X-Men Comic Book Collection Volumes 3 & 4 DVD Review

marvel xmen vol three dvd

Marvel X-Men: Volume 3

Own it on DVD on September 15, 2009

Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Rated: ?TV-Y7-FV?

Story: The X-Men are back for more nonstop thrills and excitement in Volume 3 of the definitive animated series. Faithfully created from the pages of the original Marvel? comic books, these classic stories are a must-have
for any X-Men fan! When the all-powerful Dark Phoenix inhabits the body of Jean Grey, The X-Men go to battle in order to save one of their own. Get into the action with 15 spine-tingling episodes, including the 4-part “Dark Phoenix” saga, in this collectible 2-disc set!

Episode Guide
Disc 1

  • Savage Land, Strange Heart (Part 1)
  • Savage Land, Strange Heart (Part 2)
  • Obsession
  • The Dark Phoenix (Part 1)
  • The Dark Phoenix (Part 2)
  • The Dark Phoenix (Part 3)
  • The Dark Phoenix (Part 4)

Disc 2

  • Cold Comfort
  • Orphan?s End
  • The Juggernaut Returns
  • Nightcrawler
  • Weapon X, Lies, and Video Tape
  • One Man?s Worth (Part 1)
  • One Man?s Worth (Part 2)
  • Courage

marvel xmen vol four dvd

Marvel X-Men: Volume 4

Own it on DVD on September 15, 2009

Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Rated: ?TV-Y7-FV?

Story: The action reaches all-new heights in Volume 4 of the landmark X-Men animated series. With adventures adapted directly from the original Marvel? comic books, this collection is a rich piece of the X-Men legacy and a must-have for every X-Men fan. The X-Men must join forces with the heroes of the future when Apocalypse, a mighty mutant, is driven completely mad by his powers! Discover the stunning conclusion to the 4-part epic “Beyond Good And Evil” in this sensational 14-episode set.

Episode Guide
Disc 1

  • Proteus (Part 1)
  • Proteus (Part 2)
  • Sanctuary (Part 1)
  • Sanctuary (Part 2)
  • Beyond Good And Evil (Part 1)
  • Beyond Good And Evil (Part 2)
  • Beyond Good And Evil (Part 3)
  • Beyond Good And Evil (Part 4)

Disc 2

  • Have Yourself a Morlock Little X-Mas
  • The Lotus and the Steel
  • Love in Vain
  • Secrets, Not Long Buried
  • Xavier Remembers
  • Family Ties

From the time I learned to read at a very early age, I was a big comic book reader. First it was my brother’s graphic novels. No–not that kind. Graphic novels are storybook texts with detailed artwork on each page. I can still remember reading and rereading Dick Tracy and Little Orphan Annie.

When I went to stay at my aunt and uncle’s, each week my uncle gave me dimes to buy whatever issues interested me. He spoiled me so I had quite a collection. Then my parents decided I had grown up and was too old for toys and childish books. I didn’t think so but that is how it was.

When my youngest LA showed an interest in comics, I was supportive. We bought pre-packaged ones at Costco until they discontinued selling them. It seems that comics were in decline. Then we went to a comic book store in the mall. It moved out and soon after my son was in the service. I sent him care-packages from time to time. I remember one that I filled in Indianapolis with his heroes…which brings me to X-Men.

On September 15, 2009, Marvel DVD released two comic book collections of X-Men, Volumes 3 and 4 following up on the popularity of Volumes 1 and 2. It faithfully recreates comic book characters an stories. It includes episodes of long-running children’s television series, X-Men: The Animated Show. These 29 episodes of one of the best cartoons ever has action, thrills, and excitement. It’s comic book art developed to its fullest–no more just still drawings.

Space, aliens, time travel, and a Bizzaro World may not suit every viewer; however, Wolverine, Juggernaut, and the Night Demon in danger is good plot. Storylines include prejudice, intolerance, isolation, racism, divorce, Christianity, the Holocaust, AIDS, and television.

Featured are Cyclops, Wolverine, Rogue, Storm, Beast, Gambit, Jubilee, Jean Gray, Professor X, and Morph with other comic book guest appearing from time to time in cameos. Watch them match forces with Sauron, Garokh, Phoenix, Iceman, Corsair, and the Sentinels.

Meet Phoenix, one of the greatest villains of all times. Discover how Magnito’s murder is part of Cortez’s plan to destroy earth. Learn how Apocalypse has time out of joint. Travel with Wolverine to Japan in search of peace. See the irony of Cyclops persecuted by a militant military. Learn how Xavier’s psyche is manipulated. Check out the similarity of “Have Yourself a Morlock Little X-Mas” to Scrooge. What great action stories!

I’m signing off for now. I am going to search the internet to see if X-Men, Volumes 1 and 2 are still being sold. I sure hope so. I’d like to give the complete set to my youngest for Christmas. They say, “Like mother like daughter,” well, in this case change that to son.

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