I can't help shilling for Comixology from time to time. But sometimes I have to. I really, really do. I mean, I run a blog largely dedicated to old comics-- which I liberally define as "anything published prior to the year 2000"-- and a big part of that includes yakking at length about Uncanny X-Men back when Chris Claremont was writing it and Wolverine was but a hairy, beer-swilling pup. Or whatever it is you call baby wolverines. Right now they're selling 45 classic issues of Uncanny X-Men for .99 each. I already bought them all for 1.99 apiece, and I considered that a bargain at the time. If you haven't experienced the foundation of practically everything people love about Marvel Comics these days, this is your big chance to catch up.
The art is outstanding throughout, with Dave Cockrum and John Byrne pencilling most of the issues and a few guest art teams here and there. And wow, beyond the visual treats, these are fun comics to read. They're occasionally goofy, but they have all the theatrics and high drama you could possibly want in a superhero comic, with in-depth characterization of even the least-loved and lowliest of cast-offs. You know, like Banshee. Poor guy. And the long-simmering "Dark Phoenix" storyline is one of those seminal comic book events, an era-defining tale, as is "Days of Future Past," which seems to have inspired a movie recently with a lot of familiar characters. Where have we seen them before?
Anyway, Marvel can't seem to leave this stuff alone. They must have retold all of Claremont's stories more times than DC has redone "Crisis on Infinite Earths." Even Marvel movie guru Joss Whedon couldn't resist dipping into the Claremont well when he wrote his own much-lauded run not so long ago.