I'm a big fan of CLAMP, and have read some of their earlier and latest works. I've always been interested in reading X (also known as X/1999),and so I have been eagerly awaiting the release of this omnibus addition. X volume 1 lives up to all of my expectations of what a good CLAMP manga is.
First, the plot is intriguing and action-packed. There are two rival groups in X; the seven seals and the seven angels. The seven seals, who work for Princess Hinoto (a dreamseer), want to save the world from its grisly fate that the princess has seen in her dreams of the future. But the seven angels, who work for Kanoe (the sister of Princess Hinoto), seem to want something else for the future of the world. At the center of this is Kamui, who is to play a pivotal role in the future of the world. His childhood friend Fuma also seems to be involved in the battle for the future in some way, but it is hinted that he may not be on Kamui's side... In the three volumes contained in this book, the reader is also introduced to some members of the seven seals/seven angels, plus some other intriguing characters. There are some gorgeous fight scenes, and as the plot picks up and the seven angels inevitably clash with the seven seals, I expect some truly spectacular fights!
This book is rated for Older Teens for a reason. Two of the color illustrations depict partial nudity and there is a lot of blood in this book (two characters are seen dismembered).
Now onto the artwork. It is very shoujo-like and very beautiful, with stylized eyes and plenty of bishonens (Kamui,Fuma,Yuto,etc). Still,the fight scenes are excellently drawn. The art in X is also vastly superior to that of Tokyo Babylon, which is (of course) a good thing. For those who have read only later CLAMP works like Tsubasa and XXXholic, you will notice that the art in X is very different from the art style that CLAMP uses right now. The characters have less gangly bodies and more ornate eyes.
The book is the perfect size and is not too bulky. The paper used in the omnibus volume is very high-quality, and the images are very clear. The color pages inserted into the volume are GORGEOUS.There are 17 color illustrations, plus three tarot card illustrations.
Overall, I would recommend this book to any CLAMP fan, especially those who have read Tokyo Babylon. Subaru and Seishiro each make one-page cameos in this volume.I know that people have complained about the translations in the previous additions of X that were released by Viz, but I've not read the original Viz versions, so I'm not sure if they have changed the translations or not. I do think that they might have changed them a bit, because the seven angels are accurately called "the seven angels". Unlike del-rey, Viz has not included honorifics in this reprint of X. In this case, I do not think that this detracts from the story.