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Astonishing X-Men, Vol. 3: Torn (Astonishing X-Men #3)

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Emma Frost's erratic behaviour has the X-Men spinning in a non-stop downward spiral. Will an unlikely union be the final straw? After secretly lying in wait for months, the new Hellfire Club makes its move!
Paperback, 152 pages
Published February 14th 2007 by Marvel (first published January 1st 2007)
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Reread. This was more three and a half stars to me, but I decide to round up, because I just love the way Joss Whedon uses the characters. The big enemy reveal was a bit meh however.
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After finishing the second volume of the awesome “Astonishing X-Men” series “Dangerous,” I was definitely looking forward to reading the third volume of this series “Torn.” Imagine my pure delight after I had finished reading this volume since I was totally blown away by the twists and turns in this volume and I am sure that X-Men fans will enjoy this volume as much as I did!

What is the story?

Emma Frost has been acting strange ever since the
the most emotionally confusing volume of the whedon/cassaday run, in this reader's heart.

the basic concept, as in the second volume, is fascinating (if a bit similar to the concept in the second volume itself): what if someone played fantastic mindgames with the x-men, forcing them to become upsettingly-plausible alternate versions of themselves?

but the engine behind that idea makes no sense. cassandra nova is alive? except she isn't? and she's been living in emma frost? except emma frost isn't
Maybe not quite as amazing as the first two volumes, but still really, remarkably good. The Emma subplot is finally played out, and... Well, I'm not entirely sure that the Big Reveal can hold up. That said, the whammy on Kitty was just wrenching, and I enjoyed every moment of Logan as Christopher Robin. Another fun collection, even if I'm not exactly looking forward to X-Men in Space, Take 176.
Collecting Astonishing X-Men #13 through #18. Emma Frost and a new Hellfire Club (Sebastian Shaw, Cassandra Nova, Negasonic Teenage Warhead, and Perfection) take advantage of a lull in the action to divide and conquer the X-Men. Emma manipulates Cyclops, Cassandra handles Beast and Wolverine, Colossus and Shaw tussle, and NTW gets in Shadowcat's head. Meanwhile, S.W.O.R.D. has calculated exactly which mutant will soon destroy Breakworld, which also becomes known to those on the planet.

The takedo
Sam Quixote
The campy-named Hellfire Club and its roster of oddball villains sashay up to the Westchester School for a showdown with our heroes. But there is a turncoat among the X-Men, the once-villainous-turned-good-now-turned-bad-again Emma Frost who it seems has been helping Cassandra Nova regain power slowly to come back and defeat the X-Men once and for all. Throw in SWORD, the quasi-government agency from the future/another dimension (I forget) who are looking to save their world from destruction by ...more
I feel like I might be overzealous in my praise of this series, but I'm really, really loving it. None of the small annoyances from the second volume are here; this one is back to high bar established by the introductory volume. Whedon’s run on X-Men makes me feel like the reckless fanboy I used to be when I first discovered the X-books during the Claremont years.

This story arc begins with the faculty and students of Xavier’s school recovering from the hard-fought battles and somewhat pyrrhic vi
Federiken Masters
Mar 05, 2010 Federiken Masters rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans de los mutantes de Marvel y de Whedon en general.
Recommended to Federiken by: Sus autores y que era una continuación de New X-Men.
Tercera parte de la más que digna 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. Una muy buena continuación de una muy buena etapa de un grupo de "superhéroes" que de vez en cuando tiene historias muy buenas. Además, los guiños para los fans de la etapa de Morrison, son varios, están muy bien he ...more
The copy of this I picked up has no indication of where it might come in a series. I was sure it was probably in the middle of something anyway, but I thought I'd give it a go, see if X-men is something I'm interested in following ('cause you know, it's not like I'm following enough already).

If you're already invested in the characters and know what's going on the story, then I think this would be a gut punch of a volume. There's some amazing stuff going on with Kitty Pryde, and all of the X-men
This volume was on a different playing field than the first two. Kitty has to jump in and be the main player. Emma is obviously evil but her soul and heart are starting to get weird and feely. The Hellfire Club offers up new and different obstacles. And the mind fuckery is so insane that it's both absolutely hilarious and a major major set back.

So the best and worst part of this is Emma and Nova working their shit to convince the X-Men that they are the opposite of themselves (or in McCoy's case
Took me far too long to get to Vol. 3, so I just read 1-3 in a row again.
This is where things get ratcheted up a notch. There's enough mindfucks here to confuse you, but enough good stuff to keep you guessing and going along with everything. Emma Frost has turned to her evil ways, helping Cassandra Nova, and with the 2 powerful telepaths, the X-Men are in serious trouble, especially when the Hellfire Club accompanies Frost and Nova. Joss Whedon loves Kitty Pride, and here she really shines, whic
Scott Lee
Good stuff. Several neat moments. I love it when Cyclops appears to waste the whole Hell Fire Club with a pistol. They all turn out to be psychic projections, which works for me. Of course in the years since Scott has made exactly the same choice (to kill the enemies occasionally even pre-emptively) using the new "X-Force" as his weapon, so I guess "character development" for Cyclops in the last few years has been totally inconsistent with who he is/has been since 1963, but oh well. The ending i ...more
This trade collects issues 13-18 of Joss Whedon's run on Astonishing X-men.

