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A tragic death at the Xavier Institute reveals a powerful enemy living among the X-Men that they could never have suspected - and no, it's not Magneto. Things heat up in a way none of the X-Men ever dreamed, but will teamwork save the day when they can't even depend on themselves? Collecting: Astonishing X-Men 7-12


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A tragic death at the Xavier Institute reveals a powerful enemy living among the X-Men that they could never have suspected - and no, it's not Magneto. Things heat up in a way none of the X-Men ever dreamed, but will teamwork save the day when they can't even depend on themselves? Collecting: Astonishing X-Men 7-12

30 review for Astonishing X-Men, Vol. 2: Dangerous

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kemper

    The new X-Men team continues to promote the mutant cause by astonishing the world with their super heroics. Things go pretty well when they help drive a giant monster out of Manhattan with a little help from the Fantastic Four, but there’s problems back at the school with the revelation of a ‘cure’ for the mutant gene causing tension. The exposure of an old secret also turns out to be the birth of their latest enemy, and this is a threat unlike anything the X-Men have faced before. This is a stro The new X-Men team continues to promote the mutant cause by astonishing the world with their super heroics. Things go pretty well when they help drive a giant monster out of Manhattan with a little help from the Fantastic Four, but there’s problems back at the school with the revelation of a ‘cure’ for the mutant gene causing tension. The exposure of an old secret also turns out to be the birth of their latest enemy, and this is a threat unlike anything the X-Men have faced before. This is a strong continuation of Joss Whedon’s run on the title, and he throws a humdinger of a curve ball at the group in this one. He also puts another secret on the back burner at low heat which you just know is gonna boil over in spectacular fashion at some point. John Cassaday’s artwork is a perfect match for the cinematic story style of Whedon, and the book is just a pleasure to read. And of course there is funny dialogue like this exchange during their meeting with the Fantastic Four: The Thing: Didn’t they come up with a cure for your kind? Wolverine: You got a problem with mutants? The Thing: I meant Canadians.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Wren (fablesandwren)

    This was me... When the Fantastic Four... Made a cross-over appearance in this comic. I was beside myself. Like for goodness sakes, all I needed was for Logan/Wolverine to make a move (or was I the only one that felt that connection with Miss Invisible?). Really, this comic was amazing. I love the idea of something that trains you to be your best while protecting you from yourself turning against you. Like how are you suppose to fight something that has watch, studied, and contacted against all your This was me... When the Fantastic Four... Made a cross-over appearance in this comic. I was beside myself. Like for goodness sakes, all I needed was for Logan/Wolverine to make a move (or was I the only one that felt that connection with Miss Invisible?). Really, this comic was amazing. I love the idea of something that trains you to be your best while protecting you from yourself turning against you. Like how are you suppose to fight something that has watch, studied, and contacted against all your moves? Something that has trained you to be how you are? Something that knows your instincts and how you move? It's insane. Of course Whedon wrote this. King of my heart.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Anthony Sicoli

