Astonishing X-Men - Volume 2 Hardcover – Dec 17 2008
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About the Author
John Cassaday began his professional career with Negative Burn. It wasn t until he showed his portfolio to Mark Waid at San Diego Comic Con that he began receiving job offers from Dark Horse, DC, and Marvel. He eventually collaborated with Joss Whedon on "Astonishing X-Men" which led to more work and even directing an episode of Whedon s television show, "Dollhouse." Most recently he helped relaunch the successful "Star Wars" comic franchise alongside Jason Aaron for Marvel Comics. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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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!
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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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...
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.
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.