Astonishing X-Men, Vol. 2: Dangerous
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Astonishing X-Men, Vol. 2: Dangerous (Astonishing X-Men #2)

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Children of the Atom. Mutants born with amazing powers that forever set them apart from the rest of humanity. Sworn to protect the world that hates and fears them - they are the X-Men.

The Danger Room, a wonderful Shi'er technology, capable of creating fully functioning holographic environments for the sole purpose of honing the X-Men's powers and ability to fight as a team...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published March 8th 2005 by Panini Publishing
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After reading the first volume, “Astonishing X-Men: Gifted,” I just could not wait to read the second volume in this fantastic series, “Astonishing X-Men: Dangerous!” Joss Whedon and John Cassaday has once again woven a truly interesting story that is way more intense than the first and is full of shocking surprises that will leave every X-Men fan shocked for the rest of their lives!

What is the story?

After the events of the first volume “Aston...more
Heather Sinclair
Joss Whedon takes the Star Trek cliche.. the holodeck malfunctions and comes alive.. and, well, doesn't do much with it other than give it breasts.
I know Joss Whedon has his own projects... But couldn't he have just kept writing X-Men forever? He gets the characters, he can set up an interesting plotline, he can write good, even funny dialog... He can even take the Colossus/Shadowcat relationship, which I've never, ever liked, and make me actually kinda like them together. I can't say that I'm entirely thrilled with Danger (a little too late TNG for my taste), but other than that, fantastic. And good art with personality!
More hilarious snark! More fantastic artwork! The second volume of Whedon and Cassaday’s run on Astonishing X-Men is as good as the first in terms of story, characterization, and artwork, though it is perhaps not quite as accessible to new X-Men readers as the first volume. Thankfully, I’ve got enough background knowledge on the X-universe that it didn’t slow me down at all.

This volume breaks away from the story arc established in the first. Ord, the Breakworld, S.W.O.R.D., and the ominous proph...more
David Schaafsma
Why read this, when you think you just want to see the movies? Joss Whedon: his wit, his dialogue, his humor, on injecting horror into a sci fi series, his serious reflections on AI, on fear, on human weakness, on our desire to control the universe in order to control our fears. On the surface, this looks (to me) like a pretty standard sorta superhero comic book; scratch a little deeper, and it's unique and thoughtful, for general and superhero readers alike. And even for X-Men geeks (and I'm no...more
Unexpectedly tangential to the huge Mutation Cure! Alien Attacks! SWORD Secret Research Lab! Plot arc of the previous volume.
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)

I watched the motion comic on Netflix not too long before I read this, and it was like déjà vu for me. That is to say, the motion comic suits this series very well. As with the first volume, Whedon's unique voice comes out in his writing. Emma Frost's bitingly sarcastic comments are very suited to Whedon's similar style of humor. The artwork of John Cassady is perfectly paired to Whedon's prose.

Funny enough, the members of this team of the X-Men aren't ones I'd think of as my favorites, with the...more
Sam Quixote
If you ever watched episodes of Star Trek, be it The Next Generation or Voyager, you'll know there were episodes, maybe one a season, where the holodeck would malfunction and the holograms would become real. Joss Whedon takes that storyline and applies it to the X-Men, bringing the Danger Room (their version of the holodeck) to life, causing chaos and havoc. Granted it's not the holograms but the room itself, still...

The new shadow organisation SWORD is still in the background and seems likely t...more
This trade collects issues 7-12 of Joss Whedon's run on Astonishing X-men.

Dangerous directly continues events started in Volume 1 (Gifted). It will be hard to follow and will loose a lot of impact if you don't read that first.

Vol 2 of Joss Whedon's X-men story expands see the team dealing with some of the indirect fallout of Ord's actions in the first trade. This gives an enemy the X-men have faced countless times a chance to meet them face to face at last. As the second act of our four act tale...more
Jan 30, 2008 Automation rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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Mary Mustachio
Joss, I tip my hat; I snap my fings; I toss my bra (oops, I mean) rose and pay you the highest of respect and the utmost of allegiance.

For reals, I hope you sit around your house all day - reflecting on all the awesomesauce you've played a part in creating - and scream at anyone who enters...

And if you (Joss) don't, you totally should.

And if you (remaining audience members) don't get the reference above and love the X-Men as much as this pretty lady, you should totally click on the link below......more
The John
As a lifelong X-Men acolyte I believe Whedon and Cassady's Astonishing run stands alone as THE definitive X-Men story. Whether you've never read an X-Men comic before or you're thinking about growing out your sideburns and changing your name to Logan (I don't recognize the James Howlett's of this world.),you will be able to pick up and enjoy this amazing mix of spot on characterization and flawless art.
This one pretty much lost me at the concept stage. Danger Room grows sentient and attacks? No thanks. I'm kind of surprised how lacking in personality this title is. It seems rather standard for the caliber of people involved--though I know I am pretty well in the wilderness as far as this opinion is concerned. Oh, well, hopefully vol. 3 will be a step up.

This was my second read of this (first was in a combined book with Vol 1). Strong work by Whedon here, keeping pace brilliantly, and introducing Danger, a villain that makes sense in so many ways I'm amazed no one thought of it first. Having Colossus back is enjoyable, he's never been in many of the X-books I've read, so it's kind of fresh. The appearance of Prof X. is important, as is the reaction Cyclops has to him when things are said and done. The strong characterization of all the players i...more
Jesse Lehrer
Whedon is killing it with this series. He has a knack for making up corny villains but then making them kinda awesome, and that is done really well with "Danger" in this volume. It's a bit ridiculous, but he makes it work - and with the bit about Shi'ar tech being self-aware it all kinda comes together in a wacky way.

