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The body count rises higher than ever as the X-Men and their allies face war on every front! X-Factor comes up against their deadliest challenge in Apocalypse. The New Mutants lose one of their own! And after the Marauders slaughter the Morlocks, they take on the X-Men! Collecting: "Collects UNCANNY X-MEN #225 -227, NEW MUTANTS #59-61, and X-FACTOR (Vol. 1) #24-26."


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The body count rises higher than ever as the X-Men and their allies face war on every front! X-Factor comes up against their deadliest challenge in Apocalypse. The New Mutants lose one of their own! And after the Marauders slaughter the Morlocks, they take on the X-Men! Collecting: "Collects UNCANNY X-MEN #225 -227, NEW MUTANTS #59-61, and X-FACTOR (Vol. 1) #24-26."

30 review for X-Men: The Fall of the Mutants

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kevruzz

    The first thing you’re likely to hear about FALL OF THE MUTANTS is that it would be wrong to call it a crossover. It’s actually a trio of unconnected but otherwise earth-shaking events in each of the X-books (Uncanny, New Mutants, and X-Factor) that just happen to coincide. It doesn’t even really matter in which order they are read across the two paperback volumes, especially given that the Incredible Hulk tie-in issues arrive in the wrong order. First up is the core X-Men team, centering on Stor The first thing you’re likely to hear about FALL OF THE MUTANTS is that it would be wrong to call it a crossover. It’s actually a trio of unconnected but otherwise earth-shaking events in each of the X-books (Uncanny, New Mutants, and X-Factor) that just happen to coincide. It doesn’t even really matter in which order they are read across the two paperback volumes, especially given that the Incredible Hulk tie-in issues arrive in the wrong order. First up is the core X-Men team, centering on Storm finally getting her powers back with aid from the mutant Forge, and something to do with a cosmic demon called the Adversary who's going to destroy the world or something. The team’s roster had been shifting heavily after MUTANT MASSACRE, and the group that comes together for this event would hold together for a considerable stretch after the world sees the group sacrifices themselves to save the world (if you’ve ever heard about the X-Men’s Australia days, this is where that starts). The story is damn near impossible to summarize. While the X-Men have never dealt with paranormal forces quite like this, the story is far too bonkers (even more than usual) for any of the elements to find a decent footing or emotional connection. You can probably guess that the Adversary is a boring menace that will never show up again. No matter how many times they say it, “Forge is a powerful sorcerer” still sounds like a typo. Marc Silvestri’s artwork at least makes the whole strange affair great to look at. The story featuring the New Mutants, while smaller in scale, is still very much a game changer for the team. I was worried that Birdboy would be the Jar Jar Binks of the New Mutants run. Thankfully he’s not quite that (the Demon Bear still holds the honor of series low-point in my heart), and it doesn’t look like he ever shows up again. Instead, he acts as the catalyst for a seemingly whimsical adventure that escalates into a harrowing and deadly conflict. The arc is good, once it’s past the initial silliness, and the appearance by Cameron Hodge makes it feel more relevant to the overall event. The real history goes down in the pages of X-Factor: The team’s PR man Cameron Hodge is revealed as an anti-mutant jerkass with a fleet of armored bad guys, as well as orchestrating the Angel’s recent demise. But that’s just the beginning as the newest big bad Apocalypse brings to bear his biggest scheme yet, featuring juiced-up mutants on robot horses and a big damn spaceship ruining everybody’s afternoon. What makes it the biggest turning point of the lot is the big reveal that former teammate Angel is at last revealed as the horseman of death Archangel, which is telegraphed so clumsily it barely counts as a dramatic reveal. Even so, the entire story in Vol. 2 gives us a far more successful payoff to its many issues of setup compared to the X-Men’s and New Mutants’ adventures. In fact while the X-Factor portion of the event is easily the strongest, within that I felt the fight with Apocalypse, as explosive and exciting as it is, turned out to be the weakest part of the story. Of course, as a crucial moment in X-Men history, I’m glad I finally got around to reading it myself. Really, that goes for the whole affair. The collected editions thankfully comprise far more than the 3-4 issue arcs, but also much of the buildup to give the off-the-wall stories proper context. FALL OF THE MUTANTS, for all it’s ups and downs, blew open the X-Men universe in ways that would be felt for years after. Definitely a must-read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    C.

