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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (July 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785122540
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785122548
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joseph Hill "Joss" Whedon (born June 23, 1964), is an American screenwriter, executive producer, director, occasional composer and actor, and founder of Mutant Enemy Productions. He is best known as the creator and showrunner of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003), Angel (1999-2004), and Firefly (2002), which have also seen popular comic book adaptations, published by Dark Horse Comics and IDW.

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Fritz R. Ward VINE VOICE on July 7, 2008
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I am going to miss Whedon and Cassaday's run with 'Astonishing X-Men.' During the 1980s and 90s X-men stories got so convoluted it was difficult to follow all the characters, much less explore the complex relationships between them. But Astonishing X-Men, from the very start, solved those problems by focusing on only a few team members: Cyclops, Emma Frost, Kitty Pryde, Colossus, and of course Wolverine. The interactions of these characters, particularly Frost and Pryde are at the heart of the new series, which also features Agent Brand of Sword and a new X-Man, Hisako, aka Armor.

This final story arc from Whedon cannot be read independently of the first three. 'Gifted,' 'Dangerous,' and especially 'Torn' are required pre-reads before tackling this volume. Without revealing any spoilers, the plot involves the X-Men on the Breakworld, the world Colossus, it is prophesied, will destroy. One plot twist follows another every couple of pages, but even careful readers will be surprised at the ending. Both the Breakworld and Earth are saved, but by who and how this review will not say. Suffice to add, Blindfold's vision, at the end of 'Torn' is fulfilled and one of the X-Men will not return. Saddened as I am by the loss, I hope Marvel will not allow another unbelievable "back from the beyond" scenario. Even the greatest (and most sympathetic) of heroes need to rest in peace.

'Astonishing X-Men,' perhaps more than any other series, has captured the essence of the original comic: heroes who, for all their power, are all too human. Marvel, of couse, has made considerable money with 'Astonishing X-Men' from readers like myself who have returned to comics long after I thought I was "over" that phase.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By trashcanman VINE VOICE on July 2, 2008
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"Unstoppable" completes Joss Whedon's memorable stint as Astonishing X-Men's author in suitably epic fashion. In "Gifted" and "Dangerous" we were introduced to a classic X-Men line-up consisting of Cyclops, Wolverine, Emma Frost, Kitty Pryde, Beast, and Colossus. They were out to improve public relations, run the school in Professor Xavier's absence, and maybe save some folk along the way. Then along came Ord, an alien sent to assassinate the prophesied destroyer of his home planet, Breakworld, who just happened to be a member of the X-Men. There was fighting. At this point the Danger Room became self-aware and decided it's new mission was to murder each and every X-man and woman who had enslaved it all these years so she built herself a mechanical body and havoc was wreaked. Then came the Torn arc, which focused on the former White Queen and her reasons for inviting Kitty onto the team in spite of their mutual dislike; all that taking place with an apparent attack by the Hellfire Club as the backdrop. A SHIELD operative, Agent Brand, wound up launching the team into space just as the united villain front of Ord and Danger burst in on the scene and that brings us up to speed. Next stop: Breakworld.

Now, waiting several months in between issues for this story became exhausting and my initial read-through found me tired of this arc. However, re-reading it as a solid narrative proved immensely satisfying.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 28, 2008
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Joss Whedon's run on Astonishing X-Men finally comes to an explosive close with Unstoppable, as Cyclops, Wolverine, Emma Frost, Beast, Kitty Pryde, Colossus, the vengeful Ord, and the murderous Danger all find themselves on an intergalactic trip to the Breakworld: a land that Colossus is prophecised to destroy. Stunning revelations are abound, and everything comes together as the TPB races to a stunner conclusion that unites all of the X-Men with nearly every Marvel hero on the planet in an effort to save the world. Marred by shipping delays, these last issues of Whedon and John Cassaday's run on Astonishing X-Men features an ending that will come to no surprise to anyone who has been keeping up with the other X-books (someone doesn't make it back) but this matters little just based on the fact that Whedon's Astonishing X-Men, along with Grant Morrison's prolific run with New X-Men, are the absolute best X-Men stories in a decade plus. The Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Serenity creator provides more snappy and smart dialogue, and Planetary artist John Cassaday provides more spectacular artwork. All in all, X-Men stories rarely get any better than what you'll find here, and here's hoping that maybe one day Whedon and Cassaday will make a return to this title that both of them managed to revitalize.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 15, 2012
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Joss Whedon and John Cassady end their brilliant run on "Astonishing X-Men" by crossing the X-Men with Star Wars. Immediately hitting the ground running where the third book left off, the X-Men find themselves onboard a SWORD spaceship heading toward the Breakworld. Once there the supposed prophecy of one of the X-Men destroying the Breakworld will either be fulfilled or not. Meanwhile it's up to the X-Men to stop a Death-Star-ish space station from firing a ten mile missile at Earth. It's all kicking off in this book!

I've enjoyed each book in this series and have really been impressed with Whedon's writing and storytelling (though not enough to read the Buffy and Angel comics - sorry!). His experience with Firefly shows in this book as there's lots of space stuff, lots of alien battles, spaceships fighting, etc. Scott (Cyclops) seems almost to act like Mal Reynolds in some of the scenes. And of course the famous Whedon quipping doesn't let up in this book either - which works well as a relief when the book becomes heavily convoluted with (maybe overly) intricate plotting.

Whedon's very inventive with lesser-known characters like Kitty Pryde and Peter Rasputin (Colossus) as well as the new characters of the Breakworld rather than the more famous Wolverine and Xavier (who barely figures in this story arc). And as you would expect on the end of a run, deaths of characters occur (though this is comics so don't expect them to stay dead) which raises the stakes in this story and adds spice to the plot.

The book ends on an extra-long issue with other Marvel favourites Spiderman and the Avengers in "Giant Size X-Men" and showcases John Cassady's wonderful artwork at its best.
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