- Hardcover: 672 pages
- Publisher: Marvel; First Printing edition (October 7, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785138013
- ISBN-13: 978-0785138013
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.5 x 11.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Astonishing X-Men Omnibus Hardcover – October 7, 2009
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- Wolverine: "You got a problem with mutants?"
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Joss Whedon's staggeringly awesome X-Men run has ended, but that doesn't stop me from going back and re-reading his stuff a bunch of times. And with the ASTONISHING X-MEN OMNIBUS finally out and published, I can finally just keep all those individual issues bagged safe and sound in my plastic nuclear holocaust-proof Mylars.
I confess that I've stopped trying to keep up with Marvel's eighty-seven thousand different X-titles sometime back in the '90s, having gotten fed up with the sheer volume and super-convoluted continuity of the thing. I also had this sense, back in the '90s, that the prevailing storytelling for all those X-titles leaned more towards a "quantity over quality" attitude. But I bow down to Joss Whedon, and so had to pick up ASTONISHING X-MEN, fully anticipating greatness. Which is exactly what Joss proceeded to give us. A hell of a ride.
Whedon brings to ASTONISHING X-MEN all the tools that made BUFFY and FIREFLY and, hell, even DR. HORRIBLE'S SING-ALONG BLOG such a memorable experience: There's his ear for sharp, spot-on dialogue and his witty forays into pop culture references. There's his ability to write emotionally hard-hitting scenes and his deft juggling of character dynamics and seamless interweaving of plot elements. Joss Whedon is the nerd god of nerds, and his minions are legion or at least can fill up the San Diego Comic Con.
Who out there currently has a better handle on the X-Men? I'd never been that partial to Scott Summers before Whedon got his mitts on him, and now... well, I'm partial. Nowadays I actually look at Cyclops and don't instantly associate him with Jean Grey.Read more ›
Characters also enjoy the fruits of Whedon's stellar pen. Whedon sticks to a pared down cast akin to that used by Grant Morrison during his legendary run on "New X-Men." This downsized cast allows ample room for character development and Whedon reaps a bounty in the creative expanse. Relationships are explored, conflicts (internal and external) are flushed out of the cloisters, and emotional baggage is laid out. Two personal favorites stick out for me: 1) is the developed relationship between Emma Frost and Scott Summers; and 2) the expulsion of Wolverine to the outskirts of the series. An aside, Emma Frost is probably the best thing to happen to the X-Men series bar-none. I suggest that her character (when placed in the right hands) is shouldering a significant weight of the X-Men series.
I could lavish countless more praise on Whedon's amazing work but I want to keep things short. Not since Grant Morrison's "New X-Men" has a X-Men series succeeded in fully engaging and drawing readers back into the wonder, startling reality, and simple joy that was X-Men.
Kitty Pryde arrives at Xavier's School for the Gifted as a neophyte teacher, joining her former classmates (and former enemy, in the case of Emma Frost; the friction between the two is delightful, and delightfully written). But when a cure for the mutant gene is discovered - at the same time that a violent, aggressive alien starts terrorizing people - matters rapidly become a little less academic. A new wrinkle appears when a counterpart to S.H.I.E.L.D., the extraterrestrially-oriented military organization S.W.O.R.D., becomes involved, and Abigail Brand (head of S.W.O.R.D.) rapidly finds herself becoming more involved with the X-Men than perhaps originally planned. The introduction of a sentient computer, the possibility of a treacherous Emma Frost, and a prophecy that recently-revived X-Man Colossus will destroy an alien world complicate things further, and the story quickly moves from Earth to the distant Breakworld, where a final showdown threatens the Earth itself. Perhaps not even the X-Men can all make it out of this one alive...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is hands down one of my all time favorite comic book series. I absolutely love Joss Whedon and his writing. Read morePublished 8 months ago by JoHannah
A slow start that delivers huge dividends. It's obvious Whedon is a huge fan of the Claremont X-Men years and that's great. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Trevan
Astonishing X-Men one of best X series. Ptobably it will push for first 5!
Book's binding is perfect. Also it starts with past references which mentioned in story. Read more
Im not a cheap person but the individual issues cost less including giant size. Again Great Storyline if you love x men or great comics you should love this book.Published 19 months ago by Jordan Watkins
Astonishing stories all wrapped together. Whedon and Cassaday at the tops of their games. Excellent artwork to go along with an amazing story.Published on August 22, 2013 by David M. Deming
Funny, nastalgic, and badass, this takes the x-men to a classic look, and brings back a legendary character, while taking the x-men back to school. Read morePublished on December 27, 2012 by B.P/K.P
A very well written, witty collection.
I bought it as a gift, but was able to read it for myself.
Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down!!