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The genetic terrorist known as Magneto, Master of Magnetism, is back to end the X-Men. They have battled him on countless occasions and once thought him dead, but can they survive his latest attack and prevent his planned genocide of the entire human race? Collecting: New X-Men (2001) 146-150


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The genetic terrorist known as Magneto, Master of Magnetism, is back to end the X-Men. They have battled him on countless occasions and once thought him dead, but can they survive his latest attack and prevent his planned genocide of the entire human race? Collecting: New X-Men (2001) 146-150

30 review for New X-Men, Volume 6: Planet X

  1. 4 out of 5

    Get X Serious

    Umm, what? 2.5 stars rounded up. Here's a bunch of interrogative sentences: Is it just me or is Magneto totally off in this volume? (view spoiler)[And he was secretly Xorn all along? Just to teach the special class and recruit the outcast mutants to his new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants? (hide spoiler)] DUDE, what?! Morrison had this planned all along? This is terrible! You take away my favorite new X-Men (or is it, X-Man?), say he never existed, and then ruin Magneto? Morrison... I would have words Umm, what? 2.5 stars rounded up. Here's a bunch of interrogative sentences: Is it just me or is Magneto totally off in this volume? (view spoiler)[And he was secretly Xorn all along? Just to teach the special class and recruit the outcast mutants to his new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants? (hide spoiler)] DUDE, what?! Morrison had this planned all along? This is terrible! You take away my favorite new X-Men (or is it, X-Man?), say he never existed, and then ruin Magneto? Morrison... I would have words with thee. *taps shoulder* *whisperwhisperwhisper* Oh wait, I forgot that this is 13 years old. Nevermind!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Christopher (Donut)

    Pretty epic. Both the dialogue and the art are generally first rate, which makes the occasional flake out of both so baffling. Magneto sets up a dictatorship, something he first tried in Uncanny X-Men (1963-2011) #4. He is absolutely insane this time. It's beautiful. Very nice to see the return of the Toad, who was always one of my favorite characters. Pretty epic. Both the dialogue and the art are generally first rate, which makes the occasional flake out of both so baffling. Magneto sets up a dictatorship, something he first tried in Uncanny X-Men (1963-2011) #4. He is absolutely insane this time. It's beautiful. Very nice to see the return of the Toad, who was always one of my favorite characters.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Miguel

    I have one BIG complain! First, in vol.5 we have a HUGE spoiler in the back cover of the book. Then in this volume we have a huge spoiler on the cover.... like... WTF MARVEL??? But lets talk about the book. It was more about the characters interaction than the storyline. This book was a lot of drama! It was great, but something is missing. I don't know what exactly. I think the all magneto plot wasn't very interesting... :S Btw f*ck jean and cyclops marriege! I want Jean with Wolverine and Cyclo I have one BIG complain! First, in vol.5 we have a HUGE spoiler in the back cover of the book. Then in this volume we have a huge spoiler on the cover.... like... WTF MARVEL??? But lets talk about the book. It was more about the characters interaction than the storyline. This book was a lot of drama! It was great, but something is missing. I don't know what exactly. I think the all magneto plot wasn't very interesting... :S Btw f*ck jean and cyclops marriege! I want Jean with Wolverine and Cyclops with Emma! Don't judge me... One of my favorite lines is by fantomex to magneto: "is everything you say a cliché?" Overall i liked it, not a blow mind book AT ALL, but i recommend it .

