Things heat up in a way none of the X-Men ever dreamed, but will teamwork save the day when they can't even depend on themselves? I just got the second volume of the Astonishing X-Men hardcover series that collects Joss Whedon’s and John Cassaday’s entire twenty-five issue run on the title that I thought I’d read again the first volume that I bought a few years back.Reading it again reminded how good Whedon was with the X-Men, abetted by Cassaday's crisp and clean line art, he channels much of the excitement from Chris Claremont’s legendary turn with the characters.
In Gifted, Cyclops and Emma Frost re-form the X-Men with the express purpose of "astonishing" the world.
But when breaking news regarding the mutant gene unexpectedly hits the airwaves, will it derail their new plans before they even get started?
None of my favorite X-Men, aside from Emma, are here. There's a potential cure for mutants and for two minutes, we get the debate over whether it's okay to choose to be cured Scott says it's not because it's they'd be naive to think the government wouldn't force it on proud mutants. For one thing, this i Joss Whedon and John Cassaday’s critically acclaimed ‘Astonishing X-Men’ run was the spiritual successor to Grant Morrison’s ‘New X-Men’, so (as Whedon alluded to in an email conversation reprinted at the back of this book) they were always going to have a mammoth task ahead of themselves.
However, although this run makes several references to Morrison’s stories, and uses mostly the same team from that period, Whedon and Cassady pretty much took this in their own direction.
The first twenty-four issues and the giant sized issue of I just got the second volume of the Astonishing X-Men hardcover series that collects Joss Whedon’s and John Cassaday’s entire twenty-five issue run on the title that I thought I’d read again the first volume that I bought a few years back.
The first twenty-four issues and the giant sized issue of Astonishing X-Men have Whedon’s fingerprints all over it.There are two key additions as well; one is Kitty Pryde, who is both his Buffy and avatar.This is Whedon returning to the X-Men of his youth, as Shadowcat is returning to the X-Mansion. In a series of a few pages, Whedon and Cassaday drafts an emotional sequence that brought the armored Russian back into the lives of Kitty and the X-Men readers.This is an excellent collection of the first twelve issues of Astonishing X-Men. I remember picking up the first issue of this and putting it down again in disgust after seeing that Cyclops, who I already thought was a jackass, was now dating Emma Frost.It is done in an oversized trim, so to better enjoy Cassaday’s fine work with the pencil and brush. (Who is even worse.) Reading the whole story arc, however, I quite quite liked it.I started this review laughing because I finished this book and forgot I'd finished it 10 minutes later. I tried letting my feelings on Whedon's take on the MCU films aside to read this. (Who is even worse.) Reading the whole story arc, however, I quite quite liked it.