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Astonishing X-Men Omnibus (Astonishing X-Men #1-4)

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Now in one titanic tome: the entire chart-topping run of super-team Joss Whedon and John Cassaday Winner of multiple prestigious Eisner Awards, Whedon and Cassaday's Astonishing X-Men was a smash hit with critics and fans alike from the very first issue - winning praise from dozens of top media outlets including Entertainment Weekly, Publishers Weekly, TV Guide, and New Yo ...more
Hardcover, Omnibus, 672 pages
Published October 7th 2009 by Marvel (first published September 30th 2009)
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Felicia
Erg, wow. Is there another superhero collection that HUMANIZES the heroes this successfully? Because I haven't read it.

This series BLEW. MY. MIND.
Anne
Wow! I'm going to go ahead, be a nerd, and say it... This was Astonishing!
I haven't read much by Whedon, so I wasn't sure what to expect, but this was great. The X-men comics are some of (in my opinion) the hardest to break into, because there are so many characters, and they've been around for so long. Whedon put me at ease by dedicating a few pages at the beginning of the book to highlight some of the important things that had happened over the years in the X-universe.
This was a HUGE help to
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Jonathan
I believe any fan of the Astonishing X-Men line of comics will enjoy this colourful omibus regardless as to whether or not you've read any individual stories. The plot is on the whole typical X-Men brilliance with sacrifices, psychic twists, mixed agendas and a threat to the world.

There are many familiar faces in this book as well as a few new faces. Fans will appreciate Emma Frost, Cyclops, Wolverine (no X-Men comic can go without Wolverine), Kitty Pryde, Colossus and even an appearance from P
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Nicholas
Goodreads decided to have a fit right when I pressed submit for my review of this book and I'm disinclined to write another. In short, Whedon >>>>> Morrison. So much more enjoyable than the previous set of arcs. More intimate, personal, much better dialogue and no pretentious pseudoscience gobbledygook. This set of stories manages to stay character-driven while keeping the planetary, even galactic, stakes high and avoids melodrama by having superheroes face normal problems: grief, ...more
Rosa
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Michael Kitchin
Joss Whedon (or anyone, for that matter) has a tall order writing for the X-Men: Don't just freshen decades-old personas, but make sense of all that mashed-up continuity and -- most especially -- craft a story worth reading. Turns out Whedon and Cassaday do the job, with extra points for clever dialogue, innovative/convincing twists of plot, and great artwork. Their run also aspires to what many hero titles miss: We know superhumans struggle with paradoxically mundane anxieties, what's important ...more
Ksenia
Josh got this for me for my birthday earlier this year and he has been nagging me ever since to read it. It combines two things I (we) like: X-Men and Joss Whedon. This collection had been getting rave reviews. So did it live up to the hype? I think so.

One doesn’t need to have read any X-Men comics before this. I watched the cartoon when I was a kid, and I am slowly, slowly making my way through the Essential volumes that we got at last year’s NYCC (I am still on volume 1). But that’s ok! Why? B
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James
Strictly speaking, I don't have this exact volume. I've just read the four trade paperbacks that add up to this hardcover.

It's very very very good. I was very fond of Grant Morrison's run on X-Men ten years ago or so, but then the X books went right back to being indecipherable nonsense, as far as I'm concerned, so having Joss Whedon's more or less direct sequel to Morrison's run was terrific, but then he made it even better, by not being as all over the place as Morrison's. I think it also help
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Keith
I recently "reread" this run via a skim of the 4-book version accompanied with a marathon of the motion comic series on Netflix, which is actually a pretty enjoyable -- not to mention strict -- adaptation of the source material, once you get past the stilted motion-comickyness of it all (and after a few episodes, you really do.) Whedon's dialogue, as well as it works on the page, is obviously performable, even if performance makes the his X-gang even more of a Buffy/Firefly clone than they were ...more
Kennis
I don't like starting a story from somewhere in the middle. That's why I haven't read many X-men comics. They've been around for so long and so much has happened, that I don't even know where to start. Thankfully, this Omnibus collection of Joss Whedon's Astonishing X-Men did a fantastic job of catching me up. I read this from cover to cover in one sitting - it was a blast! Spectacular writing by Joss Whedon. It was smart, witty, and funny. To top it off, John Cassidy provides fantastic artwork ...more
Russ
I don't generally read comic books, though I certainly love comic book heroes--I watch the cartoons and movies, read any novels, etc. I cannot explain how fantastic this was. It was a graphic novel along the lines of the Watchmen. I couldn't put it down. Joss Whedon is supremely talented. This sort of makes me want to buy every issue of X-Men comics and it makes me want to start a letter writing campaign to get Whedon to do this again. I can't recommend this highly enough to fans of fantasy, sci ...more
Pete
Whedon's run on Astonishing X-Men sits in the company of The Dark Phoenix Saga and God Loves, Man Kills.

