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Astonishing X-Men - Volume 2 [Hardcover]

Joss Whedon , John Cassaday
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Dec 17 2008 Astonishing X-Men
This deluxe hardcover collects Astonishing X-Men Volume 3: Torn and Astonishing X-Men Volume 4: Unstoppable by the chart-topping super-team of Joss Whedon and John Cassaday, plus extras. In Torn, things go from peculiar to just plain bizarre! Emma Frost's erratic behavior has the X-Men spinning in a non-stop downward spiral. Will an unlikely union be the final straw? After secretly lying in wait for months, the new Hellfire Club makes its move! Plus: The X-Man destined to destroy the Breakworld stands revealed! Who is it, and what will be their fate? And in Unstoppable, the X-Men are off to protect the Earth from its destruction at the hands of the Breakworld. And when it's all over, nothing will ever be the same! No, really, we mean it! Collects Astonishing X-Men #13-24 and Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men #1

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic X-Men storytelling with a modern twist Feb. 17 2009
By hater.
Format:Hardcover
And twist it does! Joss Whedon is a master when it comes to making you laugh and breaking your heart, with twists in the story that feel natural yet unexpected.
The X-Men "feel" like the X-Men of the Claremont days, before being all "dark" and "modern".
John Cassady's art is strikingly beautiful yet uncomplicated, realized with amazing depth by the colors of Laura Martin.
A fantastic volume, I'd recommend it to any comic book fan!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best X-Men In A LONG Time Nov. 17 2005
By X23
Format:Paperback
For those of you who are entirely fed up with Chris Claremont mercilessly butchering the X-men title, you will more than enjoy this second book in Joss Whedon's excellent series. Whedon weaves together an incredibly creepy storyline with his simple (and highly effective) humour, classical X-Men references, and of course, smokin fight scenes. Whedon is just such an excellent writer and can really take advantage of any scenario presented to him and make it work. Compared to Claremont, he's a breathe of freash air with some Febreeze sprinkled in for good measure.
Not only is the writting excellent, but that art is gorgeous. The last X-Men trade I read was Kia Asamiya's Dominant Species. An anime style may work for Batman, but with X-Men, it just didn't do a thing. The combination of John Cassaday and Laura Martin however, worked perfectly and then some. Cassaday's ability to make it look realistic, but not so realistic as to the point where it looks wrong, is so key in a comic such as this. We're taking about people who shoot lasers out of there eyes and sometimes turn into diamonds...the art should be at least a bit stylised. Cassaday manages a good balance of the two, and really, what good is a comic if you can't stand looking at the art.
All in all, this trade was great, and i can't wait for this series to get off hiatus so we all can get back to reading in.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Astonishing Book Nov. 22 2005
By Andrew - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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...
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joss and John continue to astonish Sept. 8 2005
By N. Durham - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Collecting the second half of Joss Whedon and John Cassaday's first year run on Astonishing X-Men, Dangerous finds the Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Serenity creator weaving another superbly done tale starring Marvel's merry mutants. Beginning with a team up with the Fantastic Four, the X-Men are re-grouped and re-organized with Colossus back in the fold. However, there is something very wrong with the X-Men's training facility, the Danger Room, and now it has manifested itself as a sentient being with intentions of killing the X-Men, and most of all their creator, Charles Xavier. While Dangerous isn't as jaw dropping or surprising as Whedon and Cassaday's first arc, Dangerous proves to be a just plain great X-Men story, with Whedon taking Wolverine, Cyclops, Emma, Shadowcat, Beast, and Colossus to new heights. Not to mention that by the time Professor X enters the fray, it is undoubtadly the most fearsome and powerful the character has been written in some time. Planetary artist John Cassaday continues to impress with his dynamite art, giving the book a cutting edge look. All in all, Dangerous continues the astonishing (no pun intended) first year of Whedon and Cassaday, and by the time you reach the surprise last page, you'll be begging for more.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still the best X-title going Jan. 5 2006
By C. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
With so many X-Men related books out there, it's tough to tell what is worth your time and money. Ultimate X-men can be fun, but if you're looking for something set in the original Marvel universe Astonishing X-men surpasses them all.

So why only four stars? After reading Vol 1: Gifted, I was blown away. The story, art, pacing, action, and dialogue were all top-notch. It's a book you'll want to read more than once.

I ordered Vol. 2: Dangerous and was expecting the same WOW feeling. Although the book is very good, it doesn't quite measure up to the first. The story is clever, but it doesn't really grab me. The artwork is fine, but seems a little rushed. Keep in mind that I'm comparing it to a near-perfect book (Gifted). On it's own, Dangerous is an action-packed book with some excellent artwork and writing. It may not be perfect, but it's like Shakespeare compared to other X-titles. All gripes aside, I'm glad I ordered it.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Story's been done before, nice snappy dialogue Sept. 24 2005
By unmeel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is basically a rehash of the "Cerebro as villain" story a few years back. Not only that, but the villain is a bit of a yawn, the story is slightly unbelievable in terms of certain characters motivations and there are some large & convenient plot holes (as one example, the villain says her only goal in life is to kill the X-men- it is her overriding purpose- and then when she can, when she has all the time in the world to kill them, she just leaves without trying).

The arc is not particularly tight and focused. There is quite a bit of padding and in fact its the third issue before you even know whats going on.

However, the art is quite good (if a bit sterile at times) and the dialogue is funny and witty, sometimes bordering on the silly but usually excellent. The lack of soap opera dramatics and enormous thought bubbles is refreshing. Compared to the other books, the story is downright outstanding anyway, so if you're looking to pick up one of the main 3 X-books, this is it.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to the past July 10 2006
By Norbert Bonilla - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am an old collector of the X-men since the days of Claremont and Cockrum. I actually pulled from the old spinner racks all the issues of Claremont/Byrne and I actually read X-Men 135 during my social studies class in high school. Why do I mention any of this? It's because the Astonishing X-Men made me feel like I did when I read those books before. These are excellent books and definitely worth the investment and time.
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