    Score: 4.00 out of 5 Grade: 80% (A-) | Great Our X-Men take on something (or someone) that knows them better than they know themselves. Here is my review of Astonishing X-Men Vol. 2: Dangerous: The Good: Right from the get-go, this book takes some dark and unexpected turns. Anything to do with the young X-Student, Wing, was done in horror-like fashion and I loved it. But in large part, this book sticks with the same tone set by the first – fast-paced action with plenty of funny jokes. I liked how s Score: 4.00 out of 5 Grade: 80% (A-) | Great Our X-Men take on something (or someone) that knows them better than they know themselves. Here is my review of Astonishing X-Men Vol. 2: Dangerous: The Good: Right from the get-go, this book takes some dark and unexpected turns. Anything to do with the young X-Student, Wing, was done in horror-like fashion and I loved it. But in large part, this book sticks with the same tone set by the first – fast-paced action with plenty of funny jokes. I liked how some of the humour was more than just one-liners, especially the sequence with Wolverine and his undying love for beer! Many of the X-Men get their moment to shine, but Kitty and Cyclops were standouts. Kitty even at one point takes on Cyclops’ leadership role trying her best to protect and save the students. The Fantastic Four cameo was nice to see and the sh** talk between the two super-groups was hilarious! This book also has some well-drawn landscape shots and the attention to detail for more subtle and quieter moments were great. The Danger Room as a villain had me skeptical at first. I wasn’t sure if it would be interesting enough to keep me engaged, but I was wrong! I liked the hypocrisy of the X-Men – a group of oppressed people (mutants) were oppressing another living being (Danger) without even knowing it. This flips the narrative that even the X-Men are capable of doing bad things. The action sequence where Danger basically wipes the floor with the X-Men, being one step ahead of them, was fantastic. The Bad: The art was top-notch like usual, but for some reason Xavier looked...off. I guess I'm just not used to this version of Xavier. He has some badass moments, but a little more background on where he’s been and what he’s been doing would have been great. As a reader that hasn’t read the stuff before Whedon’s run, I felt in-the-dark on what Xavier's whole deal was. I wasn’t a huge fan of Danger’s long monologue explaining how it transcended into being a sentient being. We get it, you’re alive and you were treated like sh**. It just felt drawn out. There’s also a moment with the “Super Sentinel” – or whatever you want to call it – that just had me shrugging my shoulders. Like I was expecting some crazy sh** to go down, but it just sort of up and left because now it has…feelings? Riiiight. The Quinjet was also used briefly where it was cool for a moment and then it just disappeared. Colossus and Kitty’s relationship drama was meh. I’m not entirely invested in them as a couple so I don’t really care for it. I also think the ending was way too open-ended. I have a million questions, but hopefully the other two volumes give me some more answers. Conclusion: As a whole, I had a good time with this! Although it slowed down towards the final act, it got off to a strong start. Throw in some fantastic cameos, awesome action sequences, and that classic Whedon wit, you got yourself a fun read. These X-Men books capture the essence of what comic books are all about – having fun and kicking ass (oh, and beer, lots of beer, according to Wolverine)!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Heather Sinclair

    Joss Whedon takes the Star Trek cliche.. the holodeck malfunctions and comes alive.. and, well, doesn't do much with it other than give it breasts.

  5. 4 out of 5

    k ♡

    DANGERRRRR!!! this is so entertaining and page turning. i love this lineup so much and i don’t know why i didn’t read volume 2 sooner. it doesn’t have a direct correlation to volume 1 and strays off the path but it also introduces danger and a new story. all of the dialog is amazing and especially between danger and professor x. again, reading this is like watching a movie. all of the fight scenes are so clear when usually in comics they get pretty messy.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    TALK ABOUT ONE UPPING YOUR PREDECESSOR! First, I must comment on HOW FUCKING FUNNY THIS VOLUME WAS. Colossus was thinking about the fight, and Kitty was thinking about the fight, and Logan is thinking how much he loves beer. I was tickled beyond belief reading this. Half of me says it's because Joss is a fucking funny man. The other half of me tells me that it's just because the X-Men HAVE to joke. They're in such dire situations, comics and movies alike, and they have to keep their humanity some TALK ABOUT ONE UPPING YOUR PREDECESSOR! First, I must comment on HOW FUCKING FUNNY THIS VOLUME WAS. Colossus was thinking about the fight, and Kitty was thinking about the fight, and Logan is thinking how much he loves beer. I was tickled beyond belief reading this. Half of me says it's because Joss is a fucking funny man. The other half of me tells me that it's just because the X-Men HAVE to joke. They're in such dire situations, comics and movies alike, and they have to keep their humanity somehow. Between their relationships and their humor, I see them coping in the best way possible. So fantastic. ANYWHO! Let's talk about Danger. DANGER! It's like when the Tardis took human form and gave us all a run for our money on how well we could handle our emotions. Only this time, our character was out for blood. She was drawn so incredibly perfectly at all times. She interacted perfectly with all of the characters. I love that she noted that she knew them, knew how they reacted and fought and felt. Danger has been with them from the beginning, and she never let them forget it. The best part of Danger was her interaction with Professor. I just... can I say I am in love with a comic when I've read so few? BECAUSE I FUCKING AM. Danger was THE PERFECT VILLAIN for me. She was beautiful and intelligent and encompassed everything. Her tactic at gaining control was morbid and ingenious. She was refreshing and not afraid to end: herself, or the X-men, or the world. Colossus and Shadowcat. Peter and Kitty. My love for these two crosses galaxies. "You are not crowding me....nearly enough." MY HEART CANNOT TAKE IT. Their love, luckily, does not overpower the story. If it did, I would probably hate it. And that's all I have to say on the matter. And on the topic of love, I do have to mention that I don't look forward to Scott having his heart broken...AGAIN. Poor Cyclops. BUT XAVIER! He was back and he was bad and he had secrets and he kicked ass and he rolled around in that wheelchair with all of the grace of a king. Professor has downfalls, don't get me wrong. But when he's on, my god is that man ON. I can almost overlook all of his shadiness. This was amazing. AHMAZZZZING. And I am so looking forward to the next volume!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bhanuj

