Joss Whedon’s Astonishing X-men is, overall, a good comic. Â Yup, that guy (Buffy and Firefly).
The strength of the comic is easily the characterization and realization of each of the X-men as a personality and a person. Â From Beast’s struggle with the inner-creature, to Cyclops actually beingÂ charismaticÂ and cool enough for anyone to follow, to Wolverine’s love of beer: each X-men is interesting on their own and in any interactions they have with each other.
Sadly, the same cannot be said for the overall plot andÂ villains. Â Both are pretty weak. Â There are a few main story arcs throughout and none of them are noteworthy.
That doesn’t matter as much. Â The bulk of the book is about the charming cast’s journey and their dialog with each other; the plot and villains are just something the characters can talk about.
The point that sold me on the series: a friend told me that it made Cyclops cool.
I called bullshit. Â There is no way anyone could do that.
Joss Whedon can.
Not available yet, but a hardcover omnibus is on the way:
Otherwise you can start with the paperbacks (the hardcovers are a bit harder to get a hold of):