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The origin of Professor X! The birth of the Juggernaut! The end of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants! The coming of the Sentinels! And the mystery of the Mimic! Collects The X-Men #11-21


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The origin of Professor X! The birth of the Juggernaut! The end of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants! The coming of the Sentinels! And the mystery of the Mimic! Collects The X-Men #11-21

30 review for Marvel Masterworks: The X-Men, Vol. 2

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sophia

    I really enjoyed these adventures and how different the first stories were. They made me excited for each next one. It was only in the last quarter of this volume that I became kind of disappointed at the stories. Some of them were still interesting but things happened that was just too convenient or it was just a recycled story that left me feeling a bit bored with the story. Although I did enjoy the first appearance of a couple of awesome villains and the reintroduction of another! Also, we le I really enjoyed these adventures and how different the first stories were. They made me excited for each next one. It was only in the last quarter of this volume that I became kind of disappointed at the stories. Some of them were still interesting but things happened that was just too convenient or it was just a recycled story that left me feeling a bit bored with the story. Although I did enjoy the first appearance of a couple of awesome villains and the reintroduction of another! Also, we learn the origins of the Beast and Professor Xavier! Overall, a worthwhile volume to read to see the original X-Men team, full force and witty as ever!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cassie

    I'm new to the X-Men comics, so I figured I'd start at the beginning, and perhaps not really knowing a whole lot about old school comics, I probably didn't appreciate this the way others would. Comics have certainly come a long way since then, and it's nice to get some perspective on a veteran series like this one, but the scripting leaves something to be desired. Also, Beast is insufferable. I eventually just started skipping his lines altogether. I'm new to the X-Men comics, so I figured I'd start at the beginning, and perhaps not really knowing a whole lot about old school comics, I probably didn't appreciate this the way others would. Comics have certainly come a long way since then, and it's nice to get some perspective on a veteran series like this one, but the scripting leaves something to be desired. Also, Beast is insufferable. I eventually just started skipping his lines altogether.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dang Ole' Dan Can Dangle

    In many ways this collection is even better than the previous one. There's heaps of backstory in here--from the origin of Professor X and Beast to the debut of plenty of memorable baddies. These 11 issues are really pretty stellar. First we see the downfall of Magneto thanks to The Stranger (who is sort of like X-Men's version of F.F.'s The Watcher), then we have the fantastic introduction to The Juggernaut, the epic Sentinel trilogy, the impressive return of Magneto, the debut of Mimic, and the In many ways this collection is even better than the previous one. There's heaps of backstory in here--from the origin of Professor X and Beast to the debut of plenty of memorable baddies. These 11 issues are really pretty stellar. First we see the downfall of Magneto thanks to The Stranger (who is sort of like X-Men's version of F.F.'s The Watcher), then we have the fantastic introduction to The Juggernaut, the epic Sentinel trilogy, the impressive return of Magneto, the debut of Mimic, and the return of Lucifer, The Blob, and Unus. There's really never a dull moment. This collection also has more continuous arcs compared to the earlier issues. There's 3 two-part stories and a three-part story as well. The Juggernaut issue is possibly the best I've read of these early X-Men issues and the Sentinel three-parter is the first sense of a true X-Men story arc, and Magneto is badder than ever. A fine collection indeed. Plus the X-Men serving as a reflection (or metaphor, if you'd like) of social issues (namely civil rights) is developed much further here. Favorite issues: The Origin of Professor X (#12), ...And None Shall Survive (#17) Best Cover Art: ...And None Shall Survive (#17) Rating: 3.50 out of 5 My other X-Men reviews: The X-Men, Vol. 1 The X-Men, Vol. 2 The Uncanny X-Men, Vol. 1 X-Men: Proteus The Uncanny X-Men, Vol. 2 X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga X-Men: Days of Future Past X-Men: From the Ashes

  4. 4 out of 5

    Evan Leach

    This contains issues 11-21 of the original run. I really enjoyed these as a kid, and decided to revisit them. The original X-Men consisted of Angel, Beast, Cyclops, Iceman, and Marvel Girl (Jean Grey). As ever, the team is lead by Professor Charles Xavier and his superhuman brain. These issues introduce the Juggernaut and the Sentinels. Magneto, the Blob, Unus and Lucifer also make return appearances. These issues were published between 1965-66, and can feel pretty dated at times. The dialogue is This contains issues 11-21 of the original run. I really enjoyed these as a kid, and decided to revisit them. The original X-Men consisted of Angel, Beast, Cyclops, Iceman, and Marvel Girl (Jean Grey). As ever, the team is lead by Professor Charles Xavier and his superhuman brain. These issues introduce the Juggernaut and the Sentinels. Magneto, the Blob, Unus and Lucifer also make return appearances. These issues were published between 1965-66, and can feel pretty dated at times. The dialogue is awfully cheesy, and the stories are often predictable. However, I prefer these issues to 1-10. The stories are more serialized: of the 11 issues in this collection, only 2 are stand alone "villain of the month" fare. The Juggernaut is a memorable opponent, and the three issue Sentinel storyline (which introduces the human vs. mutant conflict that the X-Men would later become famous for) is very entertaining. All in all it's good nostalgic fun, and the ads are priceless. If you like the X-Men, you'll find plenty to enjoy here. 3.0 stars.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    This collects the original run of the X-Men from issues 11 through 21. Number 11 was the last Stan Lee/Jack Kirby collaboration, introducing yet another new character (as they did in most of the first ten issues), the Stranger, and ending the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants storyline that had lurked in the background of the book for a long time. Number 12, with Toth illustrating over Kirby lay-outs, is among the best comic books of its time, a tense tale of danger from another classic new villain, t This collects the original run of the X-Men from issues 11 through 21. Number 11 was the last Stan Lee/Jack Kirby collaboration, introducing yet another new character (as they did in most of the first ten issues), the Stranger, and ending the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants storyline that had lurked in the background of the book for a long time. Number 12, with Toth illustrating over Kirby lay-outs, is among the best comic books of its time, a tense tale of danger from another classic new villain, the Juggernaut, who gets polished off in number 13 (drawn by Roth over Kirby layouts) with a guest appearance by the Human Torch. 14-16 introduce the Sentinels, a deadly metaphor of mindless prejudice that wouldn't get built further for many years - the story isn't actually as good as I remembered it, though there are some great moments in that first part. Number 17 tries to recreate the tension of number 12, but doesn't quite get there, even though it neatly sets up the return of Magneto whose ridiculous scheme is too easily defeated in number 18. 19 introduces the Mimic, and the limitations of Roth as an artist, no longer powered by Kirby layouts, become obvious - he's good at civilian clothes scenes, but kinda static in action. 20 & 21 are a two-parter by new writer Roy Thomas, who uses a lot more words and possibly less logic to a battle with Lucifer - the pages wherein the individual X-Men are on different levels of the mega-computer used by the villain do look pretty cool, though.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Emily Hebert

    This volume consists of issues 11-21 of the original X-Men comics. This volume was more enjoyable than volume 1 if only because you can clearly see where come classic and still common X-Men tropes first took root. These issues have also allowed for character development and themes to occur that any X-Men fan can identify if they're familiar with these characters at all. It makes the stories here feel more like X-Men stories and less like cartoony, basic superhero stories that was the case for th This volume consists of issues 11-21 of the original X-Men comics. This volume was more enjoyable than volume 1 if only because you can clearly see where come classic and still common X-Men tropes first took root. These issues have also allowed for character development and themes to occur that any X-Men fan can identify if they're familiar with these characters at all. It makes the stories here feel more like X-Men stories and less like cartoony, basic superhero stories that was the case for the first volume. It is really starting to be THE X-Men, but there's still a ways to go before these characters feel truly familiar. I'm looking forward to seeing that journey though and getting closer to characters they are in the Uncanny X-Men era and beyond.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chris W

