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HD Collection of Joss Whedon's X-Men,
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This review is from: Marvel Knights: Astonishing X-Men BluRay Box [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Joss Whedon's time at the helm of the Astonishing X-Men will forever be recorded as one of the best story arcs in Marvel history (see Astonishing X-Men Omnibus). The motion comic adaptation takes the comic book story that made Marvel history and creates an entertaining sort-of-cartoon version that will appeal to readers of of the comic as well as to a new audience.
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 color and artwork is truly brilliant in HD. If you ever wished you could have a comic book panel splashed across your wide screen living room TV, look no further than this 2-disc blu ray collection.
The plot and storytelling are perfect. But There are a few "cons" to the motion comics. The episodes are very short (each under 15 minutes-ish). And each episode ends with a relatively long 'credits' sequence. It is not a big deal, but it does disrupt an otherwise seamless story.
X-Fans will be able to curl up with almost 5 hours of 1080p X-Men. Excelsior!