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Emma Frost's erratic behaviour has the X-Men spinning in a non-stop downward spiral. Will an unlikely union be the final straw? After secretly lying in wait for months, the new Hellfire Club makes its move! Emma Frost's erratic behaviour has the X-Men spinning in a non-stop downward spiral. Will an unlikely union be the final straw? After secretly lying in wait for months, the new Hellfire Club makes its move!


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Emma Frost's erratic behaviour has the X-Men spinning in a non-stop downward spiral. Will an unlikely union be the final straw? After secretly lying in wait for months, the new Hellfire Club makes its move! Emma Frost's erratic behaviour has the X-Men spinning in a non-stop downward spiral. Will an unlikely union be the final straw? After secretly lying in wait for months, the new Hellfire Club makes its move!

30 review for Astonishing X-Men, Volume 3: Torn

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kemper

    The X-Men are betrayed by someone close to them as a series of psychic attacks leave Cyclops in a coma, Beast going feral, Kitty phasing to the center of the earth, and Wolverine acting like a cowardly 19th century gentleman. Meanwhile, the alien from Breakworld who has future knowledge that an X-Man will destroy his planet has broken free of government custody and is on his way to the mansion to make a bad situation worse. All of which is a pretty average Wednesday at Xavier’s School for Gifted The X-Men are betrayed by someone close to them as a series of psychic attacks leave Cyclops in a coma, Beast going feral, Kitty phasing to the center of the earth, and Wolverine acting like a cowardly 19th century gentleman. Meanwhile, the alien from Breakworld who has future knowledge that an X-Man will destroy his planet has broken free of government custody and is on his way to the mansion to make a bad situation worse. All of which is a pretty average Wednesday at Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. Another very entertaining collection, and Whedon’s knack of knowing how to combine superpowers with plotting and character stuff really shines here. The only real criticism I could make is that if you haven’t read Grant Morrison’s run on New X-Men then you might be lost at certain points.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Anthony Sicoli

    Score: 4.13 out of 5 Grade: 83% (A-) | Great The X-Men are gutted from the inside-out as their own worst fears come to light. Here is my review of Astonishing X-Men Vol. 3: Torn: The Good: Oh Whedon, you sly dog – you pulled some fast ones on us here. This book has a few unsettling twists, a couple completely unexpected surprises, and a splash of some HOLY F*** moments. And we FINALLY learn who the destroyer of the Breakworld is…and it definitely wasn’t someone I expected! Whedon is funny…I sound l Score: 4.13 out of 5 Grade: 83% (A-) | Great The X-Men are gutted from the inside-out as their own worst fears come to light. Here is my review of Astonishing X-Men Vol. 3: Torn: The Good: Oh Whedon, you sly dog – you pulled some fast ones on us here. This book has a few unsettling twists, a couple completely unexpected surprises, and a splash of some HOLY F*** moments. And we FINALLY learn who the destroyer of the Breakworld is…and it definitely wasn’t someone I expected! Whedon is funny…I sound like a broken record now. Like the books before, we get more funny dialogue and laugh-out-loud moments. It continues to astonish me in all the different ways that Whedon is able to make me laugh. All I’m going to say is you’ve never seen Wolverine like this. He’s the best there is at what he does, and what he does is so terribly PRETTY! As this series continues, Kitty is becoming more of a fan favourite of mine. She’s badass, funny, can take care of herself…maybe I’ve developed a bit of a crush on her…whateverrr. I’ve also never seen Kitty’s powers used this way before. It makes her phasing ability look cool as f***! The Bad: I enjoyed seeing the Hellfire Club in action, but being someone who isn’t very familiar with them or what their powers are, I just had to roll with the punches. And boy did I get punched a lot towards the end! I get what Whedon was going for, but the execution was bad. Almost like he went one twist too many. When I finished the book, I literally had to sit down for 5 minutes and re-read some sections, just to make sense of it all. There was just too much going on all at the same time and it left me confused. The ending is similar to volume 2 in that there’s very little closure. I suspect Whedon just assumes that if you’ve read this far, you’re going to read the entire series. I’ve been indifferent on Blindfold’s whole role in this series, but I can now confirm that all she brought to the table was weirdness. Ya, sure, maybe she foreshadowed some plot points, but remove her from the story and nothing would really be different. Conclusion: Overall, I had a great time with this! We got a lot of unexpected revelations, only building my anticipation for the finale. We see our X-Men as we’ve never seen them before, and I thought it was innovative and hilarious. Besides the muddled ending biting off more than it could chew, I’d recommend this (and the entire series) to book readers of all kinds! If only Dark Phoenix was as good as these books…[sigh]…at least Disney owns the X-Men now!

