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July 22 2017

SDCC Trailer for Amy Acker's The Gifted. The new X-Men series dropped another official trailer. More...

June 02 2017

Astonishing X-Men trades are massively reduced for the Kindle. Hat tip to Bleeding Cool for pointing out the huge discount on Marvel collections across the board. More...

May 14 2017

A trailer for Marvel's upcoming TV series, The Gifted, has arrived. The new FOX show stars Amy Acker and others.

October 06 2016

Astonishing X-Men features in The Hollywood Reporter's "100 Greatest Superhero Comics" list. Joss and John's run came in at number 87.

June 29 2016

CBR discusses why the "Danger" arc of "Astonishing X-Men" didn't make sense. A major plot point from the arc is mentioned as being problematic.

June 21 2015

Comics to read before you die: Astonishing X-Men Volume 1. Flickering Myth praises Joss, John and Laura's X-Men opus.

June 24 2014

A review of 8 movies where Joss was a script doctor. No surprises, except perhaps the last one.

August 03 2013

The Avengers 2: Joss talks Ultron, Thanos, and an X-Men crossover. Highlights from a recent interview in Total Film magazine.

August 01 2013

James Marsden thinks Joss should do a Kitty Pryde movie. Which is fitting, seeing as Joss once said "If there's a bigger influence on Buffy than Kitty, I don't know what it was".

November 16 2012

The five top moments from Astonishing X-Men. With the motion comic Blu-ray set out this week, lists the most memorable moments from Joss, John and Laura's acclaimed run.

July 11 2012

Astonishing X-Men Blu-ray Collection announced. It'll be out on November 13th and will collect all four of the motion comics (Gifted, Dangerous, Torn and Unstoppable).

July 03 2012

John Cassaday to draw "Uncanny Avengers". The "Astonishing X-Men" artist and "Dollhouse" director is returning to Marvel to draw this new book launching in October.

July 01 2012

50 comics and characters that resonate with LGBT readers. Relevant titles: Buffy Season 8 (#24), Runaways (#10), X-Men (#13). More...

May 17 2012

Astonishing X-Men: Torn Motion Comics DVD announced. Joss's third arc of his Astonishing X-Men run will hit Motion Comics DVD on August 14th.

May 07 2012

Peter David to adapt Joss' Astonishing X-Men run. Peter David will be adapting Joss's Astonishing X-Men run into a series of novels. More...

April 17 2012

How Many Spinoffs Is Too Many? This discussion of spinoffs touches on Buffy and Angel after 12:30 minutes having also considered myriad comic book spinoffs and Lou Grant.

March 19 2012

Twenty-five great superheroine scenes. Two Whedonverse comic books feature in this list. There's the much talked about page from Buffy Season 9 #6 (big spoilers if you haven't read it yet) and the incredible Kitty Pryde scene from Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men #1.

March 12 2012

Ultimate Fan Battle (round three). Alas, Firefly was beaten by Star Wars, so now Buffy stands alone against the X-Men.

February 05 2012

Astonishing X-Men: Dangerous to come out on DVD. The DVD, which collects the motion comic book adaptation of Joss and John's second X-arc, will be out on April 10th.

December 21 2011

Astonishing X-Men digital comics sale. This time it's Marvel offering all 25* issues of Joss' run at $0.99 each, until the end of 2011. Also available through Comixology. More...

October 19 2011

Second half of Astonishing X-Men to be motionized. Marvel Knights Animation, Marvel's division for motion comics, is going to work on the second half of Joss' run. More...

March 01 2011

Astonishing X-Men #1 reprint available on 3/2/11 for $1.00. This is part of "Marvel's Greatest Comics" reprint series. More...

February 22 2011

Joss' alma mater dissects his work alongside the Greek classics and more. The Wesleyan Argus reports on a student-run forum entitled "CCIV 420: Defining Heroism: From Antiquity to the Astonishing X-Men" which examines how the narratives of the classics can be compared with modern-day comic books.

December 14 2010

Wil Wheaton praises Joss Whedon's Astonishing X-Men. He recommends the Gifted tpb for those who are fed up with the Hollywood treatment of superheroes.

September 28 2010

Astonishing X-Men 'Gifted' motion comic now out on DVD. says it "celebrates and highlights what Whedon and Cassaday have done, and brings it to an exciting new level".

August 09 2010

Comics Alliance reviews the Astonishing X-Men motion comic. "The voice acting doesn't make up for the fact that the visuals actually lose a lot of what makes them so striking in print".

