Astonishing X-Men

The X-Men have starred in several series and have been part of multiple groups. One of the more popular groups is The Astonishing X-Men which ran for a number of years with several different writers and artists.

Marvel Comics and their writers have brought to life some of the coolest comic book heroes and villains to date. One of Marvels most popular group of characters to hit comic books was the X-Men. The X-Men had several different groups of X-Men that often bounced between the groups. One of the more popular groups published by Marvel The Astonishing X-Men, had X-Men interacting in this story while also appearing in one or even two other X-Men titles.

The Astonishing X-Men had three on-going series, each with its own writer and artist. The first run and what some fans consider the best was written by Joss Whedon and was drawn by John Cassaday. Astonishing X-Men started in 2004 as a continuation of Grant Morrison's New X-Men title. This series features a line-up of characters, including Cyclops and Emma Frost (as co-team leaders), Beast, Kitty Pryde, Colossus, Lockheed, and Wolverine. This team was often the usual focal point for most X-Men limited series published during Whedon's run. This series is noted for its lack of crossovers and large scale of events. Whedon’s run of Astonishing X-Men ran for 24 issues ending in 2013.

The second series of Astonishing X-Men was written by the new creative team of Warren Ellis and Simone Bianchi. Ellis relocated the X-Men to San Francisco, with a base in the Marin headlands and added the character, Storm.

Daniel Way and Christos Gage then took over the title writing alternating stories. They were followed by James Asmus who wrote one issue, then Greg Pak, who took over for four issues in November 2011. Marjorie Liu wrote the final 21 issues of the series until its end at issue #68 in October 2013.

In 2004, Astonishing X-Men, vol. 3's first storyline, Gifted, was given the honor of Wizard's book of the year. Astonishing X-Men was also nominated for several Eisner awards under Whedon’s run and in 2005 and 2006 Astonishing won the best continuing series award.

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