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November 16 2005

Astonishing X-Men to go bimonthly as of issue 13. Given the delays of the last few issues, this'll come as no great surprise to anyone. Issue 13 gets released in February, also out that month is a Marvel Spotlight on Joss Whedon which promises to show us "what he has in store for the future" and "behind-the-scenes bonus material" as well.

Relevant info.

ASTONISHING X-MEN #13
Written by JOSS WHEDON
Pencils & Cover by JOHN CASSADAY
Part 1 (of 6)! They’re back and they're bimonthly! The chart topping super team of Joss Whedon and John Cassaday return for another full year of Astonshing X-Men! If you thought last year’s run was full of shocks and surprises, hold onto your eyeballs, cause you haven’t seen nothing yet!
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99


MARVEL SPOTLIGHT: JOSS WHEDON/MICHAEL LARK
Written by
JOHN RHETT THOMAS
Joss Whedon is a pop-culture giant: He conquered television with Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, scripted the Disney/Pixar film Toy Story into box-office history, and nurtured the cult-TV hit Firefly into the major motion picture Serenity. On the eve of another planned 12-issue run of ASTONISHING X-MEN, SPOTLIGHT recounts Whedon’s affinity with Marvel Comics and the X-Men Universe. You’ll also get a glimpse into what he has in store for the future, and we’ll show you all the behind-the-scenes bonus material we can get our hands on.

32 PGS./RATED T+ ...$2.99


And out today is the second Astonishing X-Men trade paperback which collects issue 7-12.

Astonishing X-Men is great, and I can't wait for that 13th issue to hit the stands. It truly is no surprise that they've gone bimonthly. That spotlight looks like it might be fun as well. Don't think my comic shop usually gets these, so I'll just have to put in an extra order.

Do the Astonishing TPB's feature extra material, btw? I'm still thinking of getting the TPB's as well, just because they're easier to re-read.
I don't think the TPBs feature extra material but the hardcover volume which collects issues 1-12 should contain bonus material. I know there was a director's cut of issue 1 and Joss and John did commentary for cerain scenes in the first six issues. Hopefully that will be included as well. You can read some of the commentary in this Whedonesque thread.
Ah, I missed that one first time round. Fun read. I guess I'll just wait and see what happens with the 1-12 hardcover volume. It's not like I need the TPB's anyway, owning all the single issues as well ;-).
This is great news. Now Whedon and Cassaday can strive and struggle to put out four issues a year instead of the nine or so we're lucky to get now. *rolls eyes* Seriously, I love Joss and all, but if he can't commit to a monthly series, he shouldn't be doing one.
I'd rather have Joss doing Astonishing X-Men bimonthly, or even once a year for that matter, than not doing the series at all. Joss' Astonishing X-men rocks, and I'll take new issues any way I can get 'em, regardless of how long it takes to get done.
I'm with GVH, I'll take Joss' Astonishing X-men (and his canon BtVS comic, AND his second series of 'Serenity' comics) at any schedule he is able to maintain while he takes care of other unimportant distractions like 'Wonder Woman' and 'Goners' (it isn't like he writes comic books for a living after all). I've got my subscription in with Marvel, who always mails them out so I get them when they appear in stores (unlike TFAW who sends them out weeks after Dark Horse has supplied them to stores), and I'm really looking forward to what surprising new twists Joss Whedon has planned!
As long as the Whedon/Cassady run is still 12 issues, I'm willing to wait.
How often did they come out before?
TheZeppo said:
How often did they come out before?


They were supposed to be monthly and for about the first 4/5 issues they were, after that the gaps started to get longer, don't think they ever got longer than 2 months.

Hoping they can keep to this new schedule, the delays got a bit annoying.
Is there any news on when the hardcover that collects issues 1-12 will be out? I remember hearing that it would be before the end of the year, but I haven't heard word on it in awhile.
Mindpieces it was supposed to come out December 21st but I think that date has been pushed back to goodness knows when.
Somebody should clone Joss.
Yeah, I prefer they schedule it bi-monthly and stick to it, rather than schedule it montly and keep delaying it. But if they schedule it bi-monthly and start delaying again, I will lose my mind.
Hope Joss scan keep up the pace, with this bi-monthly schedule. He's great, a genius, but sopmetimes he's just doing too many things at the same time. Hot it took us to go from Fray #6 to the final two chapters, were quite long. Can't wait to read it though.

2006, it's loking shinier and shinier...
I learned after Fray and having to wait many months for the fourth issue of that Angel Volume 2 mini-series with Brett Matthews that Joss comics are probably best left as a wait-for-the-trade kind of deal. I don't complain about it, it's just the way it is. I made an exception for Serenity but had waited for the TPB of Tales of the Vampires 'cause there was Joss-involvement (and thought it'd make a better companion to Tales of the Slayer all nice and bound together). I'll probably go back on this and not be able to resist picking up the monthly issues of the next Firefly/Serenity mini-series and the new Buffy monthly that'll be jump-started by Joss. Did they say whether the Buffy continuation will be ongoing or limited?

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