June 01 2010

Cover art for the Astonishing X-Men: Gifted DVD. It's the iconic "we have to astonish them" scene from issue 1. The DVD will be out in the States on September 7th. More...

March 22 2010

(SPOILER) The Return of Kitty Pryde. Contains a pretty decent deconstruction of how Kitty was used during Joss' run. More...

December 31 2009

The top 300 best selling comic books of the 2000s. Just about every issue of Joss' Astonishing X-Men run makes the chart as do the first three issues of Buffy Season 8.

December 29 2009

Two Whedon Comics Among io9's 100 Favorite Comic Covers of the 2000s. The covers for Astonishing X-Men #2 (John Cassaday) and Buffy #3 (Jo Chen) made the top 20. More...

December 25 2009

Astonishing X-Men Gifted tpb with motion comic DVD out in June. Not a bad concept. In other news, Merry Xmas :).

December 23 2009

Marvel Comics "What If's" the Whedon/Cassaday X-Men run. Neither Joss nor John contribute to the book, but it's still an interesting re-imagining of what they created together.

December 13 2009

iFanboy highly recommends Astonishing X-Men for X-Mas. 18 minutes and 32 seconds into this special episode of the video podcast, the boys discuss Marvel's Omnibus collection of Joss Whedon's run on the classic characters, calling it "The best the X-Men's been since the 80s', and nothing since then." More...

December 03 2009

Hulu - Astonishing X-Men: Gifted, Episode 2. The story continues... In animated form... Which is neat.

November 04 2009

Astonishing X-Men: Gifted, Episode 1 on Hulu. The motion comic is available to watch on Hulu for those with an account.

October 28 2009

John Cassaday explains the Astonishing X-Men in motion. Artist John Cassaday explains to Marvel Spotlight the process that turned Astonishing X-Men: Gifted into a motion comic.
Astonishing X-Men: Gifted episode 1 out now on iTunes. $1.99 will buy you 13:38 worth of Joss Whedon, John Cassaday and Laura Martin's superb X-tale in motion comic format. More...
The official Astonishing X-Men music video. Marvel are going all out to promote today's release of the motion comic.

October 21 2009

Odd Trailer for Joss Whedon penned "Astonishing X-Men" motion comic. Behold the weirdness, courtesy of io9.

October 16 2009

Astonishing X-Men motion comic to get outdoor premiere in New York. It'll premiere on a three story high screen at MarvelFest in Union Square on October 28th.

October 01 2009

Clip from Astonishing X-Men: Gifted episode one. This motion comic which adapts Joss' X-tale will be available for purchase on October 28th. It's directed by John Cassaday and Neal Adams.

September 23 2009

Astonishing X-Men Omnibus out this week. Contains all of Joss' X-Men run in one handy hardcover volume. If you haven't read it, try and get a hold of it as John Cassaday's artwork is superb and it contains some of Joss' best writing to date.

September 01 2009

Trailer for the Astonishing X-Men: Gifted motion comic. The adaptation didn't exactly wow one reporter when it was unveiled at last weekend's Fan Expo.

August 29 2009

Marvel announce 'What If? - Astonishing X-Men' one-shot. The issue will contain two tales that diverge from Joss' story.

August 13 2009

A Comic Con red carpet interview with Joss Whedon. In which he manages to talk about if Firefly is coming back, the Dr Horrible sequel, the new Buffy movie (and use an Astonishing X-Men analogy for it), Buffy seasons 8 and 9 and Sugarshock! all in the space of 85 seconds.

August 11 2009

The 100 best comic book covers. The 1979 Semi-Finalist blog places Jo Chen's cover art for Buffy #5 and Buffy #18 at nos 97 and 73. John Cassaday comes in at no 34 and 23 for his Astonishing X-Men #12 and #2 covers.

August 09 2009

S.W.O.R.D. gets its own ongoing series. The interstellar intelligence agency, Agent Brand and Sydren - all created by Joss and John - get their own book (with Lockheed and Beast in tow). Covers by John Cassaday. More...

June 18 2009

Super Hero Haiku featuring Astonishing X-Men #1-6! Haiku featuring Joss' Astonishing X-Men among others! Haiku for #7-12 can be found on the original blog here.

March 30 2009

The top 70 Marvel comics. Three issues from Joss' Astonishing X-Men run appear in this "greatest comics in Marvel history" list.

March 24 2009

Get all Astonishing X-men by Joss Whedon in one Volume. Marvel June 2009 solicitation bring us the description of this special publication. Also solicited Digest version for Joss' run on Runaways. More...

