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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (May 11 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785157263
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785157267
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 0.6 x 26 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Connor Lapalme on Nov. 18 2013
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Fantastic story of fanatical discrimination. One of Clairmont best of the series. Story still applicable today. Arrived fast and in great condition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adam Berretta on June 18 2013
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It's quite simple, really. I've read a ton of x titles, and none hold a candle to this. Brilliant in every way possible.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Amazing!!! July 18 2011
By Chaz Roux - Published on
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If I was ever going to introduce a friend or relative to the world of X-Men this is the graphic novel I would start with. Reverend Striker represents how hate and belief can form a deadly combination as he uses religion as an excuse to hide a much more personal vendetta against mutants. The story served as the basis for the second X-Men movie and the alliance with Magneto is the most indicative of this aspect. However, after viewing the movie and the material its based on I hold a clear preference for this graphic novel. This is a phenomenal piece graphic novel the stands with Claremont's best. Furthermore, it's an amazing piece of literature and you'd be doing yourself a favor by picking it up.
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
This book changed my life. Period. Jan. 19 2014
By Ryan S. Foster - Published on
Format: Paperback
Ok...was reminiscing about GLMK and decided to see what people (here) thought of it. Wow. Reviews all over the place.

To those who feel it's dated....yes, it is. So is Huckleberry Finn. And Shakespeare. It is "of it's time". It's VERY 1982. Mainly...cause it was published in 1982! Terrible point for a critique....

To those who think these characters and situations (where leaders/demagogues drive masses to crazy thinking and/or actions) are unrealistic or cheesy, please purchase a history book while here at Amazon. The most insane ideas have OFTEN taken hold just like this. Scary thought huh?

To those who think it oversimplifies the X theme of prejudice, or is redundant or Claremont was too wordy in his text, keep in mind, this was 1982. No X movies. No X video games. No X cartoons. Certainly no mainstream presence for these characters like Superman or Batman had. Comics were still almost exclusively for kids. Hence, they were written at a level so that younger readers could absorb the message. And kids kinda have to be "clubbed over the head" with a message sometimes. The fact it was published at all is surprising to me. Reading it at 40 years old, yeah, it's kinda clunky sometimes for an experienced adult reader.....

BUT....when I first read it at 9 years LITERALLY changed my life. I was a HUGE X fan. I lived (and still do) in the DEEP South and have a VERY religious family. Couldn't listen to KISS as they were agents of Satan, girls shouldn't wear makeup, no sex for fun (EVER!), not accepting Jesus and everything the church crew says = burning for eternity.....all that ultra conservative, Bible thumping stuff. The Klan was NOT some old figures from a history book, ya dig? I KNEW those type of guys.

Then my Mom gave me this book for Christmas. Guess having "God" in the title made her think it was ok. Whoooops! Big backfire for her as this book totally opened my young eyes and allowed me to look logically on and examine for myself what religion was, what it said, how my mostly uber-racist family treated (or spoke about) blacks, gays, Jews, women, etc, and who I wanted to be and what I wanted to stand for.

This book changed the way I perceived the world around me....and not much media available to 9 year olds in the South in 1983 was capable or interested in doing that. Claremont has a place on my shelf forever because of this book.

I'd recommend this book for anyone who knows a kid in a similar situation. Or anyone who just wants a cool story. Is it perfect? No. Is it top shelf reading for an educated adult? Maybe not.

But.....30+ years later, it's STILL better than 99% of the comic stories out there.
31 of 38 people found the following review helpful
A rare of example of the perfect graphic novel Jan. 7 2008
By Austin - Published on
Format: Hardcover
There are items in the media that everyone should read/see/listen experience in their lifetime. Listening to U2's Joshua Tree, reading Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, watching Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, or read Art Spiegelman's Maus. These items, are, in my opinion, essential to opening ones mind to a richer life and experiences. If you want to drill down in one particular category, go ahead, be my guest. Not everyone enjoys music or films or even (heaven forbid) graphic novels. If someone liked Maus and they wanted to read more, the next graphic novel I would suggest you pick up the classic and highly influential X-Men story God Loves, Man Kills by Chris Claremont and Brent Eric Anderson.

