Next up on my X-Men Reading Project is Onslaught. This is another mega crossover event, but not just for the X-Teams this time. Also involved are the Avengers, Fantastic Four, Spiderman, the Green Goblin, the Incredible Hulk, Thor & Punisher! This was actually really cool for me, because it’s not all that often that I get to read these titles.
The collection I got, pictured above, is the Complete Epic, which is 4 volumes long. I won’t get into the ISBNs and issues collected because there are a ton to list, and they’re easily available to look up. All together, the 4 volumes are around 1,000 pages. I found mine all together on eBay for a really good deal, pretty far below the cover price. One thing to note, however, is that after I bought mine, Marvel released X-Men Milestones: Onslaught. This collection is much cheaper, but only 488 pages. I haven’t had a chance to look at it myself, but the Milestone books are usually pretty nice, and I’m assuming it covers the main story well while cutting out a lot of filler, which for me, is fine. So the Milestone collection might be a good one to check out if you want to read this story. It just came out this past February, so it’s also much easier to find.
Moving onto the story, the heroes face the villain Onslaught. I won’t get into the story much, as usual, for fear of any spoilers for anyone who hasn’t read it. But the identity of Onslaught ends up being what I thought was a pretty cool concept, with major ties to the Fatal Attractions story, which I really enjoyed. So that was a plus for me personally.
The artwork varied greatly, with all of the different titles collected. I got to see work from a bunch of different artists, which was really enjoyable.
In conclusion, I’d definitely recommend checking out this big event, whether you’re just catching up on the major X-Men stories, or going for a more in depth reading experience.