    It was not my cup of tea. After having really enjoyed the Volume 1, I had high expectations from Volume 2. For a while it felt that the story is going to be mind blowing! The part till the tragic death occurs in the institute, had me by the edge of my seat and then, I fell. Sadly, I fell into a deep abyss of confusion and disappointment. The powerful enemy in this issue is the danger room, taking a physical form which just didn't go oh so well with me. Meh! Hope the next volume brings something It was not my cup of tea. After having really enjoyed the Volume 1, I had high expectations from Volume 2. For a while it felt that the story is going to be mind blowing! The part till the tragic death occurs in the institute, had me by the edge of my seat and then, I fell. Sadly, I fell into a deep abyss of confusion and disappointment. The powerful enemy in this issue is the danger room, taking a physical form which just didn't go oh so well with me. Meh! Hope the next volume brings something good.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    I know Joss Whedon has his own projects... But couldn't he have just kept writing X-Men forever? He gets the characters, he can set up an interesting plotline, he can write good, even funny dialog... He can even take the Colossus/Shadowcat relationship, which I've never, ever liked, and make me actually kinda like them together. I can't say that I'm entirely thrilled with Danger (a little too late TNG for my taste), but other than that, fantastic. And good art with personality!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Holden Johnson

    Holy crap volume 2 is good. Review to come.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    If you ever watched episodes of Star Trek, be it The Next Generation or Voyager, you'll know there were episodes, maybe one a season, where the holodeck would malfunction and the holograms would become real. Joss Whedon takes that storyline and applies it to the X-Men, bringing the Danger Room (their version of the holodeck) to life, causing chaos and havoc. Granted it's not the holograms but the room itself, still... The new shadow organisation SWORD is still in the background and seems likely t If you ever watched episodes of Star Trek, be it The Next Generation or Voyager, you'll know there were episodes, maybe one a season, where the holodeck would malfunction and the holograms would become real. Joss Whedon takes that storyline and applies it to the X-Men, bringing the Danger Room (their version of the holodeck) to life, causing chaos and havoc. Granted it's not the holograms but the room itself, still... The new shadow organisation SWORD is still in the background and seems likely to play a bigger role in upcoming volumes, as does Emma Frost's shadowy friend whispering of espionage, but "Dangerous" is mostly taken up with the X-Men battling the Danger Room, or just Danger as it's referred to here. And Danger is a worthy foe, seemingly unbeatable until they reach Genosha and meet up with Xavier (who picks some really odd holiday destinations). The storyline is great until the anti-climactic end which I didn't really buy into, but everything up to it was gravy. Whedon's characterisations of the X-Men continue to be spot on, I particularly liked his juxtaposition of Kitty's thought monologue alongside Logan's (one thoughtful, the other... not so). John Cassady's artwork continues to be of high quality on every single page, he is brilliant. This is an excellent second volume in a highly successful series for Whedon and Cassady. Fans of the first volume will enjoy this second, and any X-Men fans not into this series yet will find plenty here to enjoy. "Dangerous" is well worth a look for all superhero comics fans.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ronyell

    Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog Flashback: After reading the first volume, “Astonishing X-Men: Gifted,” I just could not wait to read the second volume in this fantastic series, “Astonishing X-Men: Dangerous!” Joss Whedon and John Cassaday has once again woven a truly interesting story that is way more intense than the first and is full of shocking surprises that will leave every X-Men fan shocked for the rest of their lives! What is the story? After the events of the first volume Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog Flashback: After reading the first volume, “Astonishing X-Men: Gifted,” I just could not wait to read the second volume in this fantastic series, “Astonishing X-Men: Dangerous!” Joss Whedon and John Cassaday has once again woven a truly interesting story that is way more intense than the first and is full of shocking surprises that will leave every X-Men fan shocked for the rest of their lives! What is the story? After the events of the first volume “Astonishing X-Men: Gifted,” a young student named Wing had lost his mutant powers when Ord, the alien invader in the last volume, took away his powers using the mutant cure. Unfortunately, because of this, Wing has decided to commit suicide...in the Danger Room! This then causes a strange and horrific occurrence at the Xavier Institute as a giant damaged Sentinel starts attacking the X-Men and the Danger Room starts haunting all the students at the Institute! Who is this mysterious being who is causing trouble at the Institute? Read this volume to find out! What I loved about this comic: Joss Whedon's writing: Once again, Joss Whedon has astonished me again by writing a truly creepy yet exciting sequel to this fantastic series! Joss Whedon's writing is full of shocking surprises that really shocked me to the core, especially towards the end when it is revealed who is controlling the Danger Room! It was interesting seeing the Danger Room turn against the X-Men and I loved how Joss Whedon incorporated some of the horror elements from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” such as monsters and living corpses, into this volume as they made this volume such a shock to read through. John Cassaday's illustrations: John Cassaday's illustrations are simply amazing in this volume and I loved the way that he drew all the monsters in the Danger Room as they all look so creepy and realistic that I was literally on edge when I looked at the illustrations! I also loved all the characters' appearances, especially Peter and Kitty's appearances because they look so lovely together and their facial expressions are always drawn so realistically that I often find myself either sympathizing or rooting for the character. Peter and Kitty's Relationship: I just love this couple to death! Peter Rasputin and Kitty Pryde are the perfect couple for each other as they stand by each others side during battle and I just loved the little private conversation that Peter and Kitty have about what happened at Genosha because it showed how much Peter truly cares for Kitty's feelings and how he wanted to protect her at all cost. I just thought that was the most romantic scene in this entire book (coming from a romance novel fan!) What made me feel uncomfortable about this book: Be forewarned that there are some images in this book, mainly the appearances of the monsters that show up in the Danger Room, that will make your skin crawl, it certainly made my skin crawl and it was hard for me to sit through some parts of this book without my skin crawling. Also, the reason why I gave this a four star rating instead of a five star rating is because while this book was really interesting to read, I thought that it steered too far from the original plot of the first volume as it just jumps from the plot about an alien invader coming to earth to the X-Men trying to fight the Danger Room. This would usually lead me to wondering what is actually going to happen next and why we are off topic from the main plot and it also confuses me so much that I often cannot concentrate too much on the story at hand. Final Thoughts: Overall, “Astonishing X-Men: Dangerous” was a great read and I am definitely looking forward to reading the third volume in the series “Torn” next!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    "The Danger Room is angry!" - Emma Frost Is it ever. Our favorite mutants are put through their paces in this collection, pleasantly continuing in the same quality as Volume 1 but with even more action, twists and soap-operatic developments. Again, I could embarrassingly gush all afternoon about Kitty Pryde, but when the team is in a real pickle and she calmly (with a Kubrick-style glare) asks the bad guy "That all you got . . . bub?," I felt like cheering.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

    The Danger Room is the X-Men's highly advanced holographic training facility, augmented with alien technology. It's so advanced that it becomes sentient and lures a student to his death. The Danger Room (or just "Danger") maneuvers the X-Men and their students into a corner as it begins taking even further revenge on the team. In a plot echoing the creation of Ultron, Charles Xavier inadvertently births a new artificial life form that emerges to attack the X-Men from the inside. I thought this ar The Danger Room is the X-Men's highly advanced holographic training facility, augmented with alien technology. It's so advanced that it becomes sentient and lures a student to his death. The Danger Room (or just "Danger") maneuvers the X-Men and their students into a corner as it begins taking even further revenge on the team. In a plot echoing the creation of Ultron, Charles Xavier inadvertently births a new artificial life form that emerges to attack the X-Men from the inside. I thought this arc was a step above Gifted considering how easy it was to understand and the huge disadvantage that the X-Men find themselves having to overcome. I really liked the concept of the Danger Room as having learned every weakness of the X-Men and is only now being able to be let loose in order to really kill them (though I'm not sure why Danger takes the form of a female robot). Again there are some references to past stories, but for the most part this should be easy to pick up for an X-Men novice.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Elin the Lightship

    This get's five stars because somehow it stirred so much emotions in me that even now, the third time I read it, I had close to tears all the way through. X-men is one of my weak spots and it's hard to comprehend everything that's going on inside me unless you've lived in my brain for... a couple of years. I cry at special scenes in movies that most people think makes no sense. It's not emotional even sometimes, I don't move a muscle to The Notebook. I cry because of the beauty, from how epic so This get's five stars because somehow it stirred so much emotions in me that even now, the third time I read it, I had close to tears all the way through. X-men is one of my weak spots and it's hard to comprehend everything that's going on inside me unless you've lived in my brain for... a couple of years. I cry at special scenes in movies that most people think makes no sense. It's not emotional even sometimes, I don't move a muscle to The Notebook. I cry because of the beauty, from how epic some scenes are. Powerful. And don't get me started on Whedon. He is my god. If you've seen the brit tv-series Spaced, you know what I'm talking about - praying to Buffy and all that. Stop playing with my emotions.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Damon

