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
Author:Ed Piskor
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X-Men: Grand Design Reviews

  • Logan Aube

    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.

  • John H

    I loved this. Yeah, there were some abrupt transitions in the story, but when you consider the hundreds of X-Men comics, some of which probably don't mesh together very well, this book is an amazing achievement. This is basically an attempt to create a coherent narrative from the hundreds of X-Men comics that have been written over the years. The artwork is great, and I loved the larger size. Can't wait for Volume 2!

  • Adam Stone

    The X-Men were the characters that got me into comics. I picked up all four issues of the

    in the first comic book store I ever went to, and immediately fell in love with comics, and then read

    and was so confused that I stopped reading comics for several years.

    I've occasionally tried to read as much of the full run of X-Men and related comics (X-Factor, X-Force, Generation X, New Mutants, etc.) as possible but I never make it out of the Silve

    The X-Men were the characters that got me into comics. I picked up all four issues of the

    in the first comic book store I ever went to, and immediately fell in love with comics, and then read

    and was so confused that I stopped reading comics for several years.

    I've occasionally tried to read as much of the full run of X-Men and related comics (X-Factor, X-Force, Generation X, New Mutants, etc.) as possible but I never make it out of the Silver Age. I just can't get into the pacing and plotting of silver age comics, and the hokiness of Stan Lee era writing.

    This book is like the best possible illustrated Wikipedia page for Silver Age X-Men. It's chronologically straight-forward, contains the bare bones of most of the stories, but it looks awesome.

    I would recommend this for people who love the X-Men but don't have the time or patience for the Silver Age era, fans of the Silver Age era X-Men looking for a quick nostalgic overview of the first 65 issues, people who've never read the X-Men but are looking for a quick primer, fans of Piskor's

    , and mutant plot enthusiasts.

  • 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.

  • Adam Spanos

    The best and most ambitious X-Men project in decades! That Piskor is able to not only organize all of the tangled X-Men continuity but also make a coherent and interesting story out of it is a bit of a minor miracle. Buy it now. You won't be sorry.

  • Przemek Skoczyński

    Komiks napisany z miłości do X-Menów. Traktowałem to jak skrypt, który z grubsza zarysuje całość i w zasadzie trochę tak jest, ale to niesie ze sobą dosyć dramatyczne konsekwencje, np. taką, że całość jest bardzo, ale to bardzo skrótowa, wątki bywają spłycone maksymalnie i często przeskakujemy między nimi tak szybko i pobieżnie, że ktoś kto w temacie nie siedzi, w pewnym momencie musi ustąpić przed infantylnym charakterem tych treści. Czemu trzy gwiazdki? Bo naprawdę czuć, że Piskor zrobił to z

    Komiks napisany z miłości do X-Menów. Traktowałem to jak skrypt, który z grubsza zarysuje całość i w zasadzie trochę tak jest, ale to niesie ze sobą dosyć dramatyczne konsekwencje, np. taką, że całość jest bardzo, ale to bardzo skrótowa, wątki bywają spłycone maksymalnie i często przeskakujemy między nimi tak szybko i pobieżnie, że ktoś kto w temacie nie siedzi, w pewnym momencie musi ustąpić przed infantylnym charakterem tych treści. Czemu trzy gwiazdki? Bo naprawdę czuć, że Piskor zrobił to z miłości, całość jest dodatkowo piękna graficznie i stylizowana na retro, co daje kapitalny efekt. Jeśli miałeś już w głowie te wszystkie historie - taka laurka sprawi ci pewnie wielką frajdę; jeśli znasz temat pobieżnie i chciałeś pogłębić - trzeba chyba pochylić się nad bardziej klasycznymi pozycjami; jeśli chciałbyś od tego zacząć przygodę z X-Menami - odpuść.

  • 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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