• Title: Astonishing X-Men, Vol. 8: Children of the Brood
  • Author: Christos Gage James Asmus Juan Bobillo Nick Bradshaw
  • ISBN: 9780785157885
  • Page: 300
  • Format: Paperback
  • Astonishing X Men Vol Children of the Brood While Cyclops Emma and Wolverine are off in Japan dealing with giant monsters something dire happens that demands the X Men s attention With their leaders away should the X Men deny their help HELL
    While Cyclops, Emma and Wolverine are off in Japan dealing with giant monsters, something dire happens that demands the X Men s attention With their leaders away, should the X Men deny their help HELL NO Storm, Colossus and Kitty Pryde join Beast and Agent Brand to take on the Brood But when intergalactic law prevents the destruction of an enemy who can only be defeateWhile Cyclops, Emma and Wolverine are off in Japan dealing with giant monsters, something dire happens that demands the X Men s attention With their leaders away, should the X Men deny their help HELL NO Storm, Colossus and Kitty Pryde join Beast and Agent Brand to take on the Brood But when intergalactic law prevents the destruction of an enemy who can only be defeated by extermination, the X Men have a problem Are Storm and her crew up to the task And what is Cyclops going to say when he learns of this Plus join us for a special told in one story with Emma Frost and Danger delivering on a promise back in ASTONISHING X MEN 24 Don t miss this confrontation that has been brewing since 2008 COLLECTING ASTONISHING X MEN 38, 40, 42, 43 UNCANNY X MEN 162

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    1. In the next seven issues of The Astonishing X-Men, two writers (Daniel Way and Cristos Gage) contributed two story arcs and whose issues were published in alternate succession of each other. The first story arc penned by Way is entitled Monstrous and has four installments (issues #36-37, #39, and #41). Meanwhile, Gage has Meanwhile (a rather dull title for an arc that was better handled than the aforementioned former) composed of issues #38, #40, and #42. Now, the reason why I'm combining their [...]

    2. For several issues, writers Daniel Way and Christos Gage alternated issues on Astonishing X-Men. Way told a story with the A-team characters of Wolverine, Cyclops and Emma Frost and Gage got the leftovers of the roster but Gage wrote the better story.Gage gave his take on the classic X-Men threat, the Brood and brought back Kitty Pryde and Lockheed together again, that alone is reason enough to read this book, but there's more. It also has the first appearance of Broo, mutant Brood and my favori [...]

    3. ***SPOILERS!!!!!***I wanted to enjoy this. In all reality, this volume gives the more "minor" characters a chance to do something without the leaders. But instead I was left bored, confused, and wanting more.First of all let me say: I HAVE NOT SKIPPED ANY VOLUMES OF ASTONISHING X-MEN. And somehow I missed the fact that Kitty is no longer fused to a rocket and the fact that she is now practically a ghost. Also, Colossus is back with no explanation. If someone can tell me when and how the fuck thi [...]

    4. The art for this one was actually pretty solid -- sort of a strange Seth Fisher knockoff that's not afraid to be goofy in its interpretations of the X-folk. Plus there was a lot of dialogue, almost a Claremontian amount. It took me several sittings to get through the book, which made me feel (almost) like I got my money's worth. The story was completely forgettable, of course, except for the introduction of Broo, the mutant Brood. Yay Broo!I love Broo.But Christ, I dunno. Absolutely no one outsi [...]

    5. I suppose this arc was based on Alien, but I prefer Starcraft, esecially based on the name of the infection and how it was researched, then lost control of. It even has a Queen, a Hive-Mind. I'll add Lockheed as a Firebat, Colossus with a handheld Yamato gun, Kitty as a Ghost, Storm as a Templar - it's really one-on-one. Sadly, the story boils down to willpower overwhelming the Brood - if it had only been that simple in StarcraftSHIELD scientists were researching some aliens infected with the Br [...]

    6. These may be the last X-men volumes I pick up for some time. In Astonishing, all Whedon characterization is completely gone, and very little of Ellis remains. This story in particular (the actual title of this collection is "Children of the Brood") builds on some good plot threads, but the art is so awful I could barely read it.For comics, there needs to be a near-seamless fusion of words and pictures, and it was noticeably lacking here. I hope that the Schism event brings an end to this kind of [...]

    7. Would have gotten four stars if not for the artwork by Juan Bobillo, who draws aliens very well and makes humans look like they're melting. Gage's story is strong and introduces an interesting character who is picked up in Wolverine and the X-Men, and the one-shot by James Asmus about Danger and Emma Frost is a nice way to end the volume.

    8. If the idea of Astonishing X-Men was top tier creators doing different stories, that is no longer the case with these issues. They're not horrible, but there is nothing unique or interesting about them. They are standard X-Men stories, nothing more.

    9. This seems more filler than anything else, an excuse to keep the title going until another name-recognition author could lead it. The plotline here is that the Brood have infected an orbiting space station, one manned by interstellar security forces including Beast's girlfriend, Agent Brand. So a few of the X-Men mount a zero-consequence rescue mission.But it's hard to care about any of the consequences. Why? Well, given all the times they've surfaced only to be squished like the bugs they are, [...]

    10. While Cyclops led X-Men are busy fighting the monster in Japan, it is the other half of the team with the ex-X-Man Beast who are on a rescue mission to the SWORD headquarters to well, rescue his girlfriend. As the mission proceeds, we learn a truth about this particular alien race we were not really briefed about in the first place.Before I talk about this arc, I must say that it is a great feeling to finally see Kitty back into the team along with Colossus. Now, the civilization of Brood has ha [...]