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dimitris Papastergiou

    I liked it. I would definitely recommend Morrison's X-Men to fans of the title, but it's definitely not as good and interesting as the first arc. Great artwork as always! I liked it. I would definitely recommend Morrison's X-Men to fans of the title, but it's definitely not as good and interesting as the first arc. Great artwork as always!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    Planet X (#146-150. [spoilers] Could Xorn have possibly been Magneto? That's the question you have to ask yourself at the end of Morrison's run, even when you read through it all knowing that's the end game. It's a hard sell that you can just barely imagine when you consider how Xorn does (or doesn't) use his powers, but otherwise it seems ... unlikely. Really: you gotta squint to believe the twist.[/spoilers] Nonetheless, this is a splendid end to Morrison's run. After the sudden by inevitable b Planet X (#146-150. [spoilers] Could Xorn have possibly been Magneto? That's the question you have to ask yourself at the end of Morrison's run, even when you read through it all knowing that's the end game. It's a hard sell that you can just barely imagine when you consider how Xorn does (or doesn't) use his powers, but otherwise it seems ... unlikely. Really: you gotta squint to believe the twist.[/spoilers] Nonetheless, this is a splendid end to Morrison's run. After the sudden by inevitable betrayal, we get the final Magneto story. Yes, perhaps he's lost the nuance of the Claremont years, but he's just seen his entire country of 16 million mutants killed. That is ... believable. And we also get a rather magnificent last Jean Grey and Wolverine story, as they're about to fall into the sun. And Morrison so nicely brings together the young rejects of Xavier's school into a new Brotherhood ... that doesn't end like you'd expect. A really great` tying together of so many elements from Morrison's run, plus a sufficiently apocalyptic finale. (Too bad the idiots at Marvel ruined some of the major plot points before even a month had gone by.) [5/5].

  6. 5 out of 5

    C.

    I don't like that Magneto is huffing performance enhancing drugs, as the dude's strong enough without him - other than that, I liked this brutal, earth-shattering story-line with the "final" showdown between Xavier's dream and Magneto's nightmare. Of course, the second Morrison left the book Marvel hit the reset button and unkilled Magneto, cheapening Jean's "final"(?) death and the drama of loosing their olderst villian, but that's not Morrison's fault. I don't like that Magneto is huffing performance enhancing drugs, as the dude's strong enough without him - other than that, I liked this brutal, earth-shattering story-line with the "final" showdown between Xavier's dream and Magneto's nightmare. Of course, the second Morrison left the book Marvel hit the reset button and unkilled Magneto, cheapening Jean's "final"(?) death and the drama of loosing their olderst villian, but that's not Morrison's fault.

  7. 4 out of 5

    AJ Kallas

    There is no way this was the plan. What a total and tonal shift.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alex E

    Magneto reveals himself and goes full super villain in his final move against humanity. I love Grant Morrison's run on the X-Men, but this volume and the next one are the low points in my opinion. I'm of two minds with this volume: On one hand, it's awesome that Morrison took Magneto THERE. He has been threatening this type of backlash and "punishment" for mankind since the very beginning of the X-Men series. To see him at his most unhinged and sadistic, does satisfy the young X-Men fan who was g Magneto reveals himself and goes full super villain in his final move against humanity. I love Grant Morrison's run on the X-Men, but this volume and the next one are the low points in my opinion. I'm of two minds with this volume: On one hand, it's awesome that Morrison took Magneto THERE. He has been threatening this type of backlash and "punishment" for mankind since the very beginning of the X-Men series. To see him at his most unhinged and sadistic, does satisfy the young X-Men fan who was genuinely scared of the threat that is Magneto. On the other hand, Magneto as a character has grown so much further than those original days. He is a much more nuanced characters that isn't so black and white. Here we see him just like a rabid dog literally doped up on drugs and not making sense, hallucinating, and going against key moral standings that he himself has been victim to. Also the whole Xorn thing doesn't make much sense, and the character of Xorn was pretty cool in general. I know down the line they try to bring him back, but the stain of Magneto is never really wiped away. Don't get me wrong, there are some very cool moments in this, and like I said earlier, viscerally, this volume is great on a almost primal level. But it just "feels" off. I think Morrison obviously went for broke on this one, and missed the mark a bit by devolving Magneto into a super villain trope. However, its still a fun read, and part of an amazing run, so I highly recommended for fans of the X-Men.

  9. 4 out of 5

    anthony e.