John Cassaday's beautiful art captures the dynamics of every scene, and includes more than a few rewarding nods to devoted X-Fans.

However Whedon's script is more than welcoming to newcomers to the ongoing X-Men Saga. It is clear this is a labour of love, as he captures the characters perfectly in his writing. Packed full of snappy one-liners, and powerful emotions, Whedon's talent for dialogu
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Harold
Yep, Joss Whedon's run on the "Astonishing X-Men" was just as great as I'd been hearing for years. And if you've spent any time watching "Buffy", "Angel", "Firefly", or the "Avengers" movie, that should come as no surprise. If there's one thing that Whedon knows, it's understanding group dynamics and giving each of his characters a moment to step into the spotlight and shine. Even when the action involves a rampaging, sentient robot or a distant alien planet, Whedon manages give things a sense o ...more
Haydee
Really not my favorite adaptation of X-Men, though I had heard great things about the Buffy graphic novels. This adaptation just seemed really hoge-poge, which is ironic cause the Marvel universe is so hoge poge to begin with that anyone can really mold it to a particular vision they have. Maybe it was just the storytelling style I wasn't into. Whedon definitely has a crazy antics, hole-filled storytelling that works for things like Firefly and Buffy/Angel for sure, but graphic novels (I feel at ...more
Thiago
4.5

I don’t think I’ve had this much fun reading X-men since the days of Byrne/Claremont and Claremont’s solo run of the series(80’s and early 90’s). Those I still consider, and likely ever will, the best of times X-menwise.

Whedon and Cassaday did a great job, this is excellent stuff, and still I’m unlikely to grab an x-men title in the near future (if at all), not because I find faults in it (I’m not saying that it has none) but because its juxtaposition with current titles puts the latter in a
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Fredrick Royster
Reverting back to my high school years, and reading the X-Men again with Joss Whedon's and John Cassaday's amazing stint on the X-Men
Michael
Technically, I read the four trade paperbacks that compromise this series, not this actual hardcover.

I was excited when I learned that Joss Whedon was writing for X-Men and after his great direction with The Avengers and having enjoyed his Runaway series, I decided it was high-time for me to actually read the series.

The great thing that Joss Whedon does is he humanizes his characters so well. You know their feelings, their wants, their desires and he makes them realistic. Heck, he managed to mak
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Matthew
The X-Men are one of the few comic book groups that I have remained loyal to throughout the years. It is in the subtleties and nuances that these mutants become something more than just flat animated characters.

In Joss Whedon's take on the series, we have yet another new, complex layer of the characters that we have grown to love. From Scott's self-doubt to Emma's compassion to Kitty's strengthening, we have a group of people that find unity in their flaws, and this is especially well played. Wh
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jeremiah
Great story for fans of the X-Men, and very "Joss Whedon". I loved that the first few pages gave a history of the main points in the X-Men timeline so far, even though there were still a lot of things that came up in the story that suggested previous knowledge was needed to fully understand what was going on (who the hell is Agent Brand?!?).

And I think this is why I tend to steer away from the main Marvel and DC universe comics: there is just too much to keep track of, stuff that could have happ
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Loonycookie
I wouldn’t call myself a huge fan of comics but I grew up watching X-Men the Animated Series. I’ve always loved this particular group of mutants, but I wasn’t lucky enough to keep track of all that was going on in their universe. And with all the cross-overs, deaths, reincarnations, and what not, it has gotten rather difficult to catch up. (Seriously, I am a confused bunny).