The art continues to be amazing and a huge draw point for the book. And the end was a twist I definitely didn't see coming although it, of course, immediately made sense.

The story i...more
danger room sentient?

This got me to stop reading his run.
Marc Weidenbaum
Yes there are "spoilers" ahead. If that really bothers you, so be it. It doesn't bother me.

I read this quickly after the first volume in the series. I can't say that I love John Cassaday's art here. The frequent employment of gradients as generic backgrounds just seems, well, generic after awhile. As for his depictions of the characters, I have liked his work, especially on Planetary and, at times, Captain America, but never really felt like he had his own take on X-Men visually, with the except...more
Nancy O'Toole
Astonishing X-men takes a break from the mutant cure storyline when the Danger Room develops sentience in a violent way. The X-men are determined to destroy her before she takes down the school, but how can they take down a being that has been programmed to kill them?

To be honest, I didn't find the artwork to be quite as consistent this time around, but Dangerous has a lot of really interesting elements to it. The action sequences are slowed down a bit to give us a glimpse into the Danger Room's...more
Michael Church
Another great installment from Whedon and Cassaday. It's interesting to me because, since I've been really interested in comics, Astonishing has definitely been a "side title" for the X-Men, with Uncanny as the flagship. It's cool to see a different title getting the best treatment.

Anyway, this brings up an awesome new challenge for the team, one that I knew about and that impacts current comics but I totally didn't realize I'd actually get to read. Plus we go back to Genosha in a big way and t...more
as i said before, whedon & cassaday's run got a bit dodgy after the first volume. still thrilling and uproariously funny when necessary, but dodgy nonetheless.

the primary problem here (and in the subsequent two volumes of the run) is that whedon's stories don't quite make sense. their hearts are in the right places, but they don't add up.

here, we see a great concept: the x-men have to fight a self-aware danger room (the computer program they've trained with for decades). the machine knows th...more
Bane of Kings
The Review: (Comics Roundup)

Writer: Joss Whedon | Art: John Cassaday | Publisher: Marvel Comics | Collects: #7-12

"A tragic death at the Xavier Institute reveals a powerful enemy living among the X-Men that they could never have suspected – and no, it’s not Magneto. Things heat up in a way none of the X-Men ever dreamed, but will teamwork save the day when they can’t even depend on themselves?"

I have generally never been one to follow through with comics w...more
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
Five stars. Yes, FIVE FUCKING YELLOW STARS. To put it succinctly and more family friendly: "Five Stars."


Because, in my opinion, Astonishing X-Men, Vol 2 does everything that a comic should do--and more.

Simply put, Joss Whedon, although a self-admitted atheist, has single-handedly restored my faith in God.

Action, suspense, humor--you've got the FIRST TEN PAGES!

Drama, Emotion, Twist--oh man, you are going to SHIT YOUR LID!

Now, you may ask: "Haven't I seen this plot before? I've rea...more
so, I was an obsessive fan of the x-men for a good many years in my youth. I read every x-title that Marvel published from around 1985 to around 1996 when I just gave up. The reason I quit reading is a long long story for another time, though I am sure that it matches many others....

Fast forward to a few weeks ago. I hear that the x-comics are pretty good and have been for awhile and that Whedon (who I will love forever for Firefly no matter what else he may screw up) had done a series for. And...more
Phillip Berrie
I gave five stars to the first in this series, 'Astonishing X-Men: Gifted', and I'm repeating that rating here for the second.

This is great stuff. Joss Whedon obviously likes his X-Men and does them proud with a great story supported by great artwork (especially for some key scenes) by John Cassaday.

I think the thing I like most about Whedon's work here (and elsewhere) is that he expects the reader to fill in some of the details, which helps to engender ownership of the story in the reader. Norm...more
I really enjoyed this addition to Astonishing X-Men. It's been a while since I picked up the first volume, and honestly I had nearly forgotten about this series until this weekend when I received and issue from volume one in a grab bag.

Honestly, I'm glad I did. I found this story to be lot more enjoyable than the first volume, mainly because the villain was really sweet and unexpected. I'm excited to find out what's up next for this series.
Boring and pointless as opposed to its excellent predecessor. It seems that Whedon just played his aces in the last book and didn't really have idea where to go next. The direction he took was probably the worst possible. Cassaday's shoddy art doesn't help much either. The way he's not capable to draw Emma's face on three consequtive panels is just frustrating and overall anatomy of the characters really sucks becaus it's trying oh, so hard to be realistic but there's obviously not enough talent...more
Volume Two of Astonishing X-Men wasn't as good as the first, but still enjoyable enough. The story continues what was started in Gifted, but only loosely connects back to the events that happened. Instead, the X-Men face a new foe, one that knows all their moves and formations and is extremely powerful.

This collection revealed a bit more about the world outside the mansion. We learn about Genosha and the Professor's whereabouts. We get a little more insight to S.W.O.R.D. and S.H.I.E.L.D. This wo...more
Kari Ramirez
Creepy, creepy! Danger reminded me of a female Predator.

But we find out things maybe we didn't know before. Again though, because I don't know X-Men history, or really Marvel history, I had no idea what Genosha was. But the tension building up into the non-fight was good and I laughed at the last page that looked like it came straight out of a Buffy flashback.
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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.

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