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Astonishing X-Men, Vol. 1: Gifted (Astonishing X-Men #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  22,958 Ratings  ·  533 Reviews
Children of the Atom. Mutants born with amazing powers that forever set them apart from the rest of humanity. Sworn to protect the world that hates and fears them - they are the X-Men.

Cyclops assembles a new group of X-Men consisting of Wolverine, the Beast, Shadowcat and Emma Frost - the former White Queen of the corrupt Hellfire Club - to combat the ever-growing dangers
Paperback, 144 pages
Published December 29th 2004 by Panini Publishing (first published December 15th 2004)
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Feb 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  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
May 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-2-julio, marvel
Un primer tomo que consigue presentar unas tramas interesantes sobre todo hacia la segunda mitad, con la introducción de Pete. En líneas generales me ha entretenido pero he sentido mucha falta de información que no se completaba, como que no conseguía enterarme de todo lo que pasaba y no paraban de referencias situaciones pasadas. Supongo que es normal en el mundo Marvel, pero al ser el inicio de una saga pensaba que se iba a poder disfrutar aun con esa falta de información. El dibujo es increíb ...more
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
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
WrensReads Review:

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 b
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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 t
Feb 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jim Ef
Dec 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
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
Apr 18, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Holden Johnson
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, xmen, marvel
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 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Mad Tom
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solidly fun and intelligently written. A great look at our heroes reuniting after several years. Fantastic artwork, too. Astonishing!
Mar 20, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  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
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Sam Quixote
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The art was ok.. but the story great =)
Mar 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 (BOK)
“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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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)
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I heard the GraphicAudio version. It was written by Joss Whedon so I went in with high expectations. Those expectations were met and exceeded by the well written story.
A scientist discovers a 'cure' for the mutations that caused ordinary people to become mutants. Many mutants had superpowers, while many mutants had superpowers along with horrible bodily deformities or other life destroying powers, such as a little girl whose newly awakening powers to manifest her imaginary friends results in her
Giovanni Gelati
Sep 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Joey Cruz
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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“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.

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