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Ultimate X-Men

Ultimate X-Men

4.8 9
by Peter Sanderson, Cynthia O'Neill (Editor), Stan Lee
Following exciting new developments in the X-Men universe, this revised edition of Ultimate X-Men includes the best of the two feature films and the animated television series. Watch the evolution of the X-Men superheroes from their conception in the 1960s to what they are today. Each chapter focuses on a different decade in X-Men history, revealing new characters and


Following exciting new developments in the X-Men universe, this revised edition of Ultimate X-Men includes the best of the two feature films and the animated television series. Watch the evolution of the X-Men superheroes from their conception in the 1960s to what they are today. Each chapter focuses on a different decade in X-Men history, revealing new characters and their powers, the major stories and their settings.

X-Men II is scheduled for release on May 2, 2003

Editorial Reviews

This cool book is for X-Men fans in particular, comics fans in general, and anyone else who liked the X-Men movie. Written by comic book historian and Marvel archivist Sanderson, the book traces the history of the X-Men from their creation in 1963 to the present. It is replete with character profiles of heroes and villains, showing their evolution through the years. Places and things important in the comics—the Xavier mansion, the island of Genosha, the jet Blackbird—are depicted with much more detail than one could ever see in the comics. Similar in format and style to James Bond: The Secret World of 007 by Alastair Dougall (DK, 2000), a 2000 Quick Picks title, this book is lots of fun to read and a feast for the eyes. A single quibble is with the title. Marvel started several comics series in early 2001 using the word "ultimate" in their titles: Ultimate X-Men and Ultimate Spider-Man among them. Casual catalog searchers might be confused. An introduction by the Marvel man himself, Stan Lee, and an afterword by longtime X-Men writer Chris Claremont add to the reading enjoyment. This book is purely for fun, and it accomplishes its purpose with aplomb. This reviewer's homegrown teen reader pronounced this book "very cool." Index. Illus. Photos. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2000, DK, 176p, $19.95 Oversize. Ages 12 to 18. Reviewer: Kat Kan SOURCE: VOYA, August 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 3)

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DK Publishing, Inc.
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10.38(w) x 12.28(h) x 0.71(d)
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9 - 12 Years

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Ultimate X-Men 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so awesome! I's filled with all kinds of information on the x-men. Along with the info comes great, enlarged pictures of the mutant they are talking about. I recomend it to everyone looking for fun and excitment! If I could I would give this book many more stars. I liked it so much, I bought it! You should look into it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this book is the best, it has everything about X-men!!You don't even have to read the comic books, it's all right here
Guest More than 1 year ago
Those who have been reading the X-Men for only a year or two will find this volume an inexpensive, visually-exciting way to connect into the 37 year history of the various X-Men series. For those who have been following the X-Men all along, this book will fall short of their expectations for completeness, depth, and accuracy about the various characters. The visuals are the most interesting part of the book. Marvel opened up its archives to make it possible to have a wide choice of art. You can compare the various ways the key characters were drawn over time. The design of the book is not nearly as good as the art itself. Many pages have the feeling of a scrapbook done by an 8 year old. Some images are way too small. Some sketches are included for no apparent reason. The book is also improved by many cutaways such as of Xavier's estate, Xavier's mansion, the Danger Room, and Magneto's bases. A number of maps help keep everything in proper perspective. I also enjoyed the foreword by Stan Lee in which he explained how he made his initial decisions about the sources and types of the various super-hero powers, and how the title of the series was selected. The afterword by Chris Claremont was interesting as well, but more as a perspective on his personality than on the series itself. New fans will be amazed to read that the original X-Men were a flop commercially, even though they are the top series now. The character profiles would have benefited from more development and a standard format. You can use either the Contents or the Index to locate a character you want to read up on. A book with this much color art on this quality paper in hardcover would normally cost much more. If this book had had a cover price of $55, I would have graded it as a three star effort. Because the price is so reasonable, I graded the content up one star to four star status. On the other hand, if the publishers had created this item at a $70 price point, but made it more complete, accurate, and attractive, I suspect that they would have had a runaway best seller. That opportunity remains for a future edition. In the meantime, many X-Men collectors and fans will find this edition to be a useful one to have . . . unless you already have virtually all the comic books. After renewing your friendship with the X-Men, I suggest that you think about the basic message of the series -- that differences are important, and become more valuable when combined in teams. What differences do you have which could become strengths when combined with the right team mates? What do you have to do differently to create this potential? Look out for the best interests of all! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great. It tell you about everything that has happened to the X-men and then some! This is a must buy for any collector!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Storm rules baby! SO does Wolverine! They are lovers for ever! They are the reason that I like X-men!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amazing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This book has All the informations about the X-men! Their lifes and ... many more !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
the marvel univers wasn't enough because they didn't have all the x-men up to date but this is the best marvel book i ever read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was filled with info about the X-men. This is good because it tells you from when it started, untill it ends. Witch wont be for another 15 years orso hopefully.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you every want to know about anything about the xmen and thier friends or enemies, then this is the book for you. From the teams orgin during the 1960's upto the tragedies of 1980's, this is a complete history of Marvel's favorite Mutants. The book is also full of addtional information and drawings (such as full drawings of the x-manson and damage room and the complete Summers family tree) that add to the history presented. The book also covers the old fox cartoon and sidebars dealing with the recent movie. If you grew up reading the comic or were introduced to Charles Xavier's team on television or at the movies, then this is the ultimate book for you.