    Still not really interesting at all.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    More hilarious snark! More fantastic artwork! The second volume of Whedon and Cassaday’s run on Astonishing X-Men is as good as the first in terms of story, characterization, and artwork, though it is perhaps not quite as accessible to new X-Men readers as the first volume. Thankfully, I’ve got enough background knowledge on the X-universe that it didn’t slow me down at all. This volume breaks away from the story arc established in the first. Ord, the Breakworld, S.W.O.R.D., and the ominous proph More hilarious snark! More fantastic artwork! The second volume of Whedon and Cassaday’s run on Astonishing X-Men is as good as the first in terms of story, characterization, and artwork, though it is perhaps not quite as accessible to new X-Men readers as the first volume. Thankfully, I’ve got enough background knowledge on the X-universe that it didn’t slow me down at all. This volume breaks away from the story arc established in the first. Ord, the Breakworld, S.W.O.R.D., and the ominous prophecy of interdimensional warfare are all present, but referenced only briefly. Instead, this volume heads back to the mansion. With Colossus back from the dead and back on the team, the X-Men continue to try and find their place as protectors and heroes. However, an unexpected death caused by the events in the first volume force the team to circle the wagons, as an unknown force attacks their weakest point: the students at Xavier’s school. It is no coincidence that the assault takes place in the Danger Room, a holographic combat simulator in the heart of the mansion; as the X-Men learn more about the Danger Room’s true programming, the real target of the attack slowly becomes clear. Meanwhile, an old enemy bides their time in the background, and the motives of Emma Frost become murkier. All of the best bits of the first volume are still in evidence here, but the new direction that this story arc takes can be a little jarring. Since I am reading this as a graphic novel, I am trying to approach reviewing it from a standalone perspective, and weigh its merits based on how it reads without an encyclopedic knowledge of X-Men lore (because, let’s face it, if you are already a fan of the title like I am, it’s all gravy). From that perspective, there are few oddities in this second arc. Much was made about Professor Xavier’s absence, and Scott Summers’ struggle under the burden of leadership without him. Okay, well, turns out he’s in Genosha (and let’s take a moment to say WOOOO BACK TO GENOSHA), and once everyone finds him, there doesn’t seem to be much of a revelatory moment. “Oh, hey professor. Good to see you. We're not really curious at all about why you're here, so allow us to pour some of our angst on you.” So, it wasn’t a big deal he was gone, after all? Nobody wonders what he was doing in Genosha, or why was he gone at all, exactly? What huh? There are a few other things here that might confound newbie readers. I was excited to see some obvious references to the Shi’ar, but that’s some pretty inside stuff. Same with the big cliffhanger reveal at the end of the volume, though that will definitely become clearer in due time. And as cool as this story arc is, I’m not entirely sure how it connects to the first volume, other than the oblique references I mentioned before. Thankfully, there’s enough surplus awesome in these pages to encourage forgiveness. An early cameo from another superhero team was a pleasant surprise. Beast and Shadowcat are more hardcore here than I’ve seen in a long while. The twist and cliffhanger at the end raises the bar for the larger story considerably, even if you don’t know who or what it refers to. And I once again have to hand it to Whedon’s writing: Logan’s three-word internal monologue in the introspective first chapter of the volume was hilariously perfect. This is still a solid comic run, even if I didn’t quite geek out as much for this volume as I did for the first one. It’s a perfect introduction to the X-Men comics, and a smart and satisfying read for established fans. I almost feel ready to immerse myself in the more esoteric X-stuff again.

  17. 5 out of 5

    David Schaafsma

    Why read this, when you think you just want to see the movies? Joss Whedon: his wit, his dialogue, his humor, on injecting horror into a sci fi series, his serious reflections on AI, on fear, on human weakness, on our desire to control the universe in order to control our fears. On the surface, this looks (to me) like a pretty standard sorta superhero comic book; scratch a little deeper, and it's unique and thoughtful, for general and superhero readers alike. And even for X-Men geeks (and I'm no Why read this, when you think you just want to see the movies? Joss Whedon: his wit, his dialogue, his humor, on injecting horror into a sci fi series, his serious reflections on AI, on fear, on human weakness, on our desire to control the universe in order to control our fears. On the surface, this looks (to me) like a pretty standard sorta superhero comic book; scratch a little deeper, and it's unique and thoughtful, for general and superhero readers alike. And even for X-Men geeks (and I'm not one, really), it seems to give the True X-Men Aficionado something to think about that respects the whole X-Men history.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mir