    When x-overs started to get out of control. Its three different stories, all interconected. Sort-of. X-Factor, X-Men, and New Mutants all have terrible, seminal things happen to them, and they sort of relate to one another. All decent stories, but too disjointed. And then Forge turns the X-Men into a ball of mystic energy and throws them into a giant copy of the Torah and everyone things they're dead and leave then they turn out NOT to be dead but they don't tell anyone because that will be all When x-overs started to get out of control. Its three different stories, all interconected. Sort-of. X-Factor, X-Men, and New Mutants all have terrible, seminal things happen to them, and they sort of relate to one another. All decent stories, but too disjointed. And then Forge turns the X-Men into a ball of mystic energy and throws them into a giant copy of the Torah and everyone things they're dead and leave then they turn out NOT to be dead but they don't tell anyone because that will be all secret-agent and shit. Yeah.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alex E

    Fall of the mutants is actually based on 3 separate events which all have huge repercussions on the X teams of this time. They are not really related or tied to each other, but each have devastating effects on their respective teams. First up is the main X-Men team who are battling a supernatural enemy named the Adversary. This guy is super powerful and can, from what I can tell, reshape reality and bend the rules of physics without issue. Now I say "from what I can tell" because at times, this s Fall of the mutants is actually based on 3 separate events which all have huge repercussions on the X teams of this time. They are not really related or tied to each other, but each have devastating effects on their respective teams. First up is the main X-Men team who are battling a supernatural enemy named the Adversary. This guy is super powerful and can, from what I can tell, reshape reality and bend the rules of physics without issue. Now I say "from what I can tell" because at times, this story is batshit insane. There's the fact that the Adversary merged with Forge at one point, the fact that there is a hole in the middle of the sky which is tearing reality apart, the fact that the X-Men sacrifice themselves (but not really), and more. There is a lot of stuff that happens in this story and to be honest, not all of it is cohesive. But it is entertaining for the most part, but can drag at times. Next is the New Mutants and the death of Doug Ramsey. This one was pretty poignant and a big deal for the team overall. The story and circumstances that lead to his death are... kind of out there however. Basically the team has a member that is half bird, and this half bird dude takes them to his island of origin where a Dr. Moreau-type is making human/animal hybrids. This guy is so over the top that I felt it took away a bit from the overall impact of the story, but in the end, Doug sacrifices himself leaving the team with the emotional fallout of such a loss. Really good stuff at the end. Lastly, and most strikingly, is the first attack from Apocalypse and the corruption of Warren Worthington. This is a huge storyline for the X-Men. Not only because of the first appearance of Apocalypse, but because Angel will be Archangel for quite some time after. The character of Angel is changed forever, not only physically, but his characterization and the way people will write him from here on out. This series of books is appropriately named as there are some major milestones in these. This one gives you three for one. A must read for X-Men fans!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Baba

    The three X-teams, in their own 3-part adventures. It's The Uncanny X-Men Vs The Adversary, with Freedom Force and Forge… and ends with a shocking conclusion - some more classic Claremont! X-Factor face off against Apocalypse and his horsemen, Angel/Death is back, and the team make a huge public announcement!. New Mutants Vs The Animator and The Right, with Bird Boy and the Animates, and although with another a shocker of a conclusion, it's the weakest of the three stories. 7 out of 12. The three X-teams, in their own 3-part adventures. It's The Uncanny X-Men Vs The Adversary, with Freedom Force and Forge… and ends with a shocking conclusion - some more classic Claremont! X-Factor face off against Apocalypse and his horsemen, Angel/Death is back, and the team make a huge public announcement!. New Mutants Vs The Animator and The Right, with Bird Boy and the Animates, and although with another a shocker of a conclusion, it's the weakest of the three stories. 7 out of 12.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Η Cultσα

