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Otherworldly wonder at the top of one world and the heart of another! In the Arctic Circle, the X-Men and Alpha Flight find a power that could save the world at the cost of destroying...what? But cost is no object when the power is revealed as a gift from Loki, who doesn't like it when his gifts are returned! When the God of Lies loses his own prize, he decides one bad tur Otherworldly wonder at the top of one world and the heart of another! In the Arctic Circle, the X-Men and Alpha Flight find a power that could save the world at the cost of destroying...what? But cost is no object when the power is revealed as a gift from Loki, who doesn't like it when his gifts are returned! When the God of Lies loses his own prize, he decides one bad turn deserves another and sets his magic against the X-Men, only for the New Mutants to take the fall...and rise to Asgard! The X-Men ride to the rescue, but can even the mightiest mutants survive the multiple magics of myth?Collects X-Men and Alpha Flight #1-2, New Mutants Special Edition, and X-Men Annual #9.


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Otherworldly wonder at the top of one world and the heart of another! In the Arctic Circle, the X-Men and Alpha Flight find a power that could save the world at the cost of destroying...what? But cost is no object when the power is revealed as a gift from Loki, who doesn't like it when his gifts are returned! When the God of Lies loses his own prize, he decides one bad tur Otherworldly wonder at the top of one world and the heart of another! In the Arctic Circle, the X-Men and Alpha Flight find a power that could save the world at the cost of destroying...what? But cost is no object when the power is revealed as a gift from Loki, who doesn't like it when his gifts are returned! When the God of Lies loses his own prize, he decides one bad turn deserves another and sets his magic against the X-Men, only for the New Mutants to take the fall...and rise to Asgard! The X-Men ride to the rescue, but can even the mightiest mutants survive the multiple magics of myth?Collects X-Men and Alpha Flight #1-2, New Mutants Special Edition, and X-Men Annual #9.

30 review for X-Men: The Asgardian Wars

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dan Schwent

    X-Men: The Asgardian Wars collects X-Men and Alpha Flight #1-2, New Mutants Special Edition and X-Men Annual #9. This was another $5 find at MightyCon. I picked it up because my wife is a fan of Storm and I knew she wielded a Uru hammer in it at some point. This trade contains two storylines. In one story, the X-Men and Alpha Flight go up against Loki in a paradise somewhere in the Arctic Circle. In the other, Loki brings the New Mutants to Asgard in an effort to gain his revenge upon the X-Men. Bo X-Men: The Asgardian Wars collects X-Men and Alpha Flight #1-2, New Mutants Special Edition and X-Men Annual #9. This was another $5 find at MightyCon. I picked it up because my wife is a fan of Storm and I knew she wielded a Uru hammer in it at some point. This trade contains two storylines. In one story, the X-Men and Alpha Flight go up against Loki in a paradise somewhere in the Arctic Circle. In the other, Loki brings the New Mutants to Asgard in an effort to gain his revenge upon the X-Men. Both stories are fun but neither are earth-shatteringly good. Loki is true to form and the artwork is top notch for the time period. You can't go wrong with Arthur Adams or Paul Smith. It's weird how many of the characters aren't in regular use anymore, like most of the New Mutants, for instance. There are also some terrible costume, like Rachel Summers in her leg-warmers and both of Colossus' outfits. Why mess with the Dave Cockrum original? I actually liked Wolverine in these stories since he wasn't the center of attention or chronically over-exposed. Warlock would have made a great Micronauts member. It's bizarre seeing Madelyne Prior married to Cyclops. The highlights of this collection for me were Storm wielding the Uru hammer and Warlock shapeshifting into the Enterprise to save the day. It's an odd collection but X-Men: The Asgardian Wars was easily worth the $5. It's an interesting look at an odd time in the history of the X-Men. Three out of five stars.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nicolo

    I love this hardcover. Not only was this a bargain find with minimal defects but it collects a couple of related storylines featuring Chris Claremont at the height of his powers as X-Men overlord and two great artist in Paul Smith and Art Adams. The Adams part of this books is especially awesome since I'm a big fan of his work. It is safe to say that every X-fan should have this on their bookshelf.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rick

