…Laura Martin and Chris Eliopoulos,
There are less of you to write to than I usually end up listing in a comic tpb review, so way to go with the condensing of the work. 😉 Like any good Joss fangirl, I finally got around to reading Astonishing X-Men: Gifted and Astonishing X-Men: Dangerous, the first two collections of the Astonishing run. Joss, the things I love about your writing are all over these two books–perhaps best summed up in the moment where Colossus fights for three panels musing on freedom, Shadowcat fights for five panels musing on destiny and love, and Wolverine fights silently for three panels before thinking “I really like beer.” The serious and the hilarious are always side-by-side with you, and it makes the X-men wonderfully human. There’s a lot going on, plot-wise, but the great thing about what you’ve done here is that they’re all accessible–if you’ve seen the movies, or read a few X-men issues before, it’s surprisingly easy to get the hang of what’s going on.
These trades have great art, too; Mr. Cassaday, I’m particularly fond of your Beast. I love his furry face, and the way his eyes go from crazy animal to calculating scientist from one panel to the next. I’m also quite enamored of the Danger-Room-come-to-life robot woman, and her astonishing eyelashes. The colors are great, the action is great, even the lettering is great! I can’t wait to read the next volume. Five X’s…I mean…stars!