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Feared and mistrusted by the very people they have sworn to protect, the X-Men are a band of mutant heroes dedicated to defending humans from those mutants who would use their powers to harm and destroy. Blessed -- some would say cursed -- with awesome abilities, the members of the X-Men are Earth's last defense against villains and madmen...and the future's only hope. Jean Feared and mistrusted by the very people they have sworn to protect, the X-Men are a band of mutant heroes dedicated to defending humans from those mutants who would use their powers to harm and destroy. Blessed -- some would say cursed -- with awesome abilities, the members of the X-Men are Earth's last defense against villains and madmen...and the future's only hope. Jean Grey awakens in an unfamiliar room. She is weak, disoriented, stripped of her telepathic and telekinetic powers -- and trapped in someone else's body. Also prisoner are her teammates Cyclops, Wolverine, Rogue, and Nightcrawler -- their minds held hostage within the bodies of strangers. Who has brought them here, and for what purpose? The answers lead to a terrifying plan that threatens not only the X-Men, but all of mutantkind...


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Feared and mistrusted by the very people they have sworn to protect, the X-Men are a band of mutant heroes dedicated to defending humans from those mutants who would use their powers to harm and destroy. Blessed -- some would say cursed -- with awesome abilities, the members of the X-Men are Earth's last defense against villains and madmen...and the future's only hope. Jean Feared and mistrusted by the very people they have sworn to protect, the X-Men are a band of mutant heroes dedicated to defending humans from those mutants who would use their powers to harm and destroy. Blessed -- some would say cursed -- with awesome abilities, the members of the X-Men are Earth's last defense against villains and madmen...and the future's only hope. Jean Grey awakens in an unfamiliar room. She is weak, disoriented, stripped of her telepathic and telekinetic powers -- and trapped in someone else's body. Also prisoner are her teammates Cyclops, Wolverine, Rogue, and Nightcrawler -- their minds held hostage within the bodies of strangers. Who has brought them here, and for what purpose? The answers lead to a terrifying plan that threatens not only the X-Men, but all of mutantkind...

30 review for X-Men: Dark Mirror

  1. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    Five of the X-Men (the V-Men?) wake up in different bodies. Wolverine is now a busty young woman, Cyclops is a cute Asian woman, Jean Grey is now, I dunno, a rastafarian dude? Nothing makes sense. But it affords the X-Men an opportunity for even more navel-gazing than usual. Added bonus: lots of talk about peeing.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Fran

    X-Men tem sido uma das minhas histórias favoritas desde a infância e, mesmo assim, não havia me despertado o interesse para o livro. Comecei-o sem muitas expectativas e me surpreendi pelo lado bom. É interessante a experiência de estar com personagens já conhecidas pelos desenhos e filmes em forma de prosa, de me aprofundar mais na narrativa e no que está acontecendo. A autora traduziu bem a essência de cada um, suas personalidades e, também, o universo ao qual pertencem. No entanto, esperava alg X-Men tem sido uma das minhas histórias favoritas desde a infância e, mesmo assim, não havia me despertado o interesse para o livro. Comecei-o sem muitas expectativas e me surpreendi pelo lado bom. É interessante a experiência de estar com personagens já conhecidas pelos desenhos e filmes em forma de prosa, de me aprofundar mais na narrativa e no que está acontecendo. A autora traduziu bem a essência de cada um, suas personalidades e, também, o universo ao qual pertencem. No entanto, esperava algo mais da história, já que traz uma ideia interessantíssima. Acabou sem muita ação ou um desfecho convincente, mas trouxe o mesmo sentimento dos filmes e dos quadrinhos.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    For an X-Men novel it was a bit on the slow side. It had an interesting story though. A team of five led by Cyclops gets body snatched and their minds get place into the bodies of mental patients at a mental hospital they are investigating. They spend most of the book trying to get home and the last couple chapters are a short battle. A lot of time is devoted to mentioning their many bathroom breaks lol. Over all the story was so so. Not bad not great.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Baba

    An X-Men tale in paperback format… the story begins with Scott, Jean, Kurt, Logan and Rogue waking up in an asylum in other people's bodies and with no powers. A neat kicking off point for what turned out to be an OK adventure, but definitely a read for those already familiar with the team. 5 out of 12. An X-Men tale in paperback format… the story begins with Scott, Jean, Kurt, Logan and Rogue waking up in an asylum in other people's bodies and with no powers. A neat kicking off point for what turned out to be an OK adventure, but definitely a read for those already familiar with the team. 5 out of 12.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Gisele Putti

    o livro é extremamente devagar até as últimas 30 páginas, que são as que valem o livro todo.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Natalia Rodrigues

    Não tinha expectativas, achei divertido. Roadtrip, conflitos humanos, mutantes sem poderes. Velhos amigos numa nova história.

