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Astonishing X-Men By Whedon & Cassaday Ultimate Collection 2 Paperback – 4 Apr 2012

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Product details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: MARVEL - US; 01 edition (4 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785161953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785161950
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 1.3 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 323,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Cassaday began his professional career with Negative Burn. It wasn t until he showed his portfolio to Mark Waid at San Diego Comic Con that he began receiving job offers from Dark Horse, DC, and Marvel. He eventually collaborated with Joss Whedon on "Astonishing X-Men" which led to more work and even directing an episode of Whedon s television show, "Dollhouse." Most recently he helped relaunch the successful "Star Wars" comic franchise alongside Jason Aaron for Marvel Comics.


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Okay, if you're reading this review, for the second half of Joss Whedon and John Cassaday's Astonishing X-Men, then you probably already know what this is all about already. I'd just like to add, for anyone who's coming to this for the first time, that although both books in this series form to create one big self-contained epic, the first issue in this volume (issue #13) was actually released almost a year after the last issue of the first book (#12). Quite a few radical changes had happened within the Marvel universe during this period (particularly in the X-Men world), and Whedon does a great job of referencing these changes and staying contemporary, without meandering away from his story. Both of the major changes are quickly referenced in the first chapter of this book. The first, when Wolverine tells his students that "A lot's happened, buncha students gone", refers to the after effects of House of M and the Childhood's End arc of `New X-Men'. The second reference is when Maria Hill shows up as Director of SHIELD instead of Nick Fury, due to the events of Secret War. This information is only worth considering if, like me, you like to read your Marvel comics within a greater tapestry of stories, so you can easily forget about these tiny references if you're reading this as a self-contained story!Read more ›
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The remainder of the Astonishing X-Men run with all of Joss Whedon's skill and ability on display.
Characters are strong, interesting and multi-layered and I ended up caring about their loves and losses.
I wasn't keen on one of the key villains of the piece, it was a clever idea that didn't quite work for me but all round a good tale well told.
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I bought this because I had read the previous two arcs and a) wanted to know what was happening with the Hellfire Club and b) wanted to read the bit where Kitty got chucked into space, especially as I had been so moved by Magneto bringing her home. However, I did not hold out much hope that it would be wonderful because, while I had enjoyed the previous two arcs, I had felt that something was missing, perhaps a faint sense that they were rather mechanical. I was wrong. These last two arc are EPIC (yes, so epic that it deserves capitals!). I shall review the two arcs separately:
Torn was a marvel of characterisation and plotting. Without wasting an iota of time in build-up, a bizarre and confusing tale unfolds in which Emma's loyalties are deeply unclear and Cassandra Nova wreaks absolute havoc as only this most potent of villains can. All of the X-Men are attacked in the cruellest possible way and in the end Scott comes through as the real man he is. I know a lot of people dislike Scott but for me he is one of the most realistic characters in the comics world. He, like most of us would in reality, knows how important and hard-won each victory is and generally does what is necessary. Anyway, mini-peon to Summers over, I would say this arc is a significant step-up from Dangerous and finishes all the necessary groundwork for Unstoppable.
Unstoppable is where everything comes together. In amongst a fantastic, epic plot in space, all the various character developments running though the entire series come to a climax; Scott and Emma, Piotr and Kitty (or Peter and Katya, whatever takes your fancy!) and even Beast finds some sort of an answer to the problems bedevilling him.
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Not convinced by this. I guess at least they tried to do something a bit different - no time travelling in it.
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Art is amazing!
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