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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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Anne
Jul 21, 2011 Anne rated it it was amazing
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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Jon
Feb 19, 2017 Jon rated it it was amazing


this book is having a strange effect on me
maybe the pages are infused with some kind of mutagenic DNA altering CIA/Borg nanoprobe experimental devices? it's possible




The X-Men are people whose lives are drastically altered by extraordinary circumstance and their story is characterized by the very humanity they personify in their quest for acceptance. They become in essence the caretakers of that humanity, which they have been accused of not possessing.



This omnibus would be an outstanding addit
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•KEE ᴛʜᴇ FREE •
With a total of twenty-four issues, the 2005 debut of The Astonishing X-Men feels like you're viewing one season of an American television show which is perfectly understandable, seeing as its writer Joss Whedon is also the one that brought us TV gems like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Dollhouse and Angel. This gorgeous omnibus edition collects all issues of Whedon's legendary run, comprised of Cyclops, Emma Frost, Kitty Pryde, Wolverine, Beast and Colossus. Truly engaging, endlessly creati ...more
Felicia
Oct 25, 2010 Felicia rated it it was amazing
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Erg, wow. Is there another superhero collection that HUMANIZES the heroes this successfully? Because I haven't read it.

This series BLEW. MY. MIND.
Rory Wilding
Mar 30, 2013 Rory Wilding rated it it was amazing
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 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 which covers all the whole run which is so far the only ...more
Jonathan
Feb 27, 2012 Jonathan rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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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Arif
Mar 13, 2017 Arif rated it it was amazing
Being a huge X-Men and Whedon fan, it was almost a crime that I hadn’t read his run on X-Men.
Now that I have, it’s no surprise, it’s brilliant.

Whedon’s writing contains what you’d expect: witty and clever dialogue, strong conflicts and real emotion. He’s complemented by Cassaday’s stunning art which perfectly captures the script, and he creates some show-stopping panels.

The roster of characters are all written and drawn extremely well. I loved Emma Frost here, and her relationships with Kitty
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Sage
Jul 07, 2015 Sage rated it really liked it
I am a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar
Awesome!!! My first Joss Whedon comic and it's a X-Men title! No more rebirth stories, maybe someone cool will die. Great humor, excellent story arcs, questionable leaders. X-Men and Whedon just makes too much sense!

So, imagine my surprise when the opening story arc is a 狗操的 rebirth storyline!!! I mean yes, it's for a cool character but ugh... I had just finished reading Smith's Green Arrow and John's Green Lantern. Just muy luck

What else? Umm.. yes Scott
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Rosa
Jul 04, 2012 Rosa rated it really liked it
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Ksenia
Sep 09, 2010 Ksenia rated it really liked it
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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Keith
Apr 02, 2013 Keith rated it it was amazing
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
Michael Kitchin
Apr 25, 2010 Michael Kitchin rated it really liked it
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
Nicholas
Jul 18, 2014 Nicholas rated it it was amazing
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
James
Oct 10, 2011 James rated it it was amazing
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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Kennis
Aug 22, 2010 Kennis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Sep 06, 2010 Russ rated it it was amazing
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
Rich
Mar 25, 2015 Rich rated it it was amazing
Very rarely does a comic book rile me up emotionally, much less a superhero one, but Joss Whedon's story arc with my absolute favorite characters made me gasp a few times and I might have even teared up at the resolve. Good stuff here.
Damián Vives
Mar 15, 2015 Damián Vives rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Whedon toma la posta a la salida de Morrison y da a luz un periodo destacable en la franquicia mutante. La síntesis visual de Cassaday para su ingreso en el mainstream es interesante si bien no está a la altura de sus mejores trabajos.
Alexis
Mar 06, 2015 Alexis rated it really liked it
8: solid
Fredrick Royster
Feb 12, 2014 Fredrick Royster rated it it was amazing
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
Neil
I read this compilation again partly out of having read the prose novel of the first few issues of Astonishing X-Men. In terms of the mechanics of the omnibus, the artwork is beautiful. I think it is some of the best renditions of the characters I have seen in years. The stories flow nicely together, one after the other, to the heart-breaking scene at the end. The character development is well-done, as well. We see some of the characters having epiphanies that, unfortunately, do not seem to last ...more
Drew Patrick Smith
Jul 07, 2011 Drew Patrick Smith rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: X-Men Movie Fans Who Want to See the Real Thing
Review from the PFS Book Club...

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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Michael
Jan 22, 2013 Michael rated it really liked it
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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Javier
Jun 06, 2016 Javier rated it really liked it
Very good, overall. Well written characters and fantastic art work. As someone who hasn't read many X-Men comics, I also appreciated the first few pages which went over the back story from previous comics, so I understood pre-existing relationships and actions that were referenced.

(view spoiler)
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Loonycookie
Jan 31, 2012 Loonycookie rated it it was amazing
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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Jeannette
Jul 25, 2013 Jeannette rated it it was amazing
So I began this series back in college and it's been a while since I picked up an issue. I was really curious to see where it went though, and it was fun to revisit. I'm not a big comics reader in general (though I did read New X-Men in college, which helped), so I loved that this particular volume included all the past history that was necessary for comprehension. It made it even more accessible than the excellent story already did. Despite all the twists and turns of the plot, in the end the s ...more
Pete
Oct 18, 2014 Pete rated it it was amazing
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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Saif Saeed
Jun 10, 2016 Saif Saeed rated it it was amazing
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Let me start by saying I'm not really an X Men guy. Haven't read much of their stuff but yeah.

This is everything a modern comic book should be. Let me just get all the praise out of the way because boy do I have a lot of good things to say about this comic.

The art is beautiful and captivating in it's simplicity. I'm far more attracted to the bright colors and the simple designs than I am the dark, detailed stuff you'd see in most post New 52 comics these days.

The characters are complex, they're
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Matthew
Aug 03, 2011 Matthew rated it it was amazing
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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Francisca
Aug 13, 2016 Francisca rated it it was amazing
One of the greatest X-Men sagas, Whedon shows complete control of the characters, and seems to understand them perfectly. None of them fall into pretentious stereotypes, and he shows no preference towards any character (like current X-Men writers, who seem to despise Scott). He simply writes them as if they were human, and as humans, the X-Men are flawed. We finally get to see a deeper side of Emma Frost, which I can appreciate a lot.
Also, the book isn't completely focused on bashing Scott/maki
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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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