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The heart of an Antarctic volcano. The steamy jungles of the hidden Savage Land. Coastal Japan in flames and the far-flung Canadian city of Calgary buried in drifts of snow. All these locales and more await our merry band of mutants in the following eleven issues- and there's no time to catch your breath! This volume reads as one long story, setting the tone for the heavyThe heart of an Antarctic volcano. The steamy jungles of the hidden Savage Land. Coastal Japan in flames and the far-flung Canadian city of Calgary buried in drifts of snow. All these locales and more await our merry band of mutants in the following eleven issues- and there's no time to catch your breath! This volume reads as one long story, setting the tone for the heavy continuity approach the next two decades would take. The first issue the X-Men wake up somewhere strange and by the end of the book, they still haven't gotten home! Collecting: X-Men #111-121...

Title : Marvel Masterworks: The Uncanny X-Men, Vol. 3
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ISBN : 9780785145707
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Number of Pages : 208 Pages
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Marvel Masterworks: The Uncanny X-Men, Vol. 3 Reviews

  • Artur Coelho
    2018-09-18 23:12

    Chris Claremont e John Byrne foram uma daquelas raras duplas de argumentista/ilustrador que marcaram os comics. O estilo intricado mas focado na forma humana de Byrne assentou como uma luva ao tipo de histórias de Claremont, que mantendo dramas pessoais e inter-relações como fio condutor, apostava em aventura explosiva seccionada em episódios para manter o interesse dos leitores. O tom de drama e aventura são elevados nesta temporada, com os X-Men dispersos. Enquanto a equipe principal regressa do espaço numa longa viagem que os leva ao oásis antárctico da terra selvagem e ao Japão ameaçado por um super criminoso, com um confronto final com Alpha Flight, a equipe canadiana de super-heróis apostada em fazer Wolverine regressar ao serviço, o professor X refugia-se no espaço com a imperatriz Lilandra, e Jean Grey/Phoenix vê-se isolada. Todas as linhas narrativas no Japão e com a Alpha Flight irão lançar as bases das histórias que tornarão Wolverine um dos mais populares personagens da Marvel.

  • Holli
    2018-08-28 22:24

    Warning: Smallish rant ahead. I apologize, but I had to let this out otherwise I was going to scream and throw things. And everything I wanted to throw is breakable and probably expensive.1) The mounting references to outside comics is insane! If you can't find a synopsis for the comic that one throwaway line of another story comes from, you have to go through pages of bios to find out what they are talking about. Interesting, but it takes a long time to find it and by the time I did I really didn't care anymore. Makes me wonder what happened when this series first came out and someone back then didn't have access to every comic ever written and couldn't borrow them from anyone or find them in a store near them.2) The X-Men seem to completely forget they have the magical power to close their eyes when it's called for. If someone is trying to hypnotize you or you have a power that blasts out of your eyes, close your eyes already! It's not hard. You do it every time you blink, sleep, get something in it, whatever. Unless the bad guy is holding them open (which he wasn't with Beast, by the way) you have this talent.3) The X-Men are taken by (view spoiler)[Magneto (hide spoiler)] 70,000 feet in the air. This is almost as high up as Olympus Mons is tall: the volcano on Mars and the tallest mountain in the whole solar system. The highest point on Earth is Mount Everest, which is 29,029 feet high. A place where cold and lack of oxygen kills very quickly. How did those in the circus cart breathe, not have their blood boil, and not freeze to death? They may be mutants, but they still have human bodies which are suseptable to the elements and can die in such extremes. I realize in the 1970s researching things was limited, but there were no doubt people around the writers could ask about such things. You don't even have to learn some weird, secret handshake. Mostly it's all a matter of "can I borrow you and your brain for a moment?" type of things. Most people are delighted to share their knowledge in such matters as they want it done right in books, movies, shows, etc.4) Erm, when was Lilandra's exile ended? She's on Earth because she can't go home. Then suddenly, she can and takes Xavier with her. I missed something here. She didn't even say "oh, sweetums, my exile's over with. They sent me a memo this morning I'me free to rule my world now. I can go home now, isn't that wonderful? Wanna come with?"5) I've also decided I'm not really crazy about the solid backstory issues. Yes, they fill in holes. But they are a mega info-dump in the middle of a storyline. It's distracting, no matter how interesting they might be. It must have been entirely frustrating when these comics came out originally and you had to wait a month to find out what happened next in the story you were reading before the history lesson. I realize they still work this way in being monthly issue releases, but they didn't have electronic, instant access to those comics the moment they came out as we have now. They had to wait for the local comic book store to open before they could race in, find the latest issue, and learn what happened next to their superhero friends in the main storyline.Okay, rant over. I feel better now. Overall, I liked this comic book collection (or graphic novel bindup, whichever term you prefer) but they continue to drive me batty. Despite my problems here, I plan to continue. I'll just keep some non-breakables around to fulfill my need to throw things when they gang up on me.