  3. 5 out of 5

    kristen ♡

    this is 100% emma frost based and i LOVE that !!!!! shes my favorite x-men character i just wish this arc went on and on.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    The campy-named Hellfire Club and its roster of oddball villains sashay up to the Westchester School for a showdown with our heroes. But there is a turncoat among the X-Men, the once-villainous-turned-good-now-turned-bad-again Emma Frost who it seems has been helping Cassandra Nova regain power slowly to come back and defeat the X-Men once and for all. Throw in SWORD, the quasi-government agency from the future/another dimension (I forget) who are looking to save their world from destruction by The campy-named Hellfire Club and its roster of oddball villains sashay up to the Westchester School for a showdown with our heroes. But there is a turncoat among the X-Men, the once-villainous-turned-good-now-turned-bad-again Emma Frost who it seems has been helping Cassandra Nova regain power slowly to come back and defeat the X-Men once and for all. Throw in SWORD, the quasi-government agency from the future/another dimension (I forget) who are looking to save their world from destruction by one of the X-Men - the identity of whom is revealed in this book - and you've got one big battle royale a-brewing in the Xavier Mansion. Joss Whedon keeps the reader guessing as to what's real and what's not in this story of straightforward storylines gone awry. His post-modern approach has the brains of the X-Men (and by proxy, the reader) toyed with as he uses Emma Frost and Cassandra Nova's telepathic abilities to turn the story into a labyrinth of McGuffins. And in true Whedon fashion he also manages to throw in some pretty funny scenes, mostly involving Wolverine and his overly macho persona. I'm beginning to feel that Whedon doesn't care for Wolverine and has a bone to pick with the berserker based on his treatment of the character in his run on the series, but he's doing such a great job with the other characters - especially Kitty Pryde - that it's a minor complaint. And how about Kitty? She kicks ass in this book! If you ever wondered how a diminutive wraith-like character such as Kitty Pryde can stand alongside heavyweights like Wolverine and Emma Frost in the X-Men, this book shows you why. "Torn" is a brilliant continuation of this excellent series - easily one of the best runs on these characters ever written - and is well worth checking out if you're a fan of the X-Men. Great fun, very smart, superb art, brilliant story - an awesome read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Wren (fablesandwren)

    MY GOODNESS, my head hurts. So the X-Men are comfy. They have fought of the two evils from the last book and they are finally bunking down and getting back to what they have been trying to do since they got together: teach the next generation. Well, little do they know that the real danger is among them and someone is about to betray and hurt every last one of them. Again, little do they know that pushing off the last two evils may bite them in the tush with a big, giant BANG. Basically, they are f MY GOODNESS, my head hurts. So the X-Men are comfy. They have fought of the two evils from the last book and they are finally bunking down and getting back to what they have been trying to do since they got together: teach the next generation. Well, little do they know that the real danger is among them and someone is about to betray and hurt every last one of them. Again, little do they know that pushing off the last two evils may bite them in the tush with a big, giant BANG. Basically, they are fighting them and themselves. Wolverine acts like a scared little boy, The Beast goes very beast-like, Kitty can't stop going through.. well the core of the earth, Cyclops can't see anymore, and Frost... Frost has a whole other game going. Colossus is in some major ish himself. We get to know some of the kids as well, and they may in fact save the school. What I REALLY LIKE ABOUT THIS VOLUME is Joss Whedon's writing. He puts everyone in this major danger and weaves in humor that will make you laugh while catching your breath. Each X-Men is faced with their fears. Kitty's, I will say, is the saddest and the one that will make you wish you never read this volume (but you'll be glad you did). That's what Whedon does: he rips your heart out and pats you on the back for comfort. WrensReads | Twitter | Instagram

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    Maybe not quite as amazing as the first two volumes, but still really, remarkably good. The Emma subplot is finally played out, and... Well, I'm not entirely sure that the Big Reveal can hold up. That said, the whammy on Kitty was just wrenching, and I enjoyed every moment of Logan as Christopher Robin. Another fun collection, even if I'm not exactly looking forward to X-Men in Space, Take 176. Maybe not quite as amazing as the first two volumes, but still really, remarkably good. The Emma subplot is finally played out, and... Well, I'm not entirely sure that the Big Reveal can hold up. That said, the whammy on Kitty was just wrenching, and I enjoyed every moment of Logan as Christopher Robin. Another fun collection, even if I'm not exactly looking forward to X-Men in Space, Take 176.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Abe