    Every now and then, in comic books, a writer and and artist or two are able to come together and produce a story that transcends any of the individual components. This is one such story. Opening with the two issue mini-series X-Men & Alpha Flight writer Chris Claremont and artist Paul Smith create a remarkable tale in which Loki, Asgardian God of Lies, Mischief & Trickery, provides a method to give humans all they desire, a utopia on earth. But the cost? No more creativity. The heroes find thems Every now and then, in comic books, a writer and and artist or two are able to come together and produce a story that transcends any of the individual components. This is one such story. Opening with the two issue mini-series X-Men & Alpha Flight writer Chris Claremont and artist Paul Smith create a remarkable tale in which Loki, Asgardian God of Lies, Mischief & Trickery, provides a method to give humans all they desire, a utopia on earth. But the cost? No more creativity. The heroes find themselves split down the middle of both teams as to whether Loki's Gift is worth the price. But Loki is not done. Claremont collaporates with artist Arthur Adams, to finish off this sprawling tale as Loki kidnaps the X-Men's younger counterparts, the New Mutants and the X-Men's own Storm and offers them places and positions in Asgard which sorely tempt them to stay in the Realm Eternal. The problem is, of course, not all of Loki's charms result in gifts, some find themselves cursed and unable to ever leave. But Loki's magics and mayhem does have a way of catching up with him, or was that his plan all along? The Asgardian Wars is a masterpiece from Claremont, Smith and Adams that collects into one volume one of the best X-Men story arcs of all time. Get ready for an adventure of a lifetime.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

    The first X-Men comic I ever read, or at least parts of it. Rereading the whole thing puts together a very fun trilogy of mutants vs. Norse gods, or at least Loki. The X-Men, Alpha Flight, and the New Mutants clash with Loki's on going machinations. The science fiction world of X-Men doesn't always mesh well with fantasy but here it works amazingly, with both a sense of ludicrous fun of the clash and tying in Asgard as a wonderful fantasy land for some of the weary of bigotry mutants, while also The first X-Men comic I ever read, or at least parts of it. Rereading the whole thing puts together a very fun trilogy of mutants vs. Norse gods, or at least Loki. The X-Men, Alpha Flight, and the New Mutants clash with Loki's on going machinations. The science fiction world of X-Men doesn't always mesh well with fantasy but here it works amazingly, with both a sense of ludicrous fun of the clash and tying in Asgard as a wonderful fantasy land for some of the weary of bigotry mutants, while also as a solid world tied into all the other elements of the the Marvel universe that co-exist. Storm taking on the mantle of Thor is something I wish they would have returned to, and the usual X-Men familial drama is given added weight throughout these stories as Phoenix (Rachel Summers) deals with getting to know Cyclops-she's his daughter with Jean Grey from an alternate time, while in the present reality Cyclops is married and going to have a baby with Madelyne Pryor. (Not that anyone knew it at the time but Pryor would end up being an evil clone of Jean Grey and the baby to be born would be curmudgeonly future warrior Cable.) Hooray for non-normal families!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jesse

    Asgardian's and X-men in the same book? I think I just went to comic book nerd heaven. Amazing art by two different artist Paul Smith and Arthur Adams. This is an extremely fun X-men romp. Don't get me wrong its got some serious stuff in it, and some of the plot points in this book echo down the history of these characters (Mirage becoming a Valkyrie, Karma being possessed by the Shadow King, Wolfsbane's trouble with her wolf nature, etc), but its the little jokes that really make me love this s Asgardian's and X-men in the same book? I think I just went to comic book nerd heaven. Amazing art by two different artist Paul Smith and Arthur Adams. This is an extremely fun X-men romp. Don't get me wrong its got some serious stuff in it, and some of the plot points in this book echo down the history of these characters (Mirage becoming a Valkyrie, Karma being possessed by the Shadow King, Wolfsbane's trouble with her wolf nature, etc), but its the little jokes that really make me love this story. Now part of that is from Arthur Adams I would think as its mostly the art that gives me a laugh. Lets see, you got a giant that looks like Ed gruberman, Poppy, Bluto, and Olive Oil tormenting Cypher, Warlock turning into the Starship Enterprise AND a Mech, not to mention my favorite The characters from Remington Steele (the tv show, thats right) showing up to say hi in passing to Storm. Check this book out if you are at all a fan of marvel's Asgard and the X-men. You won't be sorry. If you are already a fan of this book, then go out and pick up this HC edition, its excellently made and well worth the price.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Melvin Tendilla

    The first trade paperback I had the pleasure to read; Nick Stahl introduced me to the x-men and this book in particular. Art Adams despite his penchant for giving his ladies huge 80's bouffants remains one of my favorite artists and Chris Claremont is the definitive x-men scribe.

