Astonishing X-Men 1 Gifted (Paperback)
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|Cyclops and Emma Frost want to reunite the X-Men in order to astonish the world, but as the demand for a mutant cure escalates, they find some unexpected allies and adversaries. *Author: Whedon, Joss/ Cassaday, John *Series Title: Astonishing X-Men *Subtitle: Gifted *Publication Date: 2004/12/29 *Number of Pages: 144 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.25 *Width: 6.50 *Height: 10.00|
Joss Whedon, the creator of the television series BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and ANGEL, lends his writing talent to a reinvention of the ever-popular mutant superhero team, the X-Men. This full-color graphic novel comprises the first story arc of a new comic-book series, issues #1 through #6 of ASTONISHING X-MEN. Under the joint leadership of lovers Emma Frost and Cyclops (Scott Summers), the X-Men and teaching staff of Professor Xavier's school for mutants now consists of Wolverine (Logan), Beast (Hank McCoy), and Shadowcat (Kitty Pryde). A number of unresolved issues (including the death of Scott's wife Jean Grey and Emma Frost's previous career as a notorious supervillain) have caused tensions among the team to run fairly high. And that's before a mysterious alien named Ord begins attacking them, and a geneticist announces she's developed a "cure" for mutants, an option that seems attractive to at least one of the X-Men. Artist John Cassaday maintains a careful balance between photo-realism and heroic ideal in his depiction of the characters, and a skillful use of tone and color indicates the prevailing mood of each scene.
"...Whedon...and Cassaday [are]...at the top of their game....Whedon's dialogue is fresh and to the point, while Cassaday's [art is] detailed and intense....[T]his story demonstrated once again why the X-men are the top team in superhero comics." 02/28/2005 Booklist
"Few scripters from outside the industry have demonstrated the mastery of the medium that Whedon displays in this early effort, which Cassaday enhances with graceful yet dynamic artwork." (starred review) - Gordon Flagg 03/15/2005
Good comic, great price from Buy.com7/5/2007
Discounted by one star because plot echoes one of the themes not only in one of the X-Men movies but also repeated a good deal in the comics themselves, i.e. someone develops a "cure" for mutant genes. Otherwise, great fun overall and Joss Wheedon fans as well as X-Men fans should enjoy it. One tidbit for comics afficionados: With bringing Nick Fury back to the comic pages, the illustrator, John Cassady intentionally and lovingly emulates, and thus offers a homage to Jim Steranko, whose brilliant and original panel styles and visual effects created in the late 1960's for the Marvel series, "Nick Fury, Agent of Shield," changed how all comics were drawn thereafter.