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 Over six tumultuous decades, the X-Men have carved a singular place in comic book lore and popular culture. From their ri...

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Title:X-Men: Grand Design
Author:Ed Piskor
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Genres:Sequential Art
ISBN:1302904892
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:120 pages pages

X-Men: Grand Design Reviews

  • Dave
    Apr 15, 2018
    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. ...
  • Daniel
    Oct 05, 2018
    A truly ambitious undertaking, weaving the entire disjointed history of the X-Men into a cohesive tale. I applaud the project. Unfortunately it fell flat for me. It's a high-speed sightseeing tour through the major events of the team's life, checking off all the boxes as it careens thr...
  • Andrew
    Jan 02, 2019
    I wanted to like this more than I did. Doing a "Hip Hop Family Tree" take on the X-Men sounds like a great idea, but it turns out this approach works better with real life history than with fictional soap operas. The first issue, in which Piskor organizes and recontextualizes decad...
  • Aaron
    Apr 25, 2018
    This was a pretty interesting read that I think any fan of the X-Men would like to dive into. At its core, the book actually summarizes the most important plotlines found in the comic over the course of their first 30 years of existance (1960s-1980s). It is not a lengthy book, but it d...
  • Peter Derk
    Dec 26, 2018
    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 ov...
  • Phillip
    Apr 20, 2018
    I liked the setup to this book. It begins with the standard origin of the X-Men and runs through much of the early material until around the Phoenix Saga. Piskor does a wonderful job streamlining this period of the X-Men history. Some of it I already knew, some felt familiar despite be...
  • Matt
    Apr 14, 2018
    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...
  • Burgoo
    Apr 30, 2018
    The X-Men & I go way back. Like to the original run, almost all the way back. And I loved this. Piskor synthesizes decades of X-Men stories to tell a chronologically linear narrative. It's not the way that the story was originally told, but it works. Classic X-men stories told w...
  • Dylan
    Jul 20, 2018
    The Marvel Universe is messy, as is to be expected of something written by hundreds of authors over 50+ years with hundreds of different characters. And the irony of a book titled "Grand Design" about characters in the MU is that there clearly is no such thing. Marvel comics are just a...
  • Zack! Empire
    Apr 18, 2018
    an absolutely incredible looking book, and an amazing achievement for ED piskor! the biggest problem for me, is that I'm just not interested in the X-Men prior to giant size X-Men number 1. that's not really the fault of Ed at all, but that's what this book is about. so in a lot of way...
  • Will Robinson Jr.
    Nov 30, 2018
    This book oozes with nostalgia. I have a fond history with the X-men. Growing up in the 90s I was big fan of the Fox X-men animated series. Saturday mornings were the best at that time and X-men was one of my go to shows along with Batman the Animated Series, Spider-man, Dragon Ball Z ...
  • andrew y
    May 26, 2018
    Now that's how you write a comic. I loved the framing as a Watcher finally "recording" these tales. I loved the art after a minute of acclimation. I loved the disparate, manifold stories woven into a cohesive whole. A "Grand Design", even. ...sorry ...
  • Jack Phoenix
    May 24, 2018
    Whether you're an initiated X-fan or a new-comer to Marvel's mighty Mutants or simply a fan of fabulous, quirky comics with an indie feel, X-Men: Grand Design cannot be missed. ...
  • Przemek Skoczyński
    May 11, 2018
    Komiks napisany z mi?o?ci do X-Menw. Traktowa?em to jak skrypt, ktry z grubsza zarysuje ca?o?? i w zasadzie troch? tak jest, ale to niesie ze sob? dosy? dramatyczne konsekwencje, np. tak?, ?e ca?o?? jest bardzo, ale to bardzo skrtowa, w?tki bywaj? sp?ycone maksym...
  • Shane Perry
    Apr 05, 2018
    Read this as single issues, but I couldn?t resist this collection. It?s a miracle that Marvel allowed this to be published. This book is so indie in its style and so different from anything Marvel does. The oversized format is the way this book was meant to be read and it makes Pis...
  • Q.
    May 19, 2018
    3.5/5 ...
  • Brendan
    Nov 12, 2018
    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 an...
  • Brandon Forsyth
    Aug 05, 2018
    As I was putting this away, I had to move Darwyn Cooke's THE NEW FRONTIER, his retelling of the early years of the DC heroes, and it struck me how similar these two projects are. Both are from beloved independent comics creators, tackling an established mythology for which they clearly...
  • Shaun Connor
    Jan 04, 2019
    Great summary of the first 100 x-men books. Ed Piskor is great. ...
  • Chad
    Aug 03, 2018
    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. Issu...
  • Logan
    Jan 26, 2018
    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...
  • Quentin Wallace
    May 18, 2018
    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...
  • Nicholas Palmieri
    Mar 28, 2018
    The first half of this was great, because Piskor got to weave together all of the disparate elements of X-Men history from before the actual series started, previously only referenced here and there via flashback. The second half was a much more straightforward retelling of the events ...
  • Blindzider
    Apr 08, 2018
    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 o...
  • John H
    May 10, 2018
    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 hundr...
  • Adam Stone
    Apr 03, 2018
    The X-Men were the characters that got me into comics. I picked up all four issues of the X-Men Vs. Fantastic Four in the first comic book store I ever went to, and immediately fell in love with comics, and then read X-Men: Days of Future Present and was so confused that I stopped read...
  • Adam Spanos
    Apr 24, 2018
    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. ...
  • Brian Dickerson
    Apr 15, 2018
    I love the design, art style, and narrative that Piskor uses in retelling the early days of the X-Men. This book easily sits beside his volumes of Hip Hop Family Tree both physically and via content. One can dream that Piskor tackles other Marvel titles / groups. Punisher: Grand...
  • Jamie Connolly
    Feb 21, 2018
    Meh. It was ok. Maybe if I was a bigger X-Men fan I?d enjoy it more. It read like a summary or history of the X-Men. Very little dialogue. ...
  • A. Hydra
    May 14, 2018
    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. ...