  7. 5 out of 5

    David

    Loved it. Arthur Adams draws half the book so what's not to love? It's a bit 80's, yeah. Get over it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jon

    I really like this graphic novel. It is a great story with excellent twists and suspense.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jodie

    One of my favorite series mostly due to the amazing artwork of Art Adams.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bill

    The classic, late-80's X-Men take on Loki's manipulative plan to change the world with the help of Canadian super-team Alpha Flight... and then must rescue their student team, the New Mutants, when they fall prey to Loki's revenge plot. I probably read all of these issues dozens of times while growing up. Whenever I re-read them now, I'm amazed at how Chris Claremont could create such elaborate, fast-paced adventure stories with so many complex characters, in a way that all of them have a role t The classic, late-80's X-Men take on Loki's manipulative plan to change the world with the help of Canadian super-team Alpha Flight... and then must rescue their student team, the New Mutants, when they fall prey to Loki's revenge plot. I probably read all of these issues dozens of times while growing up. Whenever I re-read them now, I'm amazed at how Chris Claremont could create such elaborate, fast-paced adventure stories with so many complex characters, in a way that all of them have a role to play, along with their own flaws and conflicts. Classic stories and a great read, even for anyone not familiar with all of the characters.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Doug Brunell

    Combining the X-Men, New Mutants, Loki and Asgard seems like a good idea, and it essentially is, but Claremont, as lauded a writer as he is, has some pitfalls which are very apparent in this book. If you read a lot of X-Men in the '80s, you know Claremont's love of the phrase "... as the proverbial ..." It's in nearly every comic and said here by at least two different characters on two different occasions. And let's not get started on the "mutie hate" sentiment that is hammered home. Most of th Combining the X-Men, New Mutants, Loki and Asgard seems like a good idea, and it essentially is, but Claremont, as lauded a writer as he is, has some pitfalls which are very apparent in this book. If you read a lot of X-Men in the '80s, you know Claremont's love of the phrase "... as the proverbial ..." It's in nearly every comic and said here by at least two different characters on two different occasions. And let's not get started on the "mutie hate" sentiment that is hammered home. Most of the issues I have with this trade paperback collection are the cliches. Once the action gets off Earth, though, it does get better. The idea of mutants in Asgard is an appealing one, especially when the New Mutants are scattered throughout the land and time and do their best to make it back to one another. The story takes some very unexpected turns, but ultimately resolves a bit too easily for my liking. This is not a good place to start for those who haven't read the X-Men or New Mutants before, but for others it is a solid edition in the X-universe.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ali E9

    Amazing crossover, great arts! Highly recommend to X-Men fans.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Michael Emond

