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Woof that's a lot. Let me see what I can do:Hi guys. I was hoping someone could fill me in on what was up with the Avengers and New Avengers since Marvel Now started. Other then not liking Hickman, I think that is the problem I most have with this book, some of the stuff is going over my head and I was hoping I could have some help being filled in. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks
You are absolutely right! Claremont wrote "The New Age" era of Uncanny X-Men which had one of my favorite story arcs, End of Greys (with Chris Bachelo). The first issue was called 24 Seconds because that's how long it took the Shi'ar Death Commandos to wipe out Jean's whole bloodline right in front of Rachel. Talking about brutal? Every death had an introduction of the family member...old, young, likes, dislikes, dreams etc. I got Claremont to sign the issue. I also bought the Rachel bust based on the cover of #468. Then the title suffered for a bit because Claremont had a stroke and someone had to step in for a while before Brubaker took over the title.Have you read his last stuff? He ruined the Exiles book and his last go on the X-Men was right before Morrison jumped on. It was so-so.
He had another stint on Uncanny X-Men before the Brubaker run. So, somewhere between issues 450 and 475. It was uneven, but I'd say that at least half of it was definitely "good". The Alan Davis, Roger Cruz, and Chris Bachalo artwork certainly didn't hurt, but the writing itself was way better than that of Claremont's earlier return to the franchise circa 2000-2001 (right before Morrison came on). I can imagine how bad things like Exiles and New Excalibur were, but I do recommend some of his Uncanny stuff around that time.
He also did X-Men Forever a few years ago. I thought it started off very good but descended into madness. I'm not a fan of Tom Grummett art, though, so other people's mileage may vary. I don' t think X-Men Forever was exactly "horrible" . . . but it did leave me thinking that I didn't need to read another Claremont X-Men book for a while.