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Joss Whedon - "Astonishing X-Men" Comic Book - Issue 24 - Comicsnexus.insidepulse.com Review

Tuesday 29 January 2008, by Webmaster

I am going to try very hard throughout this review not to say how absolutely awesome Joss and John’s work on Astonishing is. But it will be hard. And now I don’t really know what else to write about.

We are now on the penultimate issue of this stellar run (which will end sometime in 2008 with Giant Size Astonishing X-Men #1, which already seems to have been pushed back twice). Broken up into four albeit interconnected arcs, the series has not been without a couple of mishaps and mis-hits - the Danger arc had some wonderful moments but didn’t quite hit all the right notes, while the Hellfire Club story was perhaps a little too decompressed. And now the X-Men are off-world, fighting to save the Earth from destruction from a giant missile pointed towards it from the alien Breakworld.

Following on from the genius revelations of Cyclops’ plan to infiltrate the enemy stronghold in #23 (definitely one of my favourite X-Men issues across the line in recent times), the X-Men make their move to disable the missile - from the rather complicated scenario of the previous issue, this story really is pretty much that simple. Instead of delicate and clever plot twists, we get action and snappy banter. But this creative team can do both equally well. Even the cliffhanger is fairly straight-forward, though it will certainly call for some rather interesting and not immediately obvious solutions. Oh, and we also get a fairly predictable death.

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