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Astonishing X-Men Ultimate Collection Volume 1 (Astonishing X-Men #1-2)

4.37  ·  Rating Details ·  2,314 Ratings  ·  101 Reviews
Dream-team creators Joss Whedon and John Cassaday present an explosive, all-new flagship X-Men series. Cyclops and Emma Frost re-form the X-Men with the express purpose of "astonishing" the world. but when breaking news regarding the mutant gene unexpectedly hits the airwaves, will it derail their new plans before they even get started? As demand for the "mutant cure" reac ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 29th 2012 by Marvel (first published 2004)
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Jan 29, 2017 Chelsea rated it liked it
I started this review laughing because I finished this book and forgot I'd finished it 10 minutes later. Nothing about this was memorable for me.

I tried letting my feelings on Whedon's take on the MCU films aside to read this. He's definitely not my favorite person when it comes to Marvel products but I like Firefly and Serenity and I like X-men, so I have this a shot. Strangely enough, the problems I have with his shows weren't present here. The problems I have with his films were, however.

Nicolo Yu
Mar 07, 2012 Nicolo Yu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: collected-comics
I just got the second volume of the Astonishing X-Men hardcover series that collects Joss Whedon’s and John Cassaday’s entire twenty-five issue run on the title that I thought I’d read again the first volume that I bought a few years back. Reading it again reminded how good Whedon was with the X-Men, abetted by Cassaday's crisp and clean line art, he channels much of the excitement from Chris Claremont’s legendary turn with the characters.

The first twenty-four issues and the giant sized issue of



4 1/2 stars
Jan 27, 2014 Alex rated it really liked it
This may come as a surprise, but Joss is good with snappy dialogue and ensemble casts.
Apr 21, 2015 Adriana rated it it was amazing
I’d already read the first half of the story contained in this volume, yet I still enjoyed following along with the story and seeing the twisted plot that Whedon came up with.
Full of action, intrigue, and introspection, there’s a reason why Whedon’s run of the X-Men is always brought up as an example of how to write good superhero stories.
Feb 25, 2013 Alan rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Joss Whedon and John Cassaday’s critically acclaimed ‘Astonishing X-Men’ run was the spiritual successor to Grant Morrison’s ‘New X-Men’, so (as Whedon alluded to in an email conversation reprinted at the back of this book) they were always going to have a mammoth task ahead of themselves. However, although this run makes several references to Morrison’s stories, and uses mostly the same team from that period, Whedon and Cassady pretty much took this in their own direction. For one thing, this i ...more
Astonishing X Men Volume 1
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Self Purchase, Comixology
I haven’t read all of the X-men or really any of the continuing, ongoing X-men series but I know enough about them to get by. I wasn’t sure where to start so I’m just jumping in reading what I remember my ex read.After reading about 4-5 issues of this, I realized I have read this before, but it was pre internet databases of book tracking. So I will shelve this as a re-read review.  But even as a re-read this is
Oct 10, 2016 guanaeps rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-books
Joss Whedon hits the ground running and doesn't stop. Some of these pages by John Cassaday deserve to be in museums, on display to illuminate the incredible art form of comic books. Pages explode with momentum, Laura Martin also deserving a mention, as her colors complete this imagery.

The idea of the "Mutant Superhero" team returns, as this seems to be one of the clearest ways to distance Whedon's run from the juggernaut that was Morrison's New X-men. Cassaday's clean, sleek penciling also a sta
Luke Varley
Jul 18, 2012 Luke Varley rated it it was amazing
If anything I actually enjoyed this more the 2nd time, particularly the 2nd "Danger" arc which I now think is just as good, if not better, now! Also now that i've got the 2nd collection I can carry on this time! :)

Original review from 1st reading:
X-Men + Joss Whedon. I was always gonna enjoy this. Of course the artist John Cassaday deserves a fair bit of the credit too for doing a wonderful job, especially in the first half of this collection. Speaking of which I definitely enjoyed the 1st 6 iss
Apr 15, 2011 Virginia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Virginia by: Wil Wheaton
Whedon shows off his signature snappy dialog and grasp of characters. Although this graphic novel features more X-men that I am unfamiliar with (Emma Frost, and Shadowcat) and X-men that I can't stand (I'm looking at you, Cyclops!!), I did enjoy the story and artwork.

