- Gebundene Ausgabe: 1120 Seiten
- Verlag: Marvel; Auflage: 2. (15. August 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0785165053
- ISBN-13: 978-0785165057
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 13 Jahren
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 19,7 x 5,7 x 28,6 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 180.752 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
New X-Men Omnibus (Marvel Omnibus) (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 15. August 2012
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Es enthält die von Grant Morrison geschriebenen X-Men Stories, die einen geschlossenen Bogen bilden. Die neuen Gegner der X-Men sind Cassandra Nova (die einen weiteren Auftritt in den Astonishing X-Men hat), (John) Sublime mit seinen U-Men und Studenten aus den eigenen Reihen. Allerdings muß man den Band mehr als einmal lesen, um mitzubekommen, was seit Anfang an läuft und sich erst später entwickelt.
Mir gefällt der grafische Stil, abgesehen von dem Vierteiler "Assault on Weapon Plus", der mir etwas zu eigen ist (...man sehe sich die Gesichter an...). Die Behandlung der einzelnen Charaktere und deren Entwicklung ist gut. Auch wenn mir viele Charaktere persönlich nicht gefallen (wie z.B. Quentin oder Bird), so ist klar, daß es solche Leute geben muß, schließlich haben wir ihre Gegenstücke unter uns. Nur Professor X und Magneto sind blaß, bzw. nicht das, was sie sein müßten - im Falle von Magneto kann das aber gewollt sein, da er letzten Endes als ein Relikt dargestellt wird, das der Gegenwart nichts mehr zu sagen hat. Bei Professor X würde ich mir aber etwas mehr Intelligenz und Initiative erwarten, bei dem was sich an seiner Schule abspielt.
Es gibt ein paar unklare Punkte bezüglich Xorn und Magneto, die später diskutiert worden sind. Ich würde sagen, daß man zuerst das eine im Sinn hatte und dann nachträglich das andere draus gemacht hat, wodurch die Widersprüche zustande kommen.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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- Both editions include exactly the same issues: New X-Men #114 to 154 and the New X-Men Annual 2001, all written by Grant Morrison and illustrated by a wide array of artists, including Frank Quitely, Phil Jiménez, Chris Bachalo and Marc Silvestri among others.
- The main difference between the two editions is that this new 2012 edition features a SEWN-BINDING that allows a much more comfortable and better reading: the art can be fully appreciated this way as there is no gutter loss. The old edition has a glued-binding which is in every way inferior, making the reading more difficult as it doesn't lie flat when opened and has significant gutter loss in spread pages. So this is a dramatical improvement regarding the original edition.
- On a somewhat negative aspect, the paper stock of this new edition is of a lighter weight than the previous one. But don't worry, this is high-quality paper stock and the printing is excellent. I would rate the old paper stock as 5 stars and the new one as 4 and 1/2 stars.
- This new edition features a few more pages of extras, it's not an essential difference, as the old edition has its nice share of extras too, but it's good to see some more sketches and Morrison's script for New X-Men #121 (the "silent" issue).
- The dustjacket features a different cover by Frank Quitely, the same artist of the previous one. But the art of the original dustjacket is also showcased inside of the book.
Mainly because of the sewn-binding, this is a better edition (as the contents and general quality are pretty much the same). This Omnibus is definitely much more comfortable to read than the old one. Don't get me wrong, the original New X-Men Omnibus is a beautiful and very well-done book, but Marvel has improved the production of the Omnibus and when comparing the two editions, the 2012 one is the best one.
Morrison knew this, but didn't care: "Whatever happened before, whatever happens after, I'm writing a BOOK." His entire run, though divided into arcs, is one long story, with a beginning, a middle, and a beautiful Joycean ending. Bits foreshadowing the twists of his thirty-second issue are sprinkled into his fourth... many comics writers slip portentious pages of shadowy figures up to mysterious doings into their stories, but New X-Men offered the delicious pleasure of discovering clues that in retrospect could not be more obvious but at the time didn't even look like clues.
