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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Astonishing X-Men Vol 2: Dangerous (2007)

Author: Joss Whedon | Illustrator: John Cassaday | Page Count: 144

"I want this thing off my lawn."

Vol II picks up where Vol I: Gifted (2006) left off.  I was hoping for more of the same but it’s different, and not always the good kind of different.

The story hits the ground running.  Bang!  Straight in.  No foreplay!  From then on it’s a roller coaster ride of semi-exciting highs and face-palm lows.
The danger level is cranked to maximum.  There’s the feeling that we’re getting something that could do some real and lasting harm for a change but it shits the bed and delivers something that isn't very dangerous at all.
Five minutes after the initial battle everyone is fully recovered and ready for more.  You were dead but you’re okay now.  Let’s get snacks.

Whedon has proved over time that he gets it right more often than he gets it wrong but he wrote himself into a hole this time.  Either he got lazy or was busy with a hundred other projects and forgot how astonish.  He even forgot that Professor X is paraplegic, or did I miss something prior to this story?
The plot is ridiculous.  The ending feels like it was pulled from a hat.  If Wolverine had started doing card tricks it wouldn't have felt out of place.

What held my attention was the continued character development, particularly between Kitty and Peter.  I like Joss' ability to balance characterisation and action in the same instance; he doesn't need to stop one to focus on the other.
I also liked the role given to Beast, and how artist John Cassaday translated that role to the page.  Needs more Beast.

Volume I left me very eager for more.  Volume II left me asking myself do I even want Volume III?  If it’s on sale... maybe.

The book collects together Astonishing X-Men vol 3 issues 7 – 12

2½ purple helmets out of 5

3 comments:

cuckoo77 said...

It's not nearly as good as the first 1/4 of the run.

Part 3 is worse.

Part 4 is great.

" do I even want Volume III? If it’s on sale... maybe."

It was offered to you for free once upon a time but you declined for whatever reason. I suppose you liked it rotting on a shelf instead. :rolleyes:

Silly futureman.

Dr Faustus said...

I declined because I didn’t have anything to give you in return. If I take, I like to be able to give back in kind. My loss. :(

I should have offered you my jar of Hobbit toenail clippings.

Joss must have been stretching himself thin. It really does feel like he only half tried.

cuckoo77 said...

It took forever for this run to finish.

Ridiculously long delays between issues. It was like he was in a completely different mindframe each time he returned to it.

I think he tried to write a new story, all the while attempting to integrate his original X-men film screenplay into the story as well.