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May 08 2008

Astonishing X-Men #1 Video. Marvel has produced a really cool multimedia version of Joss Whedon's Astonishing X-Men #1.

Its so trippy! :)
One of the coolest things ever.
Very neat. I note that the voice acting, while far from perfect, is above par for this kind of thing.
I think this proves that Joss' run on Astonishing X-men needs to be turned into a cartoon mini-series with John Cassaday animating every frame! :) If only that were possible though...
That served to remind me how long ago this run started. Been a long time since I first saw those images.
That was pretty cool. Well worth 10 minutes of your time.
Wow, that was neat. And I found myself liking Logan's voice despite it not having that gruff quality I usually expect from him. Emma sounded younger than Kitty, though. Scott was right on the money, I think.
While I did enjoy this much more than the actual comic, it pretty much highlighted the problem that I have with comic in a very apparent way. This was as far as I can tell the entire length of the first issue of Astonishing X-Men. And it clocked in at less than 10 minutes. 10 tiny minutes. That's the inherent fault of comics, they are rushed, limited and sped up. I mean sure, it does have plenty of that special Joss vibe and it's funny and clever and so on... But I can't help but to feel that it's talent wasted... Yeah, I know, random rant... I'm done now...
I thought that was pretty cool. I have loved Astonishing the most of all the Joss related comics, and it was terrific to see it that way. 10 minutes only it may be, but a lovely 10 minutes. Not only Jossy goodness, but the wonderful Cassaday artwork.

It does indeed remind one how long ago the whole run started. It's nice to see the start again, knowing much of what comes after (although I'm still desperate for the end of the story, of course...).

Anyone know if there is any chance at all for more? Also, I wonder what Joss and Cassaday think of it and whether they had any say/involvement in it.
I'd imagine they'd have to charge for it but if the demand's there, why not ?

That's the inherent fault of comics, they are rushed, limited and sped up.

No, that's the inherent "fault" (some would just say "property") of a single issue of a comic. If you're looking for straight story-telling then there're ways to find it in denser chunks (novels probably actually contain the most story "bang per hour" for instance, unless you're a very slow reader).

Thing is, people for some reason see a front and back cover and think "complete" when in fact 'Astonishing X-Men #1' isn't complete, is, in fact (even in a reasonably continuity free book like AXM), just the point of a 40 year old, hundreds of issue long "narrative wedge" (even "complete" single-issue stories are part of this wedge - not for nothing have the DC and Marvel in continuity universes been called the "largest narrative constructions of human culture").

Due to Cassaday's style, his art isn't very dense (overtly, though there've been a few visual homages in his stuff so maybe "historically dense") and due to the medium there isn't much dialogue (comparatively) but bemoaning that is a bit like criticising Hemingway short-stories because his prose is so fast moving, unflowery and easy to read (and I mean that in every sense BTW i.e. it's fine to criticise that aspect of 'Astonishing X-Men' just as it's fine to say you don't like that about Hemingway but it's NOT fine IMO to then go on to say it's an "inherent fault of written fiction" ;).
I hate this misuse of the word "rushed". "Rushed" means that something was put together in a hurry - which this quite clearly wasn't. More appropriate words would be "short", "compressed", etc.

- Someone who believes Joss's talent is wasted when he ISN'T writing comics.
that was beautiful
The Kitty Pryde voice actress was perfect, even if she was trying to do an Ellen Page likeness. Very cool video.
I'm sorry, as big of a fan of the Astonishing series as I am, that was just fucking stupid. The actors were WAY off in terms of delivery, and none of them could ever pass as the characters they were playing. Waste of 10 minutes if you ask me. Just read the book and really feel what it's supposed to be.

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