Astonishing X-Men (3rd Series)

    (Marvel, 2004-2013)
™ and © 2004 Marvel Characters, Inc.

More new X–titles, more new directions. Are they expanding again? Didn’t they just trim back? One couldn’t blame readers, if they were a little skeptical by this point, but the proof is in the reading. The roster of this team is Emma Frost and Cyclops (acting heads of Xavier Institute) and faculty members Beast, Wolverine, and Kitty Pryde. Even though they’re in what satiric song-writer Tom Lehrer would call “the ed biz,” circumstances provoke this team of X-Men to re-enter the game of super-heroing proper, despite Logan’s aversion to spandex.

The characters are introduced in a fashion that clues in newcomers without serving as needless exposition for regulars. Each cast member’s personality and role is quickly and clearly defined. Even Kitty, who has foresworn adventuring, has a logical role. There’s not much real action, per se. There’s a holographic fake-out and an intra-team brawl, but no real super-hero action. But that’s OK, since this issue exists primarily to set the stage for what’s to come. An X-book could have a weaker inauguration. In fact, many have.

— Jack Abramowitz

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#1

  7/1/2004
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Black cover with Wolverine’s claws1st appearance of Kavita Rao; 1st appearance of OrdJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#1 - 2nd printing

  5/1/2011
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 Marvel’s Greatest Comics reprintJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#1 - 3rd printing

  6/1/2017
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 True Believers Dollar ReprintJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#1 Variation A

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 1st appearance of Kavita Rao; 1st appearance of Ord; “Director’s Cut”; Team Rushing Forward - Partial-Sketch TreatmentJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#1 Variation B

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 X-Men team rushing forwardJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#1 Variation C

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Signed and numbered Variant Cover from DFE Joss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#1 Variation D

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Wolverine shown on cover with reddish background; Cover by Gabriel Dell’Otto Joss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#1 Variation E

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 Includes Certificate of AuthenticityJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#2

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#3

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 1st appearance of Wing; 1st appearance of Abigail BrandJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#4

  10/1/2004
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Beast cover1st appearance of Armor; Colossus returnsJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#4 - 2nd printing

  5/1/2006
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 Marvel Legends Kitty Pryde action figure insertJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#4 Variation A

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Colossus cover Joss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#4 Variation C

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Beast cover signed by John CassadayDynamic Forces exclusive; Includes Certificate of AuthenticityJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#4 Variation D

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Beast cover signed by Stan LeeDynamic Forces exclusive; Includes Certificate of AuthenticityJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#4 Variation E

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Colossus cover signed by John CassadayDynamic Forces exclusive; Includes Certificate of AuthenticityJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#5

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 Colossus Vs. OrdJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#6

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 Misprints publish date as Dec. 2005; Wolverine Vs. OrdJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#6 - 2nd printing

  5/1/2006
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 Marvel Legends Astonishing X-Men Wolverine action figure insertJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#7

  1/1/2005
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 1st appearance of Blindfold; Death of WingJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#7 - 2nd printing

  5/1/2005
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Black & white cover except for Cyclops Joss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#7 Variation B

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Dynamic Forces Limited Edition red logo signed cover1st appearance of Blindfold; Death of Wing; Limited to 99Joss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#7 Variation C

  1/1/2005
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Dynamic Forces Limited Edition blue logo signed cover1st appearance of Blindfold; Death of WingJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#8

  2/1/2005
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 Versus SentinelJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#8 - 2nd printing

  2/1/2005
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Black & white Wolverine cover Joss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#8 Variation A

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 Limited to 99Joss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#9

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#10

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#10 Variation A

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Prof. Xavier & Dangerous on cover Joss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#11

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#12

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#12 Variation A

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Flames in background on cover Joss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#13

  4/1/2006
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  Joss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#13 Variation A

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B&w Variant Cover Joss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#13 Variation B

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B&w Variant CoverMidtown Comics New York Comic-Con 2006 exclusiveJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#13 Variation C

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B&w Variant CoverMegaCon 2006Joss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#14

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 Versus Hellfire ClubJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#15