February 17 2009

Maxim interview with Joss. The men's mag talks with Joss about Dollhouse, Eliza, and Astonishing X-Men, among other things.

February 11 2009

Trailer for animated Astonishing X-men. The preview gives a good idea of how the motion will work. More...

February 07 2009

Highlights from the Dark Horse panel at NYCC. The Buffyfest blog recaps the relevant Jossverse news (not much in terms of hard news but there's videos of the panel and who knew Twilight was really that person?). In related NYCC coverage, Marvel has announced that the first ten issues of Astonishing X-Men will be turned into Motion Comics. John Cassaday will be "directing" the animation.

January 05 2009

Voting opens for the 17th Wizard Awards. Buffy, Angel and Astonishing X-Men all get nominated for various categories.

January 02 2009

Buffy Season 8 places 9th in best comics of 2008. Astonishing X-men also places in Comic Book Resources Top 100 Comics of 2008 at 82.

December 05 2008

(SPOILER) Wrapping it All Up & Starting Dark Reign. Brian Bendis makes a very public note to Joss Whedon about a certain character used in his X-Men run. More...

December 02 2008

Second Astonishing X-Men hardcover out this week. This volume collects issues 13-24 and Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men #1. More...

November 11 2008

Whedon Speak: How Cyclops Got His Groove Back. iFanboy continues its highly enjoyable examination of Joss' comic book writing. This time round, a look at what worked with Astonishing X-Men and what didn't work with Runaways.

November 05 2008

Five 'Astonishing' John Cassaday Moments. To prep for the astonishing artist's appearance at Wizard World Texas, take a look at some of the prettiest Astonishing X-Men art Cassaday delivered with five of Wizard's favorite images from the series.
(SPOILER) Giles an X-Man? Matt Fraction wishes! More...

October 16 2008

The 50 WTF moments in comics. Joss writing Astonishing X-Men takes twelfth place. That scene from the fourth issue scrapes in at no. 49.

October 07 2008

Take 25% off 'Verse Items During "Whedon Days" at TFAW. More...

October 04 2008

John Cassaday at BICS in Birmingham, England this weekend. He'll be signing today and tomorrow.

October 02 2008

Marvel Apes ape Astonishing X-Men. The cover for issue 3 of the simian mini-series pays tribute to John Cassaday's cover for Astonishing X-men #15. More...

September 15 2008

Where are the super-heroine movies? Why the film industry "can't get it together to make a Wonder Woman flick? Or any true superheroine movie at all?" More...

August 19 2008

Astonishing X-Men HC volume 2 out in December. Marvel's solicitations for November were released today - included in them is the second and final hardcover volume for Joss' Astonishing X-Men. Due out December 3rd. More...
Comic books sales continue apace. Estimated sales figures have been released for July 2008, with strong results for Whedon books. Buffy Season 8 #16 sells 82,031 copies, maintaining its top ten position in 10th place; Angel: After the Fall #10 is 51st with 43,024 sold; Spike: After the Fall #1 sells 36,974 with a strong debut in 59th place. More...

July 11 2008

(SPOILER) "I was thrilled that Joss let me have her for this." Brian Bendis talks a little about Joss and Agent Brand's involvement in "Secret Invasion". (Half-way down the page.)

June 16 2008

May 2008 comics sales charts are released. Joss' books do very well, and Season 8 tops the trade paperback charts. More...

June 14 2008

Should Joss write Spidey? Based on Joss's writing of Spider-Man in Astonishing X-Men, should he be given his own arc(s)? This guy thinks so.

June 06 2008

Agent Brand gets the spotlight in "Who Do You Trust?". Two-page preview of the Agent Brand story in the Secret Invasion one-shot, by Mike Carey and Tim Green III.

June 03 2008

(SPOILER) Mondocomics chooses Astonishing X-Men as Book of the Month. Minor spoilage. The guys' big finale is very favorably reviewed.

May 29 2008

(SPOILER) Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men out today. Four years and twenty five issues later, Joss' run on Astonishing X-Men comes to an end. It's been one heck of a read.

May 26 2008

(SPOILER) Advance Giant Size Astonishing X-Men review. IGN gives three advance reviews for Joss and John's final X-Men issue. Largely (though not entirely) positive.

May 25 2008

Creative teams that revolutionized comic books in the last few years. Joss Whedon and John Cassaday. Need we say more?

May 07 2008

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

May 06 2008

Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men Delayed Until 5/28. GS AXM has been pushed back to 5/28 and Runaways #30 has been delayed until 6/11. Previously, both were due out on 5/21.