Everything is very fast-paced and I pretty much devoured the whole thing. I'm working on Vol. 3 right now and will get Vol. 4 at the library tomorrow. This sort of thing always makes me forget how long the wait with graphic novels
Josephine  the Rereader
Why, Emma? Why did you go back to those douchebags, the hellfire club? Ugh! At least Kitty is cool. And omg, Colossus? Yeek! So happy to have him back.

General fangirling aside, can anyone suggest trades I can read next? (I already read the ultimate series)
Marianna Neal
Jun 16, 2014 Marianna Neal rated it it was amazing
So. Much. Fun!
I'm sorry, X-Men, I'm sorry I ignored you my entire life. You win. I am yours.
Nov 04, 2012 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this comic, as I knew I would. It's Joss and the X-men, what's not to love?
Feb 08, 2017 Sans rated it liked it
I think the fact that I picked this up and put it down so many times in the last week and a half says a lot about my opinion of this book. There were some great moments, sure. Whedon's zingers and one liners are sprinkled throughout and they make for some great I-laughed-out-loud panels (my favourite being Logan's internal monologue consisting of "I really like beer"). But...there just isn't enough here to really get me excited.

See, part of my problem is that I abandoned comics back in the 90's,
Jan 03, 2017 Nate rated it really liked it
This is a 4.5 star collection. The first six issues of this collection is basically perfect. Kitty Pryde has never been better than she is in Joss Whedon's hands for all the reasons that made Buffy such a revolutionary show. John Cassaday's art is peak of his powers good and Whedon knows when to get out of his way so much so that the big reveal in this series is actually wordless.
The last six issues are very, very good but just aren't on the level of the first six or what is to come later. I li
Nov 27, 2016 Kate rated it it was amazing
I bought these Ultimate editions of this fantastic run of X-Men for free comic book day this year and I'm only getting to them now. It's been awhile since I've read the whole run and man is it ever good. It might actually be better than I remember. I'm still a bit put off by Beast but he warms up to me.

No big surprise that there's great dialogue and great use of an ensemble cast but I am really blown away by the emotion here. With Kitty, with Cyclops, even with Emma Frost of all people. It's ju
Oct 13, 2014 Dan rated it really liked it
This is the first X-men book I've read in almost twenty years. Out of curiosity, I picked up the first issue of the All New X-men series when it was released, and really liked it, but buying monthly issues is a really expensive and frustratingly slow way to read comics. So I decided to read some older stuff to satiate my X-appetite and get me up to speed on X-history while waiting for the All New title (and the contemporaneous Uncanny title) to accumulate stories for a trade paperback release. I ...more
Terry Collins
Feb 10, 2017 Terry Collins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My annual rereading of the Whedon / Cassaday take on the X-Men. Still a five star book. Still offers new meat when reexamining the work. Witty, aware, and beautifully crafted.
Dec 27, 2016 Tatiana rated it it was amazing
Joss Whedon and the X-Men is a match made in heaven
Andy 117
Oct 10, 2014 Andy 117 rated it really liked it
Don't be fooled by the title: this X-Men isn't set to astonish. It's set to give you the same feeling X-Men ever has, and that's exactly what makes it so great.

Fan-favourite alpha-nerd pens this excellent run of X-Men. The premise is that the X-Men, the team of mutants sworn to protect human- and mutantkind alike, have been focusing entirely too much on superfluity. They need to get back to their roots. They need to get back into the world, and be a superhero team again. They need to astonish hu
Sep 24, 2016 Joey rated it really liked it
Breathless pacing, but with intelligence and good dialogue. I really enjoyed this, not just the story, but the incredible art. All sorts of good conversation inspiring pieces centered around the mutant cure and all its metaphorical reach.

What I really want to know, though, is in a world with trillions of Wolverine solo titles, how does Beast end up without his own series? There is so much there to work with!

