Astonishing X-Men By Joss Whedon & John Cassaday Omnibus HC Hardcover – 7 Oct 2009
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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Was apprehensive about buying this at first, but it turned out to be one of the best chance investments I ever made in a graphic novel. Read morePublished on 10 May 2012 by Ryan Carvalho
As always Joss Wheddon's impeccable ability to balance humour and emotion shine here. He makes you see every character in a new light, not the least being Cyclops (who I normally... Read morePublished on 20 April 2012 by J. Metcalfe
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