And this isn't form without content. Morrison approached the X-Men from the following angle: "Hey, for the first time in forty years, let's actually use the premise!" No longer is the mutant idea just there as a hook for children's adventure stories (Stan Lee) or teenage melodrama (Chris Claremont); Morrison, arguing that there's no need for the mutant idea to be allegorical to be interesting or relevant, took the idea of a new species beginning to supplant humankind and wrote a science fiction epic around it. And for the first time, Xavier's becomes an actual school, with a faculty made up of several of the 20th-century X-Men and 152 teenage students who take academic classes along with those on mastering one's powers. They're not future superheroes. They're just trying to prevent more genocide in a world that is freaking out about the end of the human race.
Naturally, everything Morrison did was quickly undone. That's the nature of the business. But who cares? Just read this book. It stands alone.
They brought in Grant Morrison. By placing more emphasis on character development and sharper dialogue than on spandex slug-fests, Morrison, along with writers like Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Millar, Warren Ellis, and Garth Ennis, are responsible for what has to be the best wave of comics since Frank Miller and Alan Moore started deconstructing the genre back in the mid 80's.
It says a lot that of the two X-Men Omnibus volumes released so far, one contains Chris Claremont's initial run on Uncanny X-Men and the other is Grant Morrison's entire New X-Men run. Both runs revolutionized their respective titles, smashing the status quo and challenging traditions. Morrison's run introduced a major new villain, unleashed a new wave of Sentinels, destroyed Genosha, killing 16 million mutants, and made Emma Frost an A-list character...and that's just the first four issues! Throughout the run we're treated to a Scott/Jean/Emma love triangle, revelations about the Weapon Plus program that created Wolverine, Xorn, the U-Men, the destruction of the Shi'ar Empire, a riot at Xavier's School, a completely unhinged Magneto, a disturbing vision of the future, and an unforgettable night on the town with Wolverine and Cyclops. Morrison smashes through the X-Men Universe with punk rock-like abandon and uses the shards to put together something new and exciting that would, for a while, make the X-Men an edgy, must-read comic once again. And his movie-inspired uniforms were a huge improvement over the old costumes.
The artwork sadly, is not as consistent as the writing. Nobody managed to stay on the book for more than four consecutive issues, but at least the artwork was (mostly) high quality. I've come to absolutely love Frank Quitely's quirky style, so his issues are my favorites. Ethan Van Sciver (Green Lantern) also shines here, as does Chris Bachalo, who's drawn pretty much every X-book by now. The occasional issue by Leniel Yu, Phil Jiminez, and John Paul Leon are well done, but Igor Kordey's artwork is the low point of the book. His style is just not suited to this kind of title. The final issues were drawn by former X-Men artist (and current Witchblade/Darkness hotshot) Marc Silvestri, who definitely helps end things with a bang.
This is a shining example of what comics in the 21st century can be, and will go down in history as one of the three most important X-Men runs ever. The fact that you can get all of the issues in one mammoth hardcover volume is just the icing on the cake.
That said, I gave this hardcover edition magnum opus of Morrison's work a chance and have been handsomely rewarded. Reading Morrison's genuine development of the mutant story in the Marvel universe was a joy. Morrison knows the characters well and takes their relationships in surprising directions. The book is well worth the Amazon price.
The only drawback to Morrison's run (and thus to this hardcover) is the illustration. I can't give this 5 stars because the illustrators just suck sometimes. Frank Quitely's work is the highlight to the book. His pencil work is the perfect compliment to Morrison's storytelling (check out JLA: Earth 2 and We3 by the same team). Ethan Van Sciver (who did stellar work on Green Lantern: Rebirth) makes a good contribution. Phil Jiminez falls in place right behind Quitely.
The other artists should never have picked up a pencil for this storyline. Croatian artist Igor Kordey is some of the worst pencil work I've ever seen. Chris Bachalo used to be good when he first broke into the business but his work is a caricature of itself. People look silly and cartoony. Finally, Marc Silvestri should have stayed at Image. His early X-Men work was truly uncanny. But he's too obsessed with being a caricature of himself, too.
But go ahead and buy this book. Morrison's fantastic story carries the weight even through the issues of crappy drawing. You CANNOT understand the present Marvel universe or X-Men story without this storyline.
Follow this up with the hardcover collections of "Astonishing X-Men" by Joss Whedon and John Cassidy. You'll be glad you did!