    After reading this volume, it's very clear that X-men didn't get good until Chris Claremont took over. In this volume, Magneto is a walking villain cliche having no depth or true personality. The Sentinels are embarrassingly weak and somehow vulnerable to mind control? The lineup also isn't really that great: beast is nowhere near as interesting as he later becomes (under future writers) , Angel is mediocre, Iceman is sometimes useless and it just seems hollow. Even for 1960s comics, (which I do After reading this volume, it's very clear that X-men didn't get good until Chris Claremont took over. In this volume, Magneto is a walking villain cliche having no depth or true personality. The Sentinels are embarrassingly weak and somehow vulnerable to mind control? The lineup also isn't really that great: beast is nowhere near as interesting as he later becomes (under future writers) , Angel is mediocre, Iceman is sometimes useless and it just seems hollow. Even for 1960s comics, (which I do have a soft spot for) this is fairly awful. I truly appreciate Claremont's contributions to X-men way more after reading this.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Max Driffill

    These early works by Lee, Kirby, Gavin and Thomas may have a bit of dated 60s sensibilities, they hold up remarkably well. Character development is strong throughout. It’s worth visiting this foundational material as it is here that the groundwork that all other X-Men writers will use.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Chris Turnbaugh

    It's ok, but the origin stories are thin, the love story is lame, the plots are formulaic, and the dialogue is super cheesy. I think I like it more because I know what they become than for what they actually are. Roy Thomas took over the script for the 20th and 21st issues and the stories were definitely better. It's ok, but the origin stories are thin, the love story is lame, the plots are formulaic, and the dialogue is super cheesy. I think I like it more because I know what they become than for what they actually are. Roy Thomas took over the script for the 20th and 21st issues and the stories were definitely better.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nick Jones

    Fun

  11. 4 out of 5

    Elliot Huxtable

    A weaker volume this, with more lows than highs. The highest high is Xavier's backstory and the introduction of the Juggernaut, which is simply brilliant. A weaker volume this, with more lows than highs. The highest high is Xavier's backstory and the introduction of the Juggernaut, which is simply brilliant.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Hector

    Boring, really really boring. There's a reason why it got cancelled: over exposition, bland stories and plot holes all over the place. Boring, really really boring. There's a reason why it got cancelled: over exposition, bland stories and plot holes all over the place.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Robert Hultman

    Good set of issues These 10 kept me as interested, if not not more so, than the first 10. Maybe too much Magneto without it getting much of anywhere, but also: Sentinels!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    The best part was Stan Lee's comments The best part was Stan Lee's comments

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kami

    - These comics just keep getting better! The geeky side of me is just ecstatic while reading these! - I like that Juggernaut is introduced in this volume! He is one of my favorite baddies! - I loved that there is some of Professor X's history in these issues. We learn about his family, and how he loses the use of his legs. - I don't understand why Johnny Storm was really needed, but it was fun to see him in an X-Men comic. - There is still that old 60's humor. It is cheesy, but I still find it funny - These comics just keep getting better! The geeky side of me is just ecstatic while reading these! - I like that Juggernaut is introduced in this volume! He is one of my favorite baddies! - I loved that there is some of Professor X's history in these issues. We learn about his family, and how he loses the use of his legs. - I don't understand why Johnny Storm was really needed, but it was fun to see him in an X-Men comic. - There is still that old 60's humor. It is cheesy, but I still find it funny. - I loved that I got to see some of Beast's past. I hope the series continues to show the history of different characters. - Magneto's face looks really crazed and different in later issues. - Cyclops is such a self righteous baby! He can get annoying! - Jean should go after Angel. He is much more swoon worthy. - The art is getting better, and the characters are getting more definition. - Unus and Magneto's suits are too similar. I don't like it. I wish Unus had his own look. - Stan Lee is such a goober! His little notes on some of the frames crack me up.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Joey

