X-Men: Grand Design

X-Men: Grand Design

Over six tumultuous decades, the X-Men have carved a singular place in comic book lore and popular culture. From their riotous birth in the '60s, to their legendary reboot in the '70s, to their attitude adjustment in the '90s, to their battle against extinction in the '00s, the X-Men have remained unquestionably relevant to generations of readers, the ultimate underdogs in...

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Title:X-Men: Grand Design
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X-Men: Grand Design Reviews

  • Logan

    I really don't know where to begin with this book.

    Perhaps I should describe the yellowed pulp paper, or the thick line work, or the Kirbyesque faces and costumes.

    Maybe I should be praising the way Mr. Piskor has so beautifully highlighted the strangeness of the Silver Age X-Men while molding it into a single, tightly-woven narrative.

    Or maybe I should just shut up and implore you to GO BUY THIS FRIGGIN' BOOK. If you love or have ever loved or have ever even held a passing interest in the X-Men, y

    I really don't know where to begin with this book.

    Perhaps I should describe the yellowed pulp paper, or the thick line work, or the Kirbyesque faces and costumes.

    Maybe I should be praising the way Mr. Piskor has so beautifully highlighted the strangeness of the Silver Age X-Men while molding it into a single, tightly-woven narrative.

    Or maybe I should just shut up and implore you to GO BUY THIS FRIGGIN' BOOK. If you love or have ever loved or have ever even held a passing interest in the X-Men, you owe this to yourself.

    And then you can join the rest of us in misery as we wait almost an entire year for the next issue.

  • Matt

    Collects X-Men: Grand Design issues #1-2 and X-Men (1963) issue #1 (recolored by Ed Piskor)

    This is an awesome book chronicling the early days of X-Men history. As far as I could tell, from my limited X-Men knowledge, the stories detailed in this collection are set during the 1960's (in our real-world timeline). With that being said, Piskor masterfully weaves in things that had been retconned into the past, and presents various separate threads as one cohesive whole.

  • Dave

    I thought this was a very funny and clever way to catch up on a massive and chaotic X-men history and Piskor does so with love, humor, and detail. I am looking forward to the next batch of stories this year.

  • A. Hydra

    Simple plot but not bad, final expected but not bad, is an easy book to read and good for people who do not have a specific time for this activity since you can read in the truck, free spaces, etc.

  • Brendan

    4.5

    Something different and unlike most of the graphic novels lingering around. Ed Piskor has created something that is a labour of love for the X-Men universe and it's nice to find something a little more retro. The book might seem light but it was quite a heavy one sitting read and if you're a fan of the series or like myself someone on the outside of the mythology, this is an interesting read.

    The artwork and colouring is like an early work and it's clear from the beginning, Ed Piskor is recre

    4.5

    Something different and unlike most of the graphic novels lingering around. Ed Piskor has created something that is a labour of love for the X-Men universe and it's nice to find something a little more retro. The book might seem light but it was quite a heavy one sitting read and if you're a fan of the series or like myself someone on the outside of the mythology, this is an interesting read.

    The artwork and colouring is like an early work and it's clear from the beginning, Ed Piskor is recreating a childhood memory, channeling what most of us would not dare to touch. I'm currently revisiting some of my childhood movies and while most are horrible, some live up to the hype. My comparison is that Ed Piskor has recreated something so exact you could trick the average non fan into thinking it was a dated work. Myself or even yourself would struggle to recapture that visual film today, it's near impossible to recapture the same beats that a film created and it's even harder to recapture storytelling in the graphic art world.

    Why the 4.5?

    The book was amazing, only the pacing was a little tiring but overall I enjoyed the book. I have heard that Second Genesis is the followup and I will be shelling out to read that one as well. I enjoy pulp and this is like reliving a period most of us have not experienced, only the die hard fans of the era. You can do no wrong with checking this out, fans of the series might not love it but for fans of the era, this is a must.

    My next graphic novel is going to be completed the few I have on here now, slowly but surely I have fallen behind again thanks to Netflix. Check out The Haunting of Hill House if you haven't already.

