Astonishing X-Men #8

Writer: Joss Whedon Artist: John Cassaday Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 16, 2005 Critic Reviews: 4 User Reviews: 12
7.0Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

Did you miss the return of Colossus last August? Were you the guy who said you're waiting for the trade paperback? Are you insane?! How can you wait!? Folks, if you're missing this, you're missing the best comic in comics right now! But, it's not too late to jump on board.

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell Mar 1, 2005

    John Cassaday is an amazing artist, and his work on this issue acts as further proof that this title has one of the best creative teams in the industry. From the opening sequence, the art manages to deliver the action at three separate locals, with no text to explain the shifts between the locations. It is very impressive as it's far more difficult to accomplish than one would think. The art also sells the idea that even a severely damaged Sentinel can pose a very real danger, and there's some lovely big impact moments, from the scene where it emerges from the barn, to the scene where one of its energy blasts rips into the school. There's also a great aftermath visual that presents the damage that Scott's blasts did to the landscape. The image of the dead student rising off the floor is a very disturbing moment thanks largely to the art. The shot of Wolverine on the cover looks truly frightening. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Michael Lucinski Feb 18, 2005

    The A menacing villain, excellent superhero action and an ever-deepening mystery. If Grant Morrisons X-Men run was number one this decade because of intellectual depth, Whedons is number one this decade because of kinetic action. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Feb 19, 2005

    The art team of Cassaday and Martin is still up to snuff, but this second chapter in Joss Whedon's latest X-Men excursion wasn't really worth the wait. The last line in fact is unwittingly hilarious. Granted, the succeeding chapters may end up providing the resonance sorely needed to make the story stand up to even cursory scrutiny, but judging by this chapter, Whedon has created a Mystery Science Theater 3000 experiment. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Kelvin Green Feb 21, 2005

    But those are merely blips in what is a surprisingly bland and uninteresting effort from creators who should know and do better. This title has the potential to be the best X-book Marvel is publishing, and sometimes it is. But this issue is rubbish thats only just salvaged by some effective visuals, and as such, this weeks best X-book is bloody Wolverine. With the characters and creators involved in the two titles, thats an utter abomination of logic. Read Full Review

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