    the most emotionally confusing volume of the whedon/cassaday run, in this reader's heart. the basic concept, as in the second volume, is fascinating (if a bit similar to the concept in the second volume itself): what if someone played fantastic mindgames with the x-men, forcing them to become upsettingly-plausible alternate versions of themselves? but the engine behind that idea makes no sense. cassandra nova is alive? except she isn't? and she's been living in emma frost? except emma frost isn't the most emotionally confusing volume of the whedon/cassaday run, in this reader's heart. the basic concept, as in the second volume, is fascinating (if a bit similar to the concept in the second volume itself): what if someone played fantastic mindgames with the x-men, forcing them to become upsettingly-plausible alternate versions of themselves? but the engine behind that idea makes no sense. cassandra nova is alive? except she isn't? and she's been living in emma frost? except emma frost isn't emma frost? and then she's gone? and the hellfire club doesn't actually exist, except that it does? cyclops loses his powers, except he doesn't? and then there's a deus ex machina that's simultaneously a major cop-out and a relief from the byzantine madness into which the plot has descended. THAT SAID, the dialogue is impeccable on a page-by-page basis. just spotless. i can't stress enough that this is the most thrilling depiction of the x-folks i've read, in terms of pure speech and character interactions. when we see the men and women turned inside out, we see who they really are and what we love about them. and as anyone who's read this storyline can tell you, the inverted wolverine is arguably the most blissfully funny character i've ever read in all my years of comics-reading. hell, reading in any format. so therein lies the emotional conflict for me, as a reader. i can't stop reading for the characters, but the plot is convoluted enough to almost be repulsive, at a distance. on to the final act.

  8. 4 out of 5

    47Time

    Emma's true allegiance is shown: she is secretly on the side of the Hellfire Club who attack the mansion and take out the X-Men. Their goal is a highly secured box that contains an item that is vital for one member of the Hellfire Club, Cassandra Nova. The story jumps rapidly from one thing to another, so I won't even try to summarize it. (view spoiler)[Most of it is in their heads anyway. (hide spoiler)] It's too fast paced for what it wants to do and the multiple twists, instead of being fun, m Emma's true allegiance is shown: she is secretly on the side of the Hellfire Club who attack the mansion and take out the X-Men. Their goal is a highly secured box that contains an item that is vital for one member of the Hellfire Club, Cassandra Nova. The story jumps rapidly from one thing to another, so I won't even try to summarize it. (view spoiler)[Most of it is in their heads anyway. (hide spoiler)] It's too fast paced for what it wants to do and the multiple twists, instead of being fun, make it tedious to read. The cliffhangers on the last page of each issue are laughable. They feel forced, like the story is trying too hard to keep me on the edge of my seat. I lost interest in Whedon's writing with the previous arc, so I'm just hoping the writer change later on the series is worth wading through this mess.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    After really enjoying Vol. 1 and 2, it was a little exasperating that the clarity takes a hit in Vol. 3. A lot of wacky stuff transpires to the team - and I don't mind twists to keep things interesting - but at times it was hard to follow who / what was doing who / what to who / what. (What? Exactly. LOL.) Yeah, it was "twistin' my melon" as Steve McQueen once said to director Norman Jewison. Still, complaints aside, it was still reasonably entertaining and I want to see what happens next to Kit After really enjoying Vol. 1 and 2, it was a little exasperating that the clarity takes a hit in Vol. 3. A lot of wacky stuff transpires to the team - and I don't mind twists to keep things interesting - but at times it was hard to follow who / what was doing who / what to who / what. (What? Exactly. LOL.) Yeah, it was "twistin' my melon" as Steve McQueen once said to director Norman Jewison. Still, complaints aside, it was still reasonably entertaining and I want to see what happens next to Kitty & crew.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ronyell

    Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog Flashback: After finishing the second volume of the awesome “Astonishing X-Men” series “Dangerous,” I was definitely looking forward to reading the third volume of this series “Torn.” Imagine my pure delight after I had finished reading this volume since I was totally blown away by the twists and turns in this volume and I am sure that X-Men fans will enjoy this volume as much as I did! What is the story? Emma Frost has been acting strange ever since Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog Flashback: After finishing the second volume of the awesome “Astonishing X-Men” series “Dangerous,” I was definitely looking forward to reading the third volume of this series “Torn.” Imagine my pure delight after I had finished reading this volume since I was totally blown away by the twists and turns in this volume and I am sure that X-Men fans will enjoy this volume as much as I did! What is the story? Emma Frost has been acting strange ever since the incident with Danger in the last volume and now she is literally playing mind games with Cyclops which might cause harm to our beloved leader! Meanwhile, the new Hellfire Club starts making its move on the X-Men by playing vicious mind games with them that will help them get to their ultimate goal of releasing Cassandra Nova from her prison! Also, the identity of the mutant who is destined to destroy the Breakworld is finally revealed! There is a lot going on in this volume that determines the fate of the X-Men, so stay tuned! What I loved about this comic: Joss Whedon’s writing: Once again, Joss Whedon has woven a story that is full of humor and suspense that will keep anyone’s attention at bay! This story was fantastic as it was full of mystery and drama and I was shocked at how ruthless the new Hellfire Club is when they were manipulating each X-Men team member mentally. Probably the most traumatic scene in this entire book was of Kitty’s nightmare sequence involving her, Peter and their son that the White Queen put on her. I will not reveal what happened during this sequence, but you might want to pray for Peter and Kitty’s relationship to work after this volume. Joss Whedon also had a great knack for humor and I loved the scenes where the Hellfire Club messes with Wolverine’s mind and makes him into a wimpy man who constantly spews random things whenever he is scared. This is such a rare moment for me to see all serious and bad-tempered Wolverine become a scared wimp in a matter of seconds and it really provided so much humor for a serious storyline. John Cassaday’s illustrations: John Cassaday’s illustrations are just as memorable here as they were in the previous two volumes. I loved the way that he makes the characters look so realistic and one of my favorite images was of Wolverine looking so scared throughout his episode of his mind being altered because they were extremely hilarious and it was rare seeing Wolverine in this state. But, my all-time favorite image in this volume was of Kitty running through the sewers that was reminiscent of the earlier comics where Wolverine was also in the sewers after being defeated by the Hellfire Club at the time and John Cassaday made Kitty look so intense and brilliant in this scene that I think that this was one of the most memorable scenes in the “Astonishing X-Men” series since Colossus’ return! Shadowcat: Wow! Kitty was just truly awesome in this volume that I just love her character even more than I did in the cartoon series! I loved the way that she was the only person who was not affected by the Hellfire Club’s attempts at messing with the X-Men’s mind, although briefly, and the way that she fought Emma was just spectacular! I truly think that Joss Whedon has done her character justice in this series and it makes me want to read more of this series! Peter and Kitty’s relationship (once again!): This time, Peter and Kitty’s relationship is up a notch and I really enjoyed seeing their relationship go even further! I especially loved the opening scene in this volume of Peter and Kitty having a picnic together and I really loved the little cute banter that Kitty and Peter have with each other before Peter (gasps) kisses Kitty! What made me feel uncomfortable about this book: The only problem I had with this book was that the plot tends to be a bit confusing and there were times where there were certain moments in the story where the conflict is not fully explained. For example, I am not sure about the Cassandra Nova arc and I was trying to figure out what was going on in that arc since I do not understand what Cassandra Nova was after at Xavier’s Institute. Well, I guess this might be made clearer in the next volume. Final Thoughts: Overall, even though “Astonishing X-Men: Torn” has some confusing moments, this was still a brilliant read for me and I cannot wait to read the final volume in Joss Whedon’s and John Cassaday’s run on this series, “Unstoppable!”

  11. 4 out of 5

    Artemy

    This is probably my favourite volume of Whedon's X-Men, or any other X-Men for that matter. It feels like watching some of the best episodes of Buffy (it actually conceptually resembles "Tabula Rasa"), only with X-Men as main characters. I love Logan as a little child. I love Scott "Making a statement". I love Kitty kicking Emma's ass. Gahd, I love this comic book. I am so happy it exists. This is probably my favourite volume of Whedon's X-Men, or any other X-Men for that matter. It feels like watching some of the best episodes of Buffy (it actually conceptually resembles "Tabula Rasa"), only with X-Men as main characters. I love Logan as a little child. I love Scott "Making a statement". I love Kitty kicking Emma's ass. Gahd, I love this comic book. I am so happy it exists.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    I feel like I might be overzealous in my praise of this series, but I'm really, really loving it. None of the small annoyances from the second volume are here; this one is back to high bar established by the introductory volume. Whedon’s run on X-Men makes me feel like the reckless fanboy I used to be when I first discovered the X-books during the Claremont years. This story arc begins with the faculty and students of Xavier’s school recovering from the hard-fought battles and somewhat pyrrhic vi I feel like I might be overzealous in my praise of this series, but I'm really, really loving it. None of the small annoyances from the second volume are here; this one is back to high bar established by the introductory volume. Whedon’s run on X-Men makes me feel like the reckless fanboy I used to be when I first discovered the X-books during the Claremont years. This story arc begins with the faculty and students of Xavier’s school recovering from the hard-fought battles and somewhat pyrrhic victories over Ord and Danger, respectively. Cyclops continues with his seemingly endless inner struggle over whether he has what it takes to lead. Shadowcat tries to get used to the fact that Colossus is alive, and what that might mean for the two of them. Emma Frost, on the other hand, sets a long-dormant plan into motion, after the mysterious meeting with a new incarnation of the Hellfire Club at the end of the last volume. As each X-Man succumbs to their respective version of telepathic hell, the architect of and motive for the attack becomes horrifyingly clear. Meanwhile, in planetary orbit, Ord and Danger discover that they share a singular purpose, if for different reasons, and S.W.O.R.D. tries to locate and stop them before they make it to mansion to carry it out. I devoured this volume. Admittedly, there isn’t a whole lot of deep character work going on until the very end, but there’s a pitch-perfect balance of action and melodrama that makes the collected issues eminently readable. Things are ridiculously convoluted in the way they should be in any good X-book, but the story arc comes together in a cool and elegant way at the end of the volume. And this bears repeating: Whedon’s take on Wolverine is hilariously dead-on. The panels that detail his thought processes are light on dialogue, but the art design and panel progression are marvelous, and had me chuckling every time. The only complaint I can think of is a tiny one, and has to do with the art. Specifically, a few close-ups of Kitty’s face seem oddly proportioned in a way I can’t quite put my finger on, and I only noticed it because she looked like an entirely different person in those panels than she did throughout the rest of the book. Considering that the art up to this point has been expressive, attractive, and consistent, though, I’m willing to let that go. Yup. More please. Maybe this isn’t the most objective review, but I went into this volume ready and willing to harp on something, and couldn’t really find anything worth complaining about. I’m a longtime X-Men fan, though, so keep that in mind. Even so, I can guarantee that anybody who likes the snappy repartee and black humor of Joss Whedon’s various other projects would do well to read these graphic novels, even if they don’t know a thing about the X-Men. This story arc does ramp up the inside baseball; I actually had to look up a villain that was a big deal in the series during the intervening years in which I didn’t read it. I still maintain, though, that these graphic novels are accessible enough to be a great starting point for getting into the X-books.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

