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Astonishing X-Men, Volume 3 by Joss Whedon
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Jun 13, 2012

it was amazing

The campy-named Hellfire Club and its roster of oddball villains sashay up to the Westchester School for a showdown with our heroes. But there is a turncoat among the X-Men, the once-villainous-turned-good-now-turned-bad-again Emma Frost who it seems has been helping Cassandra Nova regain power slowly to come back and defeat the X-Men once and for all. Throw in SWORD, the quasi-government agency from the future/another dimension (I forget) who are looking to save their world from destruction by one of the X-Men - the identity of whom is revealed in this book - and you've got one big battle royale a-brewing in the Xavier Mansion.

Joss Whedon keeps the reader guessing as to what's real and what's not in this story of straightforward storylines gone awry. His post-modern approach has the brains of the X-Men (and by proxy, the reader) toyed with as he uses Emma Frost and Cassandra Nova's telepathic abilities to turn the story into a labyrinth of McGuffins.

And in true Whedon fashion he also manages to throw in some pretty funny scenes, mostly involving Wolverine and his overly macho persona. I'm beginning to feel that Whedon doesn't care for Wolverine and has a bone to pick with the berserker based on his treatment of the character in his run on the series, but he's doing such a great job with the other characters - especially Kitty Pryde - that it's a minor complaint.

And how about Kitty? She kicks ass in this book! If you ever wondered how a diminutive wraith-like character such as Kitty Pryde can stand alongside heavyweights like Wolverine and Emma Frost in the X-Men, this book shows you why.

"Torn" is a brilliant continuation of this excellent series - easily one of the best runs on these characters ever written - and is well worth checking out if you're a fan of the X-Men. Great fun, very smart, superb art, brilliant story - an awesome read.
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Ronyell Great review!! I really enjoyed this volume too!

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