Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Astonishing X-Men

Author: Joss Whedon, John Cassaday (Artist)
Info: Marvel, 2008, Volumes 1-4

A review in 10 words (or thereabouts): A bad reputation has put the X-Men in a bind, and now they need to seem useful before a "cure" wipes them out.
Volume 1 : Cyclops and Emma Frost re-form the X-Men with the express purpose of "astonishing" the world. But when breaking news regarding the mutant gene unexpectedly hits the airwaves, will it derail their new plans before they even get started?

Volume 2: A tragic death at the Xavier Institute reveals a powerful enemy living among the X-Men that they could never have suspected - and no, it's not Magneto. Things heat up in a way none of the X-Men ever dreamed, but will teamwork save the day when they can't even depend on themselves.

Volume 3: Emma Frost's erratic behavior has the X-Men spinning in a non-stop downward spiral. Will an unlikely union be the final straw? After secretly lying in wait for months, the new Hellfire Club makes its move! Plus: The X-Man destined to destroy the Breakworld stands revealed! Who is it, and what will be their fate? 

Volume 4: After the shocking and brain-smashing events of recent issues, the X-Men are off to protect the Earth from its destruction at the hands of the Breakworld. And when it's all over, nothing will ever be the same!

~Goodreads Description~

Yes.  You've read correctly.  I have finally tackled a Marvel series!  And it was awesome (I almost went there...I almost called it "astonishing" :).  I'll admit that I really only picked up this particular series because of a certain Joss Whedon.  I heart him and his storytelling just a little bit.  And I was not at all surprised that this particular storyline kept me on the edge of my seat.

The X-Men history is so immense that starting somewhere other than the beginning makes reading a bit difficult.  I didn't know the back story of the characters and the context of their particular angst, but I kept going and realized at a particular point that I didn't really care.  It didn't hurt that I was already familiar with the X-Men and their abilities...which leads me to a question.  What's the difference between a mutant and a superhero?  In volume 1, there is hinting that a mutant "cure" has been found, and the X-Men don't have a particularly favorable reputation.  People like the Fantastic Four, but not the X-Men.  Why?  How are "superheroes" not mutants?  What am I missing?

Now what?  Any suggestions on other must-read X-Men series?  Or comics/graphic novels in general?  I'm not sure what to try next, and I'd love some suggetions!

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