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Astonishing X-Men, Volume 4: Unstoppable (Astonishing X-Men #4)

4.34  ·  Rating Details ·  7,217 Ratings  ·  235 Reviews
Strap yourselves in, folks! It's Joss Whedon and John Cassaday's final arc on Astonishing X-Men! After the shocking and brain-smashing events of recent issues, 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! Whedon and Cassaday prove they are more than ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published July 2nd 2008 by Marvel (first published April 17th 2008)
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Raeleen Lemay
May 25, 2016 Raeleen Lemay rated it really liked it
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this one was so intennnnssseee
Feb 09, 2009 Kemper rated it really liked it
The only major complaint I can make about the run of Joss Whedon and John Cassady on this title is that it didn’t last nearly long enough.

The storyline about an X-Men being the predicted destroyer of the alien Breakworld wraps up with the team taken to the planet by Agent Brand to stop them from destroying Earth first. A whole lot of banter and fighting occurs along with one of the most moving and heroic moments I’ve read in mainstream superhero comics.

As with the rest of the series Cassady’s cr
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WrensReads Review:

I honestly don't even know where to begin with this besides blaming Joss Whedon for all the heart breaks in my life: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dollhouse, Avengers, and now I am just going to go ahead and add X-Men to the top of that list.

We get the classic funny humor in the wrong time with Whedon:

That's what I love about Whedon's writing. It is always so dark and intense, and then he throws in some weird humor that makes you laugh and believe that everything is going
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6 stars!!!


After reading the first three volumes of “Astonishing X-Men” by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday, I was waiting with anticipation in reading the final volume of this fantastic series, “Astonishing X-Men: Unstoppable” and I was perfectly astonished and not disappointed! This volume will definitely not disappoint X-Men fans and will stand the test of time as one of the best endings to a comic book series!

What is the story?

After the ev
"Step back and think about this one. It's ridiculous. Giant silver bullets? Another genocidal X-Man story? Death and resurrection and death and ...? Another super-powered alien race? Space S.H.I.E.L.D.? Another big 'sacrifice' that won't be a sacrifice. And the inexplicable failure of all the big brains to save things in the end"
"I know. It sounds crazy, but I can't help myself."
"So nothing I say can change your mind?"
"'Fraid not.'
"That Joss Whedon is pretty good."
"How? He wrote all that s
Jan 25, 2012 Sesana rated it really liked it
The end of a truly great run at a property I walked away from a long time ago. Whedon's strengths are in full force: compelling characters, realistic interactions, and fantastic and even witty dialog. Ok, so maybe the end is a bit of a mess. Nobody's perfect. But for the X-Men, this is remarkably close. Cassaday's art remains top-notch.

One very silly complaint: I did feel sort of ripped off that Nightcrawler appeared on the cover of the last issue in the trade, but only actually showed up in a f
Sam Quixote
Jun 15, 2012 Sam Quixote rated it it was amazing
Joss Whedon and John Cassady end their brilliant run on “Astonishing X-Men” by crossing the X-Men with Star Wars. Immediately hitting the ground running where the third book left off, the X-Men find themselves onboard a SWORD spaceship heading toward the Breakworld. Once there the supposed prophecy of one of the X-Men destroying the Breakworld will either be fulfilled or not. Meanwhile it’s up to the X-Men to stop a Death-Star-ish space station from firing a ten mile missile at Earth. It’s all k ...more
Feb 20, 2011 Mike rated it it was amazing
The epic space stuff is really awe-inspiring, and the sense of humour on display is simply wonderful. (Emma's mental distraction in ep. 20 had me rolling on the floor.)

Awesome twists and turns the story takes, and I'm particularly enjoying the adult-sized dialogue. Why doesn't everyone write like this? The sarcasm is especially refreshing for comicdom - again, why can't everyone write like this?

I can't freaking believe how well-plotted a story this is - compared to the Firefly graphic novels, th
Sep 25, 2012 Aaron rated it really liked it
The Breakworld space armada heads to intercept the S.W.O.R.D. ship carrying the X-Men - specifically Colossus, who is predicted to somehow destroy the Breakworld. The team makes it to the planet and begins trying to shut down the Breakworld's leader and the giant space bullet pointed at Earth.

