MARVEL Reprints Classic X-MEN Issues — With New Sequences

EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW of Savage Avengers #0 — where the past meets the present…

Reprinting stories with new framing sequences is not exactly a new concept. But I’m not sure I’ve ever seen this with a main story that’s more than 30 years old.

Yet that’s what Marvel has planned for 1985’s Uncanny X-Men #190 and #191, which are given new context in Savage Avengers #0 — out Feb. 5.

In case you don’t recall, #190 and #191 — by Chris Claremont, John Romita Jr. and Dan Green — provided a two-parter in which Conan villain Kulan Gath turns Manhattan into a Medieval hell. So now that storyline will be linked to what’s going on in the Savage Avengers series.

The official solicitation text explains it succinctly:

(W) Gerry Duggan, Chris Claremont (A) John Romita (A/CA) Greg Smallwood
The looming threat of Kulan Gath reunites Dr. Strange and Magik on Krakoa. The fate of the world will rest in what they discover. Re-presenting a pair of classics, UNCANNY X-MEN 190 & 191 by Chris Claremont and John Romita Jr, in the context of a great new sequence illustrated by the impeccable Greg Smallwood.

Let’s see then: We have Facsimile Editions that reprint entire issues, ads and all. We have True Believers reprints that cost a buck and give you noteworthy stories. Now this.

Personally, I’d love to see this become a trend: New readers can discover the past while older readers can discover some of today’s top talents. And fans who enjoy both get their cake and eat it too. (UPDATED: Rob Liefeld on Twitter pointed out that this grew from the success of his similarly constructed, recent Major X #0 issue. So there you have it. Perhaps this WILL become a trend.)

In any event, dig this EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW of the Savage Avengers #0 framing sequence, brought to you by Gerry Duggan, Greg Smallwood and the rest of the Marvel crew:


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Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. So they’re reviving the 1970s “Dreaded Deadline Doom” habit of running a reprint “flashback” with a new cover when the art team fell behind…as an intentional marketing strategy? …Sure, that’ll work…

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