Picking up where Grant Morrison left off, Joss Whedon begins his run on the X-Men with a new line up consisting of Cyclops, Emma Frost, Beast, Kitty Pryde, Lockheed the X-Dragon, and Wolverine (Xavier is "on sabbatical"). He's also reinstated the classic superhero outfits, ditching Morrison and Quitely's additions of black leather as "it was spooking people".
Having seen the third X-Men movie long before picking up this book I noticed the storyline they used in that film being used here for the first time - a cure for the mutant gene. Whedon came up with this great idea and full credit to him for making it both emotional and intellectual rather than simply another threat to be beaten up with mutant powers.
Beast especially is a tragic case as his appearance has always bothered him and for a chance to reverse that... well I won't give away what he decides. Suffice it to say this story has heart, something rare in superhero comics. But it's Whedon so there's plenty of fun moments and jokes to make this a great read.
Artist John Cassady is one of comics' best living artists and his work here is no less amazing as it was on "Planetary". His Kitty Pryde in particular is very good, though there's no character he doesn't do justice to.
I've watched Buffy, Firefly, and of course The Avengers, but this is the first Joss Whedon I've read and I'm pleasantly surprised by his high level of writing ability translating off screen and on the comics page. "Gifted" is an excellent start to an imaginative and fully realised X-Men storyline that I'll be looking forward to reading more of. Recommended for all X-fans.