Comic Book: Astonishing X-Men
was a comic book series published by Marvel Comics
, and originally written by Buffy's Joss Whedon
, a lifelong X-Men fan
, with art by John Cassaday. The seties lasted for 68 issues (July, 2004-December, 2013). It was replaced with Amazing X-Men
, kicked off by Jason Aaron.
The series originally focused on Kitty Pryde
, AKA former teenage foil Shadowcat, as she rejoins the X-Men as a student advisor following the events of Grant Morrison's run, and rebuilds her relationship with her first love Colossus (Piotr 'Peter' Rasputin) once he comes back to life
. Their relationship is complicated by the fact that the one responsible for Piotr's resurrection, an alien called Ord, believes a mutant from Earth is destined to destroy his planet within the next three years. Meanwhile S.W.O.R.D., one of SHIELD's sister factions, tries to stop an all out war between Earth and Ord's home planet Breakworld.
It also focused on the building relationship of Cyclops (Scott Summers
) and Emma Frost
following their psychic affair and the death of his wife, Phoenix (Jean Grey); with Emma seemingly working as a mole
for a new Hellfire Club, Scott tries to return the X-Men to a traditional superhero team, using Kitty, Peter
, and Emma, along with Beast (Hank McCoy
) and Wolverine
(you know who he is
) as his core team.
Complicating things, Hank's old colleague Dr Kavita Rao releases news on her cure for mutants along with her connection to Ord
, splitting the mutant population in half on the ethics of "curing" mutation, while the Danger Room, long since upgraded by Professor Xavier using alien technology, gains sentience and rebuilds itself as an android known as Danger.
Following Joss Whedon's run, Warren Ellis
took over the series, followed by Daniel Way, Christos Gage and Marjorie Liu, though it was still primarily identified as 'Whedon's X-Men book'. For a brief period, it was intended to transition the series to a standalone miniseries format, since the series had the least Continuity Lockout
. The only story actually released in this format was Warren Ellis's Xenogenesis
Not to be confused with 4-issue Age of Apocalypse
title that was published in 1995, when Uncanny
was briefly renamed during that crossover. Nor with a second title of that name which lasted for 3 issues in 1999.
In addition to the usual X-Men tropes, contains examples of: