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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (9 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785131698
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785131694
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 0.6 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 466,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ghostgrey51 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 Mar 2014
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Firstly not a good introduction to the X-Men, you do need a good background knowledge. That aside…

The Astonishing X-Men series produced some very worthy pieces. For me, this one is as good as it gets:

Phil Jimienez realistic style is arresting both in its scope of background (craft worthy of any quality SF space-opera novel, rising creatures, stampeding crowds, grim locations) and focusing on characters. In the latter, he really pulls out stops. To highlight just a few; Storm in flight is magnificent, a true goddess of the air, Emma Frost looks magnificently disdainful, sardonic or dismissive, Wolverine in full feral rage taking apart a Brood creature and a very disgruntled Abigail Brand.
Andy Lanning’s inks and Frank D’Armata’s colouring do great justice to the pencil work and complete the full picture; for me the art work is worth the price alone.

Set in the times when The X-Men were getting settled in San Francisco and were still one large, slightly dysfunctional happily squabbling family. The basis of this tale being that Hank McCoy (aka Beast) is trying to find a way to undo the damage done during M-Day by study of the genetic material of mutants killed before that event; someone has hacked into his files has found the bodies and is turning them into meat-robot weapons targeting X-men. S.W.O.R.D were aware of this before anyone else; hence Abigail Brand.
The first attack naturally initiates Cyclops leading a team to seek and destroy this unseen foe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JoeConsumer on 21 May 2012
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After the excellent 'Ghost Box', Warren Ellis stumbles somewhat with this follow-on story.

It's not at all bad, and thes echaracters are always fun to read. But the story does pre-suppose a certain amount of familiarity with previous X-Men history, without giving out enough background detail to clue a new reader in.

Phil Jiminez does a great job of the artwork, and the book is sure to please die-hard X-fans. But there's a little too much prior knowledge required, and not quite enough of what makes Ellis' best work stand for itself, in my opinion.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By miss j shakes on 4 Mar 2013
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Excellent read good artwork and inking fantastic story line, well worth it a movie in a bookgo out and buy it now
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One of my favorite writers and one of my favorite artists... 27 May 2011
By Dylan Cassard - Published on Amazon.com
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When I heard that my favorite X-Men artist would be teaming up with one of my favorite writers (of non-X-Men faire), I was excited to say the least. Unfortunately, either Phil Jimenez couldn't keep up with the scheduling or Ellis was writing slowly, and this book quickly became plagued by delays and had several chapters half-penciled by another artist.
While its big action and fantastic banter makes this a great book for long time X-Men fans, the over-use of the Photoshop blur tool to cover up sections Jimenez wasn't able to finish, doesn't necessarily help certain action packed sections of the book. It could be stylistic, as he did use it marginally in Planet X (my favorite X-Men story of all time), but this just feels lazy. But the book does have GIANT MEAT SENTINELS! So it's not all bad.
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The slow decline of the Astonishing X-Men 22 Mar 2012
By Frank Z - Published on Amazon.com
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When Warren Ellis took over writing duties on Astonishing X-Men, he had extremely big shoes to fill. After all, Joss Whedon and John Cassaday's 25-issue run on the title was a top-seller, a fan-favourite and a critical success, not to mention one of the best X-stories told in the last 20 years.

So yeah, tough gig.

But if anyone could rise to the challenge, surely it was Ellis, writer of such brilliant series as Transmetropolitan, Planetary, and Nextwave. Right? Well, no, not exactly. Unfortunately this volume does nothing but continue the slow decline of what was once Marvel's flagship X-title. As in the previous volume, Ghost Box, the dialogue sparkles with Ellis' wit, but it's all surface, no substance. The characters are lacking in purpose and direction, and the team lurches lethargically through the events of the book, blithely explaining away conspicuous plot holes as needed, and chiming in with a sarcastic remark here and there to remind us that they're there. After seeing Whedon expertly juggle redemption, romance and rehabilitation in his Astonishing, watching the characters tread water while making clever quips feels more than a little hollow. Not to mention that the ending is once again a total fizzer, as the villain of the piece explains his grand scheme and promptly capitulates with a "well, you got me" attitude.

On the plus side, the art is much better this time around. Gone are the murky panels of Ghost Box's Simone Bianchi, replaced by the vibrant and kinetic work of Phil Jimenez, who brings a more traditional American comic book feel back to the book. Even with its flaws, at least Exogenetic looks good.

After giving Ghost Box a pass mark despite its shortcomings, I am forced to face facts: Exogenetic is not a good book. It's not flat-out terrible, but the overbearing feeling of wasted potential makes reading it an exercise in frustration.
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Better than Ghost Box. 29 July 2012
By Daniel Stalter - Published on Amazon.com
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A significant improvement from Volume 5, and on par with Whedon's run. I liked the story and it's pacing, but the ending was a bit abrupt. I'm not a fan of the whole "bad guy fully explains his plot and motives" ending. That aside, the artwork was solid and it was an enjoyable read.
The Xmen vs Dr Moreau... 5 May 2014
By David Walker - Published on Amazon.com
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An evil genius takes his shot at the men by using their own h i story against them... plus you see SWORD actually doing something.... off world.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
misleading but ironically appropriate title 21 May 2011
By pig doctor - Published on Amazon.com
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How do you continue the single greatest X-Men story of all time (Whedon & Cassadey's original run)? Well however you do it, this is not the way. This book is astonishing in regards to how utterly bad it is. When I think of Warren Ellis, I think of one of the top five writers working in comics today. He has a larger output than any other writer, sharper wit than most of them, and produces ideas that live in a place further than the fringe. But for some horrid reason, Ellis continuously fails when given the reigns to the mainstream.

Ellis does not understand the X-Men. Not a single neuron of their psyche. This has the most backwards X-Men characterization you can imagine. Each member is reduced to a wisecracking juvenile with superiority issues. Why does Ellis need to make EVERY word balloon an unfunny joke? Why do the X-Men continue this painful banter while they're fighting? What could possibly be going through Ellis' head? I feel like he's laughing at us behind that big beard of his.

Despite the abominable dialogue, this book has a decent plot. Someone is robbing the graves of dead mutants and turning them into giant monsters to fight. Nothing really happening outside of that. Thankfully (or sadly, depending on how you look at it) Phil Jimenez is the artist on this, and he blows the page away as usual. The art is astonishing in the positive. Too bad it was wasted on a script this poor.

Ellis is a foxy devil that you can't trust with mainstream superheroes. And he swindles me every time.

writing: [5.5/10]
art: [9/10]
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