Saturday, January 22, 2011

Marvel Masterwork #151 - Uncanny X-Men

As you might know, the Marvel Masterworks hold a rather special place in my heart and while they usual reprint silver and bronze age comics, this month's volume start reprinting some of the post-Byrne X-Men (circa 1981) with Dave Cockrum returning to the title. Marvel Masterworks #151 hits the comic books stores this Wednesday.

From the official Marvel Comics solicitations:

It's a lucky seventh volume chock full of memorable X-Men moments by the classic creator combo of Claremont and Cockrum! First up, Kitty's leaving the School For Gifted Youngsters. Her new academic destination? The Massachusetts Academy, run by none other than Emma Frost, the Hellfire Club's White Queen – setting up the inevitable showdown between the X-Men and Sebastian Shaw's minions, with a classic, no-holds-barred, Storm/Emma catfight in the clouds!

Next, it's the immortal "Kitty's Fairy Tale," a storybook fantasy that introduced Kitty's loyal pet dragon, the lovable Lockheed! Then, the first half of the all-time great "Brood Saga," with four-issues of space operatics starring the Starjammers, the Shi'Ar, and those disgusting parasites from beyond the outer limits, the Brood!

Topping off this marvelous mutant Masterworks is the return of Rogue and Mystique's Evil Mutants and the coming of Dracula in a tale only Bill Sienkiewicz could draw! Throw in a double-sized annual team-up with the X-Men and Fantastic Four combining forces against the Badoon, and, just because we love ya, Avengers Annual #10, featuring the first appearance of Rogue and her pivotal meeting with Ms. Marvel, and this is indeed the most masterful way to start off a blockbuster new year of Marvel Masterworks!
This volume collects Uncanny X-Men#151-159, X-Men Annual #5, and Avengers Annual #10.

Here's a preview of the art...

Here's some Brent Anderson.
And a beautiful two-page spread by Dave Cockrum.
And a stunning page by Bill Sienkiewicz in his Neal Adams homage days.

1 comment:

  1. Wow! I've just discovered this, and - what a great blog, man! The 1980s is when I started reading Marvels, and so represents a lot of what I love about comics. I'll be reading your posts from here on out - and likely heading towards a marathon run of your back posts as well! :)

    In case you're interested, I've linked to you from the most recent entry of my own blog, which focuses on the Marvels of the early 1960s. I hope you dig mine even half as much!



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