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Marvel Knights: Astonishing X Men, Dangerous
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The tragic death of a student at the Xavier Institute reveals that a powerful enemy is working from inside the mansion to destroy the X-Men, an enemy who knows all their weaknesses and can predict their every move. This new foe doesnt want wealth, power or world domination: it only wants them dead. As the X-Men fight for their lives, they learn theyve been deceived by one of their own . . . even if they survive, the team will never be the same.
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Motion comics look as though someone was able to animate the spaces between the panels of a comic book. It makes for an interesting hybrid genre that is not quite an animated cartoon but a lot more than static pictures on a page. The voice actors for Dangerous are spot-on. Wolverine is gruff without being over the top.
There are a few "cons" to the motion comics. The episodes are short (six episodes, each under 15 minutes-ish). The DVD case is very minimalist: a slim case with a cardboard front. I would have liked an insert or episode list. And I really would have appreciated a case that snapped close. However, these packaging issues aside Dangerous in particular and motion comics in general are a lot of fun to watch.
Dangerous features some great action and spotlights a lot of the X-Men's younger members including Kitty Pryde and Armor. I can recommend this DVD to anyone looking for some animated X-citement.
The first movie was excellent and Astonishing Xmen Dangerous follows down the same path. In many ways i find these Marvel Knights features superior to some of the animated series because the story line is stronger and they take on a more serious tone. I cant imagine that if you are searching in this area of Amazon, that you will not enjoy these. If you havent yet, get the other Astonishing Xmen First, then get this one just for purposes of order.
This sounds wierd but I also highly reccomend the Marvel Knights Feature Spider Woman (just watch it, you will see after). Iron Man, & Black Panther are good too.
Sorry for not being more detailed but I don't want to give away too much.
For people who enjoy motion comics, Gifted was and still is in a class by itself and is the template that most other professional motion comic houses attempt to emulate.
The problem with producing a motion comic that is as strong as Gifted, is that if you follow it up with anything less than what was previously produced, you may have to deal with a bit of backlash.
As a motion comic, for me, Gifted is worth every bit of 5 stars. Just as the Astonishing Xmen editions that have followed it are worth, as motion comics, every bit of 3.5 stars.
The animation suffers in these latter editions. I can't imagine it's because of budgetary constraints, but I will concede that time and talent may be of some issue here. On the time front, I think they decided to pump these guys out quickly after Whedon grew to stratospheric notoriety post-Avengers. The absence of any special features whatsoever as well as the far less dynamic animation makes he think, "Similar production budget, less time."
The other factor that hasn't been specifically expressed (to my knowledge) is the -potential- absence of John Cassaday. E.g. talent. I remember reading several articles during the time they were producing Gifted and Cassaday lamenting time and again how overwhelming the demands were on him when helping to create that motion comic. My gut tells me that he had very little to do with the production of these later editions.Read more ›
In 2006, Whedon caught the attention of fans with his series "Astonishing X-Men" which he stayed onboard for 24 issues. It has become a major best-seller for Mavel comics and was nominated for several Eisner Awards and winning "Best Continuing Series" in 2006.
The first six issues of "Astonishing X-Men" was then released on DVD in Sept. 2010 courtesy of Shout! Factory as part of Marvel Knights Animation. These animated stories (also known as motion comic books) are more like comic books with slight movements but with voice acting and special effects.
And now the second Whedon arc "Dangerous" (featuring issues 7-12) will be released on DVD in April 2012 as "Astonishing X-Men: Dangerous" by Shout! Factory.
The DVD consists of six episodes which are around 12 minutes each.
"Astonishing X-Men: Dangerous" features X-Men members Cyclops, Emma Frost, Wolverine, Beast, Colossus and Kitty Pryde. As the group are trying to protect civilians from a huge monster with help from the Fantastic Four, a mutant teenager named Wing attending the School for Gifted Mutants is depressed because he was "cured" of his special abilities. Wing is standing on a cliff, wondering if it would return his power.
Fellow student Hisako Ichiki (Armor) talks to her friend Wing to not jump off the cliff because he could end up dead.Read more ›
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quality a little low/ not you the video japaneese,not marvelPublished 16 months ago by thomas lavoie
Like I said, it's what I see when I read comics~!!!!Published 18 months ago by Christopher R. Filkins
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
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it was an great movie, it was very interesting,i enjoyed it, i have the complete astonishing X-Men saga now all fourPublished 22 months ago by Timothy Jay Murray