Astonishing X-Men Omnibus

I will admit, I was a little intimidated when I first held my copy of the Astonishing X-men Omnibus in my little hands. The thing feels like a cinder block after all. But, I quickly became less intimidated when I learned that Joss Whedon and John Cassaday where the writers. I mean, these guys are great writers! I have loved, with a schoolgirl crush and affection, just about everything they have done. So, I knew this mighty tome would be worthy of the invested time I would be putting into it.

Boy, was I ever right! says the folling of the Omnibus:

Now in one titanic tome: the entire chart-topping run of super-team Joss Whedon and John Cassaday! Winner of multiple prestigious Eisner Awards, Whedon and Cassaday’s Astonishing X-Men was a smash hit with critics and fans alike from the very first issue – winning praise from dozens of top media outlets including Entertainment Weekly, Publishers Weekly, TV Guide, and New York Magazine, as well as racking up nearly every major comic-book industry award. Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Whedon and Cassaday (Captain America, Planetary) assembled a tight cast – Cyclops, the Beast, Wolverine, and Emma Frost, joined by returning fan-favorite Kitty Pryde – and set forth a groundbreaking pace, from the opening pages of a Sentinel attack to the unexpected return of a beloved X-Man. Then, building on early momentum, they ratcheted up the danger and drama with a shocking second year, creating a must-read book that can truly be called “astonishing!” Collects Astonishing X-Men #1-24, and Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men #1.

I have always been an X-Men fan. My favorite X-Men is Wolverine. I mean honestly! Who can’t fall in love with Hugh Jackman? *Swoon* But, I have to say that thanks to this book my new favorite X-Men is now, Kitty Pryde. She clearly has it all. Smarts, skill, and she is a cutie to boot. Which is why I almost cried at the end of this book. I won’t say anymore about Kitty Pryde or the rest of the X-Men for fear of giving something away about the story. You’re going to have to read it yourself to figure out what happens.

What I will say is that I loved the story and I love how the book was put together. The book opens up with information of everything you need to know about the history of the X-Men so that you can enjoy the story. How cool is that?!? To me that was just genius. Yeah, I own a lot of X-Men comic books. Yeah, I have followed the cartoons and movies, but still there were some things about the x-men storyline I was unaware of before reading this book. So I found their intro on the history of the X-Men quite interesting, informative and helpful.

I think some people will find tabletop roleplaying story inspiration from this book, but don’t buy it for that purpose alone. Unless maybe you are running the Marvel Heroic Roleplaying Game or even Mutants & Masterminds DC ADVENTURES RPG.

Have you read the ‘Astonishing X-Men Omnibus’? What did you think of it? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Green Arrow: Quiver

Dungeon Mistress - Green Arrow QuiverI am a big fan of director, writer, and actor, Kevin Smith. I think it is safe to say most people know him from his movies like Clerks, MallRats, Chasing Amy, Jersey Girl, Cop Out, and Red State. Kevin Smith wrote most of those movies and he has also been known to write comic books from time to time. The latest comic I read was in the form of a graphic novel called Green Arrow: Quiver. It takes his ten issue run of Green Arrow comics and puts them together into an overall story arc called Quiver.

Smith wrote a great story here and I am happy to let everyone know I was very much entertained right from page one. I have to admit that I did not know a whole lot about Green Arrow, aside from the obvious, when I started reading Quiver, but now I am excited to pick up more Green Arrow books and see where this character goes in the future. I think it is a true testament to Kevin Smith’s writing ability that someone like me, who only picked up the book because I knew of the writer, by the end of the 10 issues had turned me into a fan of the Green Arrow.

Dungeon Mistress - Green Arrow QuiverThere are lots of references going on in this book to lots of different events that have happened in the DC universe. Most of which I knew about and some I did not. But the way it is written is in such a way that even if you don’t know anything about DC’s history you are still going to enjoy this book. When references are made you are not going to feel lost. You are just going to think “oh, so that happened.” and move on with the story.

Green Arrow: Quiver was a very entertaining read for me. Even after I finished it I still think about the storyline a lot and have discussed it with several of my girlfriends at length. I don’t think you are going to be able to take much away from the story that can inspire you as far as story ideas or plot devices for use in your tabletop roleplaying campaign. But don’t let that stop you from checking out this awesome graphic novel.

Have you read ‘Green Arrow: Quiver’? What did you think? Share your thoughts with me below.

Dungeon Mistress