The number of words in this post is going to be few. I am at a loss to adequately describe what I got to be a part of .The X-Men have been a big part of my collection from the number one issue. They were one of the cornerstones of the collection I had till I had to let it go. That being said this graphic novel is probably one of the best executed graphic novels I have ever seen. It is just that good.
The team of Joss Whedon and John Cassaday just blew me away. The story lines were intense and the artwork not only matched that but took it to a new level for me. Cassaday’s artwork is some of the best I have ever seen in a graphic novel and the words and art fit like a glove. This is two masters of the genre at the top of their game; I loved every frame and every word. The team they have constructed headed up by Cyclops is nice and tight, the subplots are intense and the continuing action is amazing. I enjoyed the cameo by the Fantastic Four, it was brief but felt right and was a good addition. The attention to the smallest detail in both characters and artwork took this to a new level.
Unfortunately the comparisons I will make in my head about the graphic novels I look at for a while will travel back to this, Astonishing X-Men. To try to grab the same heart, emotion, intensity and quality of Weldon’s writing will be difficult. The artwork will probably stay atop my charts for many months to come; it just fit the story frame for frame so well. The quality contained within these pages is rare and exciting to hold, don’t pass this up. If you are a big X-Men fan, this is a must read, if you enjoy reading at all and want to hold a stick of dynamite, this is for you. I don’t hesitate to recommend this to anyone, put this on your Goodreads and Shelfari –to read- list and move it to the top.
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