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This deluxe hardcover collects Astonishing X-Men Volume 3: Torn and Astonishing X-Men Volume 4: Unstoppable by the chart-topping super-team of Joss Whedon and John Cassaday, plus extras. In Torn, things go from peculiar to just plain bizarre Emma Frost's erratic behavior has the X-Men spinning in a non-stop downward spiral. Will an unlikely union be the final straw? AfterThis deluxe hardcover collects Astonishing X-Men Volume 3: Torn and Astonishing X-Men Volume 4: Unstoppable by the chart-topping super-team of Joss Whedon and John Cassaday, plus extras. In Torn, things go from peculiar to just plain bizarre Emma Frost's erratic behavior has the X-Men spinning in a non-stop downward spiral. Will an unlikely union be the final straw? After secretly lying in wait for months, the new Hellfire Club makes its move Plus: The X-Man destined to destroy the Breakworld stands revealed Who is it, and what will be their fate? And in Unstoppable, the X-Men are off to protect the Earth from its destruction at the hands of the Breakworld. And when it's all over, nothing will ever be the same No, really, we mean it Collects Astonishing X-Men #13-24 and Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men #1...

Title : Astonishing X-Men: Ultimate Collection, Volume 2
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ISBN : 9780785122531
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Number of Pages : 344 Pages
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Astonishing X-Men: Ultimate Collection, Volume 2 Reviews

  • Shane Harcombe
    2019-03-31 15:54

    In sharp contrast to my "avengers forever" review, this was a fantastic series! The storyline was always compelling, the characters well developed and some excellent twists and revisiting of the X-Men's history. A great adventure that I couldn't put down. The difference in my reading experience between this and the avengers collection was like night and day. A great book.I also loved seeing the emails between Joss Whedon and his publishers when the project was still in development.

  • Frances
    2019-03-29 09:04

    See review of vol 1 but damn Joss Whedon. I forgot how much you love to hate your fans as things come to a close.

  • TJ Shelby
    2019-04-21 08:00

    Wow, this was kicking around a 4 to 4.5 star book until Joss Whedon hits a grand slam with the bases loaded in the bottom of the What a great storyteller.

  • Kathryn Lane
    2019-03-28 08:43

    I hate it when a fantastic book ends on a cliffhanger and you just want to carry on reading... I could not put this down.

  • Justin Villanueva
    2019-04-21 11:57

    An Astonishing conclusion to the best X-Men standalone series I have ever read. Amazing script full of witty dialogue and twists by Joss Whedon and sublime art and panel layout by Jon Cassaday. Cyclops, who I usually don't like, is a kick-ass leader here best suited for the role. Emma Frost as second-in-command is more than just a walking eye candy; her strategy and telepathy proving more useful than Prof X's ever was. Beast also surprised me as an effective character and fighter, as he mostly took support/healer roles in other X-Men books. His fight with Wolverine here is a testament to that. Speaking of the Wolverine, Logan is pretty much the same here as in any other story, but the book does feature the reveal of his classic-inspired "Astonishing" yellow spandex that will become a staple for years to come. Colossus is a decent character and has some good fight scenes, but he stood out mostly for me due to his shipping with Kitty. And damn, Kitty--what a babe! As the true main protagonist of the Astonishing run, Kitty Pryde has grown to become a mature woman and a bonafide femme fatale without ever going to thread the sexy route *cough* Emma Frost *cough* Indeed Kitty is sexy without the need to show any skin, and that says a LOT. (Although she did show some and I had no problem with that!)A must-read for any X-Men fan. The book (along with Volume 1) has a very "graphic novel" feel to it more akin to DC standalone stories that I love, both in story, panel layout and art. Sadly there has not been an X-Book (is that an actual term?) that meets the same standard after this run, but you can just jump in Astonishing Vol 1 without any prior X-Knowledge (again is that a term?) and enjoy the comic for what it is--one of the best X-Stories you will ever read!

  • Jesús Miguel
    2019-03-28 12:52

    Everything part of the arcs from this run were wrapped up in this volume. The art was amazing and the writing delivered. At the end, the highlight for this series was Kitty Pryde (my favorite X-Man) and her relationship with Colossus. If anyone wants to dive into the mutant world, I highly recommend this series. It's easy to read, it acknowledges its past history without making it difficult to follow, and the story presents something new and concise.