    A strange representation of Magneto courtesy of Morrison, but one, I think, that works with the series' larger aesthetic of exploring the nuanced approaches individuals can take to "Peace". Like a lot of Morrison's work, the artist feels only vaguely suited to the task, unable to get beyond the idea of simply drawing what's written, rather than using his own creativity to enhance the story-telling experience. That, in a nutshell, is my beef with comics in general. The need for creators to "show-a A strange representation of Magneto courtesy of Morrison, but one, I think, that works with the series' larger aesthetic of exploring the nuanced approaches individuals can take to "Peace". Like a lot of Morrison's work, the artist feels only vaguely suited to the task, unable to get beyond the idea of simply drawing what's written, rather than using his own creativity to enhance the story-telling experience. That, in a nutshell, is my beef with comics in general. The need for creators to "show-and-tell" is obnoxious, and even at times a little insulting. What makes Morrison's work so ideal is that he writes for COMICS, meaning that he tells us what he needs to, and let's the artist show the rest. When certain artist's are given the chance to bat with one of his scripts, most fall short of being able to understand his concepts, and so seem to simpyl adopt the same tired, old approach--the Marvel Way, if you will. As a result, while most of Morrison's work is WRITTEN with a kind of insightful, impetuous genius, the art drags them down to being only vaguely readable drek most of the time. Fortunately, this book manages to shed that distinction, though sadly not to the degree that it did with some one like Chris Bachalo on pencils. Jimenez is an adequate artist, but honestly, little more than a poor-man's George Perez, and that failing shows here.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Imran

    What a god-awful conclusive twist to a story for a series that starts out interesting enough to keep me reading up to this point. I heard a lot of hype about Grant Morrison's run on the New X-Men, anticipating reading the whole series, only to be completely baffled by how cheesy and ridiculous the climax is. Marvel, Chris Claramont in particular, spent YEARS making Magneto an incredible 'villain' and a highly complex character, one that was much more likable and believable than most heroes... an What a god-awful conclusive twist to a story for a series that starts out interesting enough to keep me reading up to this point. I heard a lot of hype about Grant Morrison's run on the New X-Men, anticipating reading the whole series, only to be completely baffled by how cheesy and ridiculous the climax is. Marvel, Chris Claramont in particular, spent YEARS making Magneto an incredible 'villain' and a highly complex character, one that was much more likable and believable than most heroes... and what does Grant Morrison do? Craps all over him in just three issues. I'm wondering what kind of drugs Grant Morrison was on. Perhaps he realized that his work was so good thus far, running out of ideas, and stoned out of his mind, he simply decided "wouldn't it be fun if I took a massive dump on it," shortly before passing out in a bag of funions.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lloyd

    We knew it was coming... Grant Morrison gives us a battle of epic proportions against their oldest and greatest foe... Magneto. This volume was great in that it encompassed one big story: "Planet X". My original inkling before even reading this volume was that it would be huge, and it was. It seems that (Volume 2 of this series) "Imperial" and this volume: "Planet X" were the stories that Morrison had been waiting to tell. Both were fantastic and really got down to some earth-shattering plot point We knew it was coming... Grant Morrison gives us a battle of epic proportions against their oldest and greatest foe... Magneto. This volume was great in that it encompassed one big story: "Planet X". My original inkling before even reading this volume was that it would be huge, and it was. It seems that (Volume 2 of this series) "Imperial" and this volume: "Planet X" were the stories that Morrison had been waiting to tell. Both were fantastic and really got down to some earth-shattering plot points. Amazing artwork by Phil Jimenez and co. made this an assault visually as well as conceptually. Truly a great point in Morrison's New X-Men run.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Colin