    These were two of my favorite giant sized stories form the 80's so I picked up the collected edition to see how they held up. The Alpha Flight/X-Men not so much...the X-Men/New Mutants...much better. Alpha Flight/X-Men - okay let's start with Paul Smith's art. I was quite smitten with Paul's art in my earlier years but seeing it now makes me cringe. While I still like the minimalist cartoony take and some of his design, his faces are very expressionless...his action not very fluid and his anatomy These were two of my favorite giant sized stories form the 80's so I picked up the collected edition to see how they held up. The Alpha Flight/X-Men not so much...the X-Men/New Mutants...much better. Alpha Flight/X-Men - okay let's start with Paul Smith's art. I was quite smitten with Paul's art in my earlier years but seeing it now makes me cringe. While I still like the minimalist cartoony take and some of his design, his faces are very expressionless...his action not very fluid and his anatomy inconsistent. In the 80's I am sure he was one of the better artists but held up to today's standards he falls very short. The story...it is a simple morality tale. Loki wants to gain the favour of the uber-Gods (not sure who they were but there you have it) by granting a boon to mortals so he gives a flight of passengers, captained by Scott Summers (Cyclops on leave from the X-men) and his Jean Grey look alike bride Maddy Pryor (that was a weird storyline) incredible powers that can be used to help the world. Ah! But there is a catch...as we slowly discover. The magic used to grant the powers (and will be used to grant EVERY human powers) is being taken from humanity's magic (imagination...and...um...imagination ... I think it just robs us of imagination). So at first this is slowly discovered and then sides pair off for people who want the power and people who don't want Loki's gift. A simple little plot that isn't new...the nicest part of the story is actually the wrap up as people come to grips with losing the powers. The story is hurt by using Alpha Flight...a team I so wanted to love in the 80's (created and originally written/drawn by John Byrne) but ultimately ended up being a very boring team with no identity. As can be seen by the fact they are not used in the current Marvel Universe. Also, RAchel Summers is the daughter of Cyclops from the future and her teenage angst throughout the story is ridiculous. Can I also say "I always hated the X-Men Rogue and the fact she was the poster child for bad 80's hair and fashion"? Good. SO the New Mutants - this one is still penned by Chris Claremont but we have the incomparable art talents of Art Adams. I drooled over his art in the 80's and it is still painfully beautiful. His attention to detail meant he was very slow and not a lot of art was produced by him so this collection is a GREAT example of his art (and more fun than his Longshot series) and is his art BEFORE he went more cartoony (I think to speed up his process - but his earlier art remains the best of the decade..or any decade). I won't go on about why I love his art too much but it is creative, exciting, dramatic, and wonderful. The first half of the story is inked by Terry Austin (best inker ever) and is the best. Ever with the odd New Mutants (another group that really has no memorable stories to go with them). I think they had some interesting characters with them but I honestly think this Annual was the most interesting story written with them. Funny to see the character of Cypher there...his power was to speak languages - so 100% useless in any action scene. Geezus! No body liked him...readers, writers, artists. Why the hell was he there? So this story is Loki trying to get revenge on the X-Men for turning down his gift by capturing Storm (who was powerless at this time) and the New Mutants (since they weren't X-Men Loki wasn't breaking his oath not to harm "X-Men"). So we have the New Mutants and eventually the X-men romping through Asgard. Each New Mutant ends up in a different place with different challenges. Very creative stuff and a satisfying story. In fact...you almost wish the New Mutants HAD stayed in Asgard :). And the story is, as I said, helped greatly by Art Adams stunning art. I think this was his best art of all time and anyone interested in him should pick up the collection for that alone.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    Okay, so this is basically two different stories that involve Loki, so they packaged 'em all together and stuck Asgard on the title. The first is an X-Men, Alpha Flight teamup mini-series. I normally don't care for these kinds of mini-series. Either they are too afraid to affect the main storylines, or they do and become required reading that takes you out of the overall series. In this case it is mostly not required. The most important content is Scott and Rachel finally meeting and having some Okay, so this is basically two different stories that involve Loki, so they packaged 'em all together and stuck Asgard on the title. The first is an X-Men, Alpha Flight teamup mini-series. I normally don't care for these kinds of mini-series. Either they are too afraid to affect the main storylines, or they do and become required reading that takes you out of the overall series. In this case it is mostly not required. The most important content is Scott and Rachel finally meeting and having some moments. And we learn that Madelyne is pregnant. Paul Smith is back on art. Still like his art. Can't say the work in this series is especially exciting, but I still enjoyed it. More so than Romita Jr's has been doing in Uncanny. It didn't make me interested in Alpha Flight which is not good for a teamup. The concept behind the story was... alright. There were a few points that I actually had a strong desire to unravel the mystery. That's a good sign. But overall, you've seen it before. The second story is from a New Mutants Special and Uncanny X-Men Annual #9. Basically, the New Mutants and Storm get taken to Asgard. In the annual the X-Men come to help them. Arthur Adams does the art for both. Adams is quite impressive. I like his art, but at the same time I can't fully embrace it. Oh, and he loves mullets. Not only is he responsible for the most famous mullet in comics, but he seems to give every character he can one. Gotta love the 80s. The thing I really liked about the special is that each of the New Mutants gets their treatment. They all get split up and end up in different stories. This does two things: One it gives each character your focus at different points. Claremont usually just does this with an overabundance of thought bubbles, but here he can make them act independently of one another. This isn't to say all characters get like treatment. Two, it also makes me want to read more Thor books, because Asgard is such a fun setting. Well truth be told it isn't all in Asgard... but I am not sure how they refer to all the different parts of the Yggdrasil in Marvel. Probably just as the different branches of the Yggdrasil... As for long term affects. The biggest affect appears to be to Dani. I am not sure how it is going to play out... I guess Karma had a fairly important change, but you knew it was going to happen somehow and it is more of a return than a change. Anyways, the rating is more based on the later story. It probably doesn't deserve it... but I had fun, and that's the point.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    X-Men: The Asgardian Wars was one of the very first trade paperbacks I purchased when I started collecting comics, and to this day remains one of my all-time favorite X-Men sagas. The 1985 series brought the X-Men, Alpha Flight, and the New Mutants together, both on Earth and in Asgard, against the trickster god Loki, whose sinister plans will push our heroes to the absolute limit. The saga starts off with the 2-issue X-Men/Alpha Flight limited series by Chris Claremont and Paul Smith. Claremont X-Men: The Asgardian Wars was one of the very first trade paperbacks I purchased when I started collecting comics, and to this day remains one of my all-time favorite X-Men sagas. The 1985 series brought the X-Men, Alpha Flight, and the New Mutants together, both on Earth and in Asgard, against the trickster god Loki, whose sinister plans will push our heroes to the absolute limit. The saga starts off with the 2-issue X-Men/Alpha Flight limited series by Chris Claremont and Paul Smith. Claremont of course pretty much single-handedly saved the X-Men from extinction in the 70's, and was THE X-Men authority throughout the 80's. Smith's previous run on the Uncanny X-Men was amazing, and his artwork here is just as impressive. In this series the X-Men and Alpha Flight are drawn north to discover the answer to all humanity's problems...courtesy of Loki himself. Loki's gift couldn't have strings attached, could it? The second half of the story spanned the New Mutants Special #1 and the Uncanny X-Men Annual #9, again written by Claremont with unforgettable artwork by Arthur Adams. This is vintage Adams, back before his style got so cartoonish. In this story, a ticked-off Loki exacts his revenge against the X-Men, but his minions instead fetch him the New Mutants, who are all radically changed by their time in Asgard. The X-Men come to the rescue eventually, but will their students even want to go back to Earth after these events? This is about as much fun as a superhero comic can get. You get gods, monsters, mutants, elves, dwarves, Valkyries, and plenty of action, page after gorgeously illustrated page. Claremont has a tendency to let his characters monologue things no one would ever say, but the story as a whole is so much fun you can overlook that. If you love the classic X-Men lineup, Marvel's version of Asgard, or just enjoy fun, over the top superheroics, you'll love X-Men: The Asgardian Wars. It's a shame this trade paperback is out of print. I know the X-Men and New Mutants of 1985 don't exactly fit in with today's movie-driven X-image, but this is still a bright spot in the X-Men's history.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kurt