    Collecting Astonishing X-Men #13 through #18. Emma Frost and a new Hellfire Club (Sebastian Shaw, Cassandra Nova, Negasonic Teenage Warhead, and Perfection) take advantage of a lull in the action to divide and conquer the X-Men. Emma manipulates Cyclops, Cassandra handles Beast and Wolverine, Colossus and Shaw tussle, and NTW gets in Shadowcat's head. Meanwhile, S.W.O.R.D. has calculated exactly which mutant will soon destroy Breakworld, which also becomes known to those on the planet. The takedo Collecting Astonishing X-Men #13 through #18. Emma Frost and a new Hellfire Club (Sebastian Shaw, Cassandra Nova, Negasonic Teenage Warhead, and Perfection) take advantage of a lull in the action to divide and conquer the X-Men. Emma manipulates Cyclops, Cassandra handles Beast and Wolverine, Colossus and Shaw tussle, and NTW gets in Shadowcat's head. Meanwhile, S.W.O.R.D. has calculated exactly which mutant will soon destroy Breakworld, which also becomes known to those on the planet. The takedowns of the individual X-Men was great, especially Wolverine, who appeared to have been reduced to (view spoiler)[a 19th Century child version of himself (hide spoiler)] . Shadowcat also suffers a pretty horrific mental attack which makes me wonder why it isn't done more often by the bad psychics. I admit to being confused by this volume, mainly due to its references to some things I don't know much about (the status of Cassandra Nova, the destruction of Genosha, etc.). I was also confused by some of the revelations and their explanations. (view spoiler)[Even revealing Perfection as the White Queen (in other words, Emma Frost) didn't make me realize that all of the Hellfire Club were just mental projections created by Emma, who was being manipulated by the implanted consciousness of Cassandra Nova. (hide spoiler)] Confusing, but still entertaining, funny, creative, and again with a perfect team dynamic and high stakes. The volume ends with (view spoiler)[all of the X-Men (including Hisako Ichiki aka Armor), Ord, and Danger being beamed aboard a S.W.O.R.D. ship bound for Breakworld and Cassandra Nova's consciousness apparently left behind (hide spoiler)] .

  14. 5 out of 5

    Get X Serious

    More of what I've come to expect from Mr. Whedon's little X-Men run. Top notch. Honestly feeling pretty upset about there only being one more volume in his run. More of what I've come to expect from Mr. Whedon's little X-Men run. Top notch. Honestly feeling pretty upset about there only being one more volume in his run.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Luke

    What a wonderful X-Men story! This volume was a delight, bringing in all the elements that have been introduced to us with the first two volumes and paying them off in a spectacular way. While I was a bit lukewarm on volume one and two, this book has made those stories extremely worth while. Taking the "meh" elements from those books and actually making them interesting. This book also brings characters and plots from a previous X-Book. A book that I dropped due to how garbage it was. However, de What a wonderful X-Men story! This volume was a delight, bringing in all the elements that have been introduced to us with the first two volumes and paying them off in a spectacular way. While I was a bit lukewarm on volume one and two, this book has made those stories extremely worth while. Taking the "meh" elements from those books and actually making them interesting. This book also brings characters and plots from a previous X-Book. A book that I dropped due to how garbage it was. However, despite reaching into the garbage pile and pulling from worse books, this story is not hurt by those additions whatsoever, and actually -like I said earlier- MAKES THEM INTERESTING! On top of that this book is funny as hell, with plenty of well-written jokes that, despite this being a very serious story, don't feel out of place at all. Great art! Great story! Great cliffhanger at the end! A must read for anyone who read the first two volumes.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Clint