    I read this across two sittings this morning and over my lunch break. In one sentence, it was better than volume 1, but Uncanny X-Men volume 1 is probably a much better place to start. I'll start with the bad. Werner Roth is no Jack Kirby. He isn't bad by any stretch, but he really doesn't do anything to set himself apart with these issues. It also felt like Stan Lee was treading water with these stories. They don't really go anywhere or do anything too interesting with the characters. It was ni I read this across two sittings this morning and over my lunch break. In one sentence, it was better than volume 1, but Uncanny X-Men volume 1 is probably a much better place to start. I'll start with the bad. Werner Roth is no Jack Kirby. He isn't bad by any stretch, but he really doesn't do anything to set himself apart with these issues. It also felt like Stan Lee was treading water with these stories. They don't really go anywhere or do anything too interesting with the characters. It was nice to have an introduction to Juggernaut and the Sentinels, but the team dynamic was more-or-less identical from the start to the end. That said, the first Roy Thomas story was really pretty good. It made sense of a fairly dumb villain from the first volume and then set it up so we never have to see or hear from him again. Lucifer is gone (more or less) forever. Hooray! Let us never speak of him again. I may or may not pick up the next volume. Perhaps I'll see if it is available in my local library system or at a steep discount somewhere online. Otherwise, these "Classic" X-men stories may be better read in the Essentials format.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Meghan

    The X-Men have done it again! When I started Volume Two (which consists of issues 11-21) I was a little concerned. Volume one, while it had been entertaing and good, was a little all over the place. There was no continuing story line, just a different villian for every issue, minus Magneto. This volume was compeltely different! Every villian was no deffeated in just one issue. In fact, sometimes it took three or four issues to finally defeat the bad guy. The story continues on for our brave X-Me The X-Men have done it again! When I started Volume Two (which consists of issues 11-21) I was a little concerned. Volume one, while it had been entertaing and good, was a little all over the place. There was no continuing story line, just a different villian for every issue, minus Magneto. This volume was compeltely different! Every villian was no deffeated in just one issue. In fact, sometimes it took three or four issues to finally defeat the bad guy. The story continues on for our brave X-Men and this volum even focused more on the personal lives of the X-Men. Bringing into play the emotions of Jean Gray and Cyclops aka Scott and their secret love for each other though they dare not express their feelings to one another. New villans make these issues even more exciting and honestly, by the end of the volume I was really sad I don't have volume three to start right away. I love the style of the comics and recommend The X-Men to anyone who believes that a group of teenagers can save the day! <3

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Lynn Thomas

    Ditto my comments on volume 1. Overwrought prose, annoying villain/evil mutant of the week, silly training exercises. Ka-Zar, really? Silly. (I know, superheros are kind of silly to begin with.) This volume has the first appearance of Bolivar Trask and the Sentinels, which is the first time that I felt like, hey, there's actually some meat to this thing. I'd feel a little better about these Masterworks volumes if a. they didn't go out of print so quickly and b. the introductions were better. The i Ditto my comments on volume 1. Overwrought prose, annoying villain/evil mutant of the week, silly training exercises. Ka-Zar, really? Silly. (I know, superheros are kind of silly to begin with.) This volume has the first appearance of Bolivar Trask and the Sentinels, which is the first time that I felt like, hey, there's actually some meat to this thing. I'd feel a little better about these Masterworks volumes if a. they didn't go out of print so quickly and b. the introductions were better. The introduction was just a bunch of random facts about producing the individual issues. Interesting, but more like annotation than an introduction. I know they put out a lot of these things, but considering the price tag on them, they could put some effort into it, at least. Otherwise it's a nice edition.

  19. 5 out of 5

    B. Jay

    The Sentinals. Juggernaut. A backstory that explains Xavier's true intent when forming the X-Men- the future of mutantkind? No! Alien invasion!! Okay, sure, these comics are cheesy like all old comics. Kirby was great, but like Stan Lee you have to try and read these comics as though Marvel was still a ground breaking phenomenon instead of a flimsy outline of what other writers and artists would do in the following decades. But if you can swallow that pill of cynical suspension, these stories rea The Sentinals. Juggernaut. A backstory that explains Xavier's true intent when forming the X-Men- the future of mutantkind? No! Alien invasion!! Okay, sure, these comics are cheesy like all old comics. Kirby was great, but like Stan Lee you have to try and read these comics as though Marvel was still a ground breaking phenomenon instead of a flimsy outline of what other writers and artists would do in the following decades. But if you can swallow that pill of cynical suspension, these stories really are awesome. Where I recommended volume 1 to only diehard loyalists, this volume is a much more entertaining and well rounded collection of stories that truly expanded the X-Mythos and made all that incredible storytelling in the 70's, 80's, 90's and beyond possible.