    The culmination of the first full run of any X title I was ever compelled to read. Written by Grant Morrison from issue 114, New X-Men existed as the title change from X-Men and reduced the team to something manageable. It made me like characters I'd never given a rip about, it challenged my perceptions of the Marvel Universe, and this collection, Planet X features the best villain reveal in the entire history of the franchise. The culmination of the first full run of any X title I was ever compelled to read. Written by Grant Morrison from issue 114, New X-Men existed as the title change from X-Men and reduced the team to something manageable. It made me like characters I'd never given a rip about, it challenged my perceptions of the Marvel Universe, and this collection, Planet X features the best villain reveal in the entire history of the franchise.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Amazing!! This really would have worked as an end to Morrison's run. This volume showcases everything that's right about the X-Men (not morally). Morrison takes chances and pushes the characters to their end. Yay!! Amazing!! This really would have worked as an end to Morrison's run. This volume showcases everything that's right about the X-Men (not morally). Morrison takes chances and pushes the characters to their end. Yay!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    Magneto is back, and all those threads in previous volumes come together for a big fallout. This is surprisingly good, all the xmen are in real danger. Not many character moments but the plot is good enough without them.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Todd

    The best of Morrison's run. This is what it's all about. The best of Morrison's run. This is what it's all about.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Din Djarin

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The first issue is the big reveal that Xorn was Magneto the whole time, and the rest of the book is trying to convince itself that Xorn was Magneto the whole time.

  17. 4 out of 5

    C

    Continuing the x-citing x-read of 2017… So I have been a bit wishy washy on Morrison’s run on the X-men, neither really loving or hating it. What I will say is that the man knows how to narratively build to something. Many of the character and main plot threads coalesce in this volume into something much more than the sum of their parts. It’s a really great story – exciting, emotional, impactful. I suppose the problem for me is so many comic (and x-men in particular) clichés come into play in the Continuing the x-citing x-read of 2017… So I have been a bit wishy washy on Morrison’s run on the X-men, neither really loving or hating it. What I will say is that the man knows how to narratively build to something. Many of the character and main plot threads coalesce in this volume into something much more than the sum of their parts. It’s a really great story – exciting, emotional, impactful. I suppose the problem for me is so many comic (and x-men in particular) clichés come into play in the plot (the jean and wolvie stuff in particular, but a bit of Magneto coming back, and of course Manhattan is destroyed once again) and they detract from what is otherwise a really great book. There are fantastic character moments – one that actually made me like Scott Summers for a few panels which is pretty much a miracle at this point. (And Beak is awesome here, showing some major spine – a pretty inspirational stand, particularly at this point in 2017…) A few characters (Emma in particular) are reduced to set dressing for these issues in a lot of ways, but in general this story shines. Morrison builds to a strong crescendo and doesn’t look back. He also does not take the story where you thought it was going to go once he hits that climax. There are a few genuine surprises. I’m still not in love overall with Morrison’s and Marvel’s direction with the X-men at this point in the timeline (suddenly huge mutant population, x-corp, etc…), and I will say that it might have been better had Morrison chosen a different villain as some of his actions seem a bit out of character for Magneto as we have known him but this book is up there with some of the best that I have read, so they’re obviously doing something right.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Chris Browning

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Morrison obviously had problems with Magneto being a sort of anti hero rather than a villain, and decided to stop fence sitting and take his mutant views to their most extreme end. This is a bit of a reach compared to what we know about the character from past comics, but once you take New X Men as almost a completely different, unique series in its own right then it kind of makes sense. Morrison is happy to use continuity but also dispose of it when creating his story in a sort of hermetic bubb Morrison obviously had problems with Magneto being a sort of anti hero rather than a villain, and decided to stop fence sitting and take his mutant views to their most extreme end. This is a bit of a reach compared to what we know about the character from past comics, but once you take New X Men as almost a completely different, unique series in its own right then it kind of makes sense. Morrison is happy to use continuity but also dispose of it when creating his story in a sort of hermetic bubble. It works here because Magneto is, deliberately, the polar opposite of Xorn, something his students delight in telling Magneto repeatedly. It’s annoying for Morrison that eventually Xorn got written back into continuity, but it’s entirely predictable given the nature of comics. A bigger problem must surely be trying to use Magneto again as a morally complicated character where Morrison has pretty much turned him into mutant Hitler. It’s a problem once you think about the story in any detail, but in and of itself it’s still a fantastic climax to his run. Next up, the extended epilogue

