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Gifted (Astonishing X-Men #1)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  20,659 ratings  ·  421 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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Will M.
Sep 08, 2015 Will M. rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Will by: IGN, if I remember correctly
My love for the X-Men is not something I've hidden in the past. I've mentioned this recently, so I guess I don't really need to remind the people who read my review of another X-Men series. This first volume was great. It vaguely depicts a great story arc and hints for great plot twists to come in the next volumes.

The plot was different than the usual X-Men plot I got used to. I only know X-Men from the movies and I can vaguely remember some random single issues when I was younger, so I had no
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
Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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 t
Fantastic premise - an 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 glad that Whedon branched out beyond his Buffyverse to grant us this twist on our tired old mutant storylines. This kicks off a spectacular run of X-Men comics.
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
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
Cyclops, Beast, Wolverine, Shadowcat, and Emma Frost make up a new incarnation of the X-Men. In an effort to promote a positive profile, the team resumes its helpful "superteam" activities and stops an unexplained attack by the alien Ord of the Breakworld. Meanwhile, Doctor Kavita Rao of Benetech has just announced a cure for mutations, which doesn't sit well with the X-Men. (view spoiler) ...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

When i was growing up i was alwasy a big fan of the X-Men over the years i've read so many X-books mainly from 2000 till present and this book is probably one of the best if not THE best X-Men book i've ever read so Maegan i can't thank you enough for recommending this series to me you made a X-Fan pretty happy.

Astonishing X-Men begins with a rebuilding period for the X-Men, Kitty Pryde is our point of view character for the first issue and Kitty is now grown up and ready to teach at the Xavier'
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
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
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
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
Milo (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
I wish my friend carolyne still lived nearby because i feel as though we could have some very impassioned talks about Whedon's run on this series. (hint: i find it regrettable)
WOWZA! I am seriously in awe right now.

The plot!
The dialogue!
The artwork!

Everything worked so flawlessly together that I am glad I already am in the midst of getting my hands on volume two. What can I say about this volume? EVERYTHING. I mean holy shit. The work that Joss did with this plot is seriously amazing. I was impressed from start to finish. Having the school reinstated, bringing back much beloved characters and new children with amazing mutant abilities, having a bad guy turned good
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
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
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
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
John Goode
The reason why people love X-Men. This series is hands down the best comic since Byrne and Claremont had a messy divorce and the kids had to choose sides. There is nothing better, in my opinion, than this graphic novel.

Except the next one.
Torn between 4 and 5 stars. Definitely enjoyable, though the latter half seemed much better. Liked the art style and color themes.
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
Well, this is not bad, I guess, but it didn't overly impress me. The art, by John Cassaday, is more realistic than is typical of superhero stuff--think Alex Ross, without the painting--and he generally does a good job of making the characters look distinctive and plausible (there's even some facial expression), despite their various unlikely physiognomies. I especially liked his design for Beast. On the other hand, lushly-rendered realistic images of superheroes doing typical superhero stuff are ...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.
C.J. 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 monologue ...more
Reread of one of my favorite X-Men runs. It did not disappoint.
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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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  • Astonishing X-Men, Vol. 5: Ghost Box
  • Astonishing X-Men, Vol. 6: Exogenetic
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  • Astonishing X-Men, Vol. 8: Children of the Brood
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“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.”
“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.”
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