Sunday, January 23, 2011

X-Men: Messiah Complex

Title: X-Men: Messiah Complex

ISBN: 9780785123200
Price: $29.99
Publisher/Year: Marvel, 2008
Artist: Marc Silvestri, Billy Tan, Scott Eaton, Humberto Ramos, Chris Bachalo
Writer: Ed Brubaker, Peter David, Craig Kyle, Chris Yost, Mike Carey
Collects: X-Men: Messiah CompleX one-shot, Uncanny X-Men #492-494, X-Men #205-207, New X-Men #44-46, X-Factor #25-27

Rating: 3.5/5

I sometimes wonder what the world would be like if Stan Lee hadn't created the X-Men. Would the term "mutant" still have been defined or even used? Would Hugh Jackman had made it big in the United States? Nothing Earth shattering, but the world would be a different place.

I was an avid X-Men follower through the early to mid 90's, up until the Age of Apocalypse crossover. After that, my interest for all the storylines fell to the wayside. I enjoyed the idea of the X-Men, but I didn't feel I needed to read each and every single issue and story... especially when Marvel had between 5-8 individual series going at any one time. Having a monthly subscription to cover all these titles would have put me into the poor house. Luckily, there were trade paperback's that would collect the major storylines and print them in a (usually) single volume for easy reading. Any more, it's hard to get all the trades and then read them in the correct order.

With this trade, there are events that I should have read about prior to diving in. The good thing about the way this trade is written is that you can pick-up some of previous story. There was a horrible event that put all of mutantkind in danger of extinction, and in this trade we learn of Hope. And what X-Men story would be complete without a bit of time-traveling?

The writing keeps me interested and the art keeps my attention. I've always love Marc Silverstri's art, and the rest of the artist's do a good job of keeping the feel of an X-Men book. I would highly recommend that this trade not be your first foray into the X-Men universe, as it might not make too much sense. After reading this trade, I think the next in line is X-Force/Cable: Messiah War. For all you X-Men fans, go ahead and include this in your collection.

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