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X-Men: Deadly Genesis [Hardcover]

Ed Brubaker , Trevor Hairsine


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July 26 2006 Premiere
What happens when the skeletons in your closet finally break down the door and come looking for you? The X-Men are about to find out! The mutant community is in turmoil, and the X-Men are bearing the brunt of this New World Order. Amid the chaos, a new enemy awakens, one whose very existence will haunt the founding members of the X-Men like nothing has before. Who is this new threat? How is he tied to Professor X's darkest secret? Cyclops, Wolverine and the others must find out soon, before they and those closest to them go mad! Collects X-Men: Deadly Genesis #1-6.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (July 26 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785119612
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785119616
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 17.9 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #796,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars  20 reviews
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brubaker begins Uncanny X-Men Sept. 1 2006
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The story of X-Men Deadly Genesis is just that, the beginning of a completely new (and apparently deadly) saga in the X-Men's lives. The story revolves around a new character called Vulcan and ties in very well with the original giant size X-Men, which is essential to read before taking on this book. I don't want to give to much away since a great deal of this book has to do with finding out secrets, but I'll say this much Vulcan takes some X-Men prisoner and it becomes obvious he has ties to them somewhere in their past.

The story has a few neat twists and the artwork is decent at times, but this story is mainly a prequel. Vulcan, the main character introduced here, is set to play a major role in the future of the X-Men and so reading this story as a stand alone can be somewhat of a let down. At the same time the story flows right into Brubaker's current workings on Uncanny X-Men and as such is essential to pick up if you are a fan or would like to see what's happening with the X-Men
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Has its flaws, but it's a fun story Sept. 21 2008
By DJ Joe Sixpack - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Other reviewers have commented on how this book is a big retroactive continuity mind-muck that shows a different version of what happened between the old X-Men series and the new (that murky period when the original book was running in reprints...) And while, yes, while on principle random retconning is kind of offensive, I still thought this was a pretty fun book, and definitely a "good read." I plowed through it, and even though I know it's leading towards some silly, overblown space opera with the Shi'ar Empire, I totally want to see what happens next.

This book was fun, and while there are some goofy plot holes, it's basically a pretty cool, pretty propulsive adventure story. I thought Brubaker handled it well, and came up with a few interesting new heros while he was at it. (Really, the only thing I found truly lame was a "secret origins"-style short story that showed a young Emma Frost working as a stripper at the Hellfire Club. A stripper? Seriously -- how lame is that? What a dumb, pointless and utterly hackneyed tweaking on the back-story of one of the most potent female characters in the Marvel Universe. Other than that, though, this book is totally worth checking out. Better than your average latter-day X-book. (Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain book reviews)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Post House Of M, Pre Rise & Fall Of Shi'ar Empire May 11 2009
By A. Monge - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I purchased this book after reading House Of M, eagerly wanting to know what happens next. This book provided some information on that front but more than that it completely introduces you to a whole new team of x-men. I was at first apprehensive to the thought of more "new" x-men but it actually tide in pretty well. Two new characters in particular, Darwin & Vulcan have actually become new favorites for me. Overall an enjoyable read.

After reading Deadly Genesis, I bought The Rise & Fall Of The Shi'ar Empire, which is amazing. I'd recommend the purchase of all these books (House Of M, Deadly Genesis, and Rise & Fall Of Shi'ar Empire) to any x-men/marvel fan.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of X-Men's recent best. June 18 2011
By D. Moler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'm not sure about the bulk of reviews that didn't see this story in a positive light. Deadly Genesis shakes up the X-Universe in a very potent way, making Professor X more "human" in more ways that one. Most characters in superhero books are flat one-dimensional devices that just exist as tools to drive the story. Deadly Genesis rewrites that concept and adds a depth of humanism and dimensionality to some of the most important people in the X-Universe....not all people are just straight-up "good". Everyone makes mistakes, even really bad ones, but they can still be heroes. Deadly Genesis challenges our notion of what we define as "hero" and "human". I love this book and to me represents some of X-men's recent best, as well as sets up a dynamic within the team and Marvel's cosmos for years after it. Good job Brubaker!
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Is Deadly Genesis worth buying? Nov. 25 2006
By exknowswhy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
As I got back into comic books after a hiatus, I thought that picking up Deadly Genesis might be a good way to figure out what was happening with the X-men. I was met with what amounts to a decent amount of retconning (retroactive continuity if you're not up on the comic lingo) but an enjoyable story for the most part.

I won't spoil the entire story for you but the story more or less takes place in the current time frame of the X-men (post-House of M [another story entirely]) and prior to Giant Size X-men (written in 1975). Brubaker introduces a suite of new characters that are important to the story line. What we find out at the end of the story is that well, Charles Xavier was a bad man. Again. I really didn't like this part of the story as I feel that Marvel has beat the "Charles Xavier is a bad guy" angle to death (see the Onslaught crossover, Deadly Genesis TPB, and the Astonishing X-men arc "Danger"). Storyline aside, the art by Hairsine is pretty well done and the characters look really nice, more or less what you would expect for a good trade paperback collection. The slipcover is really quite nice too and Marvel does seem to do an excellent job on their "Premiere Edition" trades and I have been really pleased with the quality pages and book in general. I was a little disappointed that there were very few extras (sketches, interviews, etc) but they do showcase the various cover art between chapters.

Overall, a nice book that collects one of the more recent, important X-men stories and worth buying if you are an X-men enthusiast.

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