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Book Title: The Uncanny X-Men Omnibus, Vol. 1|
The author of the book: Chris Claremont
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Edition: Marvel Comics
Date of issue: May 3rd 2016
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This is like the teenage years of the X-Men. Not that the characters are teenagers, mind you—this is actually an older, more diverse international team than the squeaky clean (and exceedingly white) teens who made up the original X-Men. But, in terms of the book’s evolution, this marks the transition from punch-out-the-bad-guy kiddie entertainment to a more mature, soap opera-esque serial where the stories are grander and more epic, the interpersonal drama is more (melo)dramatic, and not everyone makes it out alive.
Claremont is still finding his footing early on, and it’s bumpy at times, like the 15-year-old kid who’s too cool to say goodbye to his parents when they drop him off at the mall but still has a favorite stuffed animal tucked away in his bed (or was that just me?). This collection doesn’t reach the glorious and dizzying heights to come in later issues (Dark Phoenix, Days of Future Past, God Loves, Man Kills, etc.), but it’s fun watching the book grow and evolve, and you especially get a sense of just how novel the book’s approach was when you read the letters pages at the end of each issue (I’m delighted that Marvel included them in this collection—they’re great, as are the responses from Claremont and the editors). By the end of this collection, you get the sense that Claremont and Byrne are on the cusp of greatness (which they were).
I’m not sure most people appreciate just how big X-Men got and how influential the book was, especially if they’ve gotten into comics over the past 15-20 years. Thanks to Claremont (and Byrne), X-Men became a juggernaut that dominated the comics landscape and helped usher in an age of more character-driven stories and higher stakes. At one point, anything with an X in the title became an instant best seller, no matter how crappy it was—Marvel could have published a comic called “X-Crement” (speaking of crappy) and it would have been a top 10 bestseller and outsold everything from DC. Younger folks reading this collection may not quite get why that was the case, but that’s simply because comics have evolved so much since these issues hit the stands in the late 70s/early 80s—in large part precisely BECAUSE these books hit the stands and influenced so many future comic creators.
An essential collection for X-fans, and a worthwhile read for comics history aficionados.
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Read information about the authorChris Claremont is a writer of American comic books, best known for his 16-year (1975-1991) stint on Uncanny X-Men, during which the series became one of the comic book industry's most successful properties.
Claremont has written many stories for other publishers including the Star Trek Debt of Honor graphic novel, his creator-owned Sovereign Seven for DC Comics and Aliens vs Predator for Dark Horse Comics. He also wrote a few issues of the series WildC.A.T.s (volume 1, issues #10-13) at Image Comics, which introduced his creator-owned character, Huntsman.
Outside of comics, Claremont co-wrote the Chronicles of the Shadow War trilogy, Shadow Moon (1995), Shadow Dawn (1996), and Shadow Star (1999), with George Lucas. This trilogy continues the story of Elora Danan from the movie Willow. In the 1980s, he also wrote a science fiction trilogy about female starship pilot Nicole Shea, consisting of First Flight (1987), Grounded! (1991), and Sundowner (1994). Claremont was also a contributor to the Wild Cards anthology series.
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