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November 19 2007

(SPOILER) Astonished one last time. ComicBookResources has an early look at the solicitation for Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men #1, wrapping up Joss's AXM run in February.

November 13 2007

Your friendly neighborhood interwebslinger. Marvel Comics goes digital, including Joss' Astonishing X-Men run and BKV's Runaways. More...

November 07 2007

Academics love their Whedies, too! Deadline for submissions to SW/TX PCA/ACA extended! More...

November 06 2007

(SPOILER) ASTONISHING X-MEN 23 Review at the Nexus! A new review of the new issue of Astonishing X-Men, by Joss. There's also another review over at Leave Your Spandex at the Door.

November 01 2007

(SPOILER) Five page preview for Astonishing X-Men #23. This issue will be out next week.

October 25 2007

(SPOILER) Astonishing X-Men #23 Covers. They're finally here! The regular cover is one of my faves on Joss' run. You'll have to scroll down the page a bit to find them. More...

September 17 2007

(SPOILER) X-Books Solicitations for December. The final Joss Whedon/John Cassady issue of Astonishing X-Men wraps things up this December. More...

August 24 2007

Astonishing X-Men #22 Reviewed. The latest Astonishing X-Men has been reviewed by Tyler. Minor spoilers included. More...

August 21 2007

(SPOILER) Astonishing X-Men #22 reviewed one day early at IGN. Favorably, I might add. Whodathunkit?

August 16 2007

(SPOILER) CBR has preview pages for Astonishing X-Men #22. Also in the same website, the usual higher quality preview pics for Dark Horse releases for November.

August 04 2007

Warren Ellis talks about his plans for Life with Astonishing X-Men after Joss. Its timeline "runs parallel to mainline continuity, sort of looping in and out of the timeline like a drunk driver cutting you up on the open road." More...

August 02 2007

Joss video interview at San Diego '07. A four-minute conversation with Joss, where he talks a little about his vision for X-Men 3, why you shouldn't use Wikipedia to look up Harry Potter characters while you're reading "Deathly Hallows", and which of the two Buffys he thought was the hotter one.
Scholars Love a Merry Marvel Midlife Crisis. The cry resounds throughout all of academia for learned treatises on the chosen one's epic transmogrification into a comic book, as well as Joss "Whedon’s work on [the] Amazing[ly Astonishing] X-Men, Runaways, Fray, or Tales of the Vampires/Tales of the Slayers." More...

August 01 2007

Warren Ellis could take Joss Whedon. Or so he thinks. We also learn he'll take over Astonishing X-Men in August '08.

July 27 2007

Warren Ellis to write Astonishing X-Men. Joss and John's successors get announced. And an interview with the new artist Simone Bianchi can be found here.
(SPOILER) Astonishing X-Men #22 covers revealed. The first one is very good indeed. This issue will be out on August 22nd. More...

July 16 2007

Vote in the 2007 Wizard Fan Awards. Joss Whedon, John Cassaday and Laura Martin all receive nominations in various categories for their work on Astonishing X-Men.

June 25 2007

Reflections with X-Editor Nick Lowe Some Joss-love, Joss-dream projects, and the tale of getting Joss to write "Runaways". More...

June 19 2007

Marvel Comics September Solicitations. Astonishing X-Men 23 rescheduled for September 26, (issue 22 gets shuffled to August rather than previously slated July 5)and no new Runaways for at least two months following July's #27. More...

June 15 2007

Chart positions for Joss' comic book treble in May. Buffy, Astonishing X-Men and Runaways all came out on the same day last month, find out how they fared in the Direct Market Sales Chart. More...

May 22 2007

(SPOILER) Full Marvel Solicits for August 2007. Featuring the previously posted listing for Astonishing X-Men, and the new Runaways. Including a cover image, and--obviously--solicitation spoilers.

May 21 2007

(SPOILER) Astonishing X-Men #23 solicitation info. The penultimate issue of "Unstoppable" hits stores by summer's end. No Cassaday covers given, and no specific date until tomorrow. More...

May 04 2007

(SPOILER) Silver Bullet Comics' review of Astonishing X-Men #21. It was an issue of many emotional layers and a great read to boot.

May 02 2007

It's the Joss Whedon comic book day! Buffy #3, Astonishing X-Men #21 and Runaways #26 get released today. Previews for the three issues can be found here, here and here.

May 01 2007

(SPOILER) Cover art for tomorrow's release of Astonishing X-Men #21. The preview pages have already been seen but X-fans finally get a chance to view John Cassaday's artwork for the two covers.

April 26 2007

(SPOILER) Astonishing X-Men 21 Preview. IGN posts the first 6 pages (including the recap page) of the next Astonishing installment. More...

April 19 2007

2007 Eisner Nominees. While the entire Astonishing X-Men team has been nominated (and won!) in the past, John Cassaday is the sole creator up for the award this year for "Best Cover Artist." More...

April 17 2007

(SPOILER) Marvel products shipping July. Comic Book Resources has solicitations for comic books and merchandise coming from Marvel this July. Apparently, Runaways takes some time off but Astonishing X-Men #22 makes an appearance.

March 29 2007

2006 Eagle Awards. Polls are open, and "Astonishing X-Men" and Brian K. Vaughan are both up for awards. More...

March 24 2007

X-Men's Mike Carey is a total Whedon fan-boy. Clearly a man of excellent taste. More...

March 15 2007

John Cassady is Doing Designs on Watchmen Movie. Zack Snyder, director of the 300 movie confirmed that his next project is going to be an adaptation of Alan Moore's classic "Watchmen" and that John Cassady of Astonishing X-Men and Lone Ranger will be doing some of the character designs for the movie.

February 25 2007

The Ten Best RPG Characters in Film, TV and Literature include a certain Jayne Cobb and Wolverine in such illustrious company as Sam Gamgee, Inigo Montoya and Han Solo, illustrating why they're good additions to the crew for dramatic playing purposes.

February 24 2007

Joss Whedon Steers From His Television Roots. "Astonishing X-Men" Comic Book reviewed by the student newspaper of Fairfield University.

February 18 2007

Reviews for Astonishing X-Men #20. A mixed bag of opinions for this issue. Silver Bullet Comics liked it but said it's "more a series of moments than a strong story ". One reviewer at went with "mutant brilliance". Though Comixfan wasn't too positive. However Comic Book Bin said "Whedon is at his best in space". More...

February 13 2007

(SPOILER) Preview for Astonishing X-Men #20. It's out tomorrow! Have a gander at the four page preview and the sumptuous covers.
(SPOILER) Astonishing X-Men #21 Solicitation. Bad news: Astonishing X-Men is getting delayed, with Issue #21 now coming out in May instead of March 07... also still no cover preview... More...

February 10 2007

New Joe Fridays 34. Contains a question concerning Joss at Marvel now that he's not doing Wonder Woman anymore (scroll down to the very bottom).

January 22 2007

The first Astonishing X-Men figure is out, and it's Emma. Hasbro has released the first figure based on Joss Whedon and John Cassaday’s Astonishing X-Men designs, with (reportedly) more to come. Here's a review, and it's not wildly impressed while still remaining cautiously optimistic, a neat trick that.

January 16 2007

Serenity mini-series was the 4th top selling graphic novel of 2006. So when Dark Horse's Scott Allie said "we've had to reprint four times in just a year", he really wasn't kidding. Astonishing X-Men featured highly in the Top 100 Comics of 2006 as well.
(SPOILER) Marvel April Solicitations. Including Runaways #25, Astonishing X-Men #22 (no cover, unfortunately) and for those hoping to catch up on Runaways before Joss's arrival, the Runaways vol.3 oversized hardcover. More...
Astonishing X-Men Vol. 3: Torn will be in stores 1/31/07. As posted on, you'll be able to buy Astonishing X-Men Vol. 3 (issues 13-18) on the 31st. Amazon still had no date indicated with pre-order.

January 14 2007

An interview with Astonishing X-Men's Laura Martin. Everything you wanted to know about being a colorist and more. There's very nice tidbits about Astonishing X-Men #19.

December 29 2006

Astonishing X-Men: the trailer. Marvel has created a trailer to promote Joss's final AXM arc, UNSTOPPABLE. More...

December 28 2006

(SPOILER) Astonishingly Lost in Space. As the Astonishing X-Men head off into the wide blue yonder, Wizard Magazine ponders upon (with input from Joss) on Blindfold's prediction made in the last panel of issue 18.

December 27 2006

(SPOILER) Astonishing X-Men #19 out this week. It's the final plot arc and just to whet your appetite, here's a sneak preview of the first four pages.

December 12 2006

An Astonishing X-Men primer. Marvel do their best to make sure everyone's up-to-speed for #19 (out on the 27th). And there's some lovely early designs from Cassaday to boot. There's also new solicitation info (including release dates) for #20 and #21. No cover art previews though - boo.

December 08 2006

Art for Astonishing X-Men 19. Variant cover and splash page for AXM #19 coming out this month and beginning Whedon's last arc on this title. Nice art from Cassaday as usual.

December 07 2006

TV Guide Q&A with Joss Whedon. Joss talks about Season 8, Wonder Woman, AXM, Fray and the Verse. It features another glimpse to Georges' portrayal of Buffy and some preview pages: 1, 2, 3 and 4.

November 30 2006

Hollywood Invades the Comic Industry. An article discussing whether or not television and movie directors and writers are making a difference in comics. Includes a profile of Joss in comics.

November 24 2006

"It's simply the best X-book in years". Wizard Magazine gets all gushy about Joss' Astonishing X-Men. And quite right too. More...

November 18 2006

The Torn arc - an Astonishing X-Men essay. The author argues that Joss' comic book is "is the emotional continuation of Firefly. Not of Serenity; of Firefly". It's a well written, thoughtful piece. Fans might also want to check out "Her Story", an examination of how Joss handled the character of Emma Frost in the first 18 issues of Astonishing X-Men. More...
(SPOILER) Joe Quesada on Joss and Civil War. Marvel Editor in Chief talks about Joss in his weekly Joe Friday column at Newsrama. More...

November 16 2006

Astonishing X-Men #18 reviewed. Couldn't get a hold of the last part of the Torn arc? Then catch up with this very detailed recap and review. More...

November 14 2006

(SPOILER) Preview for Astonishing X-Men #18. The cover art finally gets revealed and there's four pages of interior art and dialogue as well.

November 13 2006

Astonishing X-Men #18 Out This Week! Astonishing X-Men #18, the conclusion to the current arc, comes out. Looks to be another great week for Marvel.

November 06 2006

(SPOILER) Joss Whedon on Astonishing X-Men. And lo, a new Joss interview came online and it was good.

October 25 2006

Joss Is a Chick Magnet. Hoping he will lure women into comic book stores, Marvel hires some guy named "Wheedon". More...

October 24 2006

Astonishing X-Men #18 further delayed this time to Nov. 8th. More...

October 20 2006

Marvel explains those Astonishing X-Men delays. It's due to lots of little things. More...

September 29 2006

New Joe Fridays 15. A question concerning continuity gets Quesada to refer to Nick Lowe and a source known as "The Whedon".
(SPOILER) Astonishing X-Men #18 pushed back... ... to November 1. More...

September 28 2006

SBC reviews Astonishing X-Men Hardcover. Quite positive and also provides information on the extras. More...

September 25 2006

Mark Millar praises Astonishing X-Men. After reading #17, he writes "Mother of God. That was a good comic. God help whoever follows because this is my favourite run on X-Men ever".

September 24 2006

(SPOILER) An Astonishing X-Men Morphology. A review of Astonishing X-Men #17 attempts to breakdown the structure of the series so far.

September 22 2006

(SPOILER) Astonishing X-Men #17 review - "so good it will make your face explode". Yes it really was that good. The issue had thrills, spills and plenty of "Bloody hell. Did that really happen?" moments. More...

September 21 2006

"It wasn't just from Whedon." Brett Ratner, director of "X-Men: The Last Stand," tells MTV where he got his ideas. More...
Astonishing #16 4th biggest-selling comic book in August with 120,100 copies sold! Also, a reminder - #17 was out yesterday. More...

September 19 2006

(SPOILER) Marvel Comics Solicitations for December, 2006. Hopefully, just in time for Christmas. Solicitation for Astonishing X-Men #20, the second part of "Unstoppable". More...
(SPOILER) Astonishing X-Men #17 out this week. Preview pages (with dialogue!) over at PopCultureShock.

September 15 2006

(SPOILER) Preview for Astonishing X-Men #17. Cover and four-pages for the book, which will come out on September 20th.

August 31 2006

(SPOILER) Marvel announce variant cover for Astonishing X-Men #17. It's a black and white sketch version of the normal cover. Cynical sales move or a reward for the fans? Who knows. But at the end of the day, it is classic X-art.

August 24 2006

(SPOILER) "Because no one makes fun of Wolverine like Whedon". Well that's how Brian K. Vaughan described Astonishing X-Men #16, so what you think of the issue? Post your thoughts in this Whedonesque review thread. ETA - See also the Wizard Thursday Morning Quarterback review of AXM16. More...

August 22 2006

(SPOILER) Astonishing X-Men #16 preview. Cover plus first four pages from Astonishing X-Men #16, out tomorrow. More...

August 18 2006

(SPOILER) New Joe Fridays reveals solicitation copy for Astonishing X-Men #19. Joss's final AXM story arc begins, and it's "Unstoppable!" (Scroll all the way down to the bottom.) More...

August 11 2006

The Ten Best Marvel Comics.'s list of the top ten Marvel Comics that are currently being produced. Astonishing X-Men, not surprisingly, is on the list.

August 05 2006

Astonishing X-Men wins Wizard Fan Awards. The fans spoke and Astonishing X-Men won 'Favorite Ongoing Series', John Cassaday 'Favorite Penciller', Laura Martin 'Favorite Colorist' and Kitty Pryde 'Best Female Hero'. More...

August 03 2006

John Cassaday to appear at Wizard World Chicago! John Cassaday, artist on Astonishing X-Men, will appear at Wizard World Chicago to sign books from 1:30 pm-2:30 pm tomorrow.
Astonishing X-Men Vol. 3 Trade Paperback Available for Pre-Order. The title is "Torn" and will cover Issues 13 to 18. More...

August 02 2006

"Astonishing X-Men is still delivering consistently high sales". Seems like fans still can't get enough of Joss' take on The X-men. Issue 15 was Marvel's highest selling book that didn't have anything to do with the much hyped crossover 'Civil War'. More...

July 24 2006

(SPOILER) Astonishing X-Men: the Eisners and a Look Ahead. Some stuff we already knew (the title and creative team behind it dominate the biz) and some stuff that's considered spoilery (upcoming #16 talk and preview art for that issue). More...

July 22 2006

Astonishing X-Men wins Eisner Award for 'Best Continuing Series'. Joss, John and Laura get to take home the comic book equivalent of the Oscar. More...

July 05 2006

Astonishing X-men nominated for the Wizard Fan Awards including Joss for 'Favorite Writer'. Voting for these awards is now open.

July 01 2006

Clash of the Comics Titans. The Washington Post examines the differences between DC and Marvel. Free registration required. More...

June 28 2006

AICN Lavishly Praises Astonishing X-Men #15. AICN reviewer "superhero" learns to love the X-Men again: "Whedon has done the impossible. He has brought the living, breathing heart back to the X-Men".

June 23 2006

(SPOILER) X-Factor #9 preview. Uncanny have a (dialogueless) preview of X-Factor #9--written by Peter David who wrote one of the Spike comics and is a Whedonverse fan--featuring a guest appearance from the Astonishing team... More...

June 22 2006

A detailed Astonishing X-Men #15 review. Much praise for this issue coming from comic book bloggers. And did long term X-fans spot the homage on the final page?

June 20 2006

(SPOILER) Sneak peek at Astonishing X-Men #15. It's out in comic book shops tomorrow. So if you're thirsting for new Joss dialogue and story lines, go buy.

June 09 2006

"Whedon-san has shown us the way". Fridays really wouldn't be the same without a Joe Quesada Q & A at Newsarama and well he's back and praising Joss and Astonishing X-Men.
X-Men Writer Talks Process. A mention of Joss' "Gifted" storyline, along with other background on the screenplay process for "The Last Stand".

June 04 2006

Toyfare Magazine's 100 Geek moments that drove fans wild. Colossus' return in Astonishing X-Men #4 comes in at no. 68 and Buffy killing Angel in Becoming Part 2 is at no. 61.

June 01 2006

New Uncanny X-Men writer Ed Brubaker discusses his plans for the title. He mentions that he "came back to the X-Men through reading the Morrison and Whedon stuff" and also how he want to focus on the soap opera and the characters themselves which he felt Astonishing X-Men did well.

May 26 2006

Joe Fridays: Week 52. Joss Whedon, Jeph Loeb (Buffy animated), Brian Bendis and J Michael Straczynski take over Joe Quesada's weekly column at Newsarama. Joss talks about his work at Marvel, and comics in general.
Those top 25 greatest moments in X-Men comic book history. A certain scene from Astonishing X-Men #4 comes in at No. 21 in IGN's rundown of great X-moments. In some what related news, April's estimated comic book sales figures are out and both Astonishing X-Men #14 and the hardcover collection of the first 12 issues did very well indeed. More...
(SPOILER) X-Men: The Last Stand out in US cinemas today. Given the movie's history, it seems fitting that there's Joss references in the reviews. The Washington Post said the movie is "Buffy... with car crashes". And what of one of the movie's key plot points which came from Astonishing X-Men? Well some reviews refer to it as being "somewhat inspired", "based loosely", "pulled from" or quite simply "swiped" from the comic book. Given all that, one reviewer ponders "wouldn't Whedon have been the perfect director for this?". More...

May 19 2006

Astonishing X-Men Hardcover Vol. 1 review. "A remarkable and monumental title that stands above anything X-related in the past 20 years" according to the reviewer at More...

May 17 2006

Astonishing X-Men #16 cover art. This issue should be out on August 23rd. More...

May 15 2006

X-Men Greats: Joss Whedon and John Cassaday. explains why the Astonishing X-Men duo helped give the X-Verse "its heart and soul". Click on the pics to see the articles in full. More...

May 04 2006

Joss Whedon talks comic books. He tells iFMagazine that he plans a "mind-blowing annual" for Astonishing X-Men and at what stage his new Buffy and Serenity comic books are at. More...

April 28 2006

Astonishing X-Men #14 review. If you didn't manage to get a hold of this comic book this week, you really missed out. It was superb. More...

April 26 2006

(SPOILER) A Look at the Future of X-Men Film Franchise. Joss cited as a reason why we could see "a fourth and an eighth and a tenth." Tiny X3 spoilers, bub. More...

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