  • Neil
    2018-08-21 20:30

    Reading through the GNs of all the old X-men I bought and read as single issues so long ago, enjoying the visual power of Byrne's greatest art, and remembering when Chris Claremont was at the height of his game and hadn't descened into over-wordy, repetivity. This and the next volume are the penultimate chapters, leading up to the Dark Phoenix Saga. Getting to share these original works with my wife, who only knows the characters from the movies, is a real blast. She is enthralled with the complex charcters that are so thinly represented on the screen. I hand her each volume as I finish, enjoying the idea of her getting to read these for the very first time.

  • Tony Romine
    2018-09-06 19:13

    This collection houses issues #111-121 of the Uncanny X-Men. These 11 issues take the team everywhere, starting with the X-men trapped in a circus as victims of Mesmero and ends with them fighting Alpha Flight in Canada. In between they are once again faced with fighting Magneto on Astroid M, trapped in the Savage Land fighting Sauron, and helping the citizens of with the help of Sunfire.One major thing missing here though is Professor X, as he is not featured at all for most of the issues aside from a couple pages explaining how he thinks the X-Men are dead and now is going to leave the school to go to space with his alien lover (not like he has a giant effing mutant tracking machine or psychic powers to telepathically confirm they are dead or anything). He does get a whole issue to explain some weird backstory that is him have a psychic battle with another mutant in a Casablanca setting. He is really poorly written here and his powers are wasted.It's quite the run with a lot of story, but you could tell it was still finding it's footing in terms of storytelling with storylines still married to this idea of 2-3 issue arcs. Instead of investing time in making some actual progress in terms of character building with the team, it's more of just a bunch of action scenes with about 2-5 pages of just poor exposition that sort of give context to what's happening and, of course, 2-3 pages recapping what happened in the previous 2-3 issues of the storyarc. The worst thing about this is how conveniently everything seems to fall in line (the Alpha Flight storyline is terrible about this...they literally destroy like a major portion of Calgary fighting each other and in the end Wolverine just surrenders and then just escapes from them to reunite with the X-Men...it's pointless and dumb). It's fun for a while, but I can see where it would frustrate some people.

  • Lloyd
    2018-08-31 03:15

    Chris Claremont, John Byrne and Terry Austin made this volume a visual treat to read. And reading it in digital really brings out the detail of the work that Terry Austin put into his inking. On the other hand, if someone was rushing or not such a great inker, that stands out too. Either way, these are just comics and entertainment - and produced by some of the best talents of their time. I'm having a great time re-reading and haven't even gotten to the meat of what I loved back in the day!

  • Jdetrick
    2018-09-10 20:22

    I'm not the biggest fan of the Savage Land stories, but they're not bad stories, and everything else in this volume is exceptional, particularly the battle with Magneto. There's a reason these stories are classics.

  • Drunken_orangetree
    2018-09-17 03:29

    This from the Chris Claremont/John Byrne run. The art's usually pretty good: not the detail of present comic books, but dynamic. The story-telling is a little more awkward. Worth a look if you're an X-Men fan.

  • Kenneth Clark
    2018-09-10 19:06

    ExcellentFrom Antarctica to Japan to Canada, this is classic Claremont and Byrne. The story is exciting and cohesive. I highly recommend this book.

