X-Treme X-Men, Volume 5: God Loves, Man Kills

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Collecting the classic graphic novel that that inspired the 2003 blockbuster X2, along with a brand new sequel to that legendary story!

The Anti-Mutant Movement leader Stryker has returned and it's up to the X-Treme team to make sure his hatred of mutants does not lead to more death. But what happens when the X-Treme team and Stryker's goals are one in the same? Guest-starring Wolverine and Shadowcat!

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Overview

Collecting the classic graphic novel that that inspired the 2003 blockbuster X2, along with a brand new sequel to that legendary story!

The Anti-Mutant Movement leader Stryker has returned and it's up to the X-Treme team to make sure his hatred of mutants does not lead to more death. But what happens when the X-Treme team and Stryker's goals are one in the same? Guest-starring Wolverine and Shadowcat!

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During his original run of X-Men (1975- 92), Claremont saw the series become Marvel's most popular. His God Loves, Man Kills GN (1982)-no longer available as a standalone but reprinted here with a new sequel-is one of his best-remembered stories (it inspired the film X2: X-Men United). The original story involves evangelist William Stryker, who believes that only true humans are God's children and that mutants are tools of Satan. Stryker plans to kill all mutants on Earth, and the X-Men must team with their opponent, Magneto, to stop him. In this sense, Claremont added dimension to the series' traditional theme of prejudice-a power retained here. In the sequel (oddly placed first in the book), Stryker meets his opposition-a zealous mutant who believes that humans are the ones without souls-and the X-Men are caught in the middle. Unfortunately, this follow-up is confusing and has a contrived ending. Still, the X-Men are as popular as ever. Recommended for collections that don't already own the original story. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780785112549
  • Publisher: Marvel
  • Publication date: 12/1/2003
  • Series: X-Treme X-Men Series , #5
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.62 (w) x 10.18 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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Chris Claremont

Chris Claremont is best known for his work on Marvel Comics' The Uncanny X-Men, during which time it was the bestselling comic in the Western Hemisphere; he has sold more than 100 million comic books to date. Recent projects include the dark fantasy novel Dragon Moon and Sovereign SevenTM, a comic book series published by DC Comics. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2005

    Best Comic Series/ Title

    being a christian and #1 X-Men fan, this comic was was very touching. stupid stryker feared what he did not understand. as a christian, i see where hes coming from but there powers a blessing not a curse. this was very nice becuz storm my fav was in it. ive never red the 1st 1 but i plan 2.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2004

    Fantastic. A Excellent Example of Comic Expressionism

    Because I am a fortunate owner of the original 1982 copy, I don't know anything about the follow-up, but I can say that the original graphic novel is outstanding. Truly the work of exceptional artists, it clearly brings to the forefront the theme of prejudice that has been just below the surface of The X-Men ever since its debut in 1963. In fact, that very year is so devastatingly important to the comic saga in general and this graphic novel in particular. 1963 was the year the civil rights movement kicked into high gear, with the two polar activists at the head being Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. We all know what each of them represented: MLK- The Nonviolence Approach to combating racism; MX- The 'By Any Means Necessary' Approach. Many people wanted to believe in MLK's approach, hoping that humanity would respond to reason and displays of human spirit, but could not deny the possible validity of Malcolm's approach after decades of trying nonviolence. That is the very way we are made to see the secondary, but far more trying, conflict of God Loves. There are strikingly obvious parallels between MLK and Professor X and Malcolm X and Magneto (although Malcolm was not nearly as bloodthirsty, not ever). We see the story mainly through the point of view of Professor X and his students, but cannot help but ask ourselves, after seeing the slaughter of two innocent (black) mutant children in the very beginning and all the injustices of the rest of the book, 'Is Magneto right?'. We know for certain that Reverend William Stryker, the prejudiced minister who preaches and heads a campaign against all the mutants of the world, making for the primary conflict, is wrong, as there is little reason behind his fire and brimstone condemnation. It seems as though that whole conflict is meant for the reader to travel from the to the secondary conflict. After all the death and destruction, the ultimate question rasied at the end of the book is 'Who is right, Professor X or Magneto, Martin or Malcom?'. It is a question that hadn't been completely answered in 1963, nor in 1982, nor is it as I type this in 2004. One of the few times I've ever become highly emotional due to an artwork comes whenever I read the closing conversation between Ororo (Storm) and Scott (Cyclops): Scott: That's what it's all about, really. Needing and helping. Caring for one another. Ororo: And from that caring comes love. Scott: Which makes the world go 'round. Ororo: If only that were so. A beautifully bittersweet ending to a heart-wrenching, thought provoking, soul-searching piece of art. Yes, a comic book as true art. My father warned that reading too many comics would damage my views of reality. Clearly, he never read any. More clearly, he never read any of The X-Men. Most clearly, he never read God Loves, Man Kills. Don't be like my dad. Go out and search for this graphic novel now. Believe me, any comic dealer worth their salt will know exactly what your looking for. Read it over and over. Then, read it to your children. Then let them read it on their own.

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