Astonishing X-Men

Vol. 1, Gifted

Whedon, Joss

(Book - 2004)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Astonishing X-Men
Publisher: New York : Marvel Comics, c2004
ISBN: 0785115315
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill. ;,27 cm
Additional Contributors: Cassaday, John
Marvel Comics Group
Alternate Title: Astonishing X-Men (2004)


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May 12, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

And now that I've finally gotten around to this arc I now hate X3 all the more. This was just a blast. The cure, the reassembling of the team, the problems within this team which look like they're only going to get worse. Loved it and loved it a lot.

Apr 30, 2014
  • mexicanadiense rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A most impressive outing from Whedon & co., almost makes one wish he was in charge of the X-Men's cinematic incarnations as well as Earth's Mightiest Heroes. My only complaint? That it had to end!

Nov 23, 2011
  • lasertravis rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Great artwork and decent writing. I got into this expecting to read the entire series. For whatever reason I just couldn't get into it. I will likely try again at some point because I love Joss Whedon and I love the X-Men.

Nov 18, 2011
  • metalsox rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you have seen the movies and wanted a place to start reading the book you could do worse then start here. Infact you might not even find a better book to start with.

Aug 01, 2011
  • 21221012542517 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A perfect place for fans of the X-men to pick up and read. Joss Whedon makes the story easily accessible to new readers by toning down the sometimes confusing continuity that unfortunately follows the X-men. But let me tell you, Gifted does not dissapoint. A perfect read for one of the best X-men storylines of all time.

Feb 12, 2009
  • DavidB rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The Astonishing X-Men series is a critically and fan acclaimed series for good reason.

For 25 issues Joss Whedon and John Cassidy are left alone to create some epic stories. Whedon's dialogue is reminiscent of the best elements of Buffy, while heavy attention is paid to the characters. The story arch itself is also well done; Whedon introduces the idea of the "Mutant Cure" and then plays out the emotional repercussions. The movie X-3 is a pale imitation of this Wheddon plot.

And then there are John Cassidy's drawings which are smooth, clean and crisp. Although the characters look clearly super-heroic, the drawings are subtle and not over exaggerated. The fight sequences are well crafted in three dimensions and attention to detail is made to their placement. And the covers! The covers are iconic and just plain awesome. Brian Bolland fans should appreciate them.

Together Wheddon and Cassidy created 25 issues of wit and charm.


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May 02, 2009
  • DavidB rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

(the) Woman called me a disease. You know how that feels to me? I can't even sheathe. My claws won't go back.

Feb 02, 2009
  • DavidB rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

the first time I ever met the X-Men, the first DAY,,, they were ambushed. And captured. And caged. By you. I learbed more about good and evil in that one day than I ever have before or since. I was thirteen. When I think about evil, whenever I think about the concept of evil, yours is the face that I see. I don't have to 'watch you' Miss Frost. I can SMELL you.


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Dec 06, 2010
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