  • Kevin Mann
    2018-08-25 02:23

    Didnt plan to read this in just 2 sittings, but once i started, i literally could not stop. The Claremont/Byrne XMEN have always been my own personal comic book version of "The Beatles" - Top of the top, A - number one, top of the heap, the best....(for me) - as a wee small laddie, I stumbled on the bi-monthly xmen around issue 127 ("Proteus" saga) and i was totally hooked. It was a little more "adult" than all the other books and it was just so weird for that time. Truly alternative and made the other marvel & DC heroes look boring, staid & conservative. Mutants were exotic, strange societal freaks! And thus, a very small cult sprang up at that time....It exploded in full-on popularity as the Dark Phoenix saga unfolded...and It was pretty cool to nod my adolescent head and say "yep, been on board for a year" when everyone else had just "found" uncanny xmen. Fast forward 35 years later, half of this compliation i had not read before. It was always hard to buy back issues before about #120, too damn expensive.....Happy to report this TPB held my interest & attention. (I was afraid it might not). Still have a few of these original stories from this TPB in the individual issues! But they are "yellowed" :-( and i dont like to handle them, thus this wonderful compilation to re-read 30 years later! :-) -- i am not going to critique claremont/byrne, that would be mindless ---If you like them, do yourself a favor, Retrace their earliest steps as a team on this title. Buy this!

  • B. Jay
    2018-08-22 00:19

    The description of this trade paperback may read that it collects a series of issues which read as one story, and in a way that's true. It spans a remarkably long time in which the X-Men were divided and lost as a team, and which Professor X, in fact, believes most of the team to be dead. But the issues still jump from one story line to another, with no overriding story arc. This is no graphic novel, folks, merely a collection of vintage X-Men comics.Where these issues do shine is the excellence that is Marvel continuity and Claremont's developing ability to build a storyline. The fact that the team of mutants struggle through the better part of a year's worth of comics trying to get home and let Xavier know what's been going on with them must have left fans at the time breathless with the notion of a cliffhanger that kept them hanging. My only real complaint, even given the conventions of seventies comics, is the Phoenix. Mostly for her lack of involvement, but a plot point has been nagging at me. With Jean Grey's mysterious rebirth and new powers, why doesn't Professor X look into it? Why does he have no curiosity about this? I know this is a hugely minor point, but both Jean and the Prof sit around for a few weeks doing nothing but moping about their dead comrades. Just seems weird.

  • Jessica
    2018-09-19 19:21

    This collection sees Magneto separating the team shortly after they return from Phoenix fixing reality. The X-Men really start to gel as a team during a series of adventures on their way back home from the Magneto encounter.The Byrne art is really amazing and it just really pops even after all these years and rereads. I have been slowing down to study the panels. Noticed the reprint colors are redone and I even caught an edit that removed that Magneto had a run in with the FF and Dr. Doom between his appearances. So far I prefer the older colors, which seem moodier and less flat. The continuity edit probably made for some clarity for the new reader, but I didn't realize how much tighter appearances could be in the Marvel U in the 70's until I started this chronological read.Quite a shift with Byrne too. According to the supplemental material I have read recently, Byrne rescued Wolverine and highlighted him because he is Canadian, so it's all his fault. The characters seem more familiar with each issue by Byrne--sure they are continuing the story, but something about Byrne really anchors them. I need to edit the above statement that I am studying the panels to say more accurately that I am TRYING to study the panels, but I get swept up in the story and read it at a natural pace.These are essential X-Men stories.

  • Patrickderaaff
    2018-09-21 21:24

    The X-men are seperated after fighting Magneto under an Antarctic volcano and each group believes the other dead. Beast and Jean make it back to the civilised world and inform Charles, who leaves Earth with his new love Lilandra. Beast returns to the Avengers and Jean takes a holiday to deal with her grief. But... the other X-men are not dead. Through a series of adventures they travel the globe, from the Savage Land to Japan to Canada and then finally home. They face many adversaries and during this Odyssey finally start coming together as friends and a team. The art by John Byrne is fantastic and the storytelling is great. It's almost like things can't get any better, but they can. Next up in volume 4 is the build-up to the Dark Phoenix Saga, followed by the Saga itself in volume 5. These are the best stories ever told in X-men history!

  • Chris
    2018-09-13 02:31

    This was yet another enjoyable foray into the Claremont X-Men run, but for me it didn't quite reach the heights of the previous volume. Firstly the art and inking is absolutely gorgeous, lush, vibrant and full of character and atmosphere. I liked that Claremont continued to build on the back-stories, the Xavier section in particular was very well done. The Magneto story too was of a high standard and made me want more. The other sections were less impressive for me, but still fun, as the X-Men were dragged to various places across the globe. It is interesting to see Jean Gray's role in this section, I really think Claremont did a great job at capturing her feelings of isolation, and providing catalysts for future story-lines. From here we build to the most famous of all "Dark Phoenix" saga. Ultimately a lot of fun, and interesting to an X-Men lover, but not essential reading.

  • Alex
    2018-09-21 22:12

    There are standouts here but mostly its John Byrne's outstanding artwork that shines, raising a lot of otherwise mediocre plotting into something spectacular to see. The Magneto story is well known but I could't help feeling that its because it *looks* so damn good since otherwise it's just a case of Magneto wanting to get his revenge and ultimately failing. Splitting the heroes storylines post Magneto was a neat idea and it allowed for a lovely character issue for Xavier "Psi-Wars" but otherwise, unfortunately, it simply leads to mediocre adventures for the main group in the Savage Land and in Japan and Canada. It does serve nicely to highlight the alienation or difference of Phoenix from the rest of the group, though.

  • Ryan Linkous
    2018-08-27 02:19

    I really enjoyed this collection of stories for the X-men. The scene changes quite drastically every 2-3 stories (Antarctica, Magneto's lair, Strange Land, New York/Space, Japan, Canada), but it was interesting to see how the characters develop over 9 issues. This gave a lot of context to the Dark Phoenix saga, especially several of the problems the X-men are experiencing. It also gives me more appreciation for the Dark Phoenix saga story-arc b/c it was a pretty focused story for about 8 episodes.

  • Shaun
    2018-09-01 03:10

    I love the short succinct writing of Claremont and the beautiful yet classic artwork of Byrne. The X-Men find themselves fighting the likes of Magneto, Sauron, and even Alpha Flight. No matter who they face, the X-Men prove that they can work as a team to prevail. I love the strength and beauty that Storm shows in the issues. It is nice to see Logan fleshed out as a character especially his interest in Japan and Mariko and his past in Canada. Overall a great book from two of my favorite X-Men collaborators.

  • James
    2018-09-05 00:10

    The best. Claremont hits his full stride, distinguishing the characters, developing an excellent around-the-world adventure and "killing off" the team for the first time. Magneto is at his peak here, with some of my favorite character moments, including his seeming concern when robot "nanny" is on the fritz.

  • Scott Lee
    2018-09-12 02:27

    Fun X-Men Comics. The seventies style here is a bit closer to the one I grew up on, where the written element is of equal weight and importance with the visual element. Claremont and Byrne do wonderful stuff here. It's not world shattering, but it's great serial storytelling with strong characters and superhero goodness. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • Edward Davies
    2018-08-25 02:19

    The X-Men fight Magneto in space! There's a trip to the Savage Land, Japan and Canada as the X-Men meet friends and foes both old and new. Some great stories from Claremont and Byrne as one oft he most famous runs in comics history continues.

  • ***Dave Hill
    2018-09-19 23:22

    Claremont and Byrne at their early X-Men most-awesomest, complete with Magneto, the Savage Land, and the introduction of Alpha Flight. Seriously, kids, this is the run that made the X-Men a franchise.

  • Mphill968
    2018-08-30 22:10

    It doesn't get any better than this!!!Almost 40 years later and these issues are still as wonderful as I remember. There are many wonderful writer /artist combinations, but nothing beats Claremont/Byrne/Austin.

  • AdamMcPhee
    2018-09-02 21:08

    Pierre Elliot Trudeau sends Alpha Flight to kidnap Wolverine. They wreck Calgary in the process, and constantly talk about how shitty it is.(They also visit the Savage Land and Japan.)

  • B
    2018-09-06 22:20

    Oddly, hardly different than the X-Men stories being told twenty years later. Things keep moving forward and the flaws are not necessarily obvious.

  • Anthony Bello
    2018-09-04 02:23

    The only thing that I really dislike about this volume is that Storm becomes a damsel in distress in issues 114 and 115. WTF Claremont and/or Byrne?