by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday
If you’re like me, then you can’t get enough of X-Men. Instead of going back and watching all the movies again, I suggest picking up Astonishing X-Men: Gifted by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday. Yes, Joss Whedon is the guy that brought you The Avengers movie earlier this year, and is most famous for his TV show Buffy, the Vampire Slayer.
The story of the first volume, Gifted, is this: Professor X is on sabbatical and Jean Grey is dead. Cyclops and Emma Frost are acting as heads of Xavier’s School. Wolverine, Kitty Pryde, and Beast are joining the faculty and make up the new X-Men team. Most of the story in Gifted is told through Kitty Pryde’s point of view. News breaks of a possible cure for the mutant strain, while at the same time the X-Men encounter a new enemy–Ord. But, the new cure and new enemy may be one in the same…
Before reading Gifted, I had not known much about Kitty Pryde (only that she was from Deerfield, IL!). As soon as I got into the story, though, she definitely became my new favorite X-Men character! The way that Whedon and Cassaday portrayed her made her a really relatable character. I also really got into the storyline that developed with her and Colossus (Peter Rasputin) . Also, there’s Lockheed, Kitty Pryde’s pet X-Dragon, and for that alone you’ll want to pick this book up!
The story had me hooked from the beginning but Cassaday’s artwork in this comic is also really well done. It conveys the emotion of the action. A lot of strips are done in single colored tones that fits the mood of what’s happening on the page. One of the best examples of this is where Kitty sees Colossus (Peter Rasputin) for the first time after she believes him dead. All the strips are done in all red tones and are interlaced with black and white memories. It is really visually appealing. Check it out: