Whedon's X-Men has been little more than a big, sticky pile of gluey nostalgia, a love-letter to the 80s X-Men with a fine coating of Whedon's trademark dialogue (which I liked on TV, by the way, but found very trying on the printed page).
In all honesty, I liked Morrison's X-Men more than I liked Whedon's. And since I loathed a whole bunch of the things that Morrison did (and thought Fantomex and Cassandra Nova to be two of the most irritating characters ever), that says an awful lot. Morrison's dialogue might be borderline incomprehensible at times, but at least it's not perpetually trying to sound cool, funny, or cool AND funny.
No. Morrison's run might have been infuriating, muddled and downright warped in places, but at least it was treading new ground. Whedon's approach to the X-Men, however, is simply to get out his back issues from Claremont's first run and get John Cassaday to give them a new coat of paint.
Sorry, Joss. You are made of fail. Especially since you brought back the Big Metal Idiot to do nothing except Kitty...
I've liked the run a lot, thus far. It's not one of those must-read comics a publisher has done, but it's still really good.
Oh, and I'm a Whedonite, so me saying it's really good may not hold much sway with some that don't like X-Men, Joss Whedon, or both.
I've never watched any Whedon series (yeah, I know I'm probably one of 5 people in the world). I enjoyed his take on Astonishing. The stories and dialog is entertaining, it has a mixture of drama, pathos and just plain funny moments, and the art is nice. There are a few weak points in his plots but not enough to bother me too much.
My one real complaint is the publishing delays. An occasional delay is forgiveable, constant delays pushing the whole series further and further back are not and I really hope Ellis and Bianchi stay on schedule.
-an enemy of the xmen changes and is brought onto the team. hell, emma was part of genx what, 10-15 years ago, it was already done
-jean became the phoenix....hmmmm looking back over the history of the xmen, i don't think thats ever happened before
-jean then dies, which is probably a first for her, and marvel
- cyclops questions his ability to be team leader, again a first, never saw that before
- made magneto a homicidal murder, ok, sarcasm aside, that was a first
- mutated a guy who was a gorilla like being and turned him into a cat...a cat?
as good a read as morrisons run was, whedons is just as equally impressive, imho
I just read through Astonishing X-Men vol. III #1-12 and I really think Whedon captures the X-Men pretty well. His dialogue is superb and his characterization isn't a re-invention ... it's solidly grounded in past continuity (which I love love love!)
Cassady's art is great, too and adds a real nice consistency to the book.
I do agree that the first arc is much better than the second but, I'm really looking forward to reading through arcs three and four!
His work with the X-Men was crap, but the status quo was a good starting point.
Why bring him back - it undermines his sacrifice. Besides, what role is he going to play on the team other than a love interest or team brick?But wasn't Colossus' return a SHOCK to people?
Whedon is an amazing writer and Cassidy's pencils brought a clean beauty to Astonishing. While some of the AXM arcs were full of yawn, its main and consistent problem was its relentless delays. There was absolutely no excuse for Marvel to allow this title to languish so.
I still respect Whedon and Cassidy, but they did a major injustice to their stories. When a book is delayed, it better have a solid story. Issues 12-current never really piqued my interest. I didn't appreciate waiting months for a space voyage about an alien race that will mean zero going forward. Yes, Colossus is back, but was his story in the Breakworld worth a two year wait?
Overall, Astonishing was a beautifully drawn comic. Even if I was pissed at the delays, I was excited each time I was finally able to pick up the title.
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I'm sure that reading AXM in TPB format makes it seem like the second coming or something, because it really is an amazing book. But if you were to read it as it was ongoing, you would see a slightly different picture...
The book is (or was?) great, witty writing, good story arcs and great character development. To top it all it had gorgeous art, and the pages and panels were designed much like TV scenes would be designed. It rocked on those aspects.
But it had one huge flaw - the delays. It could be more then three months in between an issue, and that's a reall buzzkill. After the Dangerous arc, I just stopped caring about this book. I'd get it, realize I have no idea what was going on it the previous issue (I would simply forget), and go "meh". If it weren't for these delays, it would have been a PERFECT X-Book. But the delays killed it.
Coming to think of it, how long have we been waiting for the final issue of this run? =\