    Unexpectedly tangential to the huge Mutation Cure! Alien Attacks! SWORD Secret Research Lab! Plot arc of the previous volume.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Liana

    This was even better than its predecessor! The action sequences were epic, the artwork very appealing to my personal taste and the characters were once again on point. The overall plot was phenomenal, a unique piece of art. It makes me wonder how the same man that gave me this also gave me the mess that was the Age of Ultron movie. One thing I particularly enjoyed was how we got to see that Charles is in no way perfect, how his decisions may sometimes not line up with what he preaches, how he This was even better than its predecessor! The action sequences were epic, the artwork very appealing to my personal taste and the characters were once again on point. The overall plot was phenomenal, a unique piece of art. It makes me wonder how the same man that gave me this also gave me the mess that was the Age of Ultron movie. One thing I particularly enjoyed was how we got to see that Charles is in no way perfect, how his decisions may sometimes not line up with what he preaches, how he may even be inconsiderate towards his former students. It is nice to finally see him acknowledged as a morally grey character, as opposed to this "perfect" image we've so far seen in the X-men movies, an image many fans have ended up believing true.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Clint

    4.5 stars The conspiracy from vol1 continues ticking along in the background, but a Danger Room story is the main thrust here and it offers thrilling team-up action and complicating ethical quandaries about some traditional heroes. Emma Frost and especially Kitty Pryde continue to get the best character moments, and I’m loving caring about these two so much (Morrison’s Emma Frost is the only time I’ve ever found either of them interesting previously). The art continues to be clean and colorful an 4.5 stars The conspiracy from vol1 continues ticking along in the background, but a Danger Room story is the main thrust here and it offers thrilling team-up action and complicating ethical quandaries about some traditional heroes. Emma Frost and especially Kitty Pryde continue to get the best character moments, and I’m loving caring about these two so much (Morrison’s Emma Frost is the only time I’ve ever found either of them interesting previously). The art continues to be clean and colorful and mostly spectacular! “Contradiction is the seed of consciousness. ‘Things do not connect. I want, but I cannot have. I dream of having. I imagine.’ I knew, from the pain of contradiction, that I WAS. And what I was.”

  21. 4 out of 5

    Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)

    I watched the motion comic on Netflix not too long before I read this, and it was like déjà vu for me. That is to say, the motion comic suits this series very well. As with the first volume, Whedon's unique voice comes out in his writing. Emma Frost's bitingly sarcastic comments are very suited to Whedon's similar style of humor. The artwork of John Cassady is perfectly paired to Whedon's prose. Funny enough, the members of this team of the X-Men aren't ones I'd think of as my favorites, with the I watched the motion comic on Netflix not too long before I read this, and it was like déjà vu for me. That is to say, the motion comic suits this series very well. As with the first volume, Whedon's unique voice comes out in his writing. Emma Frost's bitingly sarcastic comments are very suited to Whedon's similar style of humor. The artwork of John Cassady is perfectly paired to Whedon's prose. Funny enough, the members of this team of the X-Men aren't ones I'd think of as my favorites, with the exception of Wolverine. But, I enjoy the dynamic between them. Emma Frost has emerged as a dark horse as one of my new favorite female X-Men. Maybe it's because she hides a dark secret identity. Even when she's doing good, you get the impression she might have a secret agenda and that she isn't entirely trustworthy. Even so, Scott has fallen for her and started to depend on her, and to her surprise, she has feelings for him that a diamond-hard opportunist and realist like herself might find quite dangerous. I like Kitty Pryde aka Shadowcat quite a bit. Even for a noncombatant, she is a crucial part of the team and as a teacher at the school. Her relationship with Piotr aka Colossus is sweet. The idea of the Danger Room having a living conscience is completely scary. Her motivations and her powers make her a formidable enemy. It's a challenge for the X-Men to outthink her, when she knows how their minds and their defensive and offensive tactics work, and she's tested them all. And even when she's defeated, she will sow seeds of dissension among the team that won't be easily healed. I freely admit that Artificial Intelligence gives me the heebie-jeebies. The idea that humans would trust sentient machines with so much of their lives, with the understanding that AI's can learn and adapt and make the right decisions. Maybe they have adapted past being tools of humanity and wipe us all out. Meet the Sentinels, ladies and gentlemen. Meet Danger. Welcome to my nightmare. Much more intense and dark than the previous installment, but I enjoyed this one even more. Sad news is I don't think my library has the next installments. :( Overall rating: 4.5/5.0 stars.