The graphic novel is a stand alone in the X-Men universe and really doesn't have anything that happens before it or after it that you need to know going into reading it. The story follows the beginning of a genocide of mutants, lead by fanatical religious leader William Stryker. Stryker is leading a fanatical group of people who kill without sympathy anyone, man, woman and child, for being a mutant. After we see a brutal killing in the opening panels, Magneto, leader of a mutant resistance group in the regular comic series, decides it is best to join forces with his nemesis, Charles Xavier and his X-Men, in order to stop this burgeoning holocaust. After Stryker kidnaps the two of the X-Men and Xavier, the rest of the team follows Magneto to stop this bandwagon's momentum in its tracks by any means necessary.

Many people will probably recognize this story line and characters from the movie X2. This story has been admitted favorite of Director Bryan Singer who directed the first two X-men films. This story is a classic tale of one group trying to enforce its will on another group of people and the consequences of that action. Really to read this story, you can easily substitute any real group of people the role of the mutants in this graphic novel and see similarities in their struggles. In fact, Magnetos driving force for being who he is and what he stands for is the Nazi atrocities the holocaust, and this new holocaust, is something that Magneto will not stand by and let happen again.

The graphic novel by itself is powerful without the lighting rod story by Chris Claremont. The art in this graphic are some of the most surprising of a graphic novel containing popular characters in a while. The one series of images that could easily shake anyone is the pictures of Xavier being crucified on the roof of one of the World Trade Center towers by his own students, or the murder of and lynching of two young black children who are supposedly mutants.

As I mentioned before, this graphic novel is the basis of X2, which is easily one of the top comic book and/or action movie in the past 8 years. The story telling is tight and well done and it only borrows loosely from the Claremont story. Singer, an openly gay director in Hollywood, has succeeded in the mutant saga by associating their persecution with the ones done by the homosexual community here in America. To anyone who knows about the X-Men and their trials and tribulations, know that mutants are heavily persecuted and targets in the Marvel Universe. Their trials extended to near extinction on several occasions and massacres on truly unprecedented scales, are all set up by the story in God Loves, Man Kills.

This graphic novel is not only a read, but a 100% buy and to treasure it often. Once you read this graphic, you will never look at comics the same way again.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
new comics should be like this Jan. 26 2012
By guy - Published on
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didnt think it would hold up to the newer comics, in fact i wish the newer comics would be more like this! its very easy to follow, has lots of great dialog, characters have distinguishable personalitys especialy kitty pyrde, and an insane vilian! it was trully a plesure to read
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Possibly Claremont's best during the golden age of X-Men stories Jan. 13 2008
By N. Durham - Published on
Format: Hardcover
There was a time when Chris Claremont could do no wrong during his legendary run on X-Men, and this is a prime example. X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills finds Professor Xavier and his team (Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler, and Kitty Pryde) beseiged by William Stryker: a religious zealot who believes that mutants are created by the devil himself. What really helps God Loves, Man Kills take off even more, is that Claremont humanizes Stryker to a point, as we the reader see his point of view and even begin to sympathize with him as it is revealed why he is doing what it is that he does. Without giving too much away, Claremont crafts one of the most socially relevant cautionary tales that underlines the overall story in which Xavier and his X-Men face prejudice, fear, and hatred from a differing point of view. Combined with the stark and excellent artwork of Brent Anderson, God Loves, Man Kills remains a landmark of the X-Men mythos, which is only furthered by the fact that the story would be derived by director Bryan Singer and his crew for X2: X-Men United; which remains one of, if not the, best superhero films ever made, and the best Marvel film to date. All in all, saying that God Loves, Man Kills is an essential pick up is saying it lightly if you're an X-Men fan, Marvel fan, or just classic comic fan; any way you slice it this is more than worth your time.