Astonishing X-Men - Gifted (Marvel Knights)
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When Dr. Kavita Rao develops a controversial mutant cure, Professor Charles Xaviers X-Men, the aggressive Wolverine, conflicted Beast and newly returned Kitty Pryde, led by Cyclops and Emma Frost, once again find themselves battling against science, prejudice and a mysterious new foe named Ord! Can the X-Men protect the mutants of the world against this powerful new alien menace and the concoction that threatens to rid them of their unique abilities?
With smart storytelling, incredible action, startling revelations and the reemergence of old friends, this Will Eisner Award winner for Best Continuing Series will have you on the edge of your seat like never before with truly astonishing animated motion co-directed by artist John Cassaday and the legendary Neal Adams himself!
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What is a motion comic? Its a bit of a hybrid genre-- the video looks like someone was able to animate the spaces between the panels in a comic book. The conversation bubbles are replaced by voice actors. The voice acting is spot on. Emma Frost drips with her elite mannerism. Wolverine is gruff and quick-witted. The voice actors do a great job of dramatically portraying the x-men without going over the top into the field of campy or too corny: It is not a Saturday morning cartoon-- in some ways it much better.
I loved the 1990's x-men cartoon, but as I grew up so did the X-men. Astonishing X-men are still dealing with some of the issues of discrimination and intolerance that have been a hallmark of x-men series since the comic debuted in the 1960s but in a much more sophisticated manner. In these episodes a cure for mutants is discovered, and the x-men are torn between inner conflicts as well as inter-stellar conflicts.
I wont give anything away, but the acting and animation is paced so that the suspense never slackens. The only thing I don't like about this is that there are ONLY six episodes. I would gladly buy ever x-men issue as motion comic as well as a paper issue if they were as well made as these episodes.
If you grew up with the x-men, you'll appreciate Gifted for its many allusions to their 40 year comic history. If you're new to x-men, these episodes are almost as thrilling as the movies without being nearly as campy as the saturday morning cartoons.
IT WAS AWESOME!!!! I actually own two of the issues this series stems from. It perfectly replicates how most of us comic book geeks see the action and dialogue in our minds. I was so impressed with this motion comic and the execution of it. I have been trying to convince people who have never read a comic to purchase this. It had action, supense, sexuality, humor. The acting is superb!!! THIS IS NOT A CARTOON!!!!!
SPOILER: THE SCENE IN THE FACILITY WITH KITTY PRYDE HAD ME GASPING OUT LOUD
I encourage everyone to buy this DVD and I hope they make a million more. I have viewed other motion comics and this is by far the BEST ONE.
Can someone please ask Neal Adams to do a motion comis for Batman's Hush?!?!
BUY THIS DVD!!!!!
ASTONISHING X-MEN: GIFTED is Whedon's first X-Men arc and, reading it, you knew right away that you're in for some spectacular times. Whedon pulls out all the usual tools from his utility belt: the wit, the humor, the emotional gut checks, the pop culture plunge, the plot swerve. He makes you love the characters, even characters you didn't give an ef about going in (I'm looking at you, Cyclops). And, after you grow to care about them, he kills them off. I'm not saying that that happens here. But Whedon is a notorious serial killer.
Whedon gets a crack at writing Kitty Pryde, and if you don't fall in love with her, you are some sort of soulless. She returns to the X-Men proper here, and as a member of Xavier Institute's faculty, all grown up. In terms of character development, Kitty is the richest character. Love Kitty Pryde.
The central conflicts in the story: An alien mercenary called Ord from the Breakworld - the wonderfully snide Emma Frost refers to him as the "alien berk" - is running amok, taking hostages, testing the X-Men for whatever reason. Meanwhile, with the ever present anti-mutant hysteria as a backdrop, a brilliant geneticist publicly announces a cure for the mutant gene.Read more ›
Joss Whedon and PLANETARY's illustrious illustrator John Cassaday joined up to bring a less bizarre but more intense run than Morrison ever could have done.
I'm not really going to get into the plot because you can find that all on the TPB review pages. What I'm going into here is the Motion Comic. It does a great job at retelling and somewhat animating the "Gifted" arc. The voice talent is all no-name, but they all fit their respected characters perfectly. The executive directors of this series are Cassaday and living legend Neal Adams... who if you read comics, you should know and love. If you don't, I'll sum his work up for you: You know how BATMAN got really campy in the 60's? He was the artist that was most directly responsible for bringing the Dark Knight back from that crap.
After getting all of these, unfortunately, through iTunes (unfortunately, because I'm not a fan of iTunes), I still plan on getting the DVD because the motion comic for "Gifted" is just as great as the read of the series.
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This DVD is part of an overall story arc. The complete series is, in order:
1. Astonishing X-Men: Gifted
2. Astonishing X-Men: Dangerous
3. Read more
It was only a matter of time before I’d succumb to the charms of the motion comic genre and now that I’ve finally purchased and watched a few, I can firmly attest to the fact that... Read morePublished 20 months ago by ONENEO
I really enjoyed the story and the art animation was great. Definately worth the 6-7 dollars I paid, but I would not pay more than that price range.Published 22 months ago by Jackie L. Jordan
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|Same as included in Planet Hulk?||
I had the same question since I was waiting to buy both "planet hulk" and the "gifted" dvd"s until I figure out exactly if the "hulk" had or not the complete "motion comic" series. Here"s what I found on another site written by a guy... Read More
Dec 6, 2010 by Efren A. Castilla | See all 2 posts
|This really needs to be out on Blu-Ray, too.||
Yes! Where do I cast my vote for it? Why hasn't this been released on Blu-ray yet?
ALSO, I would love to see
- the six episodes edited into a full movie (basically, just delete the end credits and intros for all episodes between 1 and 6)
- The rest of Joss Whedon's X-Men run adapted in exactly... Read More
May 15, 2011 by Greg Rivera | See all 2 posts
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