Sequart’s newest book, Thomas J. McLean’s Mutant Cinema: The X-Men Trilogy from Comics to Screen, has gone to press and will be available for purchase soon.
The book examines the X-Men film trilogy from the ground up and is the definitive unauthorized study of the popular movies, tracing their origins, history, and impact. The book features scene-by-scene examinations of each film and their comic book origins, with additional chapters on the history of X-Men comic books; previous adaptations, including early cartoon appearances, the 1990s animated series, and early attempts to bring them to the big screen; the development process for each film, behind-the-scenes stories, and details on omitted scenes and storylines; critical and fan reception of each film, plus box office performance; and what the future may hold for the franchise.
The book is part of our organization’s continued effort both in promoting comics research and in outreach to non-comics readers. Despite the enormous success of comic book movies, only a fraction of those movie-goers have explored the original comic books in any depth. Just as with novels adapted into movies, these original comic books are often better than their movie translation, and the differences illuminate both versions. Studying these comics is not only essential to understanding these movies but also helps readers appreciate of the unique medium of comic books.
The book should be available for purchase online in a few weeks. It runs 324 pages and retails for $23.95. Its cover is by Xeric award winner and Sequart house artist Kevin Colden.
Mutant Cinema is our second book since relaunching our book line last year.