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About the Author

Peter David is a prolific "New York Times "bestselling author whose career, and continued popularity, spans more than two decades. He has worked in every conceivable media television, film, books (fiction, nonfiction, and audio), short stories, and comic books and acquired loyal followings in all of them. In the literary field, he has had more than a hundred novels published. He lives in New York with his wife and four children.
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Product Details

  • Series: Astonishing X-Men
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; First Edition edition (September 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785165142
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785165149
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,511,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Being a big fan of the X-Men, I loved the story.
I've read many books by Mr. David, he has written many
Star Trek books. This book reads like a comic book without the pictures,
definitely for mature readers with the violence. I just can't get my head around
Ms. Frost being part of the team and a teacher no less, Scott what the hell she's
in your bed also? You remember a girl named Jean don't you? The Phoenix
should come back and fry you both.
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Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The problem for me was that the end of the book Felt like the end of a chapter I felt like there was no resolution. If this was Part 1/ then I would be okay, but it appears that this adventure will not be continuing,
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From comics to the 90s cartoons, I've seen the X-Men franchise blossom to astounding proportions within my lifetime. Unfortunately for me, half of that lifetime has been spent completely blind, and graphic novels don't come on CD. Finally, there is a cure for anyone who loves the Marvel characters and has a visual impairment or simply wants in-depth prose.

The gang has graduated to full-length novel format. Peter David adapted Joss Whedon's graphic novel collection of the same name into a book of more than 300 pages. This work is designed for X-fans, but a newbee could follow the surface plot. What would frustrate readers without a nerdy mindset are the cliches and coincidences. These are Hollywood-style superheroes; it isn't that they will save the day, but what trick they'll pull out this time to do it. Let your incredulity have time off watching the Discovery Channel or something, so you can read the novel in peace.

A cure for the mutant "disease." Great marketing ploy, huh? Turn mutants into victims in everyone's eyes. Not only that, but the possibility of weaponizing the cure...

But who's behind this mysterious scientific breakthrough? This is where aliens come in, the new class at the X-school, and the current group of X-Men. Motives are a tricky subject, and the X-folk tend to rely on mindreaders so much, that they don't trust anyone who they can't see inside of.

Other than the nostalgia of reacquainting myself with long-lost X-friends, I found Peter David's explorations of the X-emotions to be most enlightening. Wolverine and Cyclops have always been at odds, but their rage poured off the page! Kitty Pryde revealed herself as young, sassy, and no stranger to hard work and hard play; she'll make a very cool teacher at the X-school.
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Well written story expanding upon the early comic run with Joss Whedon. Author Peter David keeps the action and events moving and offers insights not seen in the comic. Only possible complaint is it's such a fast read it was over too quickly.
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Peter David did a great job translating Joss Whedon's story from Astonish X-Men 1-6. All of the characters ring true, especially Kitty, Scott, and Emma. The one part I really enjoyed was the Logan Scott fight, and the narrative from Scott's perspective, and that David set just Jean being dead for 5 years, not just days or weeks as in the comic book. Overall a really good read for X-Men fans and fans of the Astonishing X-Men
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A really exciting story taking place in the X-Men universe. I look forward to watching the motion comic too because I really enjoyed the other Astonishing X-Men stories. It was neat to read how it all began.
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