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Gifted (Astonishing X-Men #1)

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  13,802 ratings  ·  344 reviews
Joss Whedon (writer of TVUs Buffy, Angel, Firefly) starts his highly anticipated run on Astonishing X-Men.
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Published May 10th 2006 by Turtleback Books (first published December 15th 2004)
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Dirk Grobbelaar
This was a bit better. I’ve doggedly been trying to get aboard the X-Men bandwagon. The “Ultimate” version was too contrived for my taste, and many readers recommended Josh Whedon’s Astonishing X-Men run. I will admit that this is probably required reading for X-Men fans; it is quite good, but perhaps not the best place for the uninitiated to start. I was a bit out of my depth here. For example, I never read the arc where Colossus “died”. Professor Xavier is also missing from this outing, leavin...more
My introduction to the X-Men, many years ago, was the Dark Phoenix Saga (even though it was already a couple of years old when I found it). Up until then I'd been consuming Namor and the staples: Batman, Superman, Captain America, Spiderman. My starting place was not a bad place to start; it was, in fact, a pretty fine place to start. Maybe too fine. Starting with one of the finest chapters of the X-Men might be why I've mostly been a passing fan of Marvel's mutants over the years. Nothing could...more
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6 stars!

Brief History:

Alright, I have actually first heard of the “X-Men” series when I was little and it was through a 90s cartoon series entitled “X-Men: The Animated Series.” From that day on, I was so hooked onto the “X-Men” franchise that I practically watched every incarnation of “X-Men” throughout my life which included the animated series “X-Men: Evolution” and I even watched all three “X-Men” movies. Now the truth of the matter is that even tho...more
There was no question in my mind that Joss Whedon can write, and quite well at that. But can he write the X-Men? The answer, of course, is that he can, and quite well at that.

This is, I believe, the first X book I've picked up in probably eight years. Nightcrawler is my favorite, and between (view spoiler) I've been avoiding them as unnecessary stressors. But that means that I missed Whedon's run on Astonis...more
Oh, X-Men, how do I love thee? I shall not bore anyone by counting the ways, but suffice it to say I love 'em. However, my introduction to the X-Men did not come in the form of a comic book, but instead from the Saturday morning cartoon show that used to run on FOX and, later, the big budget movies. I wasn't a comic book reader as a kid (mainly due to lack of access--there were no bookstores in my small rural town) and discovering that the X-Men had been around forever did not exactly encourage...more
I haven't picked up an X-Men comic in a long time, unless you count the WOLVERINE ORIGINS: DEADPOOL graphic novel I reviewed recently; example, I had no idea that Scott Summers (Cyclops) and Emma Frost (the White Queen), were a couple. When did that happen? Nevertheless, in ASTONISHING X-MEN, it works. I love the interplay between Scott and Emma, with her love for Scott sullied by her bitterness of what he once shared with Jean Grey. I also like Kitty Pryde's overt mistrust of the White Queen ow...more
Mar 20, 2008 Ben rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ben by: Andrew
As a person newer to the comic universe, nothing frightened and confused me more than the plethora of "X-men" comic books. I had assumed to skip on the whole thing until a friend recommended this series written by the eternally intriguing Joss Whedon. Removed from the twisted continuity and stories of the present X-men comics, this series approached the team in some general present time in the marvel universe and created a simpler context with which to follow a very entertaining story. This revi...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
I have been on a Marvel roll lately. It's mainly due to the fact that I've been mainlining Marvel shows on Netflix, along with the various Marvel movies we've been treated to lately. I discovered that there was a motion comic series for The Astonishing X-Men, and some of the episodes are posted on Netflix. Watching it and "Wolverine and the X-Men" (and loving it), encouraged me to check out some of the comics after many years of not reading them. Luckily my awesome library has this series!

I will...more
Sam Quixote
Picking up where Grant Morrison left off, Joss Whedon begins his run on the X-Men with a new line up consisting of Cyclops, Emma Frost, Beast, Kitty Pryde, Lockheed the X-Dragon, and Wolverine (Xavier is "on sabbatical"). He's also reinstated the classic superhero outfits, ditching Morrison and Quitely's additions of black leather as "it was spooking people".

