Astonishing X-Men #20

Writer: Joss Whedon Artist: John Cassaday Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 14, 2007 Critic Reviews: 4 User Reviews: 8
7.1Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

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The secret is out! With the knowledge that Colossus is the mutant destined to destroy Breakworld, what will Ord's next move be?! And what exactly has happened to Cyclops?!

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Scott Reese Feb 17, 2007

    Whedon is at his best in space as this issue is truly his best in a line of good but not nearly great issues. This issue moves at a brisk pace but never lose the characters along the way. The scattering of characters has formed new groups made up of Wolverine and Armor (Hisakos new codename), Colossus and Kitty, and Agent Brand, Cyclops, Emma, and Beast. The dynamic between Hisako and Wolverine really is the highlight of the issue for me. Their banter back and forth just reinforce Whedons ear for dialogue. Maybe why I liked it so well is that I always liked the stories where Wolverine takes a young lady under his wing ala Jubilee or Kitty. Though, I never understood how a hard ass like Logan kept such odd company. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - David Wallace Feb 16, 2007

    As a regular Astonishing X-Men reader, I feel this issue is more of the same - and with Joss Whedon and John Cassaday at the helm, that's not a particularly bad thing - but there is a nagging sense that the book is becoming a little too formulaic to really offer a fresh reading experience with every issue. Still, the potential is definitely there for Whedon to bring every element of his and Cassaday's run together over the next few issues, and a strong sense of anticipation has been built up for the team's finale. Transitional issues like this one will sit more easily once we have the full story in our hands, but for now we can appreciate it more for the touches of character detail, the finesse of the artwork, and the sparks of winning humour than for its place in the greater scheme of Whedon's final arc. Ultimately, however, this issue is more a series of moments than a strong story in its own right. The players have now been moved into the position that Whedon wants them for his Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Feb 16, 2007

    Astonishing X-Men #20 was a slightly better than average read. Hopefully, Whedon can get this story arc back on track and spark some excitement inside the reader. I have been impressed enough with Whedon's overall work on this title and would be surprised if he didn't end this story arc with a thrilling ending. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Feb 17, 2007

    Neither gripping, ground-breaking or epic, the best thing I can say about Astonishing X-Men is that it's pretty, but pretty for a lack of story isn't really enough of a saving grace especially given the talent involved. Read Full Review

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