- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: Hachette Book Group Us Agency; Gph edition (8 April 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785136983
- ISBN-13: 978-0785136989
- Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 1 x 26 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,60,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Marvel Masterworks Paperback – 8 Apr 2009
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Here you get the first 10 issues reprinted in color in order. The main arc over these issues is their extended struggle against Magneto. You not only get to see their first meeting, but also the original brotherhood of evil mutants and their secret hideout on Asteroid M. The Blob also make his first appearance in a carnival. It's also interesting to see how the series evolves. From the start X-Men reads like little more than another iteration of the Fantastic Four. Every character is very happy-go-lucky and quips away with cheesy puns. Beast even has the speech patterns of the Thing while Iceman reads just like Human Torch and Marvel Girl may as well be the Invisible Girl. But as time goes on their personalities become more defined as Beast starts to quote poetry and the puns are left to Iceman.
As far as the collection I bought this for Kindle which also bought it for me on Comixology. It's a great deal as the limited print run of the original book is suffering from inflated aftermarket prices. Meaning the book on it's own is very expensive, especially for only 10 issues, but getting it through kindle was much more reasonable. The only other alternatives are also out of print. There's the Epic Collection which offers twice as many issues but is backstocked which jacks up the price. There was an omnibus at one time but that too is long out of stock and going for insane amounts. Marvel needs to cater more to these classic collections but going digital is definitely the economical choice here.