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April 02 2005

Astonishing X-men #9 Review. The reviewer hates the "Danger Room is Angry" premise, but says "I know your next storyarc will be so incredible that it will break the sound barrier."

He also asks Joss to consider Angelina Jolie for the Wonder Woman movie.

hmmm, well now that I know it's out I'll pick it up today. I haven't been pre-ordering Xmen but I read most of them a couple months ago when tv was really boring. Reading them got me reading several other comics/graphic novels lately, and after doing so I'm even more impressed with Whedon/Cassaday.

Not even gonna touch the Angelina Jolie topic. *Shudder*
Well Astonishing X-Men wasn't the comic book of the week for me, DC's Countdown to Infinite Crisis (worst title ever btw) took that one but even with the slightly run of the mill plot line it's still way better than most of the comic books out there. I'm hoping to be blindsided by the last three issues of this arc.
I'm waiting until all of the Astonishing Xmen stuff gets put together into a lovely hardcover book. Then I'll buy it. Maybe it'll have extra stuff...

I am SUCH a DVD person. Do they even do this crap with comics?
You mean director's cuts editions of comics? It's a somewhat controversial issue. A best selling comic sometimes gets reprinted with extra artwork and writer's notes. Some comic fans resent the fact that the comic book companies are trying to make more money out of the fans this way.

But the hardback book of the first 12 issues (out in September I think) should have a lot of extra material. And I'll be getting it.
I stopped by the comic book shop today and it was closed. :( Some springtime holiday thing downtown. No new X-men for me today.
I'm waiting until all of the Astonishing Xmen stuff gets put together into a lovely hardcover book. Then I'll buy it. Maybe it'll have extra stuff...

I am SUCH a DVD person. Do they even do this crap with comics?


Yeah, the oversized Marvel Hardcovers, which are quite amazing and make up about half of my graphic novel collection (I'm so addicted to them), always have extras. I assume at least whatever extras were in the Astonishing X-Men #1 Director's Cut (I never got a copy of it) will probably be included in the hardcover. Usually there's some sketches from the artist, a look at the script for one issue, or the script for any scenes that might have gotten cut out. Plus it's bigger (hence the oversized bit) so you can get a better look at the detailed artwork and looks prettier than most graphic novels on your bookshelf once you take off the book jacket.
I bought the new comic and read it today, and I think it's the best one yet, don't know if I can bear to wait for another, it was almost as good as watching Buffy.
I'm always interested in what other comic book writers have to say about Joss and his work.

Mark Millar said the following about Astonishing X-Men #9 at his site:

Surprisingly traditional, but I think that's what we want right now. I'm just finding he stuff we're digging most is the stuff that just reminds us what we first loved about these characters. If it got US into comics as kids perhaps it'll do the same today. You could show this comic to anyone and they'd love it. Cassday is one of the best three artists of the last ten years and Joss knows these characters like he's on season 9. Love it.


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