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Must Read: X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills

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Must-read comics are futuristic classics that shouldn't be missed. Of course, not every must-read is perfect. That's why we've rated them 1-5 on the patented "crunchy goodness" scale.

Title: X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills

Date: 2007 (reprinting material from 1982).

Vitals: Going all out to illustrate the social worth of the mutants-as-stand-in-for-any-social-outcast metaphor, this 1982 graphic novel (One of Marvel's first) pits a religious zealot against mutantkind, showing that even good god-fearing folk can be led to the desire for genocide by the evils of intolerance. Warning: Moral lessons may be learned by the end.


Famous names: Marvel's Chris Claremont took advantage of the then-new creative freedoms afforded by the graphic novel format to indulge his self-righteousness, with Astro City's Brent Anderson doing his best to illustrate it.

Crunchy goodness: 3

Spinoffs/Sequels/Copycats: The basis of the second X-Movie - along with the second volume of Ultimate X-Men and the Wolverine solo story "Weapon X" - this story was given a truly unfortunate sequel around the release of the film version wherein the plot of the original was rehashed with more violence and even less point.


Life lesson: If God loves and Man kills... Shouldn't we all try and be a bit more like God, and a bit less like Man...? Think about it for a second.

Most painfully dated moment: Watch out for the moment where the Village People apparently have fallen on times so hard that they've been reduced to street thugs trying to mug poor Kitty Pryde.

The Reverend William Stryker

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