    On paper, this shouldn't work. The X-Men, Alpha Flight, and the New Mutants have adventures that all relate to Norse mythology, a realm that has nothing to do with the characters, really, but Claremont pulls it off. The first part of the book is an X-Men team-up with Alpha Flight, and it has some great moments: the first meeting of Rachel Summers and her father, temporary super powers for Madelyn Pryor, and some interesting costume designs for new characters. Overall, the story isn't totally com On paper, this shouldn't work. The X-Men, Alpha Flight, and the New Mutants have adventures that all relate to Norse mythology, a realm that has nothing to do with the characters, really, but Claremont pulls it off. The first part of the book is an X-Men team-up with Alpha Flight, and it has some great moments: the first meeting of Rachel Summers and her father, temporary super powers for Madelyn Pryor, and some interesting costume designs for new characters. Overall, the story isn't totally compelling (we have to sacrifice ending world hunger and homelessness because.. we would stink at drawing), but it works at some level I can't describe well. The second part, though, is one of my favorite comic stories ever. The New Mutants get scattered through various parts of Norse mythological worlds, and they get some significant character development: Karma shifts from her enormous Shadow King body to the slender body every other superheroine has, Rahne falls in love with a wolf prince who will return 25 years later in X-Force, and Dani Moonstar becomes a Valkyrie, which is nonsensical but perfect. Art Adams turns in some delicate and graceful work, with lots of attention to detail, and I love it. I highly recommend this collection for any fans of the original New Mutants.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Loki