Having seen the third X-Men movie long before picking up this book I noticed the storyline they used in that film being used here for the f...more
Oh, yes. Yes, this is definitely what I’ve been looking for. This is… yeah. This is X-Men like I remember from back in the days when I was running around my backyard pretending to be Iceman.

The X-books were my comic of choice for many years, so I’ve been itching to get back to them ever since I rediscovered the joy of graphic novels. Trouble is, the mutant books are particularly intimidating for newcomers, or for anyone who hasn’t been paying attention for the past decade or two. Soap operas ha...more
Bane of Kings
“A wonderful read, proving that Whedon can master not only films and TV shows, but graphic novels as well. A must not just for X-Men fans, but for graphic novel readers in general.” ~The Founding Fields

Writer: Joss Whedon | Art: John Cassady | Publisher: Marvel Comics | Collects: Astonishing X-Men #1-7

The X-Men are quickly becoming my favourite comics team. With a wide variety of cast, a rich history – and a wealth of potential ideas, you can throw them into any situation with almost any writer...more
Giovanni Gelati
The number of words in this post is going to be few. I am at a loss to adequately describe what I got to be a part of .The X-Men have been a big part of my collection from the number one issue. They were one of the cornerstones of the collection I had till I had to let it go. That being said this graphic novel is probably one of the best executed graphic novels I have ever seen. It is just that good.
The team of Joss Whedon and John Cassaday just blew me away. The story lines were intense and the...more
I heard nothing but great things about Whedon's run on Astonishing X-Men, so finally decided to check it out. Being the cheap ass that I am, I opted to instead purchase used copies of the original eighteen issues for about a dollar a piece, rather than buy the three trades.

This was a great read, but didn't blow me away as I had expected. I wasn't crazy about John Cassaday's art -- it got the job done, and he did it well, but it's usually the wacky & atmospheric kind of comic book art that re...more
Collects issues 1 - 6 of "Astonishing X-Men."

I quite liked this collection! I really liked the writing--the characters' "sound" different from each other (they don't all talk the same way) and as for the storyline, the very beginning is quite dark but the rest of it was interesting and intriguing. Of course, it does leave you wanting to read the next issue, with a lot unresolved :-) I also love the art; everybody's very expressive and the pictures are colorful, easy to follow, and just nice to l...more
Kari Ramirez
When I was younger I watched the X-Men cartoon and I saw the first movie when it came out back in 2000, but that was it for my foray into the X-Men world. As readers of this blog know I'm not really a fan of Marvel comics. I don't know why, but I just can't get into them. I think Spiderman was the only Marvel character I really ever liked and then the movie ruined it for me.

It bugs me now when people say they're fans of Joss Whedon because 'Avengers was so awesome', but then I wonder if they get...more
Picked it up because of Whedon, but despite a few choice snippets of Whedonesque repartee, there wasn't a whole lot else beyond your standard X-Men fare: mutants are people, other people don't like them, boohoo.
Caz Edmunds
Mutants + Internal Strife + Self Doubt + Persecution + Government Secrets + Snappish Dialogues + Surprises and above all, Joss Whedon? What's not to like. :)
Julian Jenkens
oh man did I enjoy this series. I actually am not really much of an x men fan, they are probably my least read marvel franchise. After receiving a recommendation to read this series I decided to give it a try. The characters in this series were incredibly well written, Joss Whedon has such a unique ability to sneak light hearted and clever humor into ground shaking and deeply emotional scenes. The action was intense and fast paced and like any good team series Whedon takes time to have monolog...more
To start with I give a warning: I'm a total sucker for the X-Men series. I love it. I have seen every movie and grew up watching the cartoons. I jump at the chance to read one of these whenever I found one. And just for kicks lets toss in that I have 2 different friends who have cats named Gambit.

