-year X-Men run unequaled in style, pizzazz and wall-to-wall action! It's Chris Claremont's most ambitious story arc ever, featuring Jim Lee's dynamic debut issues and major changes to the X-Men's status quo! Jubilee debuts just as the X-Men disband, granted new lives by the Siege Perilous! The Reavers enact gruesome revenge on Wolverine and decimate Muir Island, while Psylocke is transformed into a ninja! The Shadow King makes his play for Storm, culminating in the action-packed introduction of Gambit! Wolverine's hidden past with Captain America and the Black Widow is revealed! And this is just the first volume! Collecting UNCANNY X-MEN #244-269, X-MEN ANNUAL (1970) #13 and CLASSIC X-MEN #39.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best X-Men stories, but... Oct. 23 2011
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.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The 1st Marvel Omnibus that was a disappointment May 28 2013
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Collection Nov. 13 2011
By B. Ackley - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars by Chris Claremont and and Marc Silvestri and Jim Lee Oct. 6 2011
By Thomas Leen - Published on Amazon.com
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A little marketing put into the title on Amazon. The book cover bills itself "Chris Claremont, Jim Lee, Marc Silvestri" Jim Lee pencils a few issues in the book but it is predominantly a collection of the post Inferno X-men run up to the Gambit intro/Wolverine, Cpt. America, Black Widow classic one-shot. You do get some Jim Lee, but you get as much Silvestri and other assorted artists (a Rob Liefeld!)

If you were into the X-men during the early 1990ish boom you will love this collection. If you are really just a Jim Lee fan looking for his breakthrough work you may want to look elsewhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great time to be had Oct. 5 2011
By Gerald Pennington - Published on Amazon.com
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I received my X-Men omnibus today. Once again Amazon packaged a 7 pound book with no packing materials in an over sized boxed. Thankfully the damage was limted to some slight crunching of the bottom corners of the book. Not really enough damage to return this time. Chris Claremont was my god back in the day. To this day he is still the best writer ever to grace the pages of the X-Men. This book is billed as a Claremont and Lee Omnibus, but in reality Jim Lee did the art on maybe 7 issues of the 25 issues included. The only questionable thing in my mind is why Marvel decided to include X-Men Annual 13 which has neither Claremont or Lee, especially when they are putting the "Atlantis Attacks" annual crossover in it's own Omnibus. In my opinion, the annual is the only low point in the book. The rest is a big chunk of Uncanny X-Men goodness. Printed on oversize archival paper, the pages are just beautiful. A great addition to my collection and I'm already looking forward to Volume 2 early next year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All New, All Different, All over again! July 17 2014
By Dork Knight - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Relive Childhood Comic Collection with a Beautiful Omnibus Edition Nov. 6 2011
By S. H. Wells - Published on Amazon.com
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Uncanny X-Men #244-269 (1989-1990)
X-Men Annual #13 (1989)
Classic X-Men #39 (1989)
What The -?! #5 (1989)

Bonus features include:
Cover gallery
X-Men character sketch gallery
Marvel Age #90 interview with Jim Lee

With 681 pages of full-color glossy pages of X-men plus the bonus art galleries, this omnibus is a great addition to any x-fan's collection. The issues collected here comprise some of the most fundamental reading for the X-men. Chris Claremont establishes much of the backstory, relationships, and motivations that would carry the x-men series forward for another 20 years.

It is in these issues that Storm and Wolverine get their personalities explored, tested, and developed. Jubilee and Dazzler are fleshed out. Gambit and Psylocke are invented/reinvented. The epic battle between the Reavers (with a brilliantly diabolical Lady Deathstrike) and the X-men plays out in these pages and the battles hold up well against the test of time. In fact there is something refreshing about pre-computer comic art.

Since this is a massive collection filled with so many great moments, it is hard to say what was the best part of this omnibus. Rogue in the Savage Land was memorable. But I think really the friendships and interpersonal relationships developed between the characters could probably be considered the most important facet of this collection.

If you tried to track down all the back issues collected here, you'd be hard pressed to find them all and pay less than the asking price of this omnibus. Moreover, the omnibus's slick pages present and preserve the art better and more beautifully than in the original magazine format. Plus, with this omnibus there are no ads to skip, and it looks great on a shelf (be proud, true believers).

All-in-all longtime x-fans such as myself will relish reliving the issues of your youth. New x-fans will find the material between these covers invaluable for the wealth of backstory preserved here. Either way, this omnibus is a solid purchase that will not disappoint.
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