From Joss Whedon and John Cassaday comes a new vision of the X-Men, propelling the often-conflicted, mutant superheroes into the 21st century. This animated feature brings the comic books alive with stunning graphics and dynamic voice actors. Cyclops and Emma Frost seek to reform the X-Men with a vigorous clarity of purpose, but when a “cure” for mutants is discovered, their plan is threatened, and ferocious enemies test them to their limits.
I have got to admit I have been pretty skeptical of motion comics since they first hit the scene a few years ago. I am not a comic book snob and I do not have an aversion of comic book characters crossing mediums. I enjoy quite a few comic book video games and I have lots of love for classic cartoons like the original Spiderman series. A lot of my prejudice for motion comics is that, while much of the graphics are exception, the “motion” part of motion comics kind of annoys me.
With that being said, the Astonishing X-Men series was one of the last series that I collected before almost giving up on the hobby. Not a week goes by that I do not want to go out and buy some comic books, but the hobby is far too expensive for me. I have no self control when it comes to comics. My pick list becomes bigger and bigger by the week, and frankly, they are just getting far roo expensive and they reached the point (for me) where they were not worth their retail cost.
Before I go any further, Emma Frost is hot in any format.
Now, on to the actual series. The beginning storylines for the Astonishing X-Men were simply awesome. From the new costumes to Emma Frost leading the squad to bringing back Colossus, the series frankly was one of my favorites of all time. Each issue had an intense cliffhanger and each of the first six episodes of the motion comic captured those cliffhangers very well.
While I would much rather have an actual cartoon based on the Astonishing X-Men, I guess that having a motion comic is the next best thing, so I will take what I can get and be happy with it. As far as motion comics go, this is one of the better ones that I have seen.