**Note: Torn directly continues events started in Volume 1 (Gifted) and continued in Volume 2 (Dangerous). 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. **

Vol 3 of Joss Whedon's X-men story builds off the revelation shared with readers at the end of Vol 2. Emma's secrets and odd behavior pays off as The Hellfire Club returns to p
Elin the Lightship
Oh dear. Roller coaster-ride to say the least. Went from heartbrokenly sad to mad to giggling my daily use of giggles away. Hilarious. Emma/White/Cassandra (I'm a liiiittle bit confused here tbh) did a terrible horrible thing to my Kitty. Katya is mine and don't you dare hurt her in any way that's even close to somewhat permanent.
Like the other comics in this series, the tone and dialogue of this comic certainly has Whedon's touch. It was witty, but it had heart as well, and I particularly enjoyed getting to see the characters' different personalities as they went through their worst fears. It's an old trope, I know, but a good one.

I can keep up with the characters and the plot, but I feel like I am missing a lot of nuance because I'm not very familiar with the universe - I've only seen some of the movies and read this s
This review is exclusively for the casual comic fan: I entered this series only with the familiarity one gains of the X-Men through some of the early movies and distant memories of a 90s cartoon. Volume 1 made it clear that some of the series would focus on two X-Men characters I knew little about (Kitty Pryde and Emma Frost). It also required suspension of disbelief for elements beyond the existence of mutants (alien beings and mythological creatures), which were more elements than my suspensio ...more
Great, creative storytelling here - putting the balance all out of whack, giving us a while new way to look at the team. But even without a good story, I would celebrate this whole book for just the hilarious twist they put on our favourite hairy Canadian. Satisfying story, still-great art, and leaves us wanting to see where the team is headed next. Yes, I'm really intrigued and dying to get into the next (and for Whedon, the last) book.
Astonishing X-Men Vol 3: Torn collects issues #13 to 18 is a much better read than the second TPB. Torn focuses on Emma Frost (she's been acting a bit strange lately...)and the possible return of the Hellfire Club. Also, I enjoyed the way Joss Whedon evolved Kitty Pryde into one heck of a hero. Differently recommended for X-Men fans. Can't wait to get a hold of vol. 4.
Apr 16, 2011 Virginia rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Virginia by: Wil Wheaton
Wow! That's one heck of a cliffhanger at the end of this volume!! Good thing I have the next one lined up ready to go at the library. I can't even imagine waiting for this the next month when these were coming out as monthly installments.

Hilarious (especially Logan), poignant and action-packed, this volume is all things awesome. Great Stuff!
Easily the highlight of the 4 trade paper-back "run" of Joss' that I've read so far.

Wolverine: "But the bald lady forgot one thing. I'm the best at what I do. And what I do... ...Is so terribly pretty! Isn't it the best, Miss Nova? Say mine is the best or I shall be cross all day!"

Kitty: "I can beat this. I'm not gonna be purple-manned by some goth punk. I'm too old to be... Oh my god, I just said 'some goth punk.' I'm REALLY old."

SWORD side-man: "We're still Collating--"
Brand: "Amatures."
Kari Ramirez
It's strange to read a book, not understand half of what is going on and still kind of enjoy it. I have, however pinpointed what it is that keeps me from loving Astonishing X-Men (and X-Men in general). The fucking psychics. For me, superheroes/villains as psychics is such a cop out. Especially the ones that can control other minds. Thank god Whedon does dialogue well otherwise this would be terrible.

The humor has finally shown up, but there's just so much more that is over my head or I find com
Oh, Joss. This is classic Whedon, with a plot device that allows for an in-depth exploration of each of the characters’ greatest fears—and it’s delicious. I just wish that these collections weren’t so damn short, especially since this one’s a cliffhanger!
Well that got intense very, very quickly. The Hellfire Club is back and the attack on the X-Men is much more psychological. Our heroes one by one become incapacitated thanks to the psychic invasions of Cassandra Nova but by facing their greatest fears some of them come out even stronger than before. Kitty Pryde is especially a pillar of strength and resistance in this series overall as well as this volume. She especially does not mess around in the final two issues of the volume. Just wow, Kitty ...more
Stephen Leach
Astonishing X-Men continues. There's trouble in the X-Mansion. Things aren't right with Emma Frost, and the all-new Hellfire Club finally make their move.

I can think of exactly one good thing about this arc, and that's the sequence where Wolverine gets regressed to the mental state of an eight year-old. If that doesn't scream low standards, I don't know what does.

Seriously. This arc was just... dull. The dialogue remains fantastic as ever, but the plot has stilted. Somehow Whedon manages in this
Nancy O'Toole
Torn is the third, and potentially the most interesting volume in Joss Whedon's run on Astonishing X-men. While volume 1, Gifted, felt the most like a superhero story and volume 2, Dangerous, was the most action oriented, Torn feels like a more psychological journey to me. This makes sense, as it is very focused on Emma Frost, the who is a psychic. Of course her storyline would be the one to mess with your brain the most. Because it is so psychological, I didn't rip through this one quite as qui ...more
Jan 05, 2008 John rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: X-fans and Whedonites
I'd heard a lot of positive buzz about Joss Whedon's Astonishing X-Men series. Three volumes in, I'm finding lots to like but not enough to love. Like most of the adventures so far in "Astonishing," this story begins with the X-Men basically minding they biz at the X-Mansion (which, as in this film series, houses a school with dozens of teenage mutants whom the X-Men teach) when a hella powerful intruder comes in and mops the floor with them, until, through some psychic mumbo-jumbo and other var ...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
The most confusing and unsatisfying of the Whedon volumes thus far. Now, don't get me wrong: this is still great; however, there's just too many last minute revelations, scattered plots and unanswered questions to feel like this volume could work as a complete story (unlike volumes 1 and 2 which feel like meaningful works all to themselves.)

In fact, I can't really tell you if there was a central conflict to this volume except that Emma Frost "apparently" screws over a lot of people and nobody kn
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
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