SBC reviews Astonishing X-Men Hardcover. Quite positive and also provides information on the extras.
In Astonishing X-Men, Joss Whedon and John Cassaday have accomplished that rare thing: to produce an accessible, well-structured, well-written new take on long-established characters which is as accessible to new readers as it is respectful to longtime fans, and looks beautiful to boot.
This being a Marvel Hardcover, we also get a slew of extras, and this book’s selection is better than most. In addition to the expected character sketches and cover variants, there’s an in-depth interview with Cassaday and some tongue-in-cheek e-mails which shed some light on Whedon’s writing approach to the book. Coupled with a genuine-feeling foreword from Brian K. Vaughan, it’s a great package, and one which demands to be read by X-Men fans, Whedonites and lovers of great superhero comics alike.
September 28 2006
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