  7. 5 out of 5

    BookMarc

    Let me begin by getting the negativity out of the way. I hated the cover of this book. Not so much the style of the cover but the interpretations of the characters. Perhaps Cyclops can pass for half decent but the rest, and Rogue in particular, don't look like the characters in the Marvel universe. Sure, you can tell who Wolverine is by the claws and the suit but would you know that was Jean Grey or Rogue if they didn't appear with the rest of the team on the cover? I really think not. For many y Let me begin by getting the negativity out of the way. I hated the cover of this book. Not so much the style of the cover but the interpretations of the characters. Perhaps Cyclops can pass for half decent but the rest, and Rogue in particular, don't look like the characters in the Marvel universe. Sure, you can tell who Wolverine is by the claws and the suit but would you know that was Jean Grey or Rogue if they didn't appear with the rest of the team on the cover? I really think not. For many years the Marvel prose novels appeared to be very much in house when it came to the authors penning them. You would see the same writers going from one set of superheroes to another so it was a pleasant change when Marjorie M. Liu brought a fresh perspective to the world of the X-Men. Published in 2006 'Dark Mirror' adds an intriguing twist to the usual X-Men tales. You see, instead of them fighting the bad guys with their array of superpowers they find themselves stripped of their powers, by virtue of inhabiting the bodies of strangers, and so find themselves relying on their cunning, stealth and brains. From the back of the book... "Jean Grey awakens in an unfamiliar room. She is weak, disoriented, stripped of her telepathic and telekinetic powers - and trapped in someone else's body. Also prisoner are her teammates Cyclops, Wolverine, Rogue and Nightcrawler - their minds held hostage within the bodies of strangers. Who has brought them here, and for what purposes? The answers lead to a terrifying plan that threatens not only the X-Men. but all of mutantkind..." You would think that stripping away the powers that make the X-Men who they are would be a mistake as they would be losing what makes them unique. However, Ms Liu has such a wonderful grasp of the characters and how they act and think that this is far from the case. In fact, it was a refreshing change to see the X-Men stripped down to their bare bones. One of them, I won't spoil it by saying who, is inhabiting the body of someone of the opposite sex which really mixes things up and makes this X-Men novel even more unique. I would suggest that all the other X-Men prose novels I have read, all twenty-nine of them, would only really appeal to fans of the franchise. However, this one is different and should appeal to those with little or even no knowledge of the X-Men due to the characters being stripped bare. It's only at the novel's climax when the X-Men's individual mutant powers come into play and by then, if you're not a superhero fan, you will have already had more than your money's worth due to the excellent story.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jim C

    My actual rating is 3.5 stars. This is based on the popular Marvel characters. In this one, some of the X-Men head to Seattle to check on a mental institution that is holding mutants. Without any notice, the X-Men wake up in this institution in different bodies that are human. They need to get back home and they need to do this without their powers. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book considering it a superhero book with the characters having no abilities. This is your basic walking in so My actual rating is 3.5 stars. This is based on the popular Marvel characters. In this one, some of the X-Men head to Seattle to check on a mental institution that is holding mutants. Without any notice, the X-Men wake up in this institution in different bodies that are human. They need to get back home and they need to do this without their powers. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book considering it a superhero book with the characters having no abilities. This is your basic walking in someone else's shoes and the author does a good job with this concept. She does a commendable job with the mutants adapting to a regular body and she adds humorous moments to this switch. There has to be funny moments with Wolverine trapped as a woman. I liked how the characters learn from this experience and has character growth which must be hard to convey with characters that are so established. The reason I subtracted a half star from my rating was the ending. It was a little too easy and I believe the author should have prolonged the outcome. This is a prime example of "don't judge a book by its cover". This cover is terrible but the story is enjoyable and superhero fans will enjoy it even though it lacks major battles and fights.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I love the X-Men and Marjorie Liu but still didn't have high expectations when I opened this book. I was mistaken. They were familiar characters, but Marjorie Liu is such a terrific author that this book was a great read. It was still a 'comic book' novella, but had a depth that most of those books don't have. (Um, not that I read a lot of those... of course not.) If you're an X-Men or Liu fan, you should definitely pick it up. I love the X-Men and Marjorie Liu but still didn't have high expectations when I opened this book. I was mistaken. They were familiar characters, but Marjorie Liu is such a terrific author that this book was a great read. It was still a 'comic book' novella, but had a depth that most of those books don't have. (Um, not that I read a lot of those... of course not.) If you're an X-Men or Liu fan, you should definitely pick it up.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Garrett

    While not high literature or anything, this book is FAR better than I expected a random X-Men paperback plucked off of the shelf of the community center library to be, and tells a story that movie audiences would never tolerate, and that would likely not really work in the comics, either. Engaging and well-paced, begins at a totally unexpected point, and moves well - a little too quick on the wrap up (that roller coaster effect again) or it would have garnered more praise.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

