Published Aug 01, 2004There are already half a dozen X-Men-related titles on the racks every two weeks or so, so what makes Marvels newest launch Astonishing X-Men so different? Its written by master scribe Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and illustrated by John Cassaday, who has worked on such mind-bogglingly good series such as Planetary. Set after the death of Jean Grey, the series follows core members Cyclops, Beast, Wolverine, Kitty Pride and Emma Frost as they attempt to follow in Charles Xaviers footsteps and keep the Academy open for mutants.
Whedon starts off by hitting you where it smarts by showing Cyclops and Emma sleeping together. Followers of the regular series will understand why this is a big deal; if not, Wolverines grand entrance makes it perfectly clear.
Whedon is clearly a fan in some cases he seems to know these characters better than their creators. Although most argue that another X title is about as useful as a bicycle for a fish, Astonishing X-Men is clearly not in that category. Now if only the other writers would take note.