The movies that came out a few years ago had me properly excited, and at times, disappointed (I wasn’t pleased with X-Men O
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Jay
I have always been a fan of the X-Men ever since I saw the 80s cartoon, Pryde of the X-Men. With Astonishing X-Men, I get all of the characters from that nostalgic one-shot cartoon but written by the legendary Joss Whedon. So I won't end up with an Emma Frost that can through light bolts or an Australian Wolverine. YouTube search "Pryde of the X-Men" to know what I'm talking about.

After hearing so much hype about Whedon's run, I wanted to be the judge of that. In the beginning, it was a bit slow
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Drew Patrick Smith
Jul 07, 2011 Drew Patrick Smith rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: X-Men Movie Fans Who Want to See the Real Thing
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What I Liked: Oh, god. Cassaday's art is amazing here. From the covers, to the splash pages, to the facial expressions in the close-up panels, the art in this collection is simply beyond reproach in my book. Although I don't always love Cassaday's art, there was something magical in this run. The colors are bright, the lines are tight, and each panel looks like you could mount it on your wall.

The highlights of the art for me come from Cassaday's take on Emma Frost
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Serial  Saudi_00
Master piece !

From the guy who doesn't even like x-men . at first i just saw a couple of movies and thought it to be cool , and i might read 40 or 45 issue of grant morrison run , thought it was great ( some of it ) , but it didn't really sparked any flame on particular or made me any crazy about the franchise .

But god , until reading Joss wheddon x-men that i was completely astonished . I heard its good , but didn't except to be that kind of good . Unlike morrison run , i coudent put it down ,
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Rory Wilding
Growing up in the 90s, comics weren't really my thing, so my love of superheroes came from the cartoons such as Bruce Timm's "Batman: The Animated Series" and of course, the X-Men. Following the release of the average but somewhat disappointing threequel of the X-Men film franchise, when I really start getting comics, I was recommended "Astonishing X-Men" by "Buffy" creator Joss Whedon and "Planetary" artist John Cassaday. Years later, I got the omnibus (the first and so far only X-Men run I've ...more
Chicklit
Wow. What can I say? I'm astonished. I really didn't expect to like this quite as much as I did. I knew I'd like it. With Joss Whedon at the helm, of course it was going to be witty and fun and appropriately irreverent at just the right moments. I was pleasantly surprised by it also being gripping and moving, but in retrospect, I should have known better.

I picked this up for two reasons: 1) My husband used to be a very old school X-Men fan and shamefully I have only seen the movies and 2) Our M
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Emily
Jun 16, 2011 Emily rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Joss Whedon fans
This is the first X-Men part I've read and I picked it up because it was written by my favorite director/writer Joss Whedon the creator of shows like 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer', 'Angel', and 'Firefly.' I am a fan of the X-men movies and enjoyed the animated tv series as a kid. The Omnibus offers a few pages of information for those who have not followed the comics before like myself.
I loved the writing and those familiar with Joss's work will recognize his signature wit and pop culture referen
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Felicia Flaum
I have always had a fascination with comic books but never really sat down and got into a series before. Having a kind and patient boyfriend who was willing to answer all of my questions about xmen helped me understand things a bit but it took me starting a series to fully understand the wonder in comics. They say that your first volume becomes your favorite and that definitely seems to be true for me. While I only had the small introduction to the history of xmen, it was not really needed. Joss ...more
Scott
So I have been delving into graphic novels for the last few weeks. This caught my eye because of Whedon's name. Loved the movie "Serenity" and soon after viewed the entire "Firefly" series. The series is fascinating and there are 4 volumes in the set, three of which I have read. Great plot, well-drawn characters, and outstanding artwork. I keep turning pages until I can barely keep my eyes open.
Sarah S
The whole thing fit together, which was impressive because this was a lot of book. It wasn't impenetrable to a relative outsider, but good gravy, I had no effing clue all of those various characters exist in the same fictional world? That's nuts. Also, I probably shouldn't've been surprised that (view spoiler)
Emmaj
notes: I really like the lengthy synopsis at the beginning. All the various plots over the years are summed up with a cover image for each story line, and done in such a way that all the plots seem unified.
Professor Xavier has retreated to live on Genosha. Emma Frost is reformed and running the school with Scott Summers. Kitty Pryde has returned to the school as a teacher. Of course, it all goes to hell in a handbag from there.
The danger room comes sentient (or maybe, has been sentient for awhil
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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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