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Astonishing X-Men Volume 1 HC (Book Market Edition): v. 1 [Hardcover]

John Cassaday , Joss Whedon
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17 May 2006 Astonishing X-Men
In Gifted, 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! In Dangerous, a tragic death at the Xavier Institute reveals a powerful enemy living among the X-Men that they could never have suspected - and no, it's not Magneto. Things heat up in a way none of the X-Men ever dreamed, but will teamwork save the day when they can't even depend on themselves? Collects Astonishing X-Men #1-12.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics; Book market ed edition (17 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785123016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785123019
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 18.7 x 27.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,690,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whedon & Cassady nail it! 2 May 2006
By Jay
What a breath of fresh air this series has been...despite astronomical sales most fans would agree that Marvel have struggled to produce high quality comics over the last few years. Straczynski's run on Amazing Spider-man has gone south, Bendis' much-vaunted run on New Avengers has been very hit-and-miss, the various X titles have been, apart from Peter David's X-Force, pretty mundane. The Ultimate universe is always promising because every issue can be a greatest hits version of years worth of continuity, so Ultimate X-men, Ultimate Spider-man, Ultimate Fantastic Four and the Ultimates haven't really had to try too hard to succeed, thus far.

However, Joss Whedon's Astonishing X-men is a shining light in the gloom of Marvel's current output. This book is utterly captivating and carries all of Whedon's trademark signatures: dry dialogue, humanist dilemma's and wonderfully observed idiosyncracies from all the characters. There is the seismic return of one of the X universe's most popular heroes and the chance to see Charles Xavier flex his mental muscles. This is more of a joy than Morrison's run on New X-Men, in my opinion, because Whedon is so brilliant at handling human nature and the interactions of people. He reveals aspects of beloved character's personalities that you had always suspected but never thought any writer would have the balls to commit to paper.

Cassady's pencils are a joy and play in perfect harmony with Whedon's style of writing. This is the finest 12 issue run I have read (and g-d knows I've read a lot) since Bendis started on Daredevil, Willingham stated on Fables and the most refreshing Marvel read since Neil Gaiman's outstanding '1602'. And to make matters even better Whedon's second 12 issue arc has just begun...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ohh, this really is the x-men as they should be. 29 May 2006
Joss whedon has nailed the characters, no two ways about it. Whats more is the story is genuinely interesting combining believable world events and out of this world alien events.

Cassadays art is unusual for a mainstream comic these days, the style is realistic as opposed to stylised. Granted I don't like all the outfits but thats pretty trivial.

Best of all Joss has brought back the heart of the x-men, no I don't just mean the return of colossus, but the stories actually emote. rare for the x-men comics of late.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Firm recommendation. 11 Aug 2008
Cassaday shows us how good comic book art can be and Whedon demonstrates that he is one of the most talented contemporary writers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishingly Great! 8 Feb 2006
By Rene Ritchie - Published on Amazon.com
Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly/Serenity, as well as script-doctor par excellence on Speed and Toy Story to name but a few, enjoys the type of celebrity usually reserved for actors or pro-athletes and almost unheard of for those behind the scenes--and deservedly so.

Whedon exudes story. Although best known, perhaps, for witty pop-culture references and intriguing linguistic twists, Whedon is a veritable treasure of modern mythology from gothic horror to science fiction space-fare and, more to the point here, comic books.

Not since the Claremont/Byrne days have the X-Men been so much themselves, and so much more.

The first of the two arcs presented here in glorious large-size hardcover format, Gifted, introduces a new villain, Ord of the Breakworld, re-introduces an old and very dear friend, and threatens both the physical and, in classic Whedon-style, the emotional world of all involved with one small, four-letter word--cure.

The second arc, Dangerous, turns around, from the future and the stars, to the immediate heart of the X-Men world, their long-time training room, their loyalties, and the nature of intelligent life and oppressor vs. oppressed.

Keeping pace in spectacular fashion with Whedon's deadly-accurate dialog and plotting are John Cassaday's (Planetary) art complemented by Laura Martin's colors. From the grippingly casual to the bullet-time explosive, Cassaday captures every emotion, subtle nuance, and jarring physical impact, and Martin lights it up and washes it with every shade and mood imaginable.

No idea-splatter, no super-decompression, no endless splash-pages or pose-downs, just the most enjoyable comic experience I've had in ages. I already have the soft-covers and I'm still getting this.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Comic Collections of the Last Decade 25 July 2006
By DonAthos - Published on Amazon.com
Let me get some technicalities about this release out of the way:

This hardcover collects the first two story arcs of Joss Whedon's Astonishing X-Men run ("Gifted" and "Dangerous"). It costs the same as buying those softcover graphic novels separately; if you're planning on reading the series, this particular volume is definitely worth it.

If you're unsure about whether to invest so much in a comic (maybe you've seen the X-Men movies, or maybe you're a Buffy fan, and you're curious), I have to go ahead and recommend this work. You may be interested to know that Whedon's won an Eisner award (the Comic industry's Oscar) for writing, the artist (Cassaday) has won for best art and the series has won for best series... so... it's a fairly good comic to take a chance on.

The initial plot concerns the X-Men coming together to instruct a new class at Xavier's Academy for the Gifted while world-changing events take place around them. Specifically, a prominent scientist has announced that she's discovered a "cure" for mutancy--the thing that sets the X-Men apart (you may notice that they ripped this idea off for the third X-Men movie, it's such a good idea, though the execution here is better than in that film). To say much more would constitute a spoiler, though you can expect that all of the in-fighting and love-triangling that the X-Men are famous for, is well-represented here.

