The culmination of the
Silver Age legacy of Marvel's mutant misfits, the X-Men! Closing the
gap between the end of the X-Men's original series in 1970 and the
debut of the All-New, All-Different team in 1975, the Marvel
Masterworks present several never-before-collected X-Men tales that set the stage for Giant-Size X-Men #1!
First up: forced underground by anti-mutant hysteria run amok, the
X-Men find themselves pursued by a secret adversary that seeks to pick
them off one by one. And if being on the run wasn¹t tough enough, here
comes Magneto! Only the combined might of the X-Men and the Avengers
can prevent the Master of Magnetism from unleashing a nuclear
holocaust. Then, with the X-Men's ranks dwindling, Professor X, Cyclops
and Marvel Girl head West for reinforcements, but instead bump into the
Incredible Hulk and the Juggernaut.
Next comes the culmination of the classic Secret Empire saga, where
the X-Men find they share a common enemy with Captain America and join
forces with the shield-slingin' Avenger to save the nation and rescue
their mutant comrades. Then, on the eve of the X-Men¹s departure to
face Krakoa the Living Island, Iceman and the Human Torch team-up to
battle Equinox, the Thermo-Dynamic Man - and with his team missing,
Professor X must enlist the Defenders to fight a resurgent Magneto and
Alpha, the Ultimate Mutant!
To top it all off, we've also included X-Man-to-be Wolverine¹s very
first appearance! The ole' Canucklehead leaps from the top-secret
Weapon X program and throws down in his first famous battle with the
Incredible Hulk. There's also the debut of Madrox the Multiple Man,
Chris Claremont's first X-Man and the Beast vs. the Griffin. This X-tra
special Masterworks volume polishes off the library of every X-Fan¹s
dreams‹completing the original adventures of Marvel¹s most-famous super
Collecting Avengers issues #110 to 111, Incredible Hulk #172, 180 & 181, Captain America #172 to 175, Marvel Team-Up #23 and #38, Defenders #15 and 16 and Giant-Size Fantastic Four #4, plus the rare covers to X-Men #81 to 93, written by Steve Englehart, Len Wein, Chris Claremont, Bill Mantlo, Roy
Thomas and Tony Isabella, pencilled by Sal Buscema, Don Heck, Herb
Trimpe, Gil Kane and John Buscema, with a cover by Kane.
Marvel, hardback, 304 pages, published March 2010
please note that variant editions are published in smaller quantities than regular Masterworks and so can go out of print more quickly; please order early to avoid possible disappointment