Astonishing X-Men #1

Astonishing X-Men #1

Writer: Joss Whedon Artist: John Cassaday Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: May 26, 2004 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 2
6.6Critic Rating
9.2User Rating

Dream-team creators Joss Whedon (creator of TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly and fan-favorite film Serenity) and John Cassaday (Planetary, Captain America) bring you the explosive #1 issue of the all-new flagship X-Men series! As part of X-men: Reload, this issue marks a return to classic greatness and the beginning of a brand-new era for the X-Men.

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Filip Vukcevic Jun 2, 2004

    Are you an X-Men fan? Are you a Whedon fan? Are you a comic fan? Are you alive and breathing? If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions you have to pick up this book, no debates and no maybes. It is a great start to what will no doubt be a landmark X-Men run. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell Jun 7, 2004

    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. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate May 28, 2004

    I have no real affinity for the X-Men. I'd be sorry to see them die in the cultural consciousness or in the comic books, but I don't really care about them as much as I care about the Justice League, the DC multiverse, Buffy and the Scoobies, Angel and his firm or Mal and the crew of Serenity. Joss Whedon and John Cassaday make me care about the X-Men just a little bit more. I'm impressed by the way these literally two-dimensional characters come alive on the pages. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shaun Manning Jun 2, 2004

    This weeks special Two Fingers Award goes out to retailers who thought it would be fun to charge $30 and up for the variant covers on Big Wednesday. At least a few Chicago shoppers will get the reference (you down with GCC? yeah you know me!). Free market and all that, theyre entitled to charge what they want, but asking $30 for a comic they ordered at $1.50 isnt likely to inspire customer loyalty. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Feb 18, 2007

    Jason Aaron's story of corruption, poverty and misery on a South Dakota reservation continues, and he continues to bring a level of intensity to the characters and plot that engages the reader quite well. We really don't learn much more about these characters in this second episode, which is too bad, because there's some strong potential. Probably the most interesting figure in the drama so far is the villain, Lincoln Red Crow. Later on in this issue, he comes across as a typical crimelord character, but earlier in this issue, Aaron depicts him as a skilled, slick leader (from a public-relations standpoint). Red Crow boasts an intelligent and charismatic quality, and I wish that showed through every time we see the character. One of my complaints about the first issue was that all of the characters seemed so harsh and unlikable. In this issue, a more ethical, centered player is introduced, clearly intended to inspire the main protagonist somewhere down the line. Still, the dominant, ov Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Kelvin Green Jun 1, 2004

    I'm sure that a lot of my dislike of this comic comes from my various biases against its content and philosophy, and I'm sure there's an element of going against the hype too. However I'm equally sure that what I say here won't make a difference, as this'll sell shedloads anyway. I'm going to give this a few more issues to prove itself, but this isn't the best start, especially for such a high-profile event. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comics Bulletin - greg orange Apr 1, 2004

    the script aint up to much either its full of words and captions and stuff and people saying like, man and yknow. I didnt understand much of it but your only buying this for the art anyway. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Villain May 21, 2016

    Its not a exciting issue but Joss Whedon does a solid job of kicking off a new X-Men story with most of the most familiar characters in tact. Its a simple start but certainly interesting. The art is awesome too.

  • 10
    four4elements Feb 25, 2015

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