Hardcover, 2012. Collects 1993-94's UNCANNY X-MEN #298 - 305 & 315, UNCANNY X-MEN ANNUAL #17, X-FACTOR #87 - 92, X-MEN UNLIMITED #1 & 2, X-FORCE #25, X-MEN #25, WOLVERINE #75, and EXCALIBUR #71.
X-MEN BY CLAREMONT & LEE books came out a bit earlier than FATAL ATTRACTIONS, and they certainly covered a wide swath of X-continuity, between UNCANNY issues, X-FACTOR issues, annuals, and the like. And of course there were prior collections of the various X-events which preceded "Fatal Attractions", but those generally only collected the pertinent crossover issues (with the exceptions of FALL OF THE MUTANTS, which contained a great deal of lead-in material and X-TINCTION AGENDA, which included the original Genosha arc to lead the book off).
But FATAL ATTRACTIONS gives us our first real glimpse of the Marvel collected editions department's diabolical plan to eventually get every issue of X-MEN and UNCANNY X-MEN, as well as ancillary X-material such as annuals and X-MEN UNLIMITED issues, out there in some way or another -- not to mention squeezing in installments of other spin-off series where pertinent.
FATAL ATTRACTIONS begins with UNCANNY #298 and 299, written by Scott Lobdell and featuring the return of Magneto's Acolytes and the machinations of the Gamesmaster and the Upstarts. We then move into a solid run of X-FACTOR #87 (the famous "team psychotherapy" issue) through 91, written by the outgoing Peter David and fill-in scripter Lobdell, which provide some tangential groundwork for the upcoming "Fatal Attractions" crossover.
Then it's back to UNCANNY for the milestone issue 300 and another showdown with the Acolytes, after which we get UNCANNY ANNUAL 17 and the debut of the X-Cutioner (no relation to the title of the previous year's crossover event). The Lobdell-written X-MEN UNLIMITED #1 follows, showcasing some early X-artwork from Chris Bachalo (which I must admit I generally find more appealing than any of his later styles) and introducing readers to future superstar villainess Siena Blaze. (Eh? She didn't...? She's not? Huh.) UNCANNY 301 - 303 follow, a tale featuring Forge, Fitzroy, and the death of Illyana Rasputin.
Then, on page 412 of the book, "Fatal Attractions" proper begins in the pages of X-FACTOR 92 as the Acolytes return once again. The crossover continues into X-FORCE 25 by Fabian Nicieza and Greg Capullo, where Magneto's herald, Exodus, makes his full debut following a cameo in the previous chapter, and Magneto dramatically makes his return in an underwhelming third-of-a-page panel near the issue's conclusion. (I've never quite understood how this dramatic reveal receives such little fanfare in this issue.) Magneto then crashes Illyana's funeral in UNCANNY #304, a huge chapter in a massive event crossover which is also inexplicably a "jam" issue drawn by five different (highly incompatible) pencilers.
X-MEN UNLIMITED #2, a tale of Magneto tangentially related to "Fatal Attractions" by Fabian Nicieza and Jan Duursema, follows, and then it's on to UNCANNY X-MEN 305, written by Lobdell and also drawn by Duursema. We return to the proper crossover with X-MEN #25 from Nicieza and Andy Kubert, the tale in which Professor X mindwipes Magneto (inadvertently sowing the seeds for "Onslaught") after the Master of Magnetism yanks the adamantium out of Wolverine's body. The story continues directly into WOLVERINE #75 by Larry Hama and Adam Kubert, my personal favorite chapter of "Fatal Attractions".
The event concludes in EXCALIBUR #71, an afterthought of a story which is almost entirely unnecessary to the proceedings. But the hardcover isn't done there -- we have one issue left, UNCANNY X-MEN 315 from nearly a year later, which serves as something of a belated epilogue to "Fatal Attractions", spotlighting Magneto, Colossus, and the Acolytes aboard Magneto's space station, Avalon.
And of course there's bonus material! In addition to preliminary and hologram-free art for the various crossover chapters strewn throughout the book, we have twenty-eight pages of extras to round things out: A lengthy MARVEL AGE article on the creation of the holograms which adorned each installment's cover, a Magneto pinup gallery from MAGNETO #0, some posters, trade paperback covers, and design sketches, a few pages of trading cards (fronts only) from various sets released around this time, and Scott Lobdell's introduction to the 1993 FATAL ATTRACTIONS trade paperback -- though why they don't just put these old intros at the beginnings of these reprint volumes, I will never understand. Last up are variant covers and recolored cover art created for this edition.
Like I said: breadth. This book is cram-packed with X-material, no matter how tangentially related to "Fatal Attractions", providing a much more comprehensive reading experience than if someone were to read simply the six crossover chapters alone. If I had to pick a nit, I might complain that X-MEN 24 isn't here (it's explicitly billed on its first page as "A prelude to UNCANNY X-MEN #304"), but that's really not a big deal since it did eventually see print in the A SKINNING OF SOULS collection.
Extras are comprehensive and reproduction is great as well. This is a big, thick book which looks really nice on the shelf, and I particularly love the choice of the UNCANNY X-MEN 300 cover for the front of the dustjacket, even if that issue wasn't actually a part of "Fatal Attractions" proper.
A lot of fans dislike "Fatal Attractions" for undoing Chris Claremont's years-long development of Magneto. I get that. People really like what he did with the character. I like some of it myself. I appreciate the deepening of his personality and motivations and the addition of a backstory to what had been a blank slate when Claremont took control of the Master of Magnetism. But these issues were my first time reading Magneto in current continuity. I had not yet read the entirety of the Claremont run when "Fatal Attractions" was released -- in fact the only Magneto story I'd ever seen by Claremont to this point was UNCANNY X-MEN 150's reprint in CLASSIC X-MEN. Beyond that, the only Magneto I'd ever read, period, was in SECRET WARS by Jim Shooter. Both those versions were somewhat noble villains.
But in general, I find that I'm in the minority here. There are issues I have with Claremont where I know some fans agree, but this isn't one of them. Nearly everyone seems to unanimously love Chris Claremont's Magneto and I say, "More power to 'em." He exists in several hardcovers and trade paperbacks; I have most all of them on my bookcase. But my Magneto exists too, right here in 2012's FATAL ATTRACTIONS hardcover.
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