    So, the last two installments of Rachel and Miles X-Plain the X-Men have been spent covering the stories reprinted in this volume, and it made me nostalgic. Fortunately, there are libraries for me to indulge that nostalgia in. When I first started reading comics, the latter two stories in this volume - featuring assorted New Mutants and X-Men battling Loki in Asgard - were among the first I read. They still hold up pretty well - Claremont is clearly having a ball writing Asgardian dialogue and Ar So, the last two installments of Rachel and Miles X-Plain the X-Men have been spent covering the stories reprinted in this volume, and it made me nostalgic. Fortunately, there are libraries for me to indulge that nostalgia in. When I first started reading comics, the latter two stories in this volume - featuring assorted New Mutants and X-Men battling Loki in Asgard - were among the first I read. They still hold up pretty well - Claremont is clearly having a ball writing Asgardian dialogue and Art Adams' art has aged very well indeed. (He is, bar none, the single best artist to draw Warlock. Check out the top panel on page 164 if thou dost doubt my words.) Alas, the other story is not nearly so good, being one of the more crashingly unsubtle of Claremont's career, which is why this book rates only four stars, not five. That said, read with a knowledge of later plot developments, the first half positively drips with foreshadowing (at least for the members of Alpha Flight). All in all, a fun sampler of Claremont at his creative peak, and a nice little side story for Simonson's epic run on Thor that it paralleled.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Gary Fortuin

    Claremont was my favorite writer of the X-Men back in the day. This trade featured the X-Men, Alpha Flight, The New Mutants and the gods of Asgard. The plot centers on Loki and his yearn for power in Asgard and how mortals get roped into his schemes. Lots of stuff to like here.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    This collection involves 2 story arcs, both w/Loki (hence the Asgardian title). The New Mutants (who were actually pretty "new" at the time), Alpha Flight, and the X-Men teams all share roles of fairly equal prominence. I admit to being a bit biased because I read some of these issues when I was young, so my review is skewed by nostalgia. The writing and art are quite 80s. Some of the dialogue is corny, yes. The panels often have solid color backgrounds and little detail, also very 80s. Claremon This collection involves 2 story arcs, both w/Loki (hence the Asgardian title). The New Mutants (who were actually pretty "new" at the time), Alpha Flight, and the X-Men teams all share roles of fairly equal prominence. I admit to being a bit biased because I read some of these issues when I was young, so my review is skewed by nostalgia. The writing and art are quite 80s. Some of the dialogue is corny, yes. The panels often have solid color backgrounds and little detail, also very 80s. Claremont's writing is generally good, though there are some things that aren't well explained so readers might have a hard time jumping in with no knowledge of the New Mutants happenings prior to the issues collected here (like Karma's weight issue). Art Adams, who pencils the latter story arc, slightly outshines the art by Smith in the first half of the book, but it's not a difference big enough to be jarring. If you like 80s Marvel stuff, read this! The hardcover is well constructed with great colors, sewn binding, and no gutter loss. 5 stars.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alex Robinson

    This is a tricky one to review, since I'm viewing it through nostalgia-colored glasses. I loved these comics when they first came out, but I doubt I would feel the same way if I read it for the first time today. The artwork is great, as Paul Smith and Art Adams are two of my favorite X-MEN artists. The writing doesn't hold up as well, unfortunately. It's classic Chris Claremont which means tons and tons of exposition. The plot is somewhat convoluted but there are a lot of fun moments. Two big cr This is a tricky one to review, since I'm viewing it through nostalgia-colored glasses. I loved these comics when they first came out, but I doubt I would feel the same way if I read it for the first time today. The artwork is great, as Paul Smith and Art Adams are two of my favorite X-MEN artists. The writing doesn't hold up as well, unfortunately. It's classic Chris Claremont which means tons and tons of exposition. The plot is somewhat convoluted but there are a lot of fun moments. Two big criticisms: the coloring on the slick, bright white paper sometimes overpowers the linework, especially since Adams and Smith were very thin-lined artists to begin with. More grievously, the scanning on the Smith pages is terrible, resulting in a digital jaggedness. It's not overpowering, but it's like watching a movie slightly out of focus.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Helena

    3.5/5. I love it when different X-groups team up! This book features two team-up stories, one with Alpha Flight, the other with the New Mutants. Both stories involve Loki and Asgard. I wasn't very interested in the Alpha Flight story and was slightly bored while reading it. I think my main issue is the Cyclops/Madelyne Pryor/Rachel Grey relationship because I don't care for it. I found the New Mutants story to be much more interesting. I was really disappointed in how little Storm was involved i 3.5/5. I love it when different X-groups team up! This book features two team-up stories, one with Alpha Flight, the other with the New Mutants. Both stories involve Loki and Asgard. I wasn't very interested in the Alpha Flight story and was slightly bored while reading it. I think my main issue is the Cyclops/Madelyne Pryor/Rachel Grey relationship because I don't care for it. I found the New Mutants story to be much more interesting. I was really disappointed in how little Storm was involved in this volume, considering she is the reason the New Mutants are in Asgard. Storm becoming the new god of thunder was the main reason I wanted to read this in the first place so I was sad to see that she didn't have a lot to do. Otherwise, this is a fantastic story for literally every member of the New Mutants, even for readers who are unfamiliar with who they are.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nadia

