Friday, July 15, 2011
Flashback Friday--Astonishing X-Men Omnibus
Collecting issues #1-24 (which had a break between issues 12 and 13 as new arcs started and such) and a the extra-big special that topped off the run, this Omnibus collects the entirety of Joss Whedon's writing for the Astonishing X-Men book that kinda-sorta picked up where Grant Morrison's New X-Men left off by bringing back certain plot points but also stood well on its own. This was a run that had some utterly amazing moments, but as a solid whole is really, really good, but I can't quite say great. Oh, spoilers, but most of this stuff is being dealt with in current X-Men comics so whatever.
Over this story-line there is the over-arching plot of a planet called the Breakworld wanting to get rid of mutants because it is predicted that one day a mutant will be responsible for the end of their planet. This results in an interesting first story arc where a cure for the mutant gene is discovered and all sorts of mayhem results, then we learn that the Danger room is actually a sentient computer that Professor Xavier cruelly ignored the pleas of to train his team, before it finally breaks free and causes all sorts of damage before being stopped. That's the first 12 issues, and while they lack some of the incredible little moments that #13-24 and the special have, they are stronger overall in the general plot. This also started the trend of showing Professor Xavier as not being a perfect angel, something other writers picked up on for future story-lines that made him out to have done some real bad things in the past in pursuit of his goal of a better world. Oh, plus for these first 12 issues the book actually mostly seemed to come out on time and had the amazing art of John Cassaday which tickles your eyes (the whole series had his art, but it was actually timely early on).
4 out of 5 stars.
Astonishing X-Men Omnibus if you want it.