Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis collects issues #1-5 of Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis, as well as the Director's Cut of issue #1, all originally published between 2010 and 2011. The graphic novel is excellently produced with medium-gloss paper, finished boards in black, and a sturdy binding. There are no extras unique to this edition, but the graphic novel does reproduce those extras originally contained in the Director's Cut: the pre-colored art pages for all of issue #1, some cover sketches, and Warren Ellis's original script for issue #1.
Like most of Ellis's work, Xenogenesis is dark, wildly imaginative, and tightly plotted. For this self-contained story about the chaos caused by the birth of mutant babies in a small African town, Ellis dusts off an old--and to most readers, probably unfamiliar--set of concepts from the UK's old Captain Britain series (collected in Captain Britain Omnibus). The result is exciting, politically sophisticated, and a little weird--everything an X-Men comic book should be. As for the art, Kaare Andrew's handling of the X-Men, which here include Cyclops, Emma Frost, Wolverine, Beast, Armor, and Storm, is in a class of its own. His characters are at once dynamic, sexy, and slightly ridiculous (especially Emma Frost, whose breasts take on a life of their own).
If you're a fan of Ellis, the X-Men, or Alan Davis and Alan Moore's Captain Britain, you will almost certainly love this book. More casual readers looking for a good, self-contained read will also enjoy this.