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X-Men Masterworks Vol. 2 [Hardcover]

Stan Lee , Roy Thomas , Jack Kirby
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Nov. 1 2002 Marvel Masterworks (Numbered) (Book 2)
The origin of Professor X! The birth of the Juggernaut! The end of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants! The coming of the Sentinels! And the mystery of the Mimic!

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By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
It is really interesting to see how much the X-Men have changed over the years. True, the Avengers quickly replaced all of their major members, but nobody ever really leaves the Avengers (except the Hulk), so Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America make it back for the parties and such. But Angel, Beast and Iceman really have been long gone, and the Uncanny X-Men gave way to the All-New All-Different X-Men with Storm, Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Colossus and the rest giving the group of merry mutants an international flare. This second volume in the Marvel Masterworks series devoted to the X-Men collects issues 11-21. This means the end of Stan Lee's run as the writer of the comic book, with Roy Thomas taking over in issue #22. Jack Kirby does the layouts and/or pencils through issue #17 at which point Werner Roth moved from pencils Kirby's layouts to doing is own pencils. It was Roth who was the artist when I first started reading "The X-Men," so to me he is sort of the "original" artist for the book.
There are a trio of classic multi-part stories in this collection. The first is the two-part story #12-13, "The Origin of Professor X!" and "Where Walks the Juggernaut!" After Magneto (#10), the Juggernaut was probably the second most important supervillain in the X-Man mythology, although compared to the master of magnetism everybody is a poor second. We also have the first appearance of the Sentinels in a trilogy (#14-16), characters that would end up in some of the best X-Men stories of all time, and another encounter with Magneto (#17-18). Then you can throw into the mix the Mimic (#19), who combines all of the powers of the original X-Men (think the Super Skrull), and the flashback story of how Professor X lost his legs (#20).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stan Lee and Jack Kirby finish their original X-Men run Dec 3 2003
By Lawrance M. Bernabo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
It is really interesting to see how much the X-Men have changed over the years. True, the Avengers quickly replaced all of their major members, but nobody ever really leaves the Avengers (except the Hulk), so Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America make it back for the parties and such. But Angel, Beast and Iceman really have been long gone, and the Uncanny X-Men gave way to the All-New All-Different X-Men with Storm, Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Colossus and the rest giving the group of merry mutants an international flare. This second volume in the Marvel Masterworks series devoted to the X-Men collects issues 11-21. This means the end of Stan Lee's run as the writer of the comic book, with Roy Thomas taking over in issue #22. Jack Kirby does the layouts and/or pencils through issue #17 at which point Werner Roth moved from pencils Kirby's layouts to doing is own pencils. It was Roth who was the artist when I first started reading "The X-Men," so to me he is sort of the "original" artist for the book.
There are a trio of classic multi-part stories in this collection. The first is the two-part story #12-13, "The Origin of Professor X!" and "Where Walks the Juggernaut!" After Magneto (#10), the Juggernaut was probably the second most important supervillain in the X-Man mythology, although compared to the master of magnetism everybody is a poor second. We also have the first appearance of the Sentinels in a trilogy (#14-16), characters that would end up in some of the best X-Men stories of all time, and another encounter with Magneto (#17-18). Then you can throw into the mix the Mimic (#19), who combines all of the powers of the original X-Men (think the Super Skrull), and the flashback story of how Professor X lost his legs (#20).
Actually, I was surprised how many good stories ended up in this collection. I would have said there was a big mix of hits and misses until Jim Steranko and Neal Adams showed up to draw "The X-Men," but you cannot dismiss the major characters who are introduced during this period. The sophomore year for the students at Charles Xavier's school was pretty good. Lee left this book on the upswing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A joyous trip back to my youth and desire to be an X-Man Feb. 22 2009
By Charles Ashbacher - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
When I was young my parents shopped at a grocery store where the owner was kind enough to allow me to read comic books while my parents shopped. This allowed me to read the comics in this collection when they originally appeared. The X-Men was one of my favorites and I walked around with my eyes squinted, trying to be Cyclops and jumping feet first onto things trying to mimic the Beast.
Therefore, this book was a very pleasurable trip back to my childhood and the world of fantasy at a level that only a child can perform. So many joyous memories, especially number 13, which introduced the Juggernaut. It was so engaging that I can still remember how my mother had to come back into the store and drag me out before I could finish it. For one full week I fretted and fussed over thinking about how it would turn out. My memory was so vivid that I even remembered some of the dialog in the captions. The original X-Men remain one of my favorite comic book series; I remembered every single one of these issues when I read them again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars X-Men hits stride with intro of classic villains June 13 2008
By Dan M - Published on Amazon.com
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This second volume starts with X-Men 11 and is the last issue of Jack Kirby art; although, he would plot most of the rest of the stories in this collection. We are introduced to the awesomely powerful Stanger who would later go on to appear in the Hulk.

In issue 12 we start the Juggernaut saga and I must say that it is one of Stan's best efforts. He does a superb job of building up the suspense and drama not revealing Jug's true appearance as he bulldozes through the X-Men's defenses. Juggy's back story is typical Stan Lee overwrought with melodrama, but with a touch of pathos, which he did so well.

Next we have the intro of the Sentinel saga, the coinage of the slang word "muties", and the themes of mutant suspicion, paranoia, and hatred which have been the staple of X-Men plots for 40 years.

Magneto returns for a couple of issues. I must point out that even the youngest of readers probably figured out who the mystery attacker at the X-Men mansion was and it is a little humorous to have it be such a mystery to our heroes.

Werner Roth under the nom de plume of Jay Gavin does an excellent job though out. The books don't suffer much if anything when he takes over the reins from Kirby. The volume bogs down a tad with the last two stories written by Roy Thomas. Thomas would turn out to be a terrific writer; but when he started writing the books he took over from Stan; such as the X-Men and Avengers, he tended to over write filling each panel with as much dialog as he could cram in. Comics being a visual medium don't need jam packed word balloons to hinder the flow of the experience. But please don't let that stop you from buying and enjoying these essential stories in the X-Men mythos.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bargain priced Marvel Masterworks gray covers. They are identical ... Aug. 4 2014
By CUSTOMER X - Published on Amazon.com
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Bargain priced Marvel Masterworks gray covers. They are identical in every way to the limited edition gold foil variant cover editions except for the dust jacket.
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift Aug. 1 2013
By lmk - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Was given as a birthday gift and was greatly appreciated. Would suggest this for any person who loves Marvel comics.
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