Review: Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men #1

Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men coverGiant-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.

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  1. One of the best Wolverines lines “Are you a Beer”.

    I agree it was too late, but I am so distracted these days that I do not notice it like I once would have.

    Liked it and love Cassidy’s art work.
    Did the final Planetary come out yet?

  2. Holy crap, I know that guy!

    Awesome series, no doubt, and Cassaday’s artwork is the best in the business (outside of Alex Ross), but his renditions of the multitude of Marvel superheroes seemed to be lacking his usual touch.

    And, alas, no final Planetary.

  3. You know me!, but from where?

    Yeah Cassaday was a little weak on the other heroes, but I wonder if that was a little on purpose. Loved both his and Whedon’s Spiderman. They really need to be writing Amazing, they really get the character.

    Sorry to not have called recently, but the baby takes everything out of me. I still need to come over and see POB.

  4. Believe me… I understand hectic schedules.

    (Excuse us… Glenn and I are trying to have a private conversation here.)

    I will hopefully have the next draft of my book done in the next few weeks… I’ll send it out when I’m done. Especially since a character by the name Paul has an eerie similarity to you.

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