Joss Whedon used the comic book series Fray to prove that he could successfully write a compelling, original comic book story. Astonishing X-Men not only further proves his abilities as a comic book writer in general, but it shows that he can take an existing franchise and simultaneously make it his own as well as staying very loyal to the source material and backstory. In the next six issues of his X-Men story, things go from bad to worse (although fans of Whedon's work tend to expect that kind of thing from him), making for some very interesting plot twists.
In the wake of the mutant cure, Cyclops, Emma Frost, Beast, Wolverine, Shadowcat, and the recently "ressurected" Colossus are still trying to deal with the fallout. Compounding the problem is that one of their students, a young boy who took great pride in his ability to fly, was "cured" against his will, and now he is suicidal. He allows himself to die in the Danger Room, starting a chain of events that causes the new programming in the Danger Room to go beserk and ignore the "No Kill" safeguard that Prof. Xavier programmed.
By the end of these six issues, the Fantastic Four will show up, one of the X-Men will begin to lose their faith in what they are doing, and a mole will be revealed (to the audience). Furthermore, relationships will be pushed to the breaking point (another Whedon staple).
Astonishing X-Men was originally going to be a 12-issue series, but due to the immense popularity, Marvel has ordered another 12 issues. Whedon and artist John Cassiday are taking a few months off, but fans everywhere are most likely on the edge of their seats in anticipation of the next group of issues. I know that I am...