Astonishing X-Men #5

Writer: Joss Whedon Artist: John Cassaday Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: October 20, 2004 Critic Reviews: 2 User Reviews: 13
8.0Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

As demand for the "mutant cure" reaches near-riot levels, the X-Men finally go head-to-head with Ord, with an unexpected ally -- and some unexpected adversaries -- tipping the scales.

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Sep 24, 2004

    In truth, The Avengers should be Marvel's flagship title, and for a good Kurt Busiek while it was. However, thanks to Joss Whedon, John Cassady and the depth of Laura Martin's color palette, a JLA/Astonishing X-Men team up now makes an inherent amount of sense. Bonus points for the reference to Xander's strategy: "Man's got eye-balls..." Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell Sep 28, 2004

    First off I have to give full marks for this issue's cover image as not only does it have some fun messing with the cover design elements, but it's an undeniably powerful visual that is sure to grab the attention of most X-Men readers. As for the interior art I have to say I remain impressed that it would appear that John Cassaday seems to look keeping up with the monthly pace, and his work doesn't show any sign that he's cutting corners artistically to get the art delivered before the deadlines. The art also deserves credit for managing to capture the raw emotions of the material, as the shot where the young mutant discovers he's been cured is a great visual moment, as is the scene where the X-Men react to the arrival of Colossus. The last page cliffhanger also makes for a great image to carry us into the next issue. The art also manages to capture the visual comedy of the scene where Ord makes an incorrect guess about what is standing behind him. Read Full Review

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