Only thing I didn't like about this book, was the Joss Whedon e-mails in the back; creat
Greg Cohoon
Mar 26, 2012 Greg Cohoon rated it really liked it
I got this book because I really wanted to read some stories that featured Beast. I asked my comic book store what they had, and they said there wasn't really anything currently on the shelves with Beast, but that I should take a look at what Joss Whedon and John Cassaday did in "Astonishing X-Men" and sold me a copy.

I love the serial nature of comic book reading, where issues often end in cliffhangers and you have to wait a month for the story continuation. But when the writing and art are as s
Holden Attradies
I neither love nor hate Joss Whedon. Besides Dr. Horrible nothing of his I've seen/read has really jumped out at me as being above the genre, so I'm always amazed at how fanatical his fans are. Again, I'm not saying his stuff is bad, just that it seems to be at about the norm of how good things should be.

So, with that in mind I went into this as I go into all Joss Whedon things. Hearing talk from all his fans about how it's the single greatest accomplishment in the medium but expecting to just
Marina Anik
Aug 19, 2013 Marina Anik rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
I love comics and graphic novels and illustrated books. But so far I have never really gone into "superhero" comic books. So when I decided to do that, I also decided to start with the X-Men. They always kind of fascinated me and I love the creativity that is behind all the different characters and mutant powers. It's also not a classical "superhero" situation, because the mutants have not been bitten by a spider or come from another planet. They are born the way they are.

And that is exactly th
Jul 15, 2008 Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone wanting to get back into an X-book
Recommended to Ryan by: The internet
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Aug 05, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Again, I don't think this is the right edition, but it seems to be as close as I can get here. Harumph.

I know. It wasn't so long ago that I said I was giving up on super-hero comics for now. But then this came up on my hold list and hope was restored.

And not in vain.

This was my first foray into the X-Men comics, so I was ignorant of any backstory that wasn't in one of the movies. (I'm referring here only to the trilogy and First Class, I'm steering clear of Wolverine for the time being). Still,
May 21, 2012 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I have read a few graphic novels, I have never been a big comic book guy. But, since I generally like Whedon and I generally like superheroes, I figured that I should give this one a shot. It was entirely worthwhile. The plotline covers four volumes, and mainly follows Kitty Pryde as she returns to Professor Xavier's school, though now as a teacher. Professor X is gone, and the school is in the charge of Cyclops, Wolverine, Emma Frost, the Beast, and Kitty. Soon, they find themselves under ...more
Apr 18, 2011 Lyric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Joss Whedon is one of my favorite story tellers. He has an amazing way of transforming characters from cardboard stereotypes into real people. Here, he has taken the X-Men (classic characters that have been done time and time again) and evolved them into something new... someing totally Whedon. Joss has a knack for telling epic stories about rag-tag teams, so the X-Men are right up his alley. Honestly, I was a little leary at the thought of Shadowcat being essentially the main character, but Whe ...more
Mar 17, 2014 Mersini rated it really liked it

Now that I have that out, I can say that I enjoyed it immensely the second time around. I first read it 2 years ago, when I first got into comics, and I had not read much of the X-Men before, but of course, this, being by Joss Whedon, made the list of essential things to read. Little did I know that it was a sequel to Grant Morrison's run. And I have to say, you really should read his before you start on Whedon's. It all makes m
I love Joss Whedon and I've always liked the X-Men - I was never lucky (or unlucky?) enough to have grown up with it but mutants with powers, that's definitely one of my favorite things. I found this at my local library and tore through it in a sitting and now I desperately wish I owned it if only so that I could re-read it constantly. Beyond the beautiful and often terrifying artwork, it's got excellent Whedon writing at its heart and he chose to start with one of my absolute favorite character ...more
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Joss Whedon (born Joseph Hill Whedon) is an American screenwriter, executive producer, film and television director, comic book writer, occasional composer, and actor, and the founder of Mutant Enemy Productions and co-creator of Bellwether Pictures.

He is best known as the creator and showrunner of the television series 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)', 'Angel (1999–2004)', 'Firefly (2002)'
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