Welcome friends to Back Issue Bloodbath, a comics-centric podcast presented by Geek Hard. Join hosts Andrew Young and Petula Neale as they get down and dirty in the four-colour world of comic books, focusing on classic stories, new issues, comic creators and hot button topics.

The X-Men comic franchise is one of constant change. Much like it’s natural being, the series has evolved to new and interesting results throughout the years. The titles have sported adjectives like Uncanny, and Amazing, and Extreme! This week on Bloodbath, we look at the series that was Astonishing!

2004 saw the launch of Astonishing X-Men. Written by television writer and producer Joss Whedon with artwork from the fantastic John Cassaday, the book was an instant success. The series built on the stories previously done by Grant Morrison but also payed tribute to the works of Claremont and Byrne. The first story arc, Gifted, set the stage taking away the focus from the more popular Wolverine and Cyclops and giving it to fan favourite Kitty Pryde. New villains were introduced and an X-Man returned from the dead! Just another day at the office for Marvel’s Merry Mutants.

Join Andrew and Petula as they take a look back on this X-citing chapter of the Children of the Atom. They look at what came before and see how it influenced Whedon’s run in this first story. They also unpack the emotional scenes of the return, the aftermath, and all the comedy and high jinx that came with it. Things get Astonishing indeed in this look back of Astonishing X-Men! It’s all happening on an ALL NEW, ALL DIFFERENT Back Issue Bloodbath!

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