- Hardcover: 184 pages
- Publisher: Marvel; First Edition edition (September 2, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785133909
- ISBN-13: 978-0785133902
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,470,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Astonishing X-Men: Ghost Box Hardcover – September 2, 2009
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But some things stay the same. Disappointingly, there are still those shipping delays. Creatively, the character dynamics remain mostly intact. Colossus and Shadowcat are gone, but everyone else is here. Scott and Emma Frost are still together, and we learn that Ms. Frost isn't really a morning person. The Beast and S.W.O.R.D. Special Agent Abigail Brand are also an item, and Brand figures in this story arc a little bit. Logan is Logan and, honestly, it's a bit hard to introduce sweeping changes in Wolverine when the guy is in every friggin' comic book! Hisako, the newest teenaged X-Man, is still learning the ropes and also hating on her codename "Armor." Early in issue #25 Storm asks to join the team, citing occasional hohumness in her marriage and craving some away time from being Queen of Wakanda.
The X-Men have set up shop in the Marin Headlands, and their headquarters looks dang impressive, and yet I miss the stately Xavier mansion. Surprisingly, the San Francisco police force considers the X-Men a viable asset to crime solving and doesn't hesitate to call them in on weird cases (which makes the X-Men the Marvel version of Sara Pezzini). One such summons has the team confounded by a floating burning corpse, and the question surfaces as to whether this body is that of a mutant or something else.Read more ›
i can agree with some of the criticisms of other reviewers here. ellis is not at his very best writing dialogue for the x men. it does seem forced as another reviewer wrote. ellis is british, but the xmen are not, and shouldn't be using british phrasing to try to sound clever. which it doesn't, because it's too forced. but in the the majority, it is very well plotted, and most of the characterization was good and interesting.
the art, though, i cannot comprehend how anyone would criticize. this stuff is new, different and very interesting and beautiful. the panels are a fascinating puzzle of wildly varying shapes and transitions, often using negative space, and changing positive space into negative space for effect. the ink washes are sometimes fantastically illustrative, and other times also convincingly realistic with smooth, subtle, deep shading and coloring, and with many very carefully observed and clearly rendered details. reflections in people's eyes, shadows cast from eyelashes, precise and accurate foreshortening....etc. the contour linear illustrations that the art is built on reminds me of the classic favorite gil kane a bit. onto the foundation of contour line drawings is another layer of ink washes by bianchi and then silvestri. then of course there's a layer of computer coloring. while i don't prefer digital coloring, i disagree with complaints in other reviews here that the colors are "muddy". i find the color palette sophisticated instead of the usual comic book primary colors, that's all.
one of my few complaints is that i thought the italian artist (simone bianchi) was a chick. he's a dude.Read more ›
The initial Ellis/Bianchi run is called Ghost Box, and finds our favorite mutants relocated to San Francisco, where a call from SFPD puts the X-Men on the trail of a murderous new type of mutated individual. The trail leads to a UFO junkyard in Indonesia, and a threat from an extra-dimensional world as well as a dangerously unbalanced former ally. This collection includes Astonishing X-Men #25-30 and Astonishing X-Men: Ghost Boxes #1-2. The latter series served as a "What If" style look at what might have happened if the Ghost Box story had played out differently, and the results are more than a little haunting.
I tend of expect the best from Warren Ellis, and I'm rarely disappointed. Even if I didn't end up caring much about these "New Mutants" or the extra-dimensional threat, I had a huge grin on my face reading Ellis's razor-sharp dialogue and seeing how he treated and developed these iconic characters. I loved Whedon's Astonishing X-Men arc, but Ellis comes closer to the "voice" of the classic Grant Morrison X-Men run.
The painted artwork from Simone Bianchi was another major treat. His use of framing and white space is almost as impressive as his fully rendered (and oh so real) characters and intricate scenery. These are some truly beautiful pages, though they could benefit at times from some more vibrant color. I suppose the "gray" feel adds to the darker story.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Expectations may have been a bit high coming off the fantastic Joss Whedon run on Astonishing X-Men. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Phillip Schultz
I like very much thise novel and I recommend for everyone who like to read comicbooks or those who like to follow the artistic action.Published on June 7, 2013 by ion-wu
Set after the events of "House of M" where all but a couple hundred mutants were wiped out by Scarlet Witch's curse "No More Mutants", and after the events of "Second Coming" when... Read morePublished on February 10, 2013 by Sam Quixote
I was really, really, really excited when Marvel announced that Warren Ellis would be following Joss Whedon on Astonishing X-Men. Read morePublished on September 26, 2011 by Dax S. Torres
This was an interesting continuation of the Astonishing series. The artwork was good but it kept bugging me about the way their lips were drawn... Read morePublished on December 27, 2010 by bjjjcr
To follow Joss Whedon's "astonishing" run was a tough task for Warren Ellis. That being said, Ellis' follow-up was passable and enjoyable but no where near the level of excitement... Read morePublished on September 20, 2010 by TSX
I enjoyed the Joss Whedon and John Cassaday run very much, and like the "Astonishing" characters. I wanted to like this Warren Ellis collection. Read morePublished on April 3, 2010 by StormChild
This is sorta a big change from the Whedon-Cassaday AXM, but that's alright in my book because it's Warren Ellis (never mind Bianchi, more on that later). Read morePublished on February 23, 2010 by Ryan
This one is book 5 of the Astonishing X-men and it is not good. It jumps around quite a bit and is unbelievably confusing in the end.Published on December 16, 2009 by T. Marshall