I just picked up the first six issues (Book One) of this series. I found it a somewhat interesting read, but was sort of annoyed when I joked with the guy who sold it to me "Claremont's writing it, how long until the Shi'Ar make an appearance?" Then, lo and behold...page one. Gah. I know people love Claremont, but I always felt that the X-Men had no place in galactic wars, conflicts, what-have-you. It's also a bit of Phoenix overkill, since they're already doing the miniseries about her return. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed Claremont's run on Uncanny when I was a kid, but this felt just a little bit like...I don't know, "old hat."
The Warskrulls attacking is somewhat annoying too. I had to keep looking at the cover to remember that I was reading "X-Men: The End" and not "Fantastic Four: The End." Claremont's characterizations are a little weak as well, with seemingly everyone just making an appearance to say hi and fight, with nobody really shining through. I guess that'll change though, and it's understandable considering the scope of the project.
Those major complaints aside, I've enjoyed it so far. Anyone else reading this? Thoughts?
(edited by Deputy Marshall on 10.2.05 2325) 'Pro-Choice' Gene Snitsky says: "Her body...MY CHOICE!"
Man, if there was any justice in the world, they'd pull Clairmont off of Uncanny and replace him with Greg Pak. I don't know if anyone is reading Phoenix: Endsong, but that man writes some great X-Men.
Claremont has really been slipping lately. I think part of the reason his run on Xtreme X-men was so successful was because (aside from Salvador's beautiful art) he was writing the X-Men stories fans had come to know and love with the colorful costumes, adventures, and all, while the other x-books and the movie were giving us the "gritty" and "mean" X-Men.
The "What If?" one-shot that he wrote ("What If Prof. X and Magneto Formed the X-Men Together") was totally uninspired and didn't even feel like a What If story to me. (Cyclops and Havok under Sinister's influence? Like we haven't seen *that* before.) In addition, absolutely *none* of the changes to continuity were linked to Magneto helping form the X-Men, totally negating the title of the book. As an aside, why is it whenever Magneto is on the side of "good" he has a ponytail? Case in point: Joseph and AoA Magneto.
While I'm enjoying Pak's work, for me right now Joss Whedon is where my money's at. He's proven that great stories don't have to be about huge cataclysmic changes in the status quo ala Bendis (Daredevil, Avengers), Morrison (New X-Men), Straczynski (don't even get me started on the Gwen Stacy's kids crap.)
Just a favor I'd like to ask you guys. I'm writing a trivia contest for a gaming convention in New Jersey next weekend (Dexcon, Morristown, www.dexposure.com --it's a lot of fun if you're nearby and are any type of gamer).