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The Very Best of the X-Men (1994) HC - Comic Book DB
Limited edition leather-bound hardcover with slipcase and bookmark.
The Marvel Limited series was a dealer incentive program that produced high-quality hardbound books with print runs specifically based on the number of dealers who met the monthly quota requirements, and then chose to purchase the book.
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Synopsis: As the X-Men try to stop D’Ken from unleashing the power of the M’Kraan Crystal, two of the Crystal’s guardians attack them. With the rest of the X-Men eventually incapacitated by the powers of the Crystal, only the Phoenix is left to save existence.
Synopsis: The mysterious super-group known as Alpha Flight arrives on the scene demanding that they hand over Wolverine. Apparently, Wolverine was a charter member of Alpha Flight and Department H, the government agency behind the super-group, wants their property back. Can the weakened X-Men hold back Alpha Flight for long enough for Wolverine to make a fateful decision?
Synopsis: With most of the X-Men already weakened and taken by surprise, Alpha Flight seemingly has the upper-hand in the battle. Stating they have no problem with the rest of the team and they only want Wolverine, will the X-Men decide to abandon one of their own to save everyone, or will they find a way to overcome Alpha Flight? And what will Wolverine's fateful decision be?
Synopsis: Sorcerer Kulan Gath has magically transformed Manhattan island to the barbarian age, building a kingdom of terror, hate and magik. His henchmen are the Morlocks, his enemies the X-Men and the Avengers, or rather barbarian-counterparts of those heroes. By accident, Storm and Callisto fall into the ocean, and the current takes them out of the spell’s range. They unite to battle Kulan Gath, and have unexpected help in the form of Selene, who although still in Manhattan, is unaffected, as she already lived back then in the era where Gath is from. The evil sorcerer puts Xavier, Dr. Strange and the New Mutants under his control, while Selene turns Magma and Rachel Summers into her loyal followers, since both girls don’t remember past encounters. Storm and Callisto re-enter the city, their minds protected by Selene‘s sorcery, yet it’s too late, she has already been captured by Gath. Storm, and Callisto unite with the ancient versions of the X-Men, the Avengers and Illyana Rasputin against the immortal tyrant.
Synopsis: In the never ending battles, in the transformed Manhattan more and more of New York‘s super-beings are either killed or forced to join Kulan Gath‘s forces. The heroes gain a slight advantage by finding librarian Arilynn, who can tell them the origin of their opponent. In the final battle, most heroes are defeated, but the last wave makes it into the sorcerer’s palace – only to be stopped by the Scarlet Witch, transforming them to stone. All of a sudden, Warlock and Storm fly into the throne room and manage to steal Gath‘s necklace, the source of his power. But as quickly as they gained it, they lose it to Magma – actually Selene. The clever sorceress had switched appearances with Amara all along, and it was the New Mutant who had been captured by Gath, while she posing as Magma, followed the heroes. Ororo knows that Selene is no batter than Gath and uses Warlock’s Transmode virus to kill her. Dr. Strange and Illyana then synchronize powers and cause a leap back in time, before all the horror happened. In the subway, Jaime Rodriguez is again about to be attacked for the necklace, but this time he is saved by the arrival of the mutant hunting Nimrod. The necklace falls in the mud and is forgotten.