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Astonishing X-Men, Volume 1: Gifted

(Astonishing X-Men (2004) (Collected Editions) #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  27,514 ratings  ·  710 reviews
Dream-team creators Joss Whedon (TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and John Cassaday (Planetary, Captain America) present the explosive flagship X-Men series - marking a return to classic greatness and the beginning of a brand-new era for the X-Men! Cyclops and Emma Frost re-form the X-Men with the express purpose of "astonishing" the world. But when breaking news regarding t ...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published May 10th 2006 by Marvel (first published December 15th 2004)
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Feb 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
Grant Morrison did an ambitious run on New X-Men, but that story had to be walked back in the interests of continuing it in on-going mainstream superhero comics. Marvel made a wise choice when they tapped Joss Whedon, lord of the TV geeks back then, to help get the X-Men out of the black leather and back into spandex. (It’s reasonable to assume that his work here was a big reason that he’d later get the gig writing and directing the Avengers movies.)

Kitty Pryde returns to the school as Cyclops i
Will M.
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: marvel_comics, x-men
Score: 4.04 out of 5
Grade: 81% (A-) | Great

The X-Crew aim to astonish the world while a mutant cure causes some to question who they really are. Here is my review of Astonishing X-Men Vol. 1: Gifted:


The Good:

I really liked the roster of this team – the former villain (Emma Frost), former thug (Wolverine), the leader (Cyclops), the gentle beast (Beast), and the poster child (Shadowcat) – almost like the Breakfast Club of X-Men. They all have their role as they try to astonish the world similar t
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
Jun 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: marvel-unlimited
The X-Men are re-forming and opening Xavier's School again. Some familiar faces return like Kitty Pryde.
Meanwhile a cure for the mutant condition has been found.

Gifted is the inspiration for the worst X-Men movie X-Men 3 The Last Stand. Thankfully Cyclops and Professor X aren't dissolved by a Phoenix powered Jean Grey. Jean is dead and Scott has moved on with Ms. Lingerie Emma Frost. Frost is also helping to lead the school which isn't going over well with everyone.

The author Joss Whedon has a h
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
Wren (fablesandwren)
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: not-shelved, 04-stars
So, I think I mistook this volume. I thought I was reading the first ever issue of X-Men, when really this is just another whole set of X-Men. I knew that there were multiple sets and stories and characters and such, because you hear people talking about how "in one alternate universe this happened which is different from this other universe" and such and so forth.

BUT, it wasn't that confusing. Because I knew the characters and I knew about the girl who is already dead in the beginning (it's Jea
Sam Quixote
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
After the monotonous Marvel comics I have read recently, this is a breath of fresh air. This has characters and it doesn't feel like it's simply about the action. I was engaged and it was fun. Why can't this be more of what the comics are doing. Joss is amazing and he really does understand emotions and characters. That's what he does.

I love the art. I thought the plot was fun without being too ridiculous. I mean there is an alien in it and it's only one and it does overwhelm the story. There is
Feb 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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.
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 ev
Jan 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jim Ef
Dec 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Joss Whedon's Astonishing X-Men will know astonish you. Nice story, very good job with the characters and i personaly liked the art very much. So if you are an X-Men fan and haven't read this yet ( unlikely i know ) do it now ...more
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Ah, Kitty Pryde. I guess I think of her as an avatar for the reader with this team's line-up. We may not have Beast's intellect, Emma Frost's looks, Wolverine's toughness, or Cyclops' leadership skills, but Kitty is just Kitty (and all the better for it) - as in plucky, aware, good-hearted and dependable.

I thought she was one of the best things about the All New X-Men series that I read earlier this year, and the feeling continues with Astonishing Vol. 1. There was a lot of good action
Apr 18, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
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
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Solidly fun and intelligently written. A great look at our heroes reuniting after several years. Fantastic artwork, too. Astonishing!
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: x-men
The X-Men are back and they wanna act as heroes and with a new mutant cure going around, its upto them to find the people behind it and prevent a calamity that might happen, and then we have this new villain ORD whose behind the cure and the very secrets that are revealing themselves, the return of Colossus, the formation of new team, tensions between Kitty and Emma, Wolverine taking it with everyone, Beast wanting the cure, the introduction of Abigail Brand and SWORD and so many revelations. Th ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More)
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
Sep 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, superheroes
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
Dec 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 20, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Holden Johnson
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, xmen
Excellent story arc.

The moral battle of curing mutants or destroying the cure to prevent it being used as a weapon is ongoing in the Xmen universe. This series by Joss Whedon does really well and I had a blast throughout the whole thing.


Good to see Peter back as well =)
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
The art was ok.. but the story great =)
Michelle Curie
I've watched X-Men: Days of the Future Past for the first time the other day and it sparked some intense curiosity about this world. I see myself now on a mission to dig some deeper into this material! Astonishing X-Men is therefore my first ever X-read and hopefully not my last.

I'm not entirely sure if this was the best place to start (let me know if you know where that'd be, I am curious), but it was an engaging story. Cyclops wants to get a group of X-Men together that could present themselv
Mar 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
May 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
“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
Arun Divakar
Jul 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
It has been a pretty long time since I read an X-Men comic. At one point in time, the adventures of the team proved a tad too much for me and I had decided that enough was enough and moved on. There were quite a few storylines (the details of which escape me even now) which were filled to the brim with inanities that prompted this decision. Having heard volumes about Joss Whedon’s run on the series was how I finally decided to take a quick peek into this volume and came to the conclusion that th ...more
May 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, e-book
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) ...more
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
This book has a few 2000s moments, but man is it still solid. 5/5 stars.
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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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