New X-Men Omnibus
- I finally
got around to putting a pretty decent dent into this gigantic collection this weekend. I would have liked to have finished the whole book but unfortunately I only made it halfway through the "Assault on Weapon Plus" arc. It's been pretty great going back and rereading this collection, especially since it has been 9 years since the finale was released. Revisiting the first appearances of characters like Cassandra Nova, Fantomex, Quentin Quire, the Stepford Cuckoos, and Xorn has been very refreshing. Honestly, I had forgotten how much I actually enjoyed Xorn as a character. Going back and rereading this series has really made me appreciate just how genius Morrison's approach to the Xorn character really was. The final revelation about Xorn is as big of a punch in the gut to the reader as it is to the characters in the story.
Speaking of gut punches, every time I would turn the page and start a new issue that was illustrated by Igor Kordey, it was like somebody was viciously knocking the wind out of me. The art in the rest of this collection is so great, with artists like Frank Quitely, Leinil Francis Yu, Ethan Van Sciver, John Paul Leon, Keron Grant, Phil Jimenez, and even Chris Bachalo, that seeing Kordey's scribbles tends to be extremely jarring. It just doesn't fit in with the rest of the book.
All things considered, this is still a wonderful collection of a great run on an X-Men title and it's sad to think about how many great things from this run have been undone over the years by writers who haven't produced stories half as good as this.