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Title : Marvel Masterworks: The X-Men, Vol. 3
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ISBN : 9780785112693
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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Marvel Masterworks: The X-Men, Vol. 3 Reviews

  • Evan Leach
    2019-03-06 10:54

    This collection contains issues 22-31 from the original run. The original team consisted of Cyclops, Angel, The Beast, Iceman, and Marvel Girl (Jean Grey). Professor X and his giant mutant brain are on hand to lead the team. I mentioned in my reviews of the first two X-Men Marvel Masterworks that those early issues can be awfully cheesy, and that remains true for issues 22-31 as well… Yeah. There are a lot of silly costumes and a lot more silly dialogue in this book. These issues were published from 1966-67, and the standards & expectations of the medium were different than they are today. Some people will find this level of cheese delightful, while others will find it overwhemingly obnoxious. Personally I kind of enjoyed it in a nostalgic sort of way, but I had to limit myself to one issue at a time to avoid severe eye-rolling.The first X-Men Marvel Masterworks is interesting as it contains the original issues that started it all. The second introduces the Juggernaut and the Sentinels for the first time, so it too represents some X-Men history. This one? Not so much. The X-Men are mostly battling a random bunch of 3rd rate villains that I had never heard of, and this collection doesn’t really introduce anything of importance. That said, now that the creators have 21 issues under their belts I do think the overall quality of the writing and artwork is higher than in the first two Marvel Masterwork collections. I mostly enjoyed these issues, even if I didn’t recognize any of the weirdos the team was facing (and I certainly enjoyed them as a youngster, which was the intended audience for these early issues). 3 stars.

  • Amy
    2019-03-08 18:48

    Cyclops is still whiny as heck

  • Jason Crane
    2019-03-12 16:40

    Roy Thomas takes over as writer and things get ... well, just about exactly the same, honestly. I'm not sure how much of a hand Stan The Man had in the plotting and characterization of these books (he's listed as editor), but it certainly seems like the folks at Marvel figured it wasn't broke so why fix it. That the title was cancelled 30 issues after this collection (before being revived again, of course) says to me that maybe they should have paid more attention.

  • Jedi Sunni
    2019-03-20 15:02

    I don't usually rate a x-men book this low but it started out as a hot read with some unusual characters. It quickly got boring and repetitive. I usually dont start a book and not finish so I did the noble thing and finished this book. It an above average book which some may deem worth reading.

  • Christopher Rush
    2019-02-22 14:43

    Roy Thomas starts off his tenure as writer of the X-Men by showing off his knowledge of Marvel history - this could have been a good thing, had he done something interesting with forgotten characters or former X-Men villains. However, he just sort of parades meaningless moments and characters who should have been forgotten and doesn't do anything spectacular with them. Yes, he does create the Banshee, but he makes him a confusingly-motivated ancient man and needs several tries before he can do something with him. A great deal of the issues in this collection feature a dead-end plot thread of Jean leaving the team to attend Metro College (enrolling during the summer, for no reason). It's a dead end because Jean usually finds the time to join them on their missions anyway. Despite initially feeling relief she is no longer a fighter, she apparently takes the time to sew new uniforms for everyone and rejoins them anyway. All supporting plot threads that could have been interesting, such as Ted Roberts, Jean's classmate who suspects the teens are the X-Men, are inexplicably dropped without any resolution. Thomas even brings the Mimic back as a teammate of the X-Men - at Xavier's request! - but this goes nowhere, despite some good character moments, since after a few issues Thomas has the Mimic lose his powers again. It's worth reading because it is classic X-Men, and Thomas does manage to get a few good character moments in there (he finally gets the Scott/Jean romance going after a while), but it's not the best storytelling done in the X-Universe. Like with many TPBs, I read the individual issues.