  19. 4 out of 5

    Miguel Portelada

    Some portions of Morrison's run, like the 4 issues right before this volume, actually deserve the praise and legendary status this run has, at least to some degree. Then there's this, which is absolute trash. Morrison could see Magneto as a plain villain without shades of gray and write him well like that. He didn't. The writing is shockingly piss-poor throught all of this, not to mention the whole Magneto/Xorn thing is a really bad pro-wrestling swerve, and one of those twists when all minor th Some portions of Morrison's run, like the 4 issues right before this volume, actually deserve the praise and legendary status this run has, at least to some degree. Then there's this, which is absolute trash. Morrison could see Magneto as a plain villain without shades of gray and write him well like that. He didn't. The writing is shockingly piss-poor throught all of this, not to mention the whole Magneto/Xorn thing is a really bad pro-wrestling swerve, and one of those twists when all minor things the character has done before also had a twist purpose, and most of them are stupid, convoluted, quite a stretch or just plain don't make sense. This run is both legendary and infamous for a reason, I'm learning. Up until here, it had ups and downs, but this volume is so bad my opinion of this run degrades significantly. Made me regret reading it at all.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lillian Francis

    That's it Morrison. Get rid of a perfectly good, chill X-men, make every panel and good thing he's done a lie and bring back a Nazi. Excellent job. And tbh, I didn't believe it. Morrison said it was his intention from the beginning but I knew that from the end of the first volume (when I wiki'd the rest of the series) and I didn't see anything that implied Xorn was Magneto until the last few issues of vol 5 (when I think he really made that decision). Anyway, on to the good stuff. The art's great. That's it Morrison. Get rid of a perfectly good, chill X-men, make every panel and good thing he's done a lie and bring back a Nazi. Excellent job. And tbh, I didn't believe it. Morrison said it was his intention from the beginning but I knew that from the end of the first volume (when I wiki'd the rest of the series) and I didn't see anything that implied Xorn was Magneto until the last few issues of vol 5 (when I think he really made that decision). Anyway, on to the good stuff. The art's great. Jimenez does a fantastic job. And I love how Beak comes into his own. Standing up to Magneto, getting away, rallying the troops. As for the end, I've no idea what's going on. Guess I'll have to read on.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Henry Blackwood

    The only thing I’m not so certain on right now is the Xorn reveal. He was a really good character, my personal favourite character that Grant Morrison has created in this run. I kind of feel like the reveal was cheap because of how well developed Xorn was as a character and how goddam cool he was. Still, I didn’t see it coming and this trade was really awesome so it worked to perfection. It achieved its desired effect. So I don’t know? Does that make it good? I’m not sure but it still felt kinda The only thing I’m not so certain on right now is the Xorn reveal. He was a really good character, my personal favourite character that Grant Morrison has created in this run. I kind of feel like the reveal was cheap because of how well developed Xorn was as a character and how goddam cool he was. Still, I didn’t see it coming and this trade was really awesome so it worked to perfection. It achieved its desired effect. So I don’t know? Does that make it good? I’m not sure but it still felt kinda weird to me. Another thing I wasn’t particularly down on was Morrison’s portrayal of Magneto being a psychotic drug addict didn’t sit right for me.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Judith Groen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So, I liked it okay. It was fast paced and full of action. I read this already knowing Xorn was Magneto because I got spoiled online somewhere (new to comic books, so bound to happen on a 10+ year old book). But I just didn't feel it. Xorn felt like a real character and now it was made so he wasn't all the cool stuff they said he was. That felt bad, even already knowing it. Also I read Magneto's Testament the other day and it is hard to believe that someone who went through all that would say "s So, I liked it okay. It was fast paced and full of action. I read this already knowing Xorn was Magneto because I got spoiled online somewhere (new to comic books, so bound to happen on a 10+ year old book). But I just didn't feel it. Xorn felt like a real character and now it was made so he wasn't all the cool stuff they said he was. That felt bad, even already knowing it. Also I read Magneto's Testament the other day and it is hard to believe that someone who went through all that would say "start the ovens". Then again, that is what fuels his hatred for humans, but still. I don't think I will read the next volume, I feel it's finished and will leave it at that.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Theo Kallström

