X-Men: Deadly Genesis Paperback – Jan 10 2007
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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.
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)
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
The art is top notch and leaps off the page. The only problem i have is how Vulcan isn't really fleshed out as a character...he seems a little whiny.
I think this is a must have for anyone who follows the x-men, it redefines a lot of characters while paving the way for Scott Summers to quit being such a low self esteem b-tch.