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Astonishing X-Men Volume 1: Gifted [Paperback]

John Cassaday , Joss Whedon
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10 May 2006
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.

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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics; First Edition edition (10 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785115315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785115311
  • Product Dimensions: 26.3 x 16.8 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joss Whedon Gets It Right Again 31 Mar 2005
This is Joss Whedon's second notable effort at writing for comics (see Fray - Buffy of the future but completely different which is also fantastic) and he seems to have a talent for it, whether working with other people's characters or his own. The setting for Astonishing X-men is simple - Professor Xavier is off on Genosha doing all of the stuff that you can see in Excalibur - and so Emma Frost and Scott Summers are running the school as joint headmasters. Completing the senior staff are Henry 'Hank' McCoy (Beast), Wolverine and Kitty Pryde, returning after her time at uni. But even before everyone is settled down, news of a mutant cure spreads and causes chaos among the mutant community.
'Gifted' grabs you right from the start and doesn't let you go. Whedon handles the relationships in X-men masterfully: Emma and Scott, the tension between Scott and Logan, so well that you can't tell that he hasn't written for X-men before. He manages to succeed by getting the little things right (Beast's desire to be 'normal', Logan's cynicism and sometimes barely controlled aggression) and introducing slightly new things that work - like giving Kitty a bit more of a back bone than she's had in her appearances in X-treme X-men.
If you're just starting to delve into the world of the X-men then I suggest that you read the Ultimate series rather than this because while there isn't too much revisiting of the past it does help to be familiar with what has happened before this series.
Overall this looks like one of the better Marvel series to be released in the last few years and if you're trying to choose just one to read then this one of the most rewarding.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great start to an excellent Whedon run 20 May 2009
This book is perfect for newcomers and for long time X-Men fans. It is the start of Whedon's run and the very beginning of the Astonishing series.

The story is interesting and Whedon handles the characters perfectly, showing that he has a great grip on who they are and he portrays them masterfully. The artwork is also very good and compliments the story.

This is one of the better X-Men books (Astonishing as a whole) in recent times and the beginning of an excellent Whedon run.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A present for readers 8 Jun 2012
By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER
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.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic X Men 9 Oct 2004
By A Customer
Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy, Angel, Firefly and Fray has written one of the best-selling X Men titles in years. Few comics topped it in the sales (Superman/Batman, a few others) but is it any good?
Well, yes. Joss clearly loves his characters as much as the rest of us, so theres no fear of him buggering it up. Although little happens in each issue (due to the average of maybe 4 panels per issue)it adds up to one great volume. Better than most recent X Men gargle.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars X-Men, the way they should be 25 Aug 2005
By Alan
I've been a fan of the X-Men since I was teenager but its been an on-off relationship for the last few years as I've found the various storylines and spin-offs lacking in something. Happily, that has changed with the publication of Astonishing X-Men volume 1. The storyline is great, the characterisation and dialogue are excellent and the artwork is eyecatching. In short, this is X-men the way they should be. Enjoy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The new boss, same as the old boss 3 May 2007
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Which was why I stopped buying comics several years ago, too much violence, too many people back from the dead and too many tie-ins.

However, I have to say that despite the Marvel standards committee Wheedon has done a pretty good job and Cassadays artwork is kinetic, smooth and detailed and the flow from cel to cel is natural. It really does have something of a retro feel, and is IMO none the worse for it.

This first is a hail hail the gangs all here introduction and has the obligatory Marvel character resurrection because, as we know, in the Marvel universe no-one ever really dies.

The next installment is something of a disappointment story wise (for the most part) and has one of those deus ex machina moments that really should be illegal. The artwork is beyond reproach.

The third installment (as far as I've got) is much better all round, with story threads heading off in all directions and some nice twists which have an air of plausibility given the overall story.

I don't know how much Marvel are prepared to give Wheedon his head, but perhaps we might be in for something of a treat.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Full of promise!
This was an enjoyable start to a promising series! Does a good job of setting up future issues etc. You can trust anything written by Joss Whedon :)
Published 2 months ago by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than I expected
I was hesitant to buy this book at first, but I decided to buy it as I heard it follows on from Grant Morrison's awesome New X-Men run (which I strongly recommend). Read more
Published 13 months ago by Hardev Matharoo
4.0 out of 5 stars Fresh and fizzing
This is a great little comic. It's great strength lies in the clear artwork, excellent characterisation, the way said characters are pitched perfectly in relation to each other and... Read more
Published 18 months ago by William Axtell
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing X-men Vol1 is well...ASTONISHING!
This release is great. The Team is,

Emma Frost
Lockheed the X-Dragon,

Fantastic story... Read more
Published 24 months ago by TARDIS Traveller
5.0 out of 5 stars Great new story arc
A really enjoyable first book in a new story arc which features Cyclops and Emma Frost as the new leaders of the X-Men in the absence of Charles M. Read more
Published on 25 Jan 2012 by MattyC
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Biased Review...
WARNING!! Review May contain spoilers...

As the title suggests, I'm biased towards this book for two reasons: I'm a massive X-men fan and in my opinion it is the best... Read more
Published on 30 Sep 2011 by Dehumanizer
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended.
If you appreciate a story with skillfully crafted characters, relationships and plotting you will love Astonishing X-men. Read more
Published on 11 May 2008 by Dogtooth
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm astonished!!!
Joss Whedon, the genius behind Firefly, doing X-Men? Sounds like a winning combination! And it so is! The story is believable and fun and the characters are spot on. Read more
Published on 28 May 2007 by Mr. Joseph Murphy
4.0 out of 5 stars Feel that tingle?
That's the tingle of proximity to greatness.

if you've ever loved Superheroes, the silly, four colour splendour of it all, the over the top action and scenery chewing... Read more
Published on 6 Oct 2006 by Niall Mc Cann
2.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing?... Average X-men, more like
When i first read that Joss Whedon was taking over writing New X-Men when Grant Morrison decided to call it a day i thought this may not be so bad after all.
I was wrong. Read more
Published on 15 Sep 2005 by C. Pearce
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