    11. I think what makes my reaction and response to the Avengers as compared to the X-Men is that I'm already invested in the characters. Because neither the art nor the writing is all that different. In this book there are 3 stories. The first is a Brood attack with Beast, Kitty, Peter, Ororo, Lockheed and Abigail Brand. I'm not a big fan of horror and the Brood is an Alien knockoff. But I am a fan of Broo and therefore the modern Brood. And I'm always waiting for someone to figure out how to write [...]

    12. In my review of the last volume, I panned the direction this title is going in and thankfully I have more nice things to say about this one. This is far from a memorable plot, but it is less cliche and feels more like an X-Men story. It is also strange that this story and the other are supposed to somehow be connected. I think it is more likely that Marvel needed to find some people to fill in and write a couple issues at the last minute so they turned it into a "mini-event" of two different wri [...]

    13. Children of the Brood. The Brood have always been one of my favorite Claremont creations. Yeah, they’re largely derivative, but he wrote such an epic story about them in Classic X-Men days that it didn’t really matter. So, I was predisposed to like this story. And, it’s generally enjoyable, with some great characters and some surprising humor. It also introduces Broo, which is a big plus. The only real issue is that there’s too much pointless fighting (some of it literally pointless) [7/ [...]

    14. Honestly the story is getting a little out of control. Kitty Pride is back and they barely explain how that works, and the X-Men have split up, but again that doesn't really get a back story. The schism that was developing wasn't exactly that bad. Maybe I missed an issue that connects these dots, but if I didn't this is poorly done. And I HATE the way Storm looks. They make her look less and less like an African woman with each issue. That is unacceptable, to say the least. Also the Brood creep [...]

    15. The worst comic writing I've come across in years. The classic Chris Claremont issue the publisher used as filler in the back, by comparison, makes the weak writing of the feature story seem even worse. I should have stopped buying Astonishing X-men with the last Whedon issue, but I was hoping they could maintain the concept without him: an X-men title for casual readers and 'old fans', unmired by tedious continuity issues. Ug, so disappointing. I could have used the money to buy a better book. [...]

    16. To list the things I liked most: solid, clean, simplistic drawing style by Juan Bobillo. good use of some of the more interesting characters, like Beast and Kitty Pryde. outer space X-Men adventure that wasn't too formulaic with stupid cosmic-powered bad guys (good tha't always boring and they almost always do it)And to list the things I did not like as much: turning X-Men into Brood, again, but the solution seems pulled out of a hat. some of the storytelling in the panels could have been done a [...]

    17. The brood story seemed promising, but it relies heavily on why-would-anyone-do-THAT plotting and the art does not move me. Good ideas poorly executed. The Emma/Danger issue was a good one and really highlights a good use of Beast vs. a poor one (i.e. the Brood arc that precedes it). It also reminds me of how much I enjoyed the Secret Avengers compared to this thing. Finally, a throwback to the great Claremont/Cockrum Brood story to which I unfavorably compared Gage's rushed affair: the very surr [...]

    18. I don't know what makes Astonishing X-men different from the regular X-men series but it seems to be going downhill. This story line takes place alongside the Monster story line which follows half of the team's exploits in Tokyo. This story could have been very good but then it quickly devolves in the first issue. Coupled with rather poor artwork this was a very bad story which made even the Monster story line look good.

    19. Three creative teams present three X-Men adventures, two featuring Alien-modeled "sleazoids" The Brood as villains. The reprint from 1982 Uncanny X-Men by Chris Claremont and the late Dave Cockrum outshines the recent adventures from the Astonishing X-Men series. Though that's to be expected, I like the small intermediate adventure (reprinted from Astonishing X-Men # 43) by James Asmus and David Yardin, largely thanks to titillating art by Yardin.Mildly recommended.

    20. The story was okay. Though dragged a little. The art I didn't like at all and most of the characters looked deformed IMO, even before they became infested with the Borg. Or as this calls them the brood. The Emma and danger story at end was the best part. I didn't even finish the wolverine section after the Emma one.

    21. Slight story, but should appeal to fans of Kitty Pride. We get to see her hero chops better here than in a long time. Nicely features Lockhead as well. But it's a Brood story and moves the Brood forward, it's been much over done. The art's a bit funky. Kind of a cartoony version of Frank Quietly that often is appealing.

    22. I struggled between one and two stars for this one, ultimately it deserves one star because i genuinely didn't like it. The story was average at best, there was no sense of suspense, no intensity, not much originality. Not liking the art that much either, that doesn't leave anything positive to say really.

    23. The plot was rather meh I would love to have a plot that stays on for more then 4 issues because with all the build-up the problem is usually solved in 3 panels and that doesn't really rock.I also have to say that I really dislike the art in this as well as the "Monstrous" one!

    24. I liked the Kitty-Lockheed moments, but that's about all. Can anyone direct me to the issues where Kitty returns from the bullet? I'm new to the comics and having trouble following the story sometimes.

    25. I'm a new fan of Gage and this wasn't as strong as his Angel and Faith book. But this is a nice little story arc which honors some of the choices that Joss made when he was writing for this series. The single issue contribution by Asmus is mediocre.

    26. This was indeed, pretty poor- There were individual panels where it was impossible to tell what Beast looks like- it certainly wasn't cat-like more like a furry lump of carpet.It gets one star entirely for the fact that it includes a reprint of X-men 162 by Claremont/Cockrum.

    27. Art wasn't great. I do still enjoy Abigail and Hank's relationship, I think it brings a lot of great one-liners into this series. Wait, when TF did Kitty get a body-suit? The last I saw she was passing out on a bullet through Earth.

    28. The art initially through me for a loop, but in the end I liked this book purely because of the interaction between shadowcat and Lockheed the Dragon. Of course it was pretty funny not to mention the old-school wolverine/brood comic book in the back was pretty cool.

    29. I really enjoyed Kitty and Lockheed's reunion and seeing Broo's first appreance in the X-books.

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