Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men #1
Writer: Joss Whedon
Artist: John Cassaday
I wanted to love this issue.
But I’ve found that when a much-awaited finale gets delayed (in this case by over three months), my enthusiasm tends to wane and in this case, major spoilers are revealed prematurely by other series that aren’t running quite as late.
So as strong as this finale is (and it is quite good), it does suffer from chronic lateness and the impact of a ‘shock ending’ that is no longer quite as shocking.
Which is a shame. Because if this issue had come out in a more timely fashion, I’m sure I would be babbling on about how great it was.
Instead, I was left somewhat disappointed, noticing the flaws more than I normally would.
Still, Joss Whedon manages certain exchanges of dialogue that are absolutely priceless such as those between Agent Brand and Beast, Kitty and Emma, and Wolverine and Armor.
So, a definite keeper. I just wish I got to keep it a few months earlier.
From Marvel (preview): “Too big to be contained in a normal issue, the grand finale of Joss Whedon and John Cassaday’s landmark run is right here! The powerlords of Breakworld bring the fight to Earth. Can the X-Men stop them from destroying the whole planet? Will the Avengers join their fight? What we do know is this: one of the X-Men won’t walk away from this fight.” On sale May 29, 2008.