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5.0 out of 5 stars Reaching for greatness, 13 Jun 2012
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This review is from: Astonishing X-Men v. 3 : Torn (Graphic Novel): Torn v. 3 (Paperback)
The campy-named Hellfire Club and its roster of oddball villains sashay up to the Westchester School for a showdown with our heroes. But there is a turncoat among the X-Men, the once-villainous-turned-good-now-turned-bad-again Emma Frost who it seems has been helping Cassandra Nova regain power slowly to come back and defeat the X-Men once and for all. Throw in SWORD, the quasi-government agency from the future/another dimension (I forget) who are looking to save their world from destruction by one of the X-Men - the identity of whom is revealed in this book - and you've got one big battle royale a-brewing in the Xavier Mansion.

Joss Whedon keeps the reader guessing as to what's real and what's not in this story of straightforward storylines gone awry. His post-modern approach has the brains of the X-Men (and by proxy, the reader) toyed with as he uses Emma Frost and Cassandra Nova's telepathic abilities to turn the story into a labyrinth of McGuffins.

And in true Whedon fashion he also manages to throw in some pretty funny scenes, mostly involving Wolverine and his overly macho persona. I'm beginning to feel that Whedon doesn't care for Wolverine and has a bone to pick with the berserker based on his treatment of the character in his run on the series, but he's doing such a great job with the other characters - especially Kitty Pryde - that it's a minor complaint.

And how about Kitty? She kicks ass in this book! If you ever wondered how a diminutive wraith-like character such as Kitty Pryde can stand alongside heavyweights like Wolverine and Emma Frost in the X-Men, this book shows you why.

"Torn" is a brilliant continuation of this excellent series - easily one of the best runs on these characters ever written - and is well worth checking out if you're a fan of the X-Men. Great fun, very smart, superb art, brilliant story - an awesome read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mayhem at The Mansion..., 26 Nov 2011
This review is from: Astonishing X-Men v. 3 : Torn (Graphic Novel): Torn v. 3 (Paperback)
WARNING!! Review May contain spoilers...

The third volume of Joss Whedon and John Cassaday's, frankly, Astonishing (cringe) run on the X-Men, Torn is more dialogue orientated then Gifted and Dangerous (the first two volumes), but as we know, this is were Whedon's trademark wit comes into play, and Torn is no different. Cassaday's art is still tremendous too, and it has become clear reading these issues that this team is the best the title has seen since the Chris Claremont/John Byrne issues of the late '70's/early '80's.

The story opens, pretty much, where Dangerous finished, with Cyclops angry at Emma for disapearing in the midst of their battle with Danger, Colossuss and Kitty together, but not together and Beast in his lab studying the Mutant cure from Gifted. Then, the Mansion gets attacked. Again.

To tell you anything else would be a diservice, and would ruin it for you, so I'll just tell you it's superbly done, and in style too. Astonishing!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Weakest of Joss whedens run, 20 May 2007
This review is from: Astonishing X-Men v. 3 : Torn (Graphic Novel): Torn v. 3 (Paperback)
When first published monthly this story caught a bit of flack, The title is constantly months late and when issues did come along people complained nothing happened. Well in hindsight such comment are unjustified. Torn is a solid story, if a little lacking in action. In the hands of a lesser writer it would be very dull, however Joss Whedon is a master of his craft and works in many subtle jokes.

As always John Cassadays art is brilliant, without a talented artist this story would fall flat on its face, the facial expressions really tell the story.

The story itself is pretty simple, someone is trying to tear the x-men apart from the inside etc. the story is not original, the genius is all in the weave.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still Awesome, 15 Sep 2013
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The 3rd volumne in the Astonishing X-Men collection and as brilliant as ever. Action packed and awesome in more ways than one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great book, 27 Aug 2013
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excellent book went along with this series of x-men well, really enjoying the writing in this series, really enjoyable find
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended., 11 May 2008
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This review is from: Astonishing X-Men v. 3 : Torn (Graphic Novel): Torn v. 3 (Paperback)
If you appreciate a story with skillfully crafted characters, relationships and plotting you will love Astonishing X-men.

Astonishing X-Men is masterfully written by Whedon. The outstanding text is complimented by Cassaday's fine artwork.
Even if, like me, you are new to American comic books, I strongly encourage you to buy the Astonishing X-Men trade paper backs, starting with the first volume, Gifted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny, very gripping, 18 May 2007
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M. I. Popovski (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Astonishing X-Men v. 3 : Torn (Graphic Novel): Torn v. 3 (Paperback)
Wolverine acting like a nancy. Beast going insane. Kitty going through mental torture. Scott losing his powers. Everyone looking AMAZING! It's all here. Although, yes, there is less action, plotting is still deft and the characters are spot on. This is just the best X-Men out there.
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