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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

cover of Astonishing X-Men: Torn

I've been waiting a while for the latest Whedon/Cassaday X-Men, and it seemed too short and ends with a cliff-hanger-- so it doesn't seem like enough. But I still enjoyed it. We finally get to find out why Emma Frost is double-dealing on the X-men, and get to see Kitty in action.

Emma's been secretly working for the Hellfire Club-- although there's a twist at the end that changes all of this, and I didn't feel like I knew enough about the Hellfire Club and Cassandra Nova to get it. But it's pretty interesting the way Emma is able to neutralize pretty much all of the X-Men (through dreams or mental constraints).

Some interesting interactions between Emma and Scott; I especially liked when he comes around and helps save the day. We finally find out that Colossus is the one destined to destroy the Breakworld (seems like that storyline has been hanging around for a while, so it will be nice to see what comes of it).

The artwork, as usual, is gorgeous. And there's even some bits of conversation in foreign languages, which made me miss Firefly a bit (and wonder where I can find translations).

Title:Astonishing X-Men Volume 3: Torn
Author:Joss Whedon (artwork by John Cassaday)
Date published:2007
Genre:Graphic Novel
Series:Astonishing X-Men
Number of pages:152


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