  • Chad

    Ed Piskor brings the Hip Hop Family Tree treatment to the X-Men. Set in an old school, over-sized treasury format, Piskor brings in all of the flashbacks from the X-Men books throughout the years and gives us the historical highlights of those that would eventually form the X-Men. Issue #2 covers the times from Uncanny X-Men #1 up to right before Giant-Size X-Men #1 cherry picking stories from the original Uncanny X-Men run. Piskor's art and coloring mimics those early comics and how they've age

    Ed Piskor brings the Hip Hop Family Tree treatment to the X-Men. Set in an old school, over-sized treasury format, Piskor brings in all of the flashbacks from the X-Men books throughout the years and gives us the historical highlights of those that would eventually form the X-Men. Issue #2 covers the times from Uncanny X-Men #1 up to right before Giant-Size X-Men #1 cherry picking stories from the original Uncanny X-Men run. Piskor's art and coloring mimics those early comics and how they've aged for 40 years right down to the yellowed pages.

  • Peter Derk

    If you're looking for a primer on early X-Men history, this is the way to go. Piskor sort of remakes old X-Men stories with new art, and he mixes in some of the better-known and more obscure stuff. It makes for a great blend. Plus, the format has yellowed, old comic book pages, it's oversized, and it just smells like old comics. Very cool as an artifact, totally worth your time to see how bonkers some of this stuff was. Although, caveat, if you're intimately familiar with early X-Men, you might

    If you're looking for a primer on early X-Men history, this is the way to go. Piskor sort of remakes old X-Men stories with new art, and he mixes in some of the better-known and more obscure stuff. It makes for a great blend. Plus, the format has yellowed, old comic book pages, it's oversized, and it just smells like old comics. Very cool as an artifact, totally worth your time to see how bonkers some of this stuff was. Although, caveat, if you're intimately familiar with early X-Men, you might not love it as much.

    There's still this thing with Piskor's work where he tends to jump between pages without any real transition. Sometimes it's really jarring and takes me a minute to figure out that we've moved between scenes or even jumped quite a bit in time. It was a big problem I had with Hip-Hop Family Tree, Piskor's other big work. I could just use some panels that said "Meanwhile..." or "1977" or whatever. I'm sure there are less lazy ways to do it too, but for the sake of understanding, I'd take lazy over confusing any day.

  • Quentin Wallace

    This was a mixed bag. One one hand, the art is good and it's printed on a different type of paper that makes it feel like an authentic older comic. But the thing is, there's really not a fluid story here and it's more just a collection of events that happened in the X-Men comics during the silver age. There are even jump cuts from page to page that are very abrupt. I think this is meant to be a summary of sorts of the X-Men Universe, but really I'm not sure what purpose it serves because the mor

    This was a mixed bag. One one hand, the art is good and it's printed on a different type of paper that makes it feel like an authentic older comic. But the thing is, there's really not a fluid story here and it's more just a collection of events that happened in the X-Men comics during the silver age. There are even jump cuts from page to page that are very abrupt. I think this is meant to be a summary of sorts of the X-Men Universe, but really I'm not sure what purpose it serves because the more hardcore X-Men fans would rather read the original stories, and lesser fans probably wouldn't care to read the history in this format. Still, it was an interesting read and I did enjoy it.

  • Blindzider

    I like the idea of this and being a fan of the X-Men this project appealed to me. After reading it though, I'm underwhelmed.

    In this volume, Piskor takes all of the stories starting with the Lee series to just before Claremont's run, condenses them and puts them in a chronological order. Basically, if you read all of the original issues straight through, what were they key points that you would remember about each character and what happened? That's what this is. It's

    of a story but also not

    I like the idea of this and being a fan of the X-Men this project appealed to me. After reading it though, I'm underwhelmed.

    In this volume, Piskor takes all of the stories starting with the Lee series to just before Claremont's run, condenses them and puts them in a chronological order. Basically, if you read all of the original issues straight through, what were they key points that you would remember about each character and what happened? That's what this is. It's

    of a story but also not. Pages don't always flow together, panel to panel transitions are often abrupt. Piskor's art is love it or hate and for me, I hate it. It just feels very "amateurish" and isn't pleasing, at least to my eye. If the art were better, it would serve as a nice reference to X-Men history. I might have even preferred if the original art was used for each panel.

    Note that this TPB is "treasury size" or at least close to it. Pages are very thick and yellowed also.

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