Zilla and the Comics Junkies

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Uncanny X-Men Omnibus

I was out of comics so long i've forgotten most of the Uncanny X-Men adventures i've read and was wondering if i should pick up this new X-Men Omnibus?  The thing is massive ($99.99 suggested but around $60 at Amazon making the price per page pretty damn good) and we all know how much i love a good HC! 

Anyone here have it?  Are the issues covered (#94-131 i think) a worthy run?  Other thoughts?


04 May, 2006 09:40, Anonymous Dave Carter said...

If you're just interested in reading the stories, you can get them in cheap B&W in the Essential X-Men volumes for much less. I'd only go with the Omnibus if you want a high-quality hardcover.

04 May, 2006 09:51, Blogger zilla said...

dave - my only prob w/ the essentials line is the B&W. i'm not a color whore by any stretch but i think there are certain comics that work in B&W (TWD, Sin City, Ferro City, etc.) but others (like these superhero classics) that just don't do it for me w/o color...

what do you think of this particular run of issues though (if you can remember them)?

04 May, 2006 13:15, Anonymous Dave Carter said...

Let's see... this looks like the star of the All-New, All-Different X-Men, when Len Wein and Dave Cockrum revived the series from being a reprint book, up to the Claremont/Byrne stuff just before the Dark Phoenix Saga. It's certainly one of the classics of modern super-hero comics; many consider the Claremont/Byrne X-Men to be THE X-Men run. You do have to have a tolerance for Claremont's purple prose.

BTW, did you ever read the Banana Sunday that I recommended?

04 May, 2006 15:35, Blogger zilla said...

banana sunday is now in slot #2 on my amazon wish list so it will def make it into my next basket. i'm def going to buy/read/review it. thanks for the x-men info... i think i will get this HC at some point.

04 May, 2006 22:40, Blogger Matt Guerrero said...

I remember being underwhelmed at the quality of the writing, and the early art, when reading that run in the Essentials format. I can't imagine paying 100 bucks for it, but if I was a bigger X-fanatic I probably wouldn't balk at it.
But I agree that Essentials and Showcase, while a good idea, piss me off for their lack of color. It's the exact opposite of colorizing old B&W movies, and serves the same purpose: it drains the power from the image.

05 May, 2006 14:37, Blogger zilla said...

billy - thanks for the comment. i'm 100% w/ you on essentials and i wonder if you would have enjoyed these older x-men stories had they been in color (that's def how i felt when i went from silver surfer and hulk essentials to the marvel masterworks or visionaries of the same runs).

i guess i'll take my time w/ this and pick it up if i get dry on things to read...


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