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June 11, 2006

A Week of Literacy

Astonishing X-Men Volume 1

by Joss Whedon

Movies are great, you passively experience the story, react for an hour or two, and then go home with something to "discuss around the water cooler." And that's fine. But if you want to get into something, you have to do it in the natural habitat.  And the X-Men are comic book characters.

This is an excellently priced hardback collection of 12 issues written over the last year or so by Joss Whedon and illustrated by John Cassaday.  Now if you recognize those names you're already clicking the title of the book above and heading off to get it for yourself.  If not, well, we can only tell you that this is the same JW who wrote Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly/Serenity.  You don't get better plots or dialog this side of David Mamet.

Whedon writes several story arcs over the course of the book and, combined with Cassaday's lush art, really breathes life into the cartoon form. We're not going to spoil one bit of the story line here, but we will say that it's great to have an unexpected X-Men mainstay turn into one of the more dangerous opponents the group has faced.

Great fun for fans and fan wannnabees, or just anyone looking for a level slightly above passive escapism.


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