Whedon writes for comics well (his Fray was very good) though he's not my favorite comic writer (Neil Gaiman sits atop that mountain); his style is surprisingly sparse, allowing the visuals to tell a lot of the story, and not quite as witty as you might expect from the pen of Buffy, Angel and Firefly. That said, he captures the voices of our X-Men regulars perfectly; it rather shows his discipline that he writes differently for different media. It is clear that Whedon is a long-standing fan of the X-Men--his lines are fully of sympathy for the characters. The action is non-stop and there are twists and turns aplenty. He manages to pack a lot of story into these pages, and I look forward to his continuation of the book (supposedly only another 12 issues and then no more).

To sum up, this is a very good comic. X-Men fans, and Whedon fans, should not be disappointed by this release--one of the best collections of the last 10 years.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishingly awesome 7 Oct 2007
By Omar D. Odeh - Published on Amazon.com
This hardcover trade features Joss Whedon's first twelve issues of Astonishing X-Men.

Story lines included:
Gifted (issues 1-6)
Dangerous (issues 7-12)

Also includes an introduction by Brian K. Vaughan (of Y: The Last Man and Runaways fame), a cover gallery (featuring the regular covers and the variants), character sketches, Joss Whedon's planning e-mails, and the Marvel Spotlight interview with John Cassaday
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4.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing Hardcover Collection 24 July 2006
By Justin G. - Published on Amazon.com
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The Astonishing X-Men volume 1 hardcover collects the first 12 issues of the acclaimed series by Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and John Cassaday (Planetary).

After more than a decade of lackluster X-Men comics, I was ready to throw in the towel. I could remember when Uncanny X-Men was the best of the best, but aside from a few glimmers of hope, the X-Men family of titles was just not holding my interest. Then, out of nowhere, come three separate events that brought me back to the fold - the Ultimate X-Men series, Grant Morrison's run on New X-Men, and the Astonishing X-Men.

With Astonishing X-Men, Joss Whedon builds on the major events of Morrison's now legendary run (such as Beast's secondary mutation, Emma Frost becoming an A-list character, and the Emma/Cyclops relationship), and adds his own unique brand of energy and clever dialogue. It's obvious Whedon is a long -time X-Men fan, since he demonstrates both an appreciation for the book's history as well as a great sense of what makes the characters tick. And while I won't give away any of the major surprises, I will say that Whedon has accomplished more in 12 issues than any other writer (save Grant Morrison) has done in years.

As good as Whedon's writing is; John Cassady's artwork is the icing on the cake. I've been a fan since his work on Desperadoes and Planetary, and enjoy seeing him apply his unique style to a traditional superhero book. His artwork is the perfect fit for Whedon's storytelling style, especially in the non-action sequences where facial expressions convey so much.

My only complaint is the return of the spandex. Outfitting the team in black leather was so much cooler, and I wish that didn't have to change. I don't know if this is a result of Cassaday's particular style, but Wolverine's yellow suit has never seemed so ridiculous.

All told, Astonishing X-Men is one of the best X-Men series in a long time, coming in at a close second to Grant Morrison's groundbreaking New X-Men run.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why did I have to follow Grant Morrison? 17 May 2006
By Cesar A. Valle - Published on Amazon.com
That's Josh Whedons response when he realized the immense task that lays before him in writing Astonishing X-men.I wasn't hip on Josh Whedons history, I was never a big fan of Buffy and I stopped reading any X-men title after the whole age of Apocalypse fiasco and never really got pulled back into it(Not including Morrison's run on New Xmen ).The primary reason I picked up the Astonishing X-Men was for John Cassadays art. I loved his work on planetary and almost went died of joy when I read he would be penciling such a monumental and nostalgic title.

I've read a lot of reviews on here that bring up classic story lines by Chris Claremont and I agree It's been a while since I've read anything that compares to Claremonts writing and I'm sure that anybody ever will. But If your the type that of person who is still trying to relive those glory days and refuses to accept Claremont not coming back,then maybe you should stop reading comics all together.

Now if you can look past all the comparison's and pigeon holing, and are a true fan of the X-MEN I recommend reading this title. It's not shocking or life altering but Whedons writing instill a more realistic view of the X-men. His writing enable the readers to actually feel the emotions and inner turmoil this team is facing. I especially liked watching Beast whose is at his peak in strength & intelligence simultaneously trying to balance saving innocent lives as well as himself (morally and emotionally speaking). There is definitely more then meets the eye in Whedons story and character development which further leads me to believe that there is a method to his madness. And the Art is not to be outdone. John Cassaday is MAGNIFICENT and to me alone worth the money I paid. He has a way of making the unfathomable seem all together realistic and believable. His lines are clean,uncluttered and add elegance to this book. In my opinion he's one of the best artist around today.

That being said I recommend the book yes,......but unless your a hardcore fan of the book maybe you should hold out on the hard cover and read the paperback or back issues before investing in this edition. I as a comic enthusiast collected the issues in their entirety and purchased the Hard cover variant only because I wanted the convenience of re-reading the story with out digging through my collection. The extra goodies are also a bonus for fans who crave more. These are the extra material-( variant covers gallery,Joss Whedon planning emails, which definitely explain a lot of the pressures and idea's he had to deal with while writing this title, An a candid tell all interview with Cassaday chronicling his drafting onto the creative team of Astonishing X-men) but for those of you who are using this as a starting off point maybe you should start with the paper back first.
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