May 04 2008

The Top 100 Comic Book Runs Master List. Joss Whedon and John Cassaday's run on AXM takes the #38 spot, while Brian K Vaughan's Runaways comes in at #33 and his Y: The Last Man #13. More...

April 29 2008

(SPOILER) Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men preview. Preview art from Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men, which will be out on May 21, 2008. And there's more preview pages over at and Comic Book Resources. More...

April 04 2008

(SPOILER) Bendis talks about Agent Brand in Secret Invasion. Warning: the linked article spoils just about everything in Secret Invasion #1. The full relevant, spoilerless quote can be found after the jump. More...

April 02 2008

(SPOILER) New Astonishing X-Men Art. For those curious to see what post-Whedon Astonishing X-Men will look like. More...

April 01 2008

Warren Ellis comments on Giant Size Astonishing X-Men. Warren responds to criticism of the delays on Giant Size AXM. More...

March 22 2008

Giant Size Astonishing X-Men and Runaways #30 Delayed Until May. The latest Diamond Distribution list includes more delays for both Giant Size Astonishing X-Men and Runaways. More...

March 19 2008

(SPOILER) The past, present and future of Astonishing X-Men. Marvel editor Nick Lowe chats about Joss' X-Men run and calls it "the most consistently excellent X-story ever". In the second part of the interview, there's some discussion of Joss' Dead End Kids arc on Runaways.

March 15 2008

(SPOILER) Editor Axel Alonso talks Astonishing X-Men. Quite a lot of new information about the future of the book - "this series won't stop astonishing you when Joss and John leave." More...

March 02 2008

"It's the closest thing... to a scary, funny successor to Buffy". Alan Ball (American Beauty, Six Feet Under) recreates Charlaine Harris' "Southern Vampire" book series for HBO. More...

February 28 2008

(SPOILER) Spoiler Warning: UXM 496 Reveals Ending to Joss' GS Astonishing X-Men. Next week's issue of Uncanny X-Men reveals the ending of Astonishing and what happens to a specific character. Avoid reading if you don't want to be spoiled.

February 18 2008

Whedonverse comic book chart positions for January. Astonishing X-Men #24 took 5th place, Buffy #10 came in at no. 15 and Angel: After The Fall #3 was at no. 38. ETA: Estimated sales figures are now available.

February 12 2008

Wizard Magazine interview with Joss Whedon now online. A really substantial interview covering Buffy season 8, Dollhouse, Astonishing X-Men, Runaways and pie.

February 06 2008

Joss's X-Men essential reading. USA Today's Pop Candy offers Astonishing X-Men on her list of essential graphic novels.

February 03 2008

15 Nominees for Worst Movie Dialogue Ever. One of Joss' three lines from X-Men (2000) - the one that got mangled in the performance - is nominated as some of EW's worst dialogue ever. More...

January 29 2008

Nexus Awards 2007! The Comics Nexus presents this year's awards, fittingly giving more than two of them to Joss! More...

January 28 2008

The Nexus reviews Astonishing X-Men #24. The issue will be, to quote Mark Stoddard, 'the penultimate issue of this stellar run'. More...

January 24 2008

(SPOILER) Astonishing X-Men #24 review. IGN's VERY positive review of Astonishing X-Men #24. The word "classic" is used quite freely.

January 23 2008

(SPOILER) Cover art for Astonishing X-Men #24. The final part of Joss' Unstoppable arc comes out today. The variant cover can be seen here. More...

January 21 2008

(SPOILER) Wizard Universe's Celebration of Astonishing X-Men #24. Wizard interviews X-Men editor Nick Lowe regarding the release of Astonishing X-Men #24. More...

January 02 2008

Best Comic Book Writer of 2007. Comic Book Resources' Emmett Furey (a reviewer, not a character, despite the name) puts Joss at the top of his list. More...

December 31 2007

The X-Axis Review of 2007: Astonishing X-Men. Comic reviewer Paul O'Brien does a 'year in review' of sorts, and starts with Joss' Astonishing X-Men. More...

December 14 2007

Release date of Astonishing X-Men #24 moved. Scroll to "briefly" section. For anyone hoping to get the penultimate Whedon/Cassaday issue before 2008, you'll have to wait a bit longer. More...

November 21 2007

(SPOILER) Cover and Solicitation for Runaways #30. Newsarama has that and the previously mentioned solicit and cover for Joss' Giant Sized Astonishing X-Men Annual.

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