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Astonishing X-Men By Joss Whedon & John Cassaday Omnibus HC Hardcover – 7 Oct 2009

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics; 01 edition (7 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785138013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785138013
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 3.8 x 28.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 723,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've been a fan of the X-men since they were revived so spectacularly in the 70's when writer Chris Claremont and artist (and later co-plotter) John Byrne (and let's not forget the outstanding contribution of Terry Austin on inks) took the title to new heights and set the X-Men on the path of global comics domination. Not only were the new characters vibrant (and mostly originally created by Len Wein and Dave Cockrum)but their interactions were dynamic, a dynamic which got better when Claremont & Byrne introduced the barely adolescent Kitty Pryde into the mix. Without this key character I'd argue that the title would never have achieved the heights it did.

And I suspect that writer Joss Whedon agrees with me because he opens the story with the arrival of Kitty Pryde at the X-Men's mansion. This Kitty is, however, no longer a gauche nervous teenager but a mature and confident young woman who is able to match wits with the acerbic co-leader Emma Frost (once the evil White Queen of the Hellfire Club -another Claremon/Byrne creation). The story also ends with Kitty though, if you haven't read either the comic or previous trade editions, I won't say why.

In between you get simply the best X-Men series since the heyday of Claremont & Byrne. Yes, it's that good.

Whedon -of Buffy, Angel, Firefly, etc- creates a story which contains everything you'd wish for: high adventure, betrayals, love, unexpected twists & turns, tragedy, humour, interstellar action, character development, which all turns on the fact that one of the X-Men has been predicted to destroy an alien world. The dialogue is wonderful, sharp, revealing and often very witty and is just a delight to read.
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Joss Whedon's critically acclaimed run on the Astonishing X-Men is collected in its entirety in this omnibus and it is well worth the price.

The run itself is composed of four story arcs and each consecutive one builds organically from the last untill it culminates in an epic finalé that puts to bed the various plot threads in a satisfying way that will leave you dying for more. The plot moves at a nice pace and is filled with enough twists and turns to prevent it from getting predictable or trite while the characters develop nicely and never feel sidelined (fans of Cyclops should definately pick this up as Whedon makes him the most badass by far).

The dialogue is as exspected of Whedon, meaning that it feels natural and littered with plenty of witty exchanges and snark which grows from the situation without compromising the character's 'voice' as so many tend to be concerned with. There is also a pleasing amount of depth to the work that makes the read that much more entertaining and a second read through will doubtlessly reveal something previously missed.

In conclusion, buy this omnibus whenever you get the chance if you are a fan of the X-Men or any of Whedon's previous works as it will deliver all the action, humour and thrills you could ask for.
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To me X Men in comics have always been hard to swallow as a whole. There has always been so much potential but never enough results to match. X Men was one of the first group of 'supers' that pulled me in via the 90 cartoon after all!

I was very suprised that despire the pace of the story, how well this particual brick is presented.

The premise, Kitty Pride joins the school just in time for a 'cure' to hit the airwaves, while Scott Summers and Emma Frost start a new year with the intention to reform the X-Men.... it goes from there.

Most of the plot was very well done. The humour is especially top notch and the fights in particualr are brilliantly drawn out. The only moan I will say without giving anything away is that the last leg of the story is not as fantastic as what came before.

Note; Try to ignore 'when' this is set. Joss Whedon really hated cross overs when doing this (World War Hulk and House of M eg) with the only hint of one used is Secret War (Fury's departure from Shield). It's quite annoying when you take into account how the story ends but meh does it really matter.

If you're an X fan, buy it!
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