X-Men, Volume 3
by Various Directors
Review by Charles Mohapel
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment DVD ISBN/ITEM#: B002DYKPF6
Date: 17 September 2009 List Price $23.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Cathal J. Dodd ... Logan / Wolverine
Cedric Smith ... Professor Charles Xavier
Norm Spencer ... Cyclops
George Buza ... Beast
Lenore Zann ... Rogue
Catherine Disher ... Jean Grey
Alyson Court ... Jubilee
Chris Potter ... Gambit
Alison Sealy-Smith ... Storm
I certainly can't say that Savage Land, Strange Heart (Parts 1 & 2) was my favorite story. Throwing the X-Men and Magneto into a lost world filled with dinosaurs, cavemen, and saber-toothed cats didn't do much for me, but the crowning touch of naming the human mutant villain who transformed into a super-powered pterodactyl, Sauron was just too much.
I preferred Obsession, the story Warren "Angel/Archangel" Worthington III's single-minded attempt at obtaining revenge on the ancient mutant Apocalypse for all the changes that transformed Angel into Death, one of Apocalypse's Four Horseman.
One of my favorite stories was The Dark Phoenix Saga (Parts 1 to 4) where the Phoenix which had inhabited Jean Grey wasn't leaving its host. Coveted by the Circle Club, archrivals of the X-Men, she is temporarily seduced by them until she discovers that as the Dark Phoenix, she enjoys being evil.
Cold Comfort features the return of Bobby "Iceman" Drake and his frantic search for his missing old girlfriend Lorna "Polaris" Dane, only to discover she is safe and part of X-Factor.
In Orphan's End we get a peek into the background of Scott "Cyclops" Summers and his shocking reunion with his father, a man called "Corsair".
Juggernaut Returns provided a little bit of entertainment as Juggernaut, Professor Xavier's stepbrother Cain Marko loses his powers as Juggernaut and lapses into a coma when a nerdy relic hunter finds the Crimson Gem of Cyttorak and usurps his powers.
In Nightcrawler, we meet Kurt "Nightcrawler" Wagner for the first time and discover his unhappy history before joining the X-Men.
Weapon X, Lies, & Videotape takes Wolverine on a painful trip down Memory Lane to his being upgraded with Adamantium as part of the Weapon X Project.
In One Man's Worth (Parts 1 and 2), the X-Men must time travel to save a young Charles Xavier (in his pre-Professor days) from assassination since that would be a very adverse alteration of their timeline.
Courage is the story of how Morph's homecoming celebration takes a most unexpected turn.
Normally at this time I'd be commenting on the special or bonus features, but there aren't any beyond the promo spots. Then again, I didn't expect any bonus features so in this case, I'm not disappointed.
All in all, X-Men, Volume 3 was quite enjoyable and helps build toward collecting the entire set.