    Τι να πρωτοκράξω; Σενάριο; Διαλόγους; Το σχέδιο στα τεύχη των New Mutants ή το γεγονός ότι δεν υπάρχει καμία ουσιαστική σύνδεση μεταξύ των ιστοριών των τριών διαφορετικών τίτλων; Τουλάχιστον είναι κάπως καλύτερα από τα 70s τεύχη.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Al Capwned

    Dialogue is better than older X issues but still cheesy enough. The three different stories (X-Men, New Mutants and X-Factor) don't really come together but whatever...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Miggy

    The art on The New Mutants is SO bad. I mean it, Brett Bevins is just awful. But these stories are classics. Glad I found these.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    This is a crossover event that is missing the crossing over. There is some awareness of the other storylines, but the three sections can be read separately. Basically the three X-Titles, Uncanny X-Men, X-Factor, and New Mutants, all face dire consequences and events and the end result is they all face big status quo changes. Status quo changes: good; storylines that get you there: ... Uncanny X-Men #225-227 This finally wraps up the first Life Death story. The fun thing to watch with Claremont, is This is a crossover event that is missing the crossing over. There is some awareness of the other storylines, but the three sections can be read separately. Basically the three X-Titles, Uncanny X-Men, X-Factor, and New Mutants, all face dire consequences and events and the end result is they all face big status quo changes. Status quo changes: good; storylines that get you there: ... Uncanny X-Men #225-227 This finally wraps up the first Life Death story. The fun thing to watch with Claremont, is his unfolding of storylines over many many years. This unfortunately isn't one of his grander ones, but it is alright. I at least liked Forge. And the changes for Colossus was surprisingly needed. However all the events that take place in Dallas don't get executed well. From the Freedom Force fight to the... other things. Also the newscast deal tries to pull some strings. I think it at least half worked on me last time... I don't know why. This time it just felt like it was trying too hard. Also Maddie was hard to fathom. Marc Silvestri does the art. As I have stated I like this older stuff better than the little I've seen of his more detailed newer art. However I can't say anything in these three issues really jumped out at me. He's also one of those artists where all the characters look exactly the same, especially the women... It gets kinda boring. X-Factor #24-26 And this kinda concludes all of the events in X-Factor to date. There is a lot of good potential here, that really gets distracted by poor dialogue. You get told way too much of what you already know or can see in the picture. And even besides those points the dialogue just didn't work. The changes to the status quo were long desired though, so now hopefully this book can move on. Walt Simonson does respectable work here, but there were a couple panel progressions that could kinda screw up the reader. Also, regardless of their being married, it just felt like Louise and Walt weren't really on the same page creatively. Or after the page was made she felt she needed to rework things through the dialogue. Either way this also didn't help the dialogue/script. New Mutants #59-61 Shortly before this Claremont bowed out of the writing duties for Louise Simonson to step into yet another title. I wish Claremont had stuck with it, but I am guessing part of the reason for this is the upcoming Excalibur title, and perhaps a few other jobs I don't know about. Regardless the transition isn't perfect. None of her initial storylines picked me up and this one is the culmination of one of those. But then this book takes a turn when the New Mutants are forced to grow up much quicker than you'd expect. The later inclusion of The Right does actually work for the story, however, due to the contrast between the youth and the hate. However it is The Right that should have executed the act that would mature the Mutants not... whatever that guy's name was (the fact that I didn't just go and look it up is a bad thing). Also the Mutants all dealing with the "event" isn't entirely subtle, but it's the best character stuff Simonson has done to this point. Anyways, the book leaves you with a very new direction for the Mutants, so I shall see where it goes. Bret Blevins has taken over art for the book and isn't bad. His work on Uncanny shortly before this struck me as terrible, but I am just finding his style doesn't work for an adult team. However for a youth team it works well. Quite cartoony. But consistent. And I've gotten used to it now.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Neal

