I've been slowly working my way through the Second Uncanny X-Men omnibus, written by Chris Claremont, from the early 1980s. Overall, most of these stories don't hold up and don't stand the test of time. It has been interesting seeing the slow evolution of Wolverine, from basically just being a boring "berserker" to a more layered character. In the introduction, even Claremont or Dave Cockrum, the writers who introduced the "new" X-Men team, said that Wolverine was boring and served no real purpose on the team. It's interesting seeing how Wolverine slowly develops, especially in light of the fact that now, he's probably one of Marvel's most popular characters, or at least he was through the 1990s to relatively recently.
Like most comics from the 1980s, most of the stories in this omnibus are filled with ridiculous narration and exposition. I forget when it happened, but I'm grateful that modern comics don't feel the need to explain EVERYTHING to the reader at the beginning of every issue. If I have to read one more time how Wolverine's skeleton and retractable claws are "nigh invulnerable," I might lose it. Some of the villains, like Arcade, are just silly and goofy.
So far, the lone exception in terms of quality, has been the Dark Phoenix Saga, which still holds up remarkable well, even close to 40 years later. Even so, it's somewhat refreshing to see how relatively short the Dark Phoenix Saga was, compared to what it would have been if it had been written today. Today, the Dark Phoenix Saga would have been a "mega event" crossing over into untold different series, spread out over at least a year, with who knows how many delays. Similarly, the Days of Future Past storyline, on which the X-Men movie was based on, was literally two issues long. That's it.
Overall, I don't know if I could recommend this book except to a die-hard X-men fan. I'm really only enjoying it because of the nostalgia factor. I was too young to read these comics when they originally were published, but at some point in the late 1980s, before the rise of the trade paperback collection, Marvel republished most of these comics under the "Classic X-Men" title, which is how I was exposed to most of them. It's certainly interesting going back and reading these stories as an adult, realizing that Chris Claremont, or whomever, clearly had a bondage fetish, looking at Storm's costume, or how "revolutionary" Kitty Pryde's introduction to the X-Men was as a Jewish teenager who didn't look like a swimsuit model.
I'm still on the fence about whether I'll buy the third volume of this omnibus series or spend my time and money on other things.