“–The first lesson. They will always hate us. We will never live in a world of peace. –We must give the ordinary humans respect, compliance, and understanding. And we must never mistake that for trust.”
You guessed it, X-Men rears its furry head once more with yet another exciting row between mutant and humankind: Astonishing X-Men: Gifted. However the reason why you should care–I mean honestly no matter how wicked awesome Wolverine is how many X-Men chronicles can Marvel throw at us–can be idealized via two simple yet effecting words: Joss Whedon.
Yes, Joss Whedon, the unparalleled writer of such gems as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog, and most recently Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., deigns his creative genius upon one of the most played-out comics in existence, and he absolutely rocks its world.
Taking place post Magneto and Jean Grey, Astonishing X-Men: Gifted takes us back to the School for Gifted Youngsters. However this time in lieu of Professor Xavier and his usual cronies, we are met with a new team of X-Men led by none other than Cyclops (or less awesomely named Scott).
Paired with the previous super villain Emma Frost (much intrigue) as well as Wolverine, Kitty, and my personal favorite mutant Beast, our superheroes are once again faced with…a mutant cure! Dum dum DUM! Except, while I too rolled my eyes with much vigor at this overplayed backdrop, Whedon takes what is an overplayed conflict and uses his Whedon Voodoo to make for a great story.
My only beef with the comic is that society is utterly opposed to mutants, yet not other superheroes; this being specifically demonstrated by how Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. go bat crap crazy over the X-Men showing up to save the day, yet deem the Avengers Initiative a perfectly acceptable means of supernatural heroics. If we are going to continue to play off the mutant prejudice card, there is no way we can have superheroes in the same universe and make the argument still valid. Sorry Marvel but stop trying to make one universe happen, it just isn’t going to happen!
Rant aside, full props to Whedon for still making a great story in spite of the episodically overdone conflict. Full of emotion and humor, as well as aliens because why the hell not, Astonishing X-Men:Gifted is just as its name suggests. The story is fun and heart wrenching, and is a truly awesome beginning to what I am sure is an impeccable series.
-Character development yeah!
-Amazing graphic art
-Mutant prejudice holes
-PICK A NEW CONFLICT COD FLABBIT!