    Nostalgia is a hell of a thing. The X-Men and X-Factor "Fall of the Mutants" storylines were some of the first comics I read, and definitely among the first comics I loved. I never read the New Mutants, because the little town I grew up in didn't have a comic shop and the spinner rack at 7-11 did not stock New Mutants. So did these comics hold up? Yes and no. The X-Factor issues leading up to and encompassing the "Fall of Mutants", as well as some of the tie-ins (Daredevil, Captain America) were Nostalgia is a hell of a thing. The X-Men and X-Factor "Fall of the Mutants" storylines were some of the first comics I read, and definitely among the first comics I loved. I never read the New Mutants, because the little town I grew up in didn't have a comic shop and the spinner rack at 7-11 did not stock New Mutants. So did these comics hold up? Yes and no. The X-Factor issues leading up to and encompassing the "Fall of Mutants", as well as some of the tie-ins (Daredevil, Captain America) were actually pretty good comics. A little dated, but still enjoyable. A lot of it had to do with Walt Simonson's art - I had forgotten he was drawing X-Factor during this time period. It was a little melodramatic, sure, but I actually enjoyed these as comics, apart from the charge of revisiting something from my childhood. The X-Men issues held up OK, though not as well as X-Factor. I remember loving Marc Silvestri's art as a kid, and now I am kind of at loss to figure out why. Ditto with Chris Claremont's writing - it is just so filled with cliche's and overdone speechifying. I think it succeeded at imbuing the events with a sense of grandeur and importance for a 9-year-old, but the trick doesn't carry over for me as an adult. The climactic scene where the X-Men sacrificed themselves to save the world really hooked me in as a kid - probably because I wasn't old enough to understand that they weren't really going to kill all these characters off. But reading now, the whole, "oh, we were dead, but now we're magically alive again, but are going to let everyone in the world believe we are dead anyway" ending makes very little sense. Still, there were a lot of good action story beats here, and using an "embedded" new reporter as a point of view character to show the world that the outlaw X-Men were really good guys worked particularly well. The New Mutants issues, though, were horrible. It used to really bug me that I couldn't get these comics as a kid, as they were referenced in the other X-books and I really felt I was missing out, but now I can see I wasn't missing anything. These issues were tonally all over the place, and the parts that were supposed to be funny weren't, and only undercut any drama. Then it all ends with a cheap death and a lot of poorly executed hand-wringing - and then, hey, new costumes! It probably didn't help that I was reading these fresh, and didn't have fond memories to fall back on. I don't think I would recommend this collection to someone who didn't grow up reading these books, or at least these characters. But if you did read and love these when you were younger, you'll enjoy this collection now.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Harris

    I have two words to use to describe this graphic novel: classic and depressing. The three X-Men teams of the period (the X-Men themselves, the New Mutants, and X-Factor -- the original X-Men team) are each put through their own personal crucibles, with only one team ending up making it through their harrowing ordeals generally unfazed. A major character death on one of the teams, and a complete upending of another full group made this a tough book to read, but it's an important part of X-Men chr I have two words to use to describe this graphic novel: classic and depressing. The three X-Men teams of the period (the X-Men themselves, the New Mutants, and X-Factor -- the original X-Men team) are each put through their own personal crucibles, with only one team ending up making it through their harrowing ordeals generally unfazed. A major character death on one of the teams, and a complete upending of another full group made this a tough book to read, but it's an important part of X-Men chronology.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mark Fairchild

    Loved it. Thought all three story arcs were solid. #XFactor got a little dull but I finally got to see the origins of my favorite mutant Archangel anti-hero!! #ChrisClaremont #NewMutants was brilliant and saddening. #RIPCypher #RIPDoug

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rob

    Who would have thought the Power Pack issue would be the best thing about this?

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Sigal

    This bland collection really only deserves two stars, but I gave it a bonus one for the sake of nostalgia.

  14. 4 out of 5

    James D

    Meh

  15. 5 out of 5

    bluetyson

    isbn,original

  16. 5 out of 5

    R.

    It should have ended here.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Josh

  18. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Bond

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jonas Magnusson

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ginny

  21. 5 out of 5

    Katie

  22. 5 out of 5

    Joe Palmer

  23. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

  24. 4 out of 5

    Edward Glad

  25. 5 out of 5

    Graham

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sara

  27. 5 out of 5

    Garth Holmes

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ben

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rhyle

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jason Colatriano

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