  • Jessica
    2019-03-27 07:54

    The saga continues. I still hate Emma Frost. But I've always been fond of Cyclops, and this had a rather poignant story arc for him, as well as for Kitty Pryde and Colossus. Also . . . Go, Beast! Rawr!

  • Michael
    2019-03-30 09:41

    Whedon's dialogue makes me less batty than Claremont's dialogue. Yes, I know Claremont is not writing X-Men now, but I am also not reading X-Men now, and I can only comment on what I know.

  • Simone
    2019-04-16 13:56

    Se volete leggere la mia recensione, cliccate qua!

  • Alan
    2019-04-18 11:04

    Okay, if you’re reading this review, for the second half of Joss Whedon and John Cassaday’s ‘Astonishing X-Men’, then you probably already know what this is all about already. I’d just like to add, for anyone who’s coming to this for the first time, that although both books in this series form to create one big self-contained epic, the first issue in this volume (issue #13) was actually released almost a year after the last issue of the first book (#12). Quite a few radical changes had happened within the Marvel universe during this period (particularly in the X-Men world), and Whedon does a great job of referencing these changes and staying contemporary, without meandering away from his story. Both of the major changes are quickly referenced in the first chapter of this book. The first, when Wolverine tells his students that “A lot’s happened, buncha students gone”, refers to the after effects of ‘House of M’ and the “Childhood’s End” arc of ‘New X-Men’. The second reference is when Maria Hill shows up as Director of SHIELD instead of Nick Fury, due to the events of ‘Secret War’. This information is only worth considering if, like me, you like to read your Marvel comics within a greater tapestry of stories, so you can easily forget about these tiny references if you’re reading this as a self-contained story!Like the first volume, this book contains two interconnected story arcs which tie into the whole 25 issue run. The first arc, which deals with the fallout from Grant Morrison’s ‘New X-Men’, was, in my opinion, the highlight of this run. However, I thought that the following arc, in which the X-Men are sent to space and have to “save the world”, kind of lost sight of what made the preceding issues so special. Full of action from beginning to end, and guest stars galore, it’s nothing like the grounded well characterised drama that came before. No doubt, it was Whedon’s intention from the very start to focus on this completely different aspect of the X-Men at the end, but I think it was a little bit too overblown, what with all the pointless guest stars and everything (and there really wasn’t any real point why they were there). That said, it is always quite cool to see a writer of Whedon’s calibre depicting some of my favourite superheroes, even if only briefly.Great book, over all, though. A good, satisfying conclusion to one of the best X-Men stories ever. Even the later ‘Astonishing X-Men’ stories, by such otherwise great writers as Warren Ellis, won’t come anywhere near the level of this.

  • Holden Attradies
    2019-04-17 07:42

    I am so glad I didn't wait to read this! It was WAAAAYYY better than the first volume. I liked teh first volume, but this one was waaaaaaaaay better. Aside from the story being really cool, just complex enough with just enough surprises, the artwork was incredible. The facial expressions were stunning. The art in this is bar far in the top 3 of all the graphic novels/comics I've ever read. And all of the characters really had a chance to shine, in ways that both stay trued to their characters but push the boundaries in good ways. It was so odd seeing Summers that long without the visor. and Kitty Pryde really got to shine, and she is by far my x-character.I also gotta say the best two stand out moments in the whole volume was when 1) Kitty came so hard while doing Colossus that she phased through the floor and 2) the next morning when they come down stairs together all tired and Wolverine is sitting at the kitchen table. There is three panels with him in the middle and each of them on either side of him. In the first one he has one eye brow raised at Kitty, then the next eye brow raised at Colossus, and then a panel where he says "'bout time". It was a perfect moment and his facial expressions were masterfully drawn.

  • Dan
    2019-04-11 08:06

    This volume collects the back half of Joss Whedon's two year stint writing the X-Men, and it does a great job bringing together the stories he started in volume 1. Whedon's first two six-issue arcs felt largely like standalone, one-off stories. Here, though, we see that those stories were actually the first chapters in a larger, masterful work.In terms of writing and art and character development and much more, volume 2 is more of the same. Obviously. But what sets this book apart is the way it propels towards a grand conclusion. And that conclusion is what really elevates this collection. While the storytelling is good to great throughout Whedon's run, the conclusion is probably the best thing about it. A very satisfying, entertaining piece of X-fiction.

