- Hardcover: 672 pages
- Publisher: Marvel; First Printing edition (October 7, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785138013
- ISBN-13: 978-0785138013
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.5 x 11.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #902,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Astonishing X-Men Omnibus Hardcover – October 7, 2009
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I also appreciate that this book has a "story so far" section at the beginning for the "unindoctrinated" like myself, even if I didn't immediately understand the plot the pieces were all there for me to put together. Joss writes these stories to be interesting not only in plot but in dialogue Whedon knows no 1-dimensional characters.
So if you are like myself and are looking for a way to ease yourself into the comic book world Joss Whedons Astonishing X-Men is a is a great place to start.
This is a fantastic read and value. Unfortunately, I have limited experience with Marvel and the X-Men in comics, so bare with me if my review seems a little... inexperienced at times. I am a fairly seasoned of the X-Men however. I grew up watching the animated series from the 90's, followed by X-Men Evolution, all the movies, and some games. I've also watched a few other Marvel TV series' and animated features. So far, my brief experience with comics has covered Batman, some Spiderman, some Superman, and lots of Indie Comics. As far as Joss Whedon is concerned, part of the reason I bought this book was because I loved his work on The Avenger's film. I've also enjoyed Firefly and Serenity. I have to say, for a freshmen read, it's not the best. I knew the characters (at least their backstory) from the many other mediums I've enjoyed X-Men in, but without that experience, I'd be completely lost. So if you are new to Marvel and The X-Men, this book is not a very good starting point.
This, of course, collects the first 25 issues of Astonishing X-Men in over-sized format. Marvel takes their printings seriously, as this collection is the best quality print I have. The paper is thick and glossy, and feels almost like I could lift the entire book by one page (though I wouldn't test this). The cover under the paper slip is navy blue with silver embedded print. The collection is bound with thread, so pages wont get creased or fall out. The print quality tromps anything I have from DC. This looks really great on the shelf. I will certainly be purchasing many Marvel hardcovers in the future.
This collection certainly focus' on relationships, which seems to be a reoccurring theme in a lot of X-Men titles. Whether it be the connection the X-Men share as a family, tactically, or romantically, you'll get your fill of it here. This book features heroic appearances from Beast, Colossus, Cyclopes, Emma Frost, the Fantastic Four, Shadowcat, Spiderman, and Wolverine. The book features villainous appearances from Cassandra Nova, Danger, Ord (and others from the Breakworld), Negasonic Teenage Warhead, and Sebastian Shaw. Kitty Pryde and her love for Colossus is the prime focus of this piece, but it also touches on Scott and Emma quite a bit as well. Given my past is mostly with the older X-Men, the amount Kitty has mature struggles surprised me. In Evolution, she was your typical bubbly teen most of the time. She's always chipper and upbeat. In this book, she's dealing with deep issues, like the death of her love interest, her romantic involvements, and past mistakes. Meanwhile, Emma struggles with loving Scott, while he still is very much in love with Jean.
The art is amazing. Cassaday has a very detailed style, and uses a very rich color pallet. The story itself is great, but it is directed like a movie, with lots of cuts with dialog from the previous scene lingering into the next, and you often times will see the story centered around characters in different locations, which means there are lots of small cliffhangers to keep you interested and reading. I've heard some people dislike that, but I find myself rather enjoying it.
There is no issue with consistency, since it is the same author and illustrator throughout, and as I've said previously, everything is great. I'm going to be frequently referencing and re-reading this piece. This book comes with the highest recommendation I can give. Read it, and enjoy it.
Some background is needed here. I am a DC only guy. I love their characters and universe and my collection is DC only...until now. I keep up with Marvel and other companies, randomly, through my library and just checking out comic sites. I respect Marvel and it's characters and universe but as a whole it just doesn't do it for me. However, I am a sucker for the X-Men and there are certain stories I just fall for. This is one of them. I read the first trade/arc to this omnibus, Astonishing X-Men Vol. 1: Gifted, and it just stuck with me. I loved the team of Cyclops, Emma Frost, Beast, Wolverine, Colossus, and the darling Kitty Pryde. Whedon cares for these characters and makes you do so as well. That is why I succumbed to my urge to get this collection and do not regret it one bit.
The stories here are fun and full of life. The X-Men are targeted by an alien race, shadowy government agencies, their own danger room, and old foes. In the hands of a lesser writer the stories could of felt like recycled superhero stories but the details and twists and turns Whedon gives us make this story stand above others. He also accomplishes this by making his cast the driving force giving them all moments to shine as well as face their inner demons and have organic interactions amongst each other.
The other beautiful aspect about this saga is not only is it told by one writer it is illustrated by one illustrator (a real rarity for comics these days) and the right person to bring Whedon's words to picture. John Cassaday is astonishing! His clean almost realistic panels are stunning. The close ups of faces are like out of a a carefully set up hollywood film. It's crazy how detailed his work is with what seems like a minimal use of lines. One page that will haunt me forever is the expression on Kitty Pryde's face, along with the action going on, when she sees an old friend. Priceless.
This story is probably one of the best standalone or jumping on points for a new reader. Very accessible and easy to get an idea of what is meant when references come up. There is a nice little introduction that gives major history points as well as story and character points that are relevant to this story. Getting that quick explanation of the "fastball special" in the beginning made the two page spread later on in the story that more enjoyable. Haha. I was also totally stunned at how compact the book is for being close to 700 pages! It has the same height and length of other omnibuses (I compared it to my New Teen Titans omnibuses which are about the same page count) but the paper itself is very thin making it very easy to handle. The one little complaint I do have, is that I would have liked a table of contents and at the very least page numbers. I wish all graphic novels were numbered, especially ones of this size but a very minor thing.
Again, this is a great collection of one of the finest superhero stories ever told. You will be astonished!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
-Opening arc is great
-Issue covers are great
-Doesn't require a crazy amount of back reading
-Nice production values
-Character Development...Read more
Book's binding is perfect. Also it starts with past references which mentioned in story.Read more