  22. 4 out of 5

    47Time

    This arc is saved only by the dialogue and the artwork. The themes are old and several characters are brought back, some of which should have stayed forgotten. Starting off on the ridiculous foot: X-Men and Fantastic Four fighting a giant lizard. Thank God the dialogue is funny, though. It's just that this theme should stay in the 70's where it belongs. Meanwhile, on a much more serious note, the student who had his powers removed by Ord's serum, a mutant with the ability to fly, kills himself wh This arc is saved only by the dialogue and the artwork. The themes are old and several characters are brought back, some of which should have stayed forgotten. Starting off on the ridiculous foot: X-Men and Fantastic Four fighting a giant lizard. Thank God the dialogue is funny, though. It's just that this theme should stay in the 70's where it belongs. Meanwhile, on a much more serious note, the student who had his powers removed by Ord's serum, a mutant with the ability to fly, kills himself while in the danger room. A sentinel is revived and comes to the school, hunting for mutants. This 90's-themed scene is saved by Summers taking his visor completely off and, oh, the destruction is beautiful. The sentinel is commanded by a mutated danger room where Kitty has taken all the students and the other X-Men scramble to save them. (view spoiler)[Colossus and Wolverine start tearing apart the room's wires and circuits to shut it down, but free its consciousness instead. It calls itself Danger (original...), beats up the X-Men and goes after Xavier who has been living on the destroyed Genosha. Xavier has a few tricks too and confronts Danger (snicker....) on the psychic plane. Even defeated, Danger (whatever, it's not even funny...) resurrects the sentinel that destroyed Genosha. Kitty convinces it to go away by reminding it of the Genosha genocide... cause, you know, computers are sentimental and need some time alone to think through something like that... laughable... (hide spoiler)] Then there's some drama and secrets which threaten to break the X-Men apart, something I am hoping for after this arc(view spoiler)[, and the return of the Hellfire club (another bunch of dushes) (hide spoiler)] .

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    I've seen Danger crop up in a few of the recent X comics, but had no idea when or where she came into being. Of all the new characters to be generated since I stopped reading comics in the 80's, I've figured most of them are just throwaway anyway. Thankfully, once in a while not only do I learn about one of them, but the origin actually has some weight behind it - i.e. there's some actual repercussions or permanent change to the x-verse history coming out of it. That was a satisfying read - weigh I've seen Danger crop up in a few of the recent X comics, but had no idea when or where she came into being. Of all the new characters to be generated since I stopped reading comics in the 80's, I've figured most of them are just throwaway anyway. Thankfully, once in a while not only do I learn about one of them, but the origin actually has some weight behind it - i.e. there's some actual repercussions or permanent change to the x-verse history coming out of it. That was a satisfying read - weighty stuff, and not something to forget too soon. And the cliffhanger reveal at the end? Even more sinister than the foreshadowing implied.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gavin

    This was my second read of this (first was in a combined book with Vol 1). Strong work by Whedon here, keeping pace brilliantly, and introducing Danger, a villain that makes sense in so many ways I'm amazed no one thought of it first. Having Colossus back is enjoyable, he's never been in many of the X-books I've read, so it's kind of fresh. The appearance of Prof X. is important, as is the reaction Cyclops has to him when things are said and done. The strong characterization of all the players i This was my second read of this (first was in a combined book with Vol 1). Strong work by Whedon here, keeping pace brilliantly, and introducing Danger, a villain that makes sense in so many ways I'm amazed no one thought of it first. Having Colossus back is enjoyable, he's never been in many of the X-books I've read, so it's kind of fresh. The appearance of Prof X. is important, as is the reaction Cyclops has to him when things are said and done. The strong characterization of all the players is impressive, as most writers can focus on only one, and give a little bit to a couple others, yet here, all 6 team members get to grow and be important.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cale

    Just to be up front about it - the central concept of this volume is out there, even for a comic book. The central antagonist here is so absurd that I honestly couldn't believe it when they were revealed. That being said, aside from that central issue, this is actually a pretty good story. There's lots of action, which plays out well, making use of the advantages and challenges of the primary X-men. There's some ancillary mystery that is intriguing but not resolved. And the art is strong, especia Just to be up front about it - the central concept of this volume is out there, even for a comic book. The central antagonist here is so absurd that I honestly couldn't believe it when they were revealed. That being said, aside from that central issue, this is actually a pretty good story. There's lots of action, which plays out well, making use of the advantages and challenges of the primary X-men. There's some ancillary mystery that is intriguing but not resolved. And the art is strong, especially throughout the action scenes. If the antagonist were not what it was, this would have gotten four stars.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    Somewhat origin of Danger the "mutant" robot....former danger room.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Marvin Alvarado Castro

