Why you should read "X-Men: Proteus!"

Posted by Rabbitearsblog (5768 posts) - - Show Bio

After being inspired by both G-Man and Babs’ recommendations for various classic comics, I decided to do a little recommendation of my own and the comic book story I recommend is “X-Men: Proteus!”

“X-Men: Proteus” is an X-Men storyline that was written by Chris Claremont along with artwork by John Byrne and the story is about how the X-Men members (Cyclops, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Storm, and Wolverine) just survived an attack from Magneto and it was believed that these X-Men members were dead after that battle. However, afterwards, it turns out that a mutant that was locked up and was known as “Mutant X” suddenly breaks out of his prison and starts going after the X-Men. It turns out that this runaway mutant was known as Proteus, who happens to be the son of Moira MacTaggert and her estranged husband Joe MacTaggert and he’s out for revenge on his heartless father! However, when the X-Men turned out to have survived the battle with Magneto, they join forces with Havok, Polaris and Jamie Madrox to stop this new menace from completing his goal!

One of the best things about this story arc was that it led to the famous “X-Men” story “The Dark Phoenix Saga” and it was great seeing the changes that comes over Jean Grey when she inhabits the Phoenix powers. It was also interesting seeing another villain that gave the X-Men a hard time and managed to break through the X-Men’s spirits. Probably the most shocking and memorable scene to come out of this was when Proteus ends up warping both Wolverine and Nightcrawler’s minds, which actually causes Wolverine to be frightened of this enemy! This story is also a great introduction to Proteus and for those of you who have seen the Proteus episode on “X-Men: The Animated Series,” you might be interested in seeing Proteus in his comic book form. John Byrne’s artwork was truly amazing in this comic book as all the characters are drawn in a detailed way and anyone who loves John Byrne’s artwork will definitely enjoy it here!

Overall, “X-Men: Proteus” is definitely an X-Men story that I would highly recommend to any X-Men fan, especially if you are looking for an X-Men story from the 70s.

So, are you going to check this comic out?

#1 Edited by oldnightcrawler (4169 posts) - - Show Bio

@rabbitearsblog: This story is great!

It's actually the only X-men story from the 70's that I consider essential reading (though Giant Size X-men #1 and Kitty's first appearance in UXM#129 & 130 are definitely worth checking out), not because it's the only good story from that era, but it's certainly the best example of what made the X-men both thematically and stylistically distinct.

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#2 Edited by Rabbitearsblog (5768 posts) - - Show Bio

@rabbitearsblog: This story is great!

It's actually the only X-men story from the 70's that I consider essential reading (though Giant Size X-men #1 and Kitty's first appearance in UXM#129 & 130 are definitely worth checking out), not because it's the only good story from that era, but it's certainly the best example of what made the X-men both thematically and stylistically distinct.

Oh yeah! I almost forgot about Kitty's first appearance, although I thought that it took place during the 80s. But I agree that this story really made the X-Men more distinct from the other superheroes.

#3 Edited by oldnightcrawler (4169 posts) - - Show Bio

@rabbitearsblog said: I almost forgot about Kitty's first appearance, although I thought that it took place during the 80s. But I agree that this story really made the X-Men more distinct from the other superheroes.

mm, her entry in Wikipedia places her first appearance (UXM #129) as January, 1980 (one month before I was born, incidentally), but I could have sworn I read that this issue actually came out late in '79. Either way, she's still very much a child of the 80's I suppose.

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#4 Posted by Rabbitearsblog (5768 posts) - - Show Bio

@rabbitearsblog said: I almost forgot about Kitty's first appearance, although I thought that it took place during the 80s. But I agree that this story really made the X-Men more distinct from the other superheroes.

mm, her entry in Wikipedia places her first appearance (UXM #129) as January, 1980 (one month before I was born, incidentally), but I could have sworn I read that this issue actually came out late in '79. Either way, she's still very much a child of the 80's I suppose.

I agree. I usually do associate her more with the 80s than the 70s.

#5 Posted by papad1992 (6821 posts) - - Show Bio

@rabbitearsblog: I have this story on my wish list on Amazon... forgot about it!! :P

Great review... I, personally, enjoy more of the classic stories, like many other true X-Men fans. Great pick.

#6 Edited by Rabbitearsblog (5768 posts) - - Show Bio

@rabbitearsblog: I have this story on my wish list on Amazon... forgot about it!! :P

Great review... I, personally, enjoy more of the classic stories, like many other true X-Men fans. Great pick.

Thanks!!! I really love the classic X-Men stories better also!

#7 Edited by papad1992 (6821 posts) - - Show Bio

@papad1992 said:

@rabbitearsblog: I have this story on my wish list on Amazon... forgot about it!! :P

Great review... I, personally, enjoy more of the classic stories, like many other true X-Men fans. Great pick.

Thanks!!! I really love the classic X-Men stories better also!

They're more fulfilling!!

#8 Posted by Rabbitearsblog (5768 posts) - - Show Bio

@rabbitearsblog said:

@papad1992 said:

@rabbitearsblog: I have this story on my wish list on Amazon... forgot about it!! :P

Great review... I, personally, enjoy more of the classic stories, like many other true X-Men fans. Great pick.

Thanks!!! I really love the classic X-Men stories better also!

They're more fulfilling!!

Agree!!!

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