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Astonishing X-Men: Vol. 1


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"Fantastic! I love Joss Whedon's writing and the art is great!"
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I love everything Joss writes and this is no exception, always a lovely blend of humour, action and emotional depth. Bringing in one of my favourite characters (Kitty) as the lead is a bonus. And all presented with great artwork.


Dream-team creators Joss Whedon (TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and John Cassaday (Planetary, Captain America) present the explosive, all-new flagship X-Men series - marking a return to classic greatness and the beginning of a brand-new era for the X-Men! Cyclops and Emma Frost re-form the X-Men with the express purpose of "astonishing" the world. But when breaking news regarding the mutant gene unexpectedly hits the airwaves, will it derail their new plans before they even get started- As demand for the "mutant cure" reaches near-riot levels, the X-Men go head-to-head with the enigmatic Ord, with an unexpected ally - and some unexpected adversaries - tipping the scales!
Collects Astonishing X-Men #1-6.


"Marvel Comics scored a coup by signing Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Whedon to write one of its popular X-Men comics. This collection of the first six issues of Astonishing X-Men shows Marvel's maneuver paying off artistically as well as commercially. The strengths that made Buffy a long-running cult hit are also in play here: a group of good-looking young outcasts who use their special abilities to protect mankind; vivid characterizations conveyed through deft dialogue that veers from the inspirational to the smartass; and a perfect balancing of action, soap opera, and humor. In fact, the cast of Buffy can be viewed as analogues of individual X-Men, from Giles = Professor X through Dawn = Kitty Pryde. Few scripters from outside the industry have demonstrated the mastery of the medium that Whedon displays in this early effort, which Cassaday enhances with graceful yet dynamic artwork. In the wake of writer Grant Morrison's noble effort to desuperheroify the X-Men by replacing their garish costumes with black leather outfits, Whedon's decision to revert to their four-color roots may raise some eyebrows. But given Whedon's impressive results, it's hard to find fault with how effectively he has carried out his retro approach." Gordon Flagg, Booklist
Release date NZ
December 29th, 2004
Illustrated by John Cassaday Text by Joss Whedon
Country of Publication
United States
1 Illustrations, unspecified
Marvel Comics
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