  20. 5 out of 5

    J.R.

    Breaking it down by story arc: 1) The Stranger - 4 stars. Reads like a sci-fi Mark Twain short story with a twist. 2) Juggernaut - 4 stars. A great origin story and really suspenseful. Even I (who knows what Juggy looks like) was waiting eagerly to see him through the shadows. 3) Sentinels - 3.5 stars. The sentinels have come a long way since this time, this is a good intro. 4) Magneto Returns - 3 stars. A little gimmicky, but Iceman gets time to shine. 5) Mimic - 3 stars. Cool to see one opponent Breaking it down by story arc: 1) The Stranger - 4 stars. Reads like a sci-fi Mark Twain short story with a twist. 2) Juggernaut - 4 stars. A great origin story and really suspenseful. Even I (who knows what Juggy looks like) was waiting eagerly to see him through the shadows. 3) Sentinels - 3.5 stars. The sentinels have come a long way since this time, this is a good intro. 4) Magneto Returns - 3 stars. A little gimmicky, but Iceman gets time to shine. 5) Mimic - 3 stars. Cool to see one opponent with all the X-Men's powers. 6) Lucifer's Return - 2 stars. Just getting a bit tired of the Prof being able to attack robots mentally. And tired of robots in general.

  21. 5 out of 5

    B

    You can tell that the people writing this just did not have long-term plans and thought they could get away with a lot. Perhaps the most exciting part is when the winged Angel takes flight in a hospital and the nurses gape: NURSE 1: What's he doing? NURSE 2: He must be calling the mansion. They have an AUTOMATIC MACHINE that takes MESSAGES! Also, miracle sulfa drug. And what's with the character designs of Magneto, Lucifer, and the Sentinels? All exceedingly similar. You can tell that the people writing this just did not have long-term plans and thought they could get away with a lot. Perhaps the most exciting part is when the winged Angel takes flight in a hospital and the nurses gape: NURSE 1: What's he doing? NURSE 2: He must be calling the mansion. They have an AUTOMATIC MACHINE that takes MESSAGES! Also, miracle sulfa drug. And what's with the character designs of Magneto, Lucifer, and the Sentinels? All exceedingly similar.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Edward Davies

    This second volume of original X-Men tales starts off slow, but I have a fondness for the Juggernaut story as it was among one of the first X-Men stories I remember reading. Plus, with the first appearance of The Sentinels and The Mimic, this is filled with some stories that have proven very important as the years have passed.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Aurora

    Classic stuff. More character development, some pretty big villains. My only complaint: why do two different villains wear the same colors? What's so great about red and purple, hmm, Magneto and Lucifer? Classic stuff. More character development, some pretty big villains. My only complaint: why do two different villains wear the same colors? What's so great about red and purple, hmm, Magneto and Lucifer?

  24. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Ledrew

    This is one of the only Stan Lee 60s creations where the stories do not age well. Or at all. Unreadable. Read my whole review of this and more books on The Book Closet website This is one of the only Stan Lee 60s creations where the stories do not age well. Or at all. Unreadable. Read my whole review of this and more books on The Book Closet website

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    As with Vol. 1, these issues did not age well.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tara Calaby

    While it's interesting to read the origin stories of the X-Men, these earliest titles have a way to go before reaching their peak. While it's interesting to read the origin stories of the X-Men, these earliest titles have a way to go before reaching their peak.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Clark

    An improvement over the first 10 issues. Not a giant improvement, but an improvement. The original Sentinels story is pretty solid. Ditto for Juggernaut.

  28. 5 out of 5

    alternBRUNO°°

    The twists are nice.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jamey

    Some people think these are cheesy. I don't care. They're great!!!! Some people think these are cheesy. I don't care. They're great!!!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Etienne

    Good one in general, some better than the other, but a good 4 stars to most of them! If you like the x-men serie this far, it just keep going in the same direction and style,

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