I’ve always been a theoretical fan of the X-Men comics. What I mean is that I’ve always thought they were cool, but I’ve never bought one. I did love the X-Men cartoon, but never really got to watch enough of it. So when the films were released I knew a bit of background, but I wouldn’t really say I knew a lot.
I guess the problem for me is that there is just so much back story that it is hard to know where to start with the comics. I’ve always been a person to start at the beginning, and work my way to the most recent, but OMG the expense! So I never bothered. But I’m a Joss-girl, so I thought that his X-Men would be a good place to start.
Gifted is the first volume of Joss Whedon’s Astonishing X-Men and I did enjoy it. But as with many comics/graphic novels there is the sense of slightly being cheated price-wise. I know it isn’t really, considering how many people are needed to make a comic (writer, inker, colourist, speech-bubble-head etc), but still..
Whedon places Kitty in the central role (yet again a young female character, more than a little bit of a pattern), but most of the other familiar characters are there too. Of course there are also a few I don’t know, but I’m sure the majority are more than familiar to real fans.
I read it in one go, but will probably go back over it in order to pay more attention to the actual graphic part.