Astonishing X-Men #17

Writer: Joss Whedon Artist: John Cassaday Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: September 20, 2006 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 8
7.2Critic Rating
9.1User Rating

The X-Man destined to destroy the Breakworld has been revealed! Who is it and what will be done to them? Meanwhile, the Hellfire Club gets one step closer to finally reaching their prize! What's the prize?! Even we don't know!

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shawn Hill Sep 25, 2006

    Things have definitely gone cuckoo in this book at any rate. But this is the best issue yet of this arc, despite the unwelcome return of Danger. @#$%ing Shiar [tech] as Agent Brand grouses. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Sep 22, 2006

    Astonishing X-Men #17 was a blast to read. Whedon and Cassaday continue to turn out one of Marvel's most enjoyable comic books currently on the market. This title has the wonderful blend of humor, action and drama. Great storytelling and fantastic art make this comic book well worth your money. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - David Wallace Sep 22, 2006

    Yet despite this slight sense of stalling, there are signs that Whedon is building towards a great final issue for his third arc on the book. The incapacitated X-Men are gradually coming back into the picture: Wolverine's regression to his James Howlett persona is finally done away with in a hilarious beer-related sequence which owes as much to the subtleties of Cassaday's artwork as it does Whedon's writing, and Cyclops re-enters the fray in a compelling cliffhanger which also sets up a possible new status quo for the character. Danger and Ord also arrive at the X-mansion ready to hunt down Colossus, and there's a general sense that all the pieces are coming together after a slightly stretched-out last couple of issues. Yes, there's still a lot of explaining to do (how is Scott now able to control his optic blasts? Is Colossus really fated to destroy the breakworld? And what's going on with Emma Frost and the White Queen?), but with one issue to go of this arc (and a whole 6-issu Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Geoff Collins Sep 26, 2006

    This issue is hard to slip right into since it has a lot of continuity from previous issues, but if you dont mind being unsure whats going on or already know it, Id recommend picking it up. Even the "Previously" page is a bit confusing. Well worth it though as I now see Kitty in a different light, and I like how much the continuity builds on itself to create insane amounts of conflict. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St.Louis Sep 23, 2006

    Cassadays work is a pleasure to watch. He adds to the psychological element of this story. If fact if he werent there, people would have complained that this story was poor a long time ago. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Sep 23, 2006

    The capper of the whole mess is when we learn that Cyclops is up and about. His move against Emma definitely rules out the possibility of time travel. This time Whedon hamstrings himself with his own cleverness. Cyclops is once again holding back his own optic ray blasts. No, no, no. A thousand times no. Cylcops has no control over the physics of his power, and none of Whedon's apologists can claim that Emma Frost is using her power to hold them back. She's trapped in a hole far beneath the mansion, and the other White Queen has just acquired a pair of smashing red holes to offset her ensemble. This issue of Astonishing X-Men was a huge disappointment. Read Full Review

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