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Absolutely phenomenal. This is the culmination of Morrison's run with absolutely amazing art by Phil Jimenez. The return of Magneto is the driving force of the story, with the man going completely insane in his scheme to create New Genosha. There are several touching moments as well, particularly with Logan and Jean in the middle part and during the final confrontation. This is quite possibly my favorite Marvel story so far, even if I still think that the outsider class is boring and never bring Absolutely phenomenal. This is the culmination of Morrison's run with absolutely amazing art by Phil Jimenez. The return of Magneto is the driving force of the story, with the man going completely insane in his scheme to create New Genosha. There are several touching moments as well, particularly with Logan and Jean in the middle part and during the final confrontation. This is quite possibly my favorite Marvel story so far, even if I still think that the outsider class is boring and never brings anything to the storyline.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Clint

    3.5 stars Planet X is the most typical X-Men story this series has told so far (heavily featuring Phoenix and Magneto) but there’s still a few astounding segments here; in particular I love the visuals from Logan and Jean’s plummet into the sun (a few panels reminded me a lot of the movie Sunshine that came out a few years after this book). Jimenez’s art is mostly solid as well, though again also the most typically comic book-y art the series has had yet. It definitely feels like the series is ru 3.5 stars Planet X is the most typical X-Men story this series has told so far (heavily featuring Phoenix and Magneto) but there’s still a few astounding segments here; in particular I love the visuals from Logan and Jean’s plummet into the sun (a few panels reminded me a lot of the movie Sunshine that came out a few years after this book). Jimenez’s art is mostly solid as well, though again also the most typically comic book-y art the series has had yet. It definitely feels like the series is running out of steam, so it’s not surprising there’s only one volume after this.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Don Flynn

    The art makes a comeback in this concluding volume of Morrison's run. Phil Jimenez was an excellent choice. Though I didn't like the reveal of who Xorn was, there was enough in the rest of the story to keep me invested. One of the best fairly recent X-Men runs in years. Probably matched only by Joss Whedon's and John Cassaday's run. The art makes a comeback in this concluding volume of Morrison's run. Phil Jimenez was an excellent choice. Though I didn't like the reveal of who Xorn was, there was enough in the rest of the story to keep me invested. One of the best fairly recent X-Men runs in years. Probably matched only by Joss Whedon's and John Cassaday's run.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    This is the most over-the-top volume of Morrison's X-Men so far, and that's saying a lot. I wasn't quite on board with it at the start, but as things just kept barrelling along, I started getting into it and really enjoyed it. Plot-wise, this is all very unlikely and nonsensical, but it's a lot of fun. This is the most over-the-top volume of Morrison's X-Men so far, and that's saying a lot. I wasn't quite on board with it at the start, but as things just kept barrelling along, I started getting into it and really enjoyed it. Plot-wise, this is all very unlikely and nonsensical, but it's a lot of fun.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shane

    Dark and cool and surprisingly comprehensible for a Grant Morrison comic.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Will Cooper

    Love it or hate it (I loved it), it's a huge twist coming since the beginning. Huge stakes, huge consequences. Love it or hate it (I loved it), it's a huge twist coming since the beginning. Huge stakes, huge consequences.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mr. Dietz

    Some great artwork in this collection. I love that Magneto is on his all-out villain game, and the masses of New York don’t understand him. A great collection of stories that feels complete.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Chris W

    Average at best. Nowhere near a top tier X-men story

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