  • Kelly Lynn Thomas
    2019-03-01 17:41

    The emotional characterization in this volume picks up quite a bit. But I was really annoyed that they call each other by their real names in battles all the time! After making a huge deal about their secret identities in multiple issues. There are other oversights like this that bring down the quality of the book, but if you can ignore it, it's not a huge deal. Some of the villains are ridiculous, like the Maggia (the porcupine guy, I mean come on), but some of them I really enjoyed like the Locust/Dr. Hopper. Banshee is introduced in this volume, and he's a pretty cool character. The story lines with the Mimic are also interesting. Scott and Warren's struggle over Jean is stupid and annoying from a feminist standpoint, but it was written in the 60s for a male audience -- not really an excuse, but it's a product of its time. And it's not like Jean doesn't have any agency. She just doesn't get as much "screen" time as the boys. The story with Merlin where she gets brainwashed was kinda dumb and annoying, though. Ugh. I'm really not sure what the point of her "leaving" the X-Men is, either. She's still there, and she still fights with them all the time. So, in conclusion, there's some decent stuff, but also some really lame stuff. It's an uneven volume.

  • Inkling
    2019-03-07 18:42

    The stories are ok. It depends what you're after. There's not much character development happening, but that's to be expected of early comic-book issues. The problem, in my opinion, is that, since it is focusing on action each and every time, the stories seem to always be set in the same pattern - easily spotted every time.What's a bit annoying, and the other fans of the series have noticed it as well, is the fact that, Roy Thomas, the writer, is such a huge fan of the Marvel universe, that he can't help crisscrossing characters and story-lines. There's issues where the X-Men meet the Avengers, or fight against villains that other Marvel heroes have fought before. It's a nice spin, it's refreshing at first, but it can get quite tiresome at times and you begin to miss the old villains such as Magneto.I'd say, read this book if you want to get an idea on the dynamic between the initial founding members of the X-men team. It might give you a clue as to how things were for them in the beginning and how they'd cope when it was just: Marvel Girl (Jean Grey), Ice Man, Beast, Angel, Cyclops and Professor X.

  • Kami
    2019-03-18 11:10

    - This one wasn't as fun as the previous 2, but I still enjoyed it.- Jean should just hook up with Warren!!!!! Why is she wasting her time dreaming of Scott? Scott is so dramatic and emotionally unstable. Warren is good looking, has money, and is more forward about how he feels. - Jean and Cyclops are just getting annoying. I'm tired of the "Oh, I can't tell her how I feel!" crap!- I like the new costume change, especially Marvel Girl's.- It was fun to see a few cameos in this volume. Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, and Spiderman make an appearance.- The last issue was probably my favorite. The action was good, and the villain was more fun.- The villains in these issues were kind of dumb. I want Juggernaut and Magneto back. These 2nd class villains are pathetic!

  • J.R.
    2019-02-26 13:40

    By story arc-Nefaria/Maggia - Lame villains, good plot. 3 stars-Locust - Again, a decent plot, but the villain's costume was too corny: 2.5 stars-Magic pendant - Extra star for the key plot point of Cyclops accidentally clipping Angel: 2 stars-Mimic stuff - 3 stars-Banshee - 4 stars-Warlock - 2 stars-Cobalt Man - 2 stars

  • Edward Davies
    2019-02-28 19:07

    Count Nefaria makes his first X-Men appearance, becoming a pretty important character when the series relaunched in 1975. Still, other than the first appearance of Banshee, this is pretty mediocre stuff, possibly because of Roy Thomas coming on as a new wirter and not being able to immediately find his feet.

  • Mike Wierzbicki
    2019-03-16 16:43

    More classic X-Men. I liked Roy Thomas's issues more than Stan Lee's but as with Volumes 1 and 2, these are neat to see how the team has evolved but I wouldn't recommend them to those looking to get into the series.

  • Etienne
    2019-02-23 13:41

    Certainly the best X-Men volume until now. Lot of actions, cool news characters, story is a lot less repetitive than it was. It set the bar really high for the next one!!

  • Jessica
    2019-03-07 16:47

    I don't like the ComicCraft cover compared to the standard, but this is the one I own.

  • alternBRUNO°°
    2019-03-01 14:01

    These ones were a bit boring, but let's wait to see how the story unveils.

  • Heather Fryling
    2019-03-13 15:03

    I'm not sure if these are getting better, or if I'm just getting into the humor of the cheesy dialogue, but this is my favorite volume so far.

  • Brian Mercer
    2019-03-16 14:49

    oh man, the tension between Cyclops and Jean Grey is too much to bare!