X-Men by Chris Claremont and Jim Lee Omnibus - Volume 1 Hardcover – Oct 19 2011
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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.
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.Read more ›
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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.
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.
There are some weak spots. Although this volume mostly take place over a year of publication, there are 20 something plus issues here. This was a time when X-Men was coming out bi-monthly, and sometimes even tri-monthly. Very few artists can keep up with that pace, and many substitutes were brought in on issues, some to little success. The inclusion of the X-Men annual that ties into the Atlantis Attacks storyline was also jarring, as it has nothing to do with the continuing storyline and opens with a team member in a switched body with a Captain America villain, something that isn't clear at first.
Over all, I have to give this collection 5 stars, because the quality is amazing, and honestly I just wanted something of high quality that would stand the test of time for my collection. I'd give the stories contained within, odd annual and sometimes inconsistent art included, about 4 & 1/2 stars. It's a great read for anyone interested in the era, though it would be best to also buy Xtinction Agenda and Volume 2 to get the full story.