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Posted by bnwadmin On July - 13 - 2010

Astonishing X-Men: Gifted TP

Collects Astonishing X-Men #1-6

Writer Joss Whedon

Artist John Cassaday

What’s It About Cyclops and Emma Frost decide to get the gang back together. But someone else decided to create a “mutant cure” – WTF! So things obviously get a little interesting right off the bat.

Inspiration Some of the plot for X-Men 3: The Last Stand was ripped right out of the pages of this book.

Bargain Book That’s right, Whedon’s Astonishing X-Men volume 1 is a $10.00 bargain book for a limited time at Brave New Worlds. If you do not have this in your collection yet, what are you waiting for?

Flashbacks Love the way Whedon and Cassaday use flashbacks for Kitty’s return to the mansion. Also love how they pull images from previous issues, like vintage Paul Smith from the 1980s. Not sure, but I think this was the moment I fell in love with this series.

Mind Games Just because Emma Frost is an X-Man now, doesn’t mean she will be playing nice. During the first issue introductions of the new team to the Xavier’s School for Gifted you-know-whats, Emma decides to simulate a Sentinel attack to show everyone what they are up against, fun!

Score to Settle Logan is still smarting over Jean Grey’s second death in New X-Men. Scott not so much since he started shacking up with Emma Frost. Guess who has issues over this? Even better, guess who gets to read about those issues?

It’s All About the Tights Grant Morrison and the movies introduced the leather-clad X-Men. Whedon brought back the tights, or as Beast said “Am I the only one dying to see the outfits.”

Classic Whedon Characters Whedon has a way with writing characters and he brings those qualities with his interpretation of the X-Men. Funny thing is, it feels natural for the characters to make these comments, making them even more – human – than before. Spock would be proud.

Sublime Pictures Cassaday’s pictures are awesome. Never bombastic, but perfect for each panel, expression, scene. Don’t believe me, look at it yourself and decide.

Guest Stars How about some Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D.

Loved It, Loved It, LOVED IT! This is the book that made me believe in the X-Men again. It was a tough go for awhile, especially for one raised on the glory days of the book under Claremont and Byrne to start. Whedon and Cassady recaptured that magic. My only disappointments were how long it took to get issues out (at least it ended before Planetary) and that it lasted only 25 issues.

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