    Dark Mirror was amazing in some ways, not so much in others. The unique story, humorous dialogue, themes of teamwork, and great writing were all to this novel's benefit, but some profanity and sexual content, the latter of which veered into the kind of "PG-13" territory that even the films didn't touch, threw some garbage into the mix. True X-Men fans will love and enjoy Dark Mirror, but, if you're not one of them, then stay away. Dark Mirror was amazing in some ways, not so much in others. The unique story, humorous dialogue, themes of teamwork, and great writing were all to this novel's benefit, but some profanity and sexual content, the latter of which veered into the kind of "PG-13" territory that even the films didn't touch, threw some garbage into the mix. True X-Men fans will love and enjoy Dark Mirror, but, if you're not one of them, then stay away.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Leonardo Capuano

    Dark Mirror is what i call a fine book. It is not a AMAZING SPARKLING UNICORN-ISH plot nor are the characters. The X-men are still cool, loveable and even funny, but they feel weak and poor. The plot is not really progressive. Things happen so slowly, even though a lot of unnecessary story was cut off (THANK YOU, MARJORIE). It is good to read if you just want to have fun. But if you are waiting for something BIG, you should leave it there and come back later, but still not forgetting to.

  13. 5 out of 5

    nick

    4.5 star. I didn't expect the story to be in that kind of setting, but with a book description like this, why not. actually made it more intriguing. fast read, hard to put down. another good story brought to you on a non-visual format. first half was a little slow, slightly predictable, but not boring in the slightest. there where a couple moments you don't know whos talking to whom, this time it didn't take away from the story. couple words I didn't know or just felt completely out of place. 4.5 star. I didn't expect the story to be in that kind of setting, but with a book description like this, why not. actually made it more intriguing. fast read, hard to put down. another good story brought to you on a non-visual format. first half was a little slow, slightly predictable, but not boring in the slightest. there where a couple moments you don't know whos talking to whom, this time it didn't take away from the story. couple words I didn't know or just felt completely out of place.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Christian - Curious Quill

    Dark Mirror was a pretty good book. The story is centralized around Wolverine, Jean, Scott, Rogue, and Nightcrawler. These five x-men are placed in the bodies of five individuals that are currently living in a mental institution. The book continues with their struggles to regain their bodies and stop an evil telepathic from ruining the x-men.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    Despite a really unfortunate cover (who are those people?!), this is a pretty good X-novel. It's a little short on action for the amount of introspection, but there are some genuinely amusing bits mixed with some careful considerations of the iconic characters from alternative viewpoints. I liked it. Despite a really unfortunate cover (who are those people?!), this is a pretty good X-novel. It's a little short on action for the amount of introspection, but there are some genuinely amusing bits mixed with some careful considerations of the iconic characters from alternative viewpoints. I liked it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    The idea of the team having their bodies swapped with patients in a psych ward and having to function powerless is pretty interesting, for a while. However, it goes on way too long, and the majority of the book is a boring road trip back to Xavier's school. Finally, there's some action in the last thirty pages or so, but the villain's motivation felt rushed, and by then I didn't really care. The idea of the team having their bodies swapped with patients in a psych ward and having to function powerless is pretty interesting, for a while. However, it goes on way too long, and the majority of the book is a boring road trip back to Xavier's school. Finally, there's some action in the last thirty pages or so, but the villain's motivation felt rushed, and by then I didn't really care.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nicolas

    This was great. Without giving too much way, the confines the X-Men find themselves in is perfect for introspection. This makes for a deep, character-heavy look at characters shown in a very different way. My favorite of the X-Men novels. I discuss this series in more detail in this episode of the All the Books Show Podcast https://soundcloud.com/allthebooks/ep... This was great. Without giving too much way, the confines the X-Men find themselves in is perfect for introspection. This makes for a deep, character-heavy look at characters shown in a very different way. My favorite of the X-Men novels. I discuss this series in more detail in this episode of the All the Books Show Podcast https://soundcloud.com/allthebooks/ep...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    I enjoyed this book as a character study of the different X-Men, but the books ending was way too abrupt and unsatisfying.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kyle Mclaughlin

    Entertaining story of the X-Men being knocked-out during a mission to awaken in someone else's body. Majority of the story takes place during the teams trip back to New York from Washington. Entertaining story of the X-Men being knocked-out during a mission to awaken in someone else's body. Majority of the story takes place during the teams trip back to New York from Washington.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Stephan

    You can find my video review of this novel on my blog. You can find my video review of this novel on my blog.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Not gonna lie - if it involves the X-Men (particularly my favorite character, Jean Grey/Phoenix), then I'm gonna read it. Not gonna lie - if it involves the X-Men (particularly my favorite character, Jean Grey/Phoenix), then I'm gonna read it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    This was a fun read. Very... crackalicious.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

    This book is crack, but enjoyably so. Two major downsides: the horrible cover and the deus-ex-machina ending. Still, in between that you get genderswap shenanigans. Reads like a train.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    really liked it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tony

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. very good and introspective; much better than I expected

  26. 4 out of 5

    Megnjane

  27. 5 out of 5

    Karissa Greene

  28. 4 out of 5

    Chad

  29. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Miller

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tom

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