Joss Whedon's run ends with this excellent final volume, creating an epic and bittersweet conclusion while giving most of the X-Men heartfelt moments. The Breakworld and Danger plotlines are resolved as (vi
Holy. SHIT.

My heart felt everything while reading this work of art. I am awe struck. To say that I loved all of the other volumes is so silly because that was just "like". Like when I liked a boy in the seventh grade. Volume four is PURE LOVE. I have no idea how they do it. How I feel everything that the X-Men are feeling. My god.

You have Emma and Scott off being disgustingly in love. Kitty and Peter making bedroom eyes at each other around every frame. Even Brand and McCoy are doing their matin
Aug 12, 2012 Becky rated it it was amazing
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Joss Whedon is a bad, bad man.
Mar 02, 2009 Abe rated it really liked it
the whedon/cassaday run goes out with a bang, but, like the rest of his run, a bang as dissonant as it is compelling.

the fundamental dilemma of the run is taken to its logical extreme here. as usual, you can't put the book down for the panel-to-panel dialogue, art, action, and character development. of special interest here is the great writing of scott summers, the establishment of hisako as a part of the x-canon, and the fleshing-out of abigail brand.

but as with volumes 2 and 3, the overall pl
The Whedon/Cassaday run ends moderately entertainingly. I suppose one could argue that them going yet again to the death/resurrection of a core character as a major plot element is evidence of just how bankrupt the superhero genre has become, though this time at least the overall narrative has built into it a sort of rationale for it (they resurrected Colossus, so if they think Cyclops has something useful for them, they'll resurrect him, too. Good thing for Cyclops that was correct!) of course ...more
Aug 12, 2008 Jamie rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphicnovels
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Jul 25, 2012 Justin rated it really liked it
I forgot how much I love the grandiose insanity of the X-Men series. The movies that mainstream audiences are familiar with never really get into the fact the X-Men spend so much time battling space aliens that they don’t really think much of it. This volume spends all of its time either on an alien planet (the Breakworld) or in space battles above it. It neatly wraps up Whedon’s run on the series, though I am glad I was familiar with the preceding volumes before reading these issues.

Whedon has
Whedon's Astonishing X-Men run wraps up with volume 4, Unstoppable, and it was my favorite volume of the run. This is a nice 200 page extra large volume that was much more centered in its plot than the previous volumes. The X-Men find themselves visiting the alien world called The Breakworld where one of the X-Men is prophesied to destroy their civilization. The characters are so on point during this volume, each character has enough page time to really tell their own story within the larger sto ...more
Sep 01, 2009 Kyle rated it it was ok
I've got to say, I'm really disappointed with this story. The last volume of this four volume comic continues the plot of the first, but the middle two are entirely filler. The story itself isn't too great anyway! It's a standard superhero plot (evil aliens are out to destroy the world and only the X-Men can stop them). I can definitely tell that Astonishing X-Men was written by Joss Whedon, though. You can always tell be the clever dialog. The art is fantastic....for the first issue. While I wa ...more
Aug 05, 2015 Andrew rated it it was amazing
This has one of the absolute best 'Ohhhhhh shit!' moments I've ever read in any comic book. I won't spoil anything here, folks, but Joss Whedon really out does himself. I mean, the crazy hijinks he puts characters through is Shakespearean; there's always a slight of hand - an illusion that plays out beautifully in everything thing that he does, whether it's in the pages of Astonishing or in the show Dollhouse, or Cabin in the Woods. Love this guy! Creative genius. Please, go read this. You'll be ...more
Jul 26, 2008 Michael rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2008
The final chapter in Joss Whedon's era of Astonishing X-Men comes to a satisfying close. After wandering a bit during the third story arc, the fourth arc sends the X-Men into outerspace with the fate of the world in their hands. Whedon brings together plot threads from his entire run into a satisfying, page-turning conclusion that I'm glad I read as a trade paperback instead of having to wait a month or months in between issues to get the full story and scope. A major character does shuffle off ...more
Gretchen Alice
Aug 05, 2015 Gretchen Alice rated it it was amazing
Crazy good. Astonishing, if you will.
Bonus points for making me sing a variation of the Kimmy Schmidt theme song every time I picked it up.
"Unstoppable! They alive, dammit! 'Cause female mutants are strong as hell."
May 02, 2012 Mike rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
This trade collects Astonishing X-men issues #19-24 and Giant-Size Astonishing X-men #1), and completes Joss Whedon's run on the title.