    Enemies infiltrating the mansion and taking most of the X-Men out of commission is a plot that’s been done several times, but I love this take on it. It brings back another of the best early ideas from Morrison’s New X-Men run, and the infiltration itself is based on thoughtful character moments with a great climactic reveal. Emma and Kitty shine again as the stars of this volume, but the rest of the team get some hilarious scenes working through personal hang-ups, with at least one pretty meani Enemies infiltrating the mansion and taking most of the X-Men out of commission is a plot that’s been done several times, but I love this take on it. It brings back another of the best early ideas from Morrison’s New X-Men run, and the infiltration itself is based on thoughtful character moments with a great climactic reveal. Emma and Kitty shine again as the stars of this volume, but the rest of the team get some hilarious scenes working through personal hang-ups, with at least one pretty meaningful breakthrough. All that plus there’s more S.W.O.R.D. plot moving forward here and the baddies introduced in vol 1-2 are kept in the loop, giving a cohesive feel to Whedon’s full run so far instead of a handful of unrelated 6 issue arcs.

  17. 5 out of 5

    William Johnson

    This one really got back to the drama the Morrison run of New X-Men brought to the table. Until the last two issues of this particular arc, the action was at a minimum (vol 1 and vol 2 were too action-heavy for me) and the ethical and moral conundrums of what being an X-Man was the main point. The art remains great but the real prize is the coloring which fits the psychological mood of the first issues so well, especially when some crazy psychic shit is going down! Arcs Covered: Torn (#13-#18): The This one really got back to the drama the Morrison run of New X-Men brought to the table. Until the last two issues of this particular arc, the action was at a minimum (vol 1 and vol 2 were too action-heavy for me) and the ethical and moral conundrums of what being an X-Man was the main point. The art remains great but the real prize is the coloring which fits the psychological mood of the first issues so well, especially when some crazy psychic shit is going down! Arcs Covered: Torn (#13-#18): The Hellfire Club begins its assault on the X-Mansion, slowly picking off each X-Man one by one with debilitating psychic attacks. Wolverine becomes a dandy scared of his shadow, Beast slowly devolves to a wild cat, Cyclops loses his powers and his ability to lead, and Kitty Pryde is made to live an alternative life where she has a son with Colossus.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nate

    The Hellfire Club attacks the X-Men and everything goes wrong. Emma’s secrets are revealed, while each X-Man confronts some sort of fear. Kitty’s situation in particular is heart-wrenching and Logan as a child is hilarious. Psychic violence all around. I’m not completely sold on the big reveals, but I trust Whedon to tie everything together well in the final book. This is the most intense volume yet. It’s still stretched out a bit too much, but I read this in one sitting, barely coming up for air The Hellfire Club attacks the X-Men and everything goes wrong. Emma’s secrets are revealed, while each X-Man confronts some sort of fear. Kitty’s situation in particular is heart-wrenching and Logan as a child is hilarious. Psychic violence all around. I’m not completely sold on the big reveals, but I trust Whedon to tie everything together well in the final book. This is the most intense volume yet. It’s still stretched out a bit too much, but I read this in one sitting, barely coming up for air.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Vincen A

    Whedon steps up his writing in these issues compared to vol. 1 and 2. These bound issues are a fine example of how good of a read comics can be.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Liana

    This series is so fucking good I need to buy every single one of the comic books!!! I never want this to end, I'm honestly thriving, they are feeding me so well This series is so fucking good I need to buy every single one of the comic books!!! I never want this to end, I'm honestly thriving, they are feeding me so well

