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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Amazing!!!July 18 2011
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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.
36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
This book changed my life. Period.Jan. 19 2014
Ryan S. Foster
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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 old...it 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.
32 of 40 people found the following review helpful
A rare of example of the perfect graphic novelJan. 7 2008
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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 thisJan. 26 2012
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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
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Imperfect classic, but still a must read.Nov. 25 2012
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"God Loves, Man Kills" is a stand alone X-men story first published in 1982 written by X-Men legend Chris Claremont and illustrated by Brent Anderson.
Preying on the public's fear of mutants and their extraordinary powers, Reverend Stryker has started a chilling crusade. But know one knows exactly how carefully Stryker has planned, nor how far he is prepared to go for purity of the human race...
"God Loves, Man Kills" is a dark, thoughtful tale. It was one of the first works to heavily blend themes and parallels of real world racism into the X-Men universe and explore grey areas in such issues. There are a lot of unsettling scenes here. Stryker doesn't distinguish between mutants - as far as he's concerned they're all evil. Emotions flare and actions escalate in response to palpable fear, danger, and hatred.
As a result the X-Men find themselves in the line of fire with one of their greatest foes. This is both interesting and groundbreaking - the resulting philosophical differences and discussions echo throughout the subsequent twenty years of comics.
However, for me, this graphic novel isn't as good as it could've been. There's something about the story that seems off. Could be the pace, the way a few events unfold, some of the characterizations, etc. Likely a little of all of the above. I'm a big fan of Claremont so the wordiness, thought bubbles, and unique style he uses weren't an issue (but may be worth looking out for if you've never read Claremont) but the pieces didn't quite come together for me and I feel the ideas are much better than the execution.
Anderson's art also doesn't resonate with me here. I have really liked some of his later stuff (Astro City, for example) but things seem overly dark and muddled.
That said, the general concepts are fantastic and thought provoking, Claremont gives enough information to make this accessible even for readers unfamiliar with the X-men, and the story set up a lot of themes and plot elements that are used and paid tribute to to this day.
So overall while I personally don't feel it lived up to it's potential, there is still more than enough that shines in "God Loves, Man Kills" to recommend it to any comic fan.