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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: MARVEL - US (5 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785140336
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785140337
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 1.3 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 332,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Holdsworth VINE VOICE on 19 Sep 2012
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I absolutely devoured the first few books in this series. The Whedon-Cassaday partnership really bore fruit with great stories, accessible art and cracking characters. Of course, Whedon nrought with him his usual sensitivity to female characters, making them tough, funny and sexy all at teh same time.

Well, this book completely jettisons that. This is particular obvious in the case of Emma Frost who seems to spend teh entire story striking physically impossible poses with her biologically impossible breasts. There is even a frame that seemingly has her thrusting them in Wolverine's face whilst he looks on appreciatively. Meanwhile Armor is reduced to a bit-part player and Storm hangs about taking naked video-phone calls from her husband before flirting with Cyclops.

What a shame that a really good story has been ruined with old-fashioned comic book sexism. I don't think Joss Whedon would approve.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JoeConsumer on 8 May 2012
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I've been picking up Marvel's Astonishing X Men since Joss Whedon's amazing run on the book. I didn't think anything could match the fun factor of those issues, but this volume is righ tup there with the best.

Tonally, the book has changed under Warren Ellis. We're in much gnarlier territory here, and the violence is much more brutal, more shocking. There's one particular sequence (you'll know it when you see it!) that really made me sit upright and gasp.

What's great about this book is that it takes the character of Emma Frost, who I'd previously not warmed to (geddit?) and makes her truly compelling. It's good to see her in action, as well as re-acting to events as they unfold in the story.

Be aware you'll need to have read the rest of Warren's run to make complete sense of this - but even if you only pick up the excellent Ghost Box trade, you should be sorted.

Brilliant stuff!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Astonishing Concept 29 Mar 2011
By Ed. Mireles - Published on Amazon.com
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The set-up and might not be as appealing as other X-men stories and it certainly isn't the most original either but Ellis managed to deliver effectively and as entertaining as possible. The book has a great selection of mutants, they all work great as a team and bring a lot of action to the pages, though I would've like Armor to be out of the story, her presence isn't important at all. She is just not an interesting X-men.

The most appealing element of the book is the art and (obviously) the characters' new design, which is one of the most radical I've ever seen. Andrews take on the X-men is rather xtreme, he extends the out-line of their personal nature into a completely striking image that yet manages to stay true to the characters. It is ludicrously exaggerated, over-sexualized and very suggestive (particularly Emma Frost) but I don't mind it, in fact I like it for all those reasons.

I've been reading a lot of X-men lately and I am always a bit selective before I pick up a "graphic novel". I would recommend Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis to anyone looking for a fun, straight forward X-men adventure.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great story, amazing art 9 April 2011
By G. Steirer - Published on Amazon.com
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Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis collects issues #1-5 of Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis, as well as the Director's Cut of issue #1, all originally published between 2010 and 2011. The graphic novel is excellently produced with medium-gloss paper, finished boards in black, and a sturdy binding. There are no extras unique to this edition, but the graphic novel does reproduce those extras originally contained in the Director's Cut: the pre-colored art pages for all of issue #1, some cover sketches, and Warren Ellis's original script for issue #1.

Like most of Ellis's work, Xenogenesis is dark, wildly imaginative, and tightly plotted. For this self-contained story about the chaos caused by the birth of mutant babies in a small African town, Ellis dusts off an old--and to most readers, probably unfamiliar--set of concepts from the UK's old Captain Britain series (collected in Captain Britain Omnibus). The result is exciting, politically sophisticated, and a little weird--everything an X-Men comic book should be. As for the art, Kaare Andrew's handling of the X-Men, which here include Cyclops, Emma Frost, Wolverine, Beast, Armor, and Storm, is in a class of its own. His characters are at once dynamic, sexy, and slightly ridiculous (especially Emma Frost, whose breasts take on a life of their own).

If you're a fan of Ellis, the X-Men, or Alan Davis and Alan Moore's Captain Britain, you will almost certainly love this book. More casual readers looking for a good, self-contained read will also enjoy this.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good writers are hard to find at Marvel. 20 Jan 2012
By Jason - Published on Amazon.com
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There isn't much being published by Marvel right now that appeals to me, but Warren Ellis seems to understand the X-men very well. This book is one of the hidden gems in the growing amount of mediocre comics being pubished by Marvel.
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Good story. Weird art style. 18 Oct 2011
By Bill - Published on Amazon.com
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Pretty good self-contained story. The art is tolerable and competent, but I am not a fan of the artist. The X-Men have weird looking, cubist, cartoony bodies. The women (and their bodies) sometimes border on the grotesque. I personally lean toward artists who draw more realistically (e.g, John Cassaday).
If you skip it, you won't miss much 19 Feb 2014
By Matthew W. Manzo - Published on Amazon.com
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I am an avid avid X-men fan, so to say I don't like book of the characters I love says A LOT.

So the storyline of this book has to do with alternate universe interacting with the X-men's in someway, and is resolved in such a way that it's almost like it didn't happen...so not really part of X-men cannon.

As for the artwork, some of it is cool and most of it is smothered by unneeded over-sexuallized panels of Emma Frost's Chest.
Now mind you she is in many X-books and ussually wearing, or not wearing, something risque, but this is a whole new level that seems to just overtake the entire book.

Anyhow I rarely sell the X-books I purchase but this one was gone as soon as I read it.

If you are going to read this book you will need to read Astonishing X-men: Ghost Boxes and Uncanny X-men: New Age Vol. 1
to grasp all the things that are being discussed with in it.
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