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Astonishing X-Men Omnibus

(Astonishing X-Men (2004) #1-4)

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4.49  ·  Rating details ·  4,937 ratings  ·  191 reviews
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
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 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 outstandin
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Felicia
Oct 25, 2010 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.
Selkie ✦ Queen
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Richard
I've never been a big Joss Whedon fan-boy. I've never really understood the hype. But after reading this...man, he can write a mean X-men story! It can be tricky writing for the X-Men, especially these days, with tracking so many characters and trying to keep it fresh and interesting, but Whedon does an skillful job here in this 25-issue run that he had with the heroes.

Whedon shows a real love for the characters here, and the book features some of the most creative sequences I've seen in an X-Me
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Rory Wilding
Mar 30, 2013 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 into 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 the entire run which is so far the ...more
Brandon St Mark
This was a great X-Men run, so glad Marvel reprinted it! Really great moments with Kitty, Emma, and I liked seeing the origins of Armor. Would definitely recommend this to X-Men fans or those looking to get into the group. Would almost argue it’s better, or at the very least more coherent, that Morrison’s previous run.
Baba
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful depiction of the X-folks from Buffy's Whedon and Wizard magazine's Cassaday. A surprise return, numerous surprise enemies, great art, Brand and S.W.O.R.D... and an unbelievable exemption from all of Marvel's events (!!!!!!), that's right, no crossovers!

I can never decided which I prefer Morrison's or Whedon's run... and it always comes down to... Morrison's series says F.U. to Marvel tradition, continuity and 'rules' and was near genius; whereas Whedon's uses Marvel tradition, contin
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Jonathan Terrington
Feb 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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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Paul
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a great read, I spread it out over a week but it can certainly be done in a day's time. Having a basic knowledge of X-Men mythos would be great for this, but there is a wonderful intro explaining everything you needed to know from over 500+ issues of comics that preceded the story here.

I really enjoyed the story and art. Already a big fan of Whedon's work with Buffy and Angel, I was planning to love the story, humour, snappy remarks and deep narrative that he gives through all his work.
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Arif
Mar 13, 2017 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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Keith
Apr 02, 2013 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
Sage
Jul 07, 2015 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 rated it really liked it
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David Sims
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's been a while since I've read this one. So good and the beginning of maybe the best overall character arc for Scott Summers.
Abbey
Jun 24, 2020 rated it liked it
This collection started off great, went a bit flat, then killed it at the end. But by the end, I kind of just wanted to be done. Glad I read it. I will always love these characters.
Ksenia
Sep 09, 2010 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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Michael Kitchin
Apr 25, 2010 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 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, love, isolatio ...more
James
Oct 10, 2011 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 Negron
Aug 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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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 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 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.
Fredrick Royster
Feb 12, 2014 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
Malum
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just about everything you could want in a marvel comic--let along an X-Men comic--is in here. It's heartbreakingly sad, hilariously funny, action-packed, and full of surprises.
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
Mj
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have loved the X-Men ever since I was a little kid, and that appreciation has only strengthened as I have realized how complex and important these stories actually are. Strength, compassion, otherness, and unity are all major tenants of an X-Men story, and Whedon captures them perfectly.

Above all else, I found the Danger storyline to be the best in this run on the Merry Mutants. She is a sleek, new villain whose motivations (Why was I born? Why was I enslaved?) create an uncomfortable tension
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Anthony Caruso
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Whedon does not disappoint. This story arch was great, but the last issue just blew everything out of the water. The characters are humanized and show a lot of their flaws, emotions and fears throughout the entire arch. I'd highly encourage anyone to read this, but there is a little bit of background you need before going into this arch (or you might be a little confused or not feel the total impact of everything that is going on).

Cassaday's art was a bit lackluster for me. The way he envisione
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Meg
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
A couple of years ago I did some research to figure out what comics I needed to read if I wanted to dive into the X-men series. This omnibus was listed numerous times....so I added it to my list, without any idea what a tome this was. This Christmas I finally tracked it down using ILL...and found myself with a book that weighed more than Fox. This book starts with more recent stories of X-men--- after Xavier and Magneto have left, but before it starts the actual story, it gives some background s ...more
Zachary Henez
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the X-Men run that got be interested in the characters again after years of too many titles and complicated continuity. Whedon and Cassidy's run is a perfect jumping on point for anyone interested in the X-Men. The story arcs are action packed and are presented like a blockbuster movie. Joss does a great job of taking the X-Men back to the core of what they are. He had a difficult task to follow up what Grant Morrison had done on New X-Men (which I also enjoyed) and he delivers.

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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.

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Astonishing X-Men (2004) (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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  • Astonishing X-Men, Volume 2: Dangerous
  • Astonishing X-Men, Volume 3: Torn
  • Astonishing X-Men, Volume 4: Unstoppable
  • Astonishing X-Men, Volume 5: Ghost Box
  • Astonishing X-Men, Volume 6: Exogenetic
  • Astonishing X-Men, Volume 7: Monstrous
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