  21. 4 out of 5

    vun

    I wonder when I'll be fully comfortable / get used to reading comics like these... the manga style has been deeply engraved in me lol its hard to switch to comics. I wonder when I'll be fully comfortable / get used to reading comics like these... the manga style has been deeply engraved in me lol its hard to switch to comics.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    This volume was on a different playing field than the first two. Kitty has to jump in and be the main player. Emma is obviously evil but her soul and heart are starting to get weird and feely. The Hellfire Club offers up new and different obstacles. And the mind fuckery is so insane that it's both absolutely hilarious and a major major set back. So the best and worst part of this is Emma and Nova working their shit to convince the X-Men that they are the opposite of themselves (or in McCoy's case This volume was on a different playing field than the first two. Kitty has to jump in and be the main player. Emma is obviously evil but her soul and heart are starting to get weird and feely. The Hellfire Club offers up new and different obstacles. And the mind fuckery is so insane that it's both absolutely hilarious and a major major set back. So the best and worst part of this is Emma and Nova working their shit to convince the X-Men that they are the opposite of themselves (or in McCoy's case, the ESSENCE of his devolved self). Logan was the funniest. Seeing him cower and not cursing and calling McCoy a moose was perfect. A beer being the thing that changes him back is even more incredibly perfect. On the worst note: KITTY. Oh my god. I was heartbroken for the girl, and I knew it was a trick all along. (BUT THAT SCENE WAS PERFECT. YOU KNOW THAT'S HOW THEY WOULD ALL REACT. I WANT IT TO BE REAL SO BADLY.) It was so real, the emotion on her face, the betrayal, the determination. Kitty Pryde was made to be a kick ass mother along with all of her other clearly awesome attributes. While this volume was awesome, it wasn't exactly what I wanted it to be. I really wanted more Hellfire Club. I wanted more information into Frost. I wanted everything right now, instead of having to wait, basically. But volume three really lends itself to volume four. You find out who is destined to destroy Breakworld. You get a closer look at Scott than Whedon has allowed before. Kitty is every good thing that I can say about a character in this volume. It was GREAT. But, like I said, I wanted shit tons of answers, and I'm going to have to wait until the next volume. There's a lot more going on, but they're things that people should really find out for themselves. STILL FIVE STARS! Joss, this run is beautiful. I am going to be so sad at the end of Unstoppable.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    This trade collects issues 13-18 of Joss Whedon's run on Astonishing X-men. **Note: Torn directly continues events started in Volume 1 (Gifted) and continued in Volume 2 (Dangerous). It will be impossible to follow if you don't read those first and this review by necessity will contain some spoilers for previous volumes. ** Vol 3 of Joss Whedon's X-men story builds off the revelation shared with readers at the end of Vol 2. Emma's secrets and odd behavior pays off as The Hellfire Club returns to p This trade collects issues 13-18 of Joss Whedon's run on Astonishing X-men. **Note: Torn directly continues events started in Volume 1 (Gifted) and continued in Volume 2 (Dangerous). It will be impossible to follow if you don't read those first and this review by necessity will contain some spoilers for previous volumes. ** Vol 3 of Joss Whedon's X-men story builds off the revelation shared with readers at the end of Vol 2. Emma's secrets and odd behavior pays off as The Hellfire Club returns to plague the X-men. The battle will be fierce, and will push more than one X-man to their limit. The story continues to build well, with ever escalating stakes and logical fallout, both plotwise and characterwise, resulting from events in the previous issues. However Torn suffers slightly from having a bit too much going on, and things are a little hard to keep up with in parts. Whedon's also slightly less effective making his integrated layers from the past accessible here, as there are fewer explanations and readers who have missed some of the X-men's adventures immediately preceding Astonishing (like me) will not understand or recognize some elements. That being said, overall the story is still top-notch, the dialog still highly entertaining, and the twists and turns quite clever once you unravel them. Hisako, Blindfold and Agent Brand have developed into strong supporting characters, and the core characters continue to be handled exceptionally well. John Cassaday's art continues to impress. There is a lot to follow and Cassaday helps keep he somewhat cluttered story as clear as possible. While not quite as well executed as Gifted and Dangerous, Torn is still very good and serves well as a lead in to Whedon's final trade.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gavin

    Took me far too long to get to Vol. 3, so I just read 1-3 in a row again. This is where things get ratcheted up a notch. There's enough mindfucks here to confuse you, but enough good stuff to keep you guessing and going along with everything. Emma Frost has turned to her evil ways, helping Cassandra Nova, and with the 2 powerful telepaths, the X-Men are in serious trouble, especially when the Hellfire Club accompanies Frost and Nova. Joss Whedon loves Kitty Pride, and here she really shines, whic Took me far too long to get to Vol. 3, so I just read 1-3 in a row again. This is where things get ratcheted up a notch. There's enough mindfucks here to confuse you, but enough good stuff to keep you guessing and going along with everything. Emma Frost has turned to her evil ways, helping Cassandra Nova, and with the 2 powerful telepaths, the X-Men are in serious trouble, especially when the Hellfire Club accompanies Frost and Nova. Joss Whedon loves Kitty Pride, and here she really shines, which must be nice for a character that sometimes is seen as not strong enough to be part of the team. The rest of the team is incapacitated, and the manner of Scott is brutal, though his attempts to fight through actually make me like Cyclops at the end of this book a lot more than I've liked him before. Beast and Logan are set against each other, though not in the way you might imagine, and Colossus' rage is turned against him. That doesn't really give it away, since there's far more going on here. Throw in SWORD (the Intergalactic SHIELD) and a potential genocide on a faraway planet by one of the X-Men (we finally see who in this book) and you've got a hell of a ride. Bravo, can't wait to see where Whedon ends his run in Vol. 4.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Scott Lee

