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Astonishing X-Men #1

Posted: Monday, June 7, 2004
By: Jason Cornwell



Writer: Joss Whedon
Artist: John Cassaday

Publisher: Marvel Comics

I've never quite jumped on board the Buffy bandwagon, but I consider "Firefly" to be the best show from last season, so I was rather looking forward to this issue. Now to be completely honest there really isn't much to sink one's teeth into with this first issue, as except for introducing us to the members of the cast that will make up Joss Whedon's team, this issue is little more than a collection of amusing conversations. Now one of the reasons why Joss Whedon has built up his fan base is the direct result of his ability to deliver laugh aloud, smart sounding dialogue, and I have to say there are a couple fun exchanges in this issue, as right from their first meeting it's clear that the mutual hatred between Kitty and Emma is going to be the highlight of Joss Whedon's run.

Wolverine also gets one of the best introductions he's ever received when he looks in on Scott. There's also a wonderful trip down memory lane in the opening sequence as Kitty makes her way through the X-Mansion and thinks back on some of her more memorable moments. The final moments of this issue also set up a rather familiar idea, that hopefully Joss Whedon will have a little more success with than writers in the past, as the one problem with introducing a cure that could make mutants into normal humans, is that it's essentially a character eliminator and, as such, it's always revealed to be part of a sinister plan, and the cured mutants always regain their powers in the end.

As for the art, John Cassaday is a fantastic artist as his work is intricately detailed and the characters are positively photo-realistic, however, his costume designs are a bit of a disappointment, as they have a generic quality to them that left me decidedly unimpressed.



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