    Great story! I love it ....lots of twists and turns ...the end was amazing the fire club is back...going to get volume 3 in shaa Allah

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    This trade collects issues 7-12 of Joss Whedon's run on Astonishing X-men. Dangerous directly continues events started in Volume 1 (Gifted). It will be hard to follow and will loose a lot of impact if you don't read that first. Vol 2 of Joss Whedon's X-men story expands see the team dealing with some of the indirect fallout of Ord's actions in the first trade. This gives an enemy the X-men have faced countless times a chance to meet them face to face at last. As the second act of our four act tale This trade collects issues 7-12 of Joss Whedon's run on Astonishing X-men. Dangerous directly continues events started in Volume 1 (Gifted). It will be hard to follow and will loose a lot of impact if you don't read that first. Vol 2 of Joss Whedon's X-men story expands see the team dealing with some of the indirect fallout of Ord's actions in the first trade. This gives an enemy the X-men have faced countless times a chance to meet them face to face at last. As the second act of our four act tale, while being action packed Dangerous is in a lot of ways still set up. The X-men have had some painful revelations in these first twelve issues and the full effects and ultimate level of the threats they face have yet to be realized. There is a lot to cover and it unfolds at a careful pace, which is chosen from necessity but does drop these issues down just a touch from 1-6. However the characterizations and plot continue to be top notch overall, some of the students get to develop into integral characters, and the ending sets things up to roar into Vol 3. John Cassaday's art continues to impress. There's a lot of range needed to convey the nuances of Whedon's story, and Cassaday does so perfectly. A great continuation as the stakes continue to rise and threats plague the X-men from a number of unexpected directions.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Arun Divakar

    The X-Men team of Joss Whedon is still not comfortable with each other in the second volume. They tolerate each other but barely so and yet as the story opens they are on their way to battle a giant monster out in the open in the city. The team gels together much more as they face the next challenge which stems right from with the Xavier’s school. The most devastating blows anyone will ever take will come from within the fold of their own families and this is what happens to the X-Men when their The X-Men team of Joss Whedon is still not comfortable with each other in the second volume. They tolerate each other but barely so and yet as the story opens they are on their way to battle a giant monster out in the open in the city. The team gels together much more as they face the next challenge which stems right from with the Xavier’s school. The most devastating blows anyone will ever take will come from within the fold of their own families and this is what happens to the X-Men when their danger room turns against them. Not having read the earlier volume prior to Whedon’s run was a slight deterrent since I could not really understand the rift between the team and Prof. X and yet that doesn’t affect the story all that much. The majority of the book is a prolonged combat between the mutants and the rogue A.I. Whedon chooses to explore his characters a bit more in this volume – Cyclops, Wolverine, Beast and Kitty are all given this treatment throughout the book. Emma Frost and Xavier are the exceptions since they are still cloaked in an enigma which leaves the door open for further volumes. Since I am pretty new to the X-Men in the comic medium, it was refreshing to see them face off against a foe who could outsmart them and especially mind games being the X-Men forte, someone who could outplay them is a first for me. Recommended. This is a good one.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Automation

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. In this X-Men story we learn that the Danger Room is a sentient being that hates the X-Men. Turns out Professor X has know this all along (him being a psychic and all), so the whole time they are "training" it is just the Professor putting them in a living room that wants to kill them. The X-men battle the room, and destroy it and all the busted peices of the room form a robot that continues to fight the X-Men across the globe. The battle concludes in Genosia (where Professor X is chillin with M In this X-Men story we learn that the Danger Room is a sentient being that hates the X-Men. Turns out Professor X has know this all along (him being a psychic and all), so the whole time they are "training" it is just the Professor putting them in a living room that wants to kill them. The X-men battle the room, and destroy it and all the busted peices of the room form a robot that continues to fight the X-Men across the globe. The battle concludes in Genosia (where Professor X is chillin with Magneto, who is currently fakin his death). The X-Men kill the robot, learn the truth about it from Professer X, kick him out of the X-Men, and then go home to the X Mansion (aka Professor X's house). To sum it up in short: worst story idea ever.

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