    Good stuff. Several neat moments. I love it when Cyclops appears to waste the whole Hell Fire Club with a pistol. They all turn out to be psychic projections, which works for me. Of course in the years since Scott has made exactly the same choice (to kill the enemies occasionally even pre-emptively) using the new "X-Force" as his weapon, so I guess "character development" for Cyclops in the last few years has been totally inconsistent with who he is/has been since 1963, but oh well. The ending i Good stuff. Several neat moments. I love it when Cyclops appears to waste the whole Hell Fire Club with a pistol. They all turn out to be psychic projections, which works for me. Of course in the years since Scott has made exactly the same choice (to kill the enemies occasionally even pre-emptively) using the new "X-Force" as his weapon, so I guess "character development" for Cyclops in the last few years has been totally inconsistent with who he is/has been since 1963, but oh well. The ending is abrupt, but glorious moments abound. Scott's take down of the fake Hell Fire Club, Logan's reversion to James Howlett, the wordless page in which he comes to himself after being hit in the head by a can of beer, Hank McCoy bringing himself back to full mental capacity by playing with a very special ball of string, Whedon inserts his humor perhaps even more effectively in this volume, but all without mocking the characters, or violating in the slightest the drama and action he's providing. EXCELLENT stuff.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nicky

    The copy of this I picked up has no indication of where it might come in a series. I was sure it was probably in the middle of something anyway, but I thought I'd give it a go, see if X-men is something I'm interested in following ('cause you know, it's not like I'm following enough already). If you're already invested in the characters and know what's going on the story, then I think this would be a gut punch of a volume. There's some amazing stuff going on with Kitty Pryde, and all of the X-men The copy of this I picked up has no indication of where it might come in a series. I was sure it was probably in the middle of something anyway, but I thought I'd give it a go, see if X-men is something I'm interested in following ('cause you know, it's not like I'm following enough already). If you're already invested in the characters and know what's going on the story, then I think this would be a gut punch of a volume. There's some amazing stuff going on with Kitty Pryde, and all of the X-men are affected in one way or another by what happens here. Unfortunately, for me, I just don't know enough of the background -- everything I know about Kitty I know from Ultimate Spider-man, everything I know about Scott I remember from a cartoon when I was little, and a lot of them I don't know at all. It looks like an interesting storyline, and the art is good, but I just can't say I enjoyed it when I was so at sea for most of it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Great, creative storytelling here - putting the balance all out of whack, giving us a while new way to look at the team. But even without a good story, I would celebrate this whole book for just the hilarious twist they put on our favourite hairy Canadian. Satisfying story, still-great art, and leaves us wanting to see where the team is headed next. Yes, I'm really intrigued and dying to get into the next (and for Whedon, the last) book. Great, creative storytelling here - putting the balance all out of whack, giving us a while new way to look at the team. But even without a good story, I would celebrate this whole book for just the hilarious twist they put on our favourite hairy Canadian. Satisfying story, still-great art, and leaves us wanting to see where the team is headed next. Yes, I'm really intrigued and dying to get into the next (and for Whedon, the last) book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jeane

    I love Joss Whedon's writing, and the fact that he brought about a story that faced a problem that the fans probably were having a hard time dealing with for a while, I know I did, can we really trust the White Queen? The art is great, and I love that Whedon wrote for the fan based which are not 9 year olds anymore, but are gown-ups, and he put them in grown up situations. It's really refreshing that after so long someone is taking the X-men seriously. I love Joss Whedon's writing, and the fact that he brought about a story that faced a problem that the fans probably were having a hard time dealing with for a while, I know I did, can we really trust the White Queen? The art is great, and I love that Whedon wrote for the fan based which are not 9 year olds anymore, but are gown-ups, and he put them in grown up situations. It's really refreshing that after so long someone is taking the X-men seriously.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    Astonishing X-Men Vol 3: Torn collects issues #13 to 18 is a much better read than the second TPB. Torn focuses on Emma Frost (she's been acting a bit strange lately...)and the possible return of the Hellfire Club. Also, I enjoyed the way Joss Whedon evolved Kitty Pryde into one heck of a hero. Differently recommended for X-Men fans. Can't wait to get a hold of vol. 4. Astonishing X-Men Vol 3: Torn collects issues #13 to 18 is a much better read than the second TPB. Torn focuses on Emma Frost (she's been acting a bit strange lately...)and the possible return of the Hellfire Club. Also, I enjoyed the way Joss Whedon evolved Kitty Pryde into one heck of a hero. Differently recommended for X-Men fans. Can't wait to get a hold of vol. 4.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Virginia

    Wow! That's one heck of a cliffhanger at the end of this volume!! Good thing I have the next one lined up ready to go at the library. I can't even imagine waiting for this the next month when these were coming out as monthly installments. Hilarious (especially Logan), poignant and action-packed, this volume is all things awesome. Great Stuff! Wow! That's one heck of a cliffhanger at the end of this volume!! Good thing I have the next one lined up ready to go at the library. I can't even imagine waiting for this the next month when these were coming out as monthly installments. Hilarious (especially Logan), poignant and action-packed, this volume is all things awesome. Great Stuff!

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