But on with the actual review. I really enjoyed this adventure. It went a little beyond the usual by placing Scott in charge while being in a relationship with Emma Frost...which I never would have se...more
If you’re like me, then you can’t get enough of X-Men. Instead of going back and watching all the movies again, I suggest picking up Astonishing X-Men: Gifted by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday. Yes, Joss Whedon is the guy that brought you The Avengers movie earlier this year, and is most famous for his TV show Buffy, the Vampire Slayer.

The story of the first volume, Gifted, is this: Professor X is on sabbatical and Jean Grey is dead. Cyclops and Emma Frost are acting as heads of Xavier’s School....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
This trade collects issues 1-6 of Joss Whedon's run on Astonishing X-men.

In 2004 Joss Whedon began what would turn into a 25 issue tenure writing the X-men (Astonishing X-men #1-24 and Giant-Size Astonishing X-men #1). He told a complete story over the course of those issues, with layered plotlines, well developed characters, and the required high octane action of an X-men comic.

Gifted is essentially "act one" of the overarching story, but stands also fairly well on it's own. Scott Summers has a...more
Joey Cruz
The first volume of Joss Whedon's comics dream job. I've already called a lot of the books I've posted "damn near perfect" or the best of this or that... and that isn't about to change here. With Astonishing X-Men, we're given an X-Men story that is both new in concept and classical in tone, with every character's voice captured perfectly. It hits all the right notes, to such a degree that it may almost seem like pandering to the old school fans... but there's something more going on here.

Like a...more
Dylan Williams
Brock Huerkamp
This is my first review of a comic book or graphic novel or whatever you want to call it. Well, I am a huge X-Men fan! I really like the movies, and just recently got into the comics. With what little money I have it's hard to get your hands on the comics at okay prices. It also happens that I am a huge fan of one Joss Whedon (see Avengers and Buffy and Angel and Firefly). So, when I found out that Whedon made an X-Men comic I pounced and bought the first volume!
Sure, going into the story sort...more
Federiken Masters
Jun 11, 2014 Federiken Masters rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans acérrimos de los mutantes de Marvel y de Whedon en general.
Recommended to Federiken by: Sus autores y que era continuación de New X-Men.
Una 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. Un muy buen comienzo a una muy buena etapa de un grupo de "superhéroes" que de vez en cuando tiene historias muy buenas.
Leí y tengo la edición en 6 números de Panini España. Cuando la relea seguro le escriba su correspondiente reseña.
You know, I am not usually much of a Marvel girl but in the spirit of the latest X-Men film coming out, I decided to pick up this edition to get in the mood. Also, I was told by many people that if you are not well versed in the X-Men comics, than this is a good place to start.

And I have to admit that I probably would've give up on this if it weren't written by Joss Whedon. I kept feeling the whole time that I was missing something or that I had been dropped in the middle of a story already in...more
I don't think I really considered myself a Joss Whedon fan until after reading his run of Astonishing X-Men. Working with the most complicated mythology and pantheon of heroes with oodles of backstory, he somehow managed to weave out of all that unwieldy raw material a heartfelt, exciting, surprising, and very funny story. He seems to have some genius as a storyteller, independent of the medium he's working in.
Fantastic premise - a x-gene cure? That'll keep 'em on their toes for a while.

Loving the super-bitch Emma Frost that Whedon cooked up - he really does have a way with female characters doesn't he?

The writing and art are a nice, fresh yet familiar take on our favourite misfits. I am so lad that Whedon branched out beyond his Buffyverse to grant us this twist on our tired old mutant storylines.
I loved this soooo much! I can't wait to go home tonight and read volume 2. I actually have 2-4 checked out from the library so tonight might be an X-Men marathon.

Thanks to the following blog post, I picked up this series:
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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)'...more
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“How do you know your Colossus is the genuine article in the first place?

I read his mind.

I matched his DNA.

I smelled him.

I also did that.”
“Scramblers deactivated, then?

Well here's some good news.

You feel no pain.

You will go straight to a hospital. Remember nothing of this place.

And every time you hear the words "parsley", "intractable" or "longitude", you will vomit uncontrollably for forty-eight hours.”
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