  • Kristen
    2019-03-25 11:57

    Wow. The second half of this series is just as well-written as the first, and the art is consistently excellent. I'll probably have to read the whole thing again to perfectly get all the details, but it's not too hard to understand the story. The characters are fantastic and I love the way they interact with each other. Emma Frost stands out for me. There are a few twists in the plot, none of which were expected.Overall, I love this book. There's a lot of action, but there's also a lot of character work. It's end-of-the-world serious, and also manages to be funny. It's well done, all the way to its bitter-sweet ending. This series is one that belongs in any comic reader's collection.

  • Kate
    2019-04-11 11:43

    I have a talent for reading books in a series out of order. I just finished this, reading it before the first ultimate collection. I really, really enjoyed it. There isn't much depth, but it is full of the wonderful snarkiness that I have long associated with Joss Whedon. I zipped through the collection in an evening, laughing at all the jokes (which I was unable to explain to Joel, as so many of them contained spoilers, but he read it the next evening and was also amused). Joss Whedon enjoys killing off characters, but in this case, it works because it is a superhero universe and people rarely stay dead. I would recommend it if you like the X-Men or Joss Whedon (or both).

  • Shelley
    2019-04-20 15:03

    4.5 stars. Nothing like some instant high stakes to get me reading it in one day! The storytelling stayed pitch perfect, and the art was just incredible. Everyone's nightmares were just heartbreaking, but especially Kitty's. The relationships were well drawn, I loved Emma and Scott and Peter and Kitty, even with all the damages, and the climax of the storyline was so damned exciting, I was on the edge of my seat. But uggggggggh, that ending!Heartbreak city. So Jossy. Of all the characters, I think I liked Kitty best.

  • Laura
    2019-03-31 10:48

    I love this run for all of the reasons that I love Whedon. It's dark but sometimes very funny, and the characters are all interesting. I also love that Kitty plays a major role, and I enjoyed the development that Agent Brand had as a character throughout the series. This volume started a little bit slow for me, but I loved it overall.

  • Heidi Smith
    2019-04-10 13:10

    Awesome conclusion to an awesome story. It was filled with surprises, as well as welcome pop culture references!! (Star Wars, to be exact) Only Joss could turn a meaningful scene into a powerful ending. I cried!! But only because it was so well done! ;) I swear that last scene was a movie - I heard the end music and everything!

  • Seth
    2019-03-26 08:11

    joss whedon is the master of killer endings! luckily, the beginnings and the middles are good too.if you liked buffy, and were blown away by the end, this book will be a treat for you. one of the top three x-men stories i've ever read, one of the best comics i've ever read.

  • Manuel
    2019-04-06 09:49

    So many iconic images and dialogs that I knew from the X-Men without having ever followed the comic were from the two volumes written by Joss Whedon. Excellent cast and, in Whedonian fashion, filled with one-liners and snarky comebacks.

  • Nicholas Why
    2019-04-17 09:02

    Well drawn series but the villains are not exactly memorable. The bickering among the team members also gets tiresome occasionally. And of course it ends with a sacrifice. I was kinda expecting more from Joss Whedon.

  • Jim Dante
    2019-04-09 11:42

    The conclusion of Whedon and Cassaday's run is epic. There is no loose end hanging. The script doesn't forget to be clever, and funny, and tragic (could you expect any less from Joss Whedon?). The drawing as always is pitch perfect. It also leaves me wanting to read the next ones.

  • Kate
    2019-04-17 08:44

    I knew the ending was coming but it is still a gut punch every time and it continues to be awesome. I think this might just be my favourite X-Men line.

  • Caoimhin
    2019-04-17 09:57

    Great lead in to X-Men Vs. Avengers.

  • Lyric
    2019-04-01 13:10

    I was astonished.

  • Steven Jacke
    2019-03-25 07:47

    This was really good. It's an X-Men comic, but an exceptionally good one.

  • Lesley
    2019-04-15 11:52

    Warning: written by Joss Whedon.

  • Rachel
    2019-03-28 14:54

    "That's no moon."Please, Joss Whedon, please. Please write all of the everything forever and ever and ever.

  • Ralph
    2019-04-15 13:06

    collects Astonishing X-Men (2004) #13-24 and Giant Size Astonishing X-Men #1.

  • Matt
    2019-04-02 14:02

    It's Whedonesque, especially the ending. And Spider-Man proves that low self-esteem is a useful attribute for saving the world.

  • Jennifer Jones
    2019-03-29 10:44

    This was such a great story and I loved the artwork!