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Astonishing X-Men, Vol. 1 by Joss Whedon
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Jan 03, 2010

really liked it
Read in January, 2010

Who better to take a crack at X-Men than Buffy creator Joss Whedon? By the end of this graphic novel, I was asking for more, more, more! Whedon infuses the book with his trademark wit, but also manages to top it off with just enough gravitas to tell a good story. Whedon's always been adept at creating great characters and putting them through the emotional wringer with a great story. He doesn't disappoint here - each character is very distinct, and play off each other well. Sure, it's the same chemistry the X-Men have had for years (Wolverine and Cyclops hate each other, Cyclops pines for Jean, Emma Frost is a stone cold bitch, etc) but Whedon manages to play off it in a more mature way. He even explains the return of their ridiculous costumes in a way that makes sense. Too bad he didn't write the script for the movies, it would have been a hell of a ride!

BTW, it must be noted, that John Cassaday's artwork is superb. I've always been a fan since I first saw his stuff during Ed Brubaker's run on Captain America (which is fucking fantastic btw - look it up). See if you can spot the cameo by Rorschach during the mutant riot in the last chapter of the volume;)

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