    Seriously wonderful. I think I would point people to this volume if they were looking for an X-Men stand alone kind of book to try out. Either this or Days of Future Past. Good character moments, plus you get Loki! I think a lot of people would send new readers to God Loves Man Kills but I'm not as big a fan of that as everybody else seems to be. EDIT: I'd totally forgotten that part of the NM issue contains the end of that awful fatphobic stretch/plot with Karma. I knew there was a reason I coul Seriously wonderful. I think I would point people to this volume if they were looking for an X-Men stand alone kind of book to try out. Either this or Days of Future Past. Good character moments, plus you get Loki! I think a lot of people would send new readers to God Loves Man Kills but I'm not as big a fan of that as everybody else seems to be. EDIT: I'd totally forgotten that part of the NM issue contains the end of that awful fatphobic stretch/plot with Karma. I knew there was a reason I couldn't give this five stars, otherwise I would've. But yeah, if you can compartmentalize it's very worth checking out.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    It all seems a touch chaotic what with the art, the lots of cramped dialogue in each panel (sometimes it's a little hard to differentiate between telepathic conversations and vocal ones) but there's a lot of interesting things going on despite all that. We have Alpha Force involved in one story, Storm being controlled by Loki in another. Rachel Summers features rather strongly and her presence is a wonderful aside when the main action gets a bit too much (will she tell Cyclops who she is?). Also It all seems a touch chaotic what with the art, the lots of cramped dialogue in each panel (sometimes it's a little hard to differentiate between telepathic conversations and vocal ones) but there's a lot of interesting things going on despite all that. We have Alpha Force involved in one story, Storm being controlled by Loki in another. Rachel Summers features rather strongly and her presence is a wonderful aside when the main action gets a bit too much (will she tell Cyclops who she is?). Also Loki always makes an amusing comic.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Trey

    Some parts of this really don't date all that well, but the vast majority of it works as a great, fun summer blockbuster type fantasy story. I appreciate the attempts to bring readers up to speed on who all the characters are, even if it's clunky at times. Gets 3.5 stars, with an extra star for nostalgia -- this is the way I remember and most enjoy the X0men and New Mutants featured here, and they all get moments to shine.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michael Irenski

    A title I had no interest in reading. And yet on my mission to read all X-Men canon, I had to do it. Well, I loved it. Chris Claremont blended a story that actually made sense in the grand scheme of things and it was a hell of a lot of fun. The New Mutants Special and Uncanny X-Men Annual 9 was beautiful with Art Adams art. The Alpha Flight stuff was good, too. Established: Pryor's pregnancy announced, Dani Moonstar a Valkyrie, and Storm almost has her powers back.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    This was a lot of fun to read. Chris Claremont is a really good writer, and Art Adams' illustrations were very nostalgic of the 80's. I can see how he was a superstar. The writing is very expository (which I think reflects the times) but it was also really in depth and complicated. It's over twenty years old and still really fun.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Steven

    In a nutshell...Loki tries to do a grand good deed for Midgard to redeem his reputation with the Shadow Lords of Asgard, hilarity ensues. In the second half, Loki tries for vengeful...hilarity ensues. Writer Chris Claremont delivers his assorted messages, as always, with the typewriter equivalent of Mjolnir.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nazary

    This is a crazy mix-up of Asgard and X-Men that makes me wish the new trend of "realistic" comics never went in effect. This story really has a lot of pathos and explores each character fully in the context of the plot. Overall a solid read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Travis

    Nice collection of the little mini-arc where Loki kept crossing paths with the X-men. A mix of scattered stories, rather than one big arc. Nice mix of artists. The New mutants story I think is my favorite. Nice mix of fantasy elements and super heroes.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Andreas Acevedo Dunlop Strom

    Sadly, not the dog's bollocks, just plain bollocks. The New Mutants and Alpha Flight were extremely boring, and the story was pretty blah too. Wolverine was the only thing saving this from a single star rating, and that just barely.

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