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Review: X-Men #102

Lured into a trap at Banshee’s ancestral home, the X-Men battle Black Tom Cassidy and the Juggernaut. While a solid effort, this issue from Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum struggles with both pacing and suspension of disbelief.

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Review: X-Men #101

Jean Grey nearly dies saving the X-Men but becomes Phoenix instead … then the rest of the team goes on vacation. A mid-issue shift in plot keeps Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum’s debut of Phoenix from being a classic.

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Review: X-Men #100

X-Men try to rescue X-Men but end up fighting … the X-Men? Sentinel shenanigans are afoot – perhaps with deadly consequences! Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum go all in for this celebratory 100th issue of X-Men.

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Review: X-Men #99

The new X-Men race to S.H.I.E.L.D.’S orbital platform to rescue teammates captured by the Sentinels. A fun read from Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum – but one that requires some serious suspension of disbelief.

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Review: X-Men #98

The X-Men’s Christmas outing to Rockefeller Center is interrupted by the return of the mutant-hunting giant robots, the Sentinels! Great character work and dynamic art anchor this strong effort from Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum.

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Review: Tarzan #1

Tarzan returns to save a safari hunter from beast and man – but is the hunter really who he says? Marvel takes over the Tarzan franchise from the Distinguished Competition, and, while not on par with the best Kubert issues, Roy Thomas and John Buscema do deliver an enjoyable debut issue.

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Review: Questprobe #1

Against the backdrop of a peaceful world facing annihilation, the Chief Examiner comes to Earth to steal the Hulk’s power. An early, subpar effort at transmedia, from the team of Bill Mantlo, Mark Gruenwald and John Romita Sr. (working off a concept by John Byrne and game designer Scott Adams).

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Review: X-Men #97

As Professor X departs for vacation, the X-Men are inexplicably attacked by Eric the Red – and two of their own! The classic X-Men creative team of Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum are beginning to hit their stride.

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Review: X-Men #96

Still reeling from the death of one of their own, the all-new X-Men face off against a demon invasion. Regular writer Chris Claremont settles in, with strong support from team co-creator Dave Cockrum.

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Review: X-Men #95

The X-Men battle Count Nefaria and his Ani-Men at NORAD – with tragic results! The shocking death of one of the new X-Men ultimately fails to land the desired emotional punch in this potential-laden outing from Len Wien, Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum.

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