**Note: Unstoppable is the direct culmination of events spread over the first three trades. It will be impossible to follow if you don't read those first and this review by necessity will contain some spoilers for previous volumes. **

This is the final act of an overarching story Whedon built over 25 issues. The mysteries surrounding the destroyer of the Breakwor
Mar 05, 2016 Jessica rated it it was amazing
For some reason I have difficulty reviewing graphic novels. It's like reviewing one chapter of one big story. But I also understand that each one is a book that deserves some recognition. This is the first of many... So watch out goodreads feed.

I loved the artwork in these 4 books. That's the first thing to grab my attention with graphic novels. Maybe it's because of my art background, it's something I notice because I recognize the hard work and amazing talent that goes into creating imagery t
Thomas Rohde
Dec 21, 2010 Thomas Rohde rated it it was amazing
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Joss Whedon really knows how to take a potentially silly or played out concept (superheroes in spandex, probably the most ubiquitous series and characters in the Marvel universe, etc) and make them both more mature and more relatable at the same time. These are X-Men who have grown up, who aren't interested in being in a big room with other costumed characters looking for someone to punch. They're trying to solve the problems that they are presented with. Whedon is great with teams--Buffy, Angel ...more
Mar 23, 2014 Gavin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Take the intensity of Vol 3 and ratchet it up even more. Push the team to the limit, and watch sacrifices be made. I really loved the end of Joss' run on X-Men here, there's also a lot of the humour still there, even in the midst of all the chaos. The art is still great, and story doesn't disappoint.
Also, I have to tip my hat to Whedon, he made me LOVE Scott Summers in this book. There's even a panel where he looks so badass, I think even Logan might stop and take notice.

Yet again, JW's taken th
Jan 13, 2015 Kate rated it it was amazing
The X-Men haven't even dealt with the aftermath of the last volume but now they're in space charged with finding a way to save the Earth again. This time from the Breakworld, who is convinced that Colossus is going to end theirs. All the calvary appears by the end, and I mean almost everyone, and there are sacrifices abound. Some not at all permanent and one that we're not quite sure about, which is just sad. The art is really well done and there are some wonderful spreads as well as a well illu ...more
Feather Mista
Mar 05, 2010 Feather Mista rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans de los mutantes de Marvel y de Whedon en general.
Recommended to Feather by: Las sagas anteriores.
Cuarta y última parte de la dignísima continuación de los increíbles New X-Men de Morrison. La mayor desventaja con la que corrió Morrison en su etapa -el eterno baile de dibujantes- acá se ve subsanada gracias a la lenta pero constante pluma de John Cassaday, que deslumbra en cada tomo. Un muy buen final para una muy buena etapa de un grupo de "superhéroes" que de vez en cuando tiene historias muy buenas.
Leído de la edición de Panini España (Volumen 2, números 7 a 13), que ya conseguí entera.
Aug 15, 2015 AGamarra rated it it was amazing
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Este volumen final se libera completamente en el espacio exterior, cosa que trae siempre malos recuerdos a Cíclope y a los X-Men. Pues bien, luego de una lucha por sobrevivencia que además se hace política sucede uno de los peores finales posibles pero que a la vez te dejan con una sensación de tragedia perfecta que acaba como empezó esta extraordinaria serie.
May 07, 2010 Scott rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Dear Mr. Whedon,

Please, please, please write more X-Men comics.

Thank you.

Nov 11, 2016 Ria rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, mutants
Pretty intense! Lots of nice moments as always.
Apr 16, 2011 Virginia rated it it was amazing
WOW! As well as, NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Deeply satisfying, the final volume is heart-pumping action, poignant scenes, and chock full of betrayals, twists and turns. Awesome.
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