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 Versus Hellfire ClubJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#16

  10/1/2006
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 Versus Hellfire ClubJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#17

  11/1/2006
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 Versus Hellfire ClubJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#17 Variation A

  11/1/2006
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B&W Variant Cover Joss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#18

  12/1/2006
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 Versus Danger; Versus Hellfire Club; Versus OrdJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#19

  2/1/2007
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#19 Variation A

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Red Cover with Cyclops Joss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#20

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#20 Variation A

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Variant Cover of Beast hanging upside down Joss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#21

  5/1/2007
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#21 Variation A

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Variant Cover with White Queen on cover Joss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#22

  10/1/2007
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  Joss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#22 Variation A

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Blue & yellow cover with Wolverine Joss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#23

  1/1/2008
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  Joss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#23 Variation A

  1/1/2008
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Colossus in red on cover Joss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#24

  3/1/2008
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Cyclops on cover Joss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#24 Variation A

  3/1/2008
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Kitty Pryde in yellow on purple cover Joss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#25

  9/1/2008
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Wraparound cover Warren EllisSimone Bianchi

#25 - 2nd printing

  9/1/2008
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#25 Variation A

  9/1/2008
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#25 Variation B

  9/1/2008
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Dynamic Forces Exclusive Sketch Variant Cover by Alex Ross Warren EllisSimone Bianchi

#25 Variation C

  9/1/2008
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San Diego Comic-Con 2008 Sketch Variant Cover Warren EllisSimone Bianchi

#25 Variation D

  9/1/2008
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Dynamic Forces Exclusive Sketch Variant signed by Alex Ross Warren EllisSimone Bianchi

#26

  10/1/2008
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#27

  11/1/2008
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#28

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#29

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#30

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 Death of ForgeWarren EllisSimone Bianchi

#31

  12/1/2009
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Wraparound Cover Warren EllisPhil Jimenez

#31 Variation A

  12/1/2009
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Variant Cover by Travis Charest Warren EllisPhil Jimenez

#31 Variation B

  12/1/2009
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B&W Sketch Variant Cover by Phil Jimenez Warren EllisPhil Jimenez

#32

  1/1/2010
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 Indicia misprints date as January 2009Warren EllisPhil Jimenez

#32 Variation A

  1/1/2010
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Superhero Squad variant Warren EllisPhil Jimenez

#33

  2/1/2010
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  Warren EllisPhil Jimenez

#34

  8/1/2010
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  Warren EllisPhil Jimenez

#34 Variation A

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Deadpool Variant Cover Warren EllisPhil Jimenez

#35

  10/1/2010
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 1st Appearance of KagaWarren EllisPhil Jimenez

#36

  4/1/2011
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  Daniel WayJason Pearson

#36 Variation A

  4/1/2011
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Variant Cover by Michael Kaluta Daniel WayJason Pearson

#37

  7/1/2011
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  Daniel WayJason Pearson, Sara Pichelli

#38

  7/1/2011
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  Christos GageJuan Bobillo

#39

  8/1/2011
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  Daniel WayNick Bradshaw

#40

  9/1/2011
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 Versus The BroodChristos GageJuan Bobillo

#40 Variation A

  9/1/2011
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I Am Captain America Variant Cover by Ed McGuinness Christos GageJuan Bobillo

#41

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  Christos GageNick Bradshaw

#42

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 Versus The BroodChristos GageJuan Bobillo

#43

  12/1/2011
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 Versus MachinesmithJames AsmusNick Bradshaw

#44

  1/1/2012
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 1st Appearance of Emmeline Frost-Summers (Earth-TRN192); 1st Appearance of General James Howlett (Earth-TRN192); 1st Appearance of Ororo Munroe (Earth-TRN192); 1st Appearance of Savior (Earth-TRN192); 1st Appearance of Shadowcat (Earth-TRN192); 1st Appearance of Kurt Wagner (Earth-TRN192)Greg PakMike McKone

#45

  2/1/2012
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 Regenesis tie-inGreg PakMike McKone

#46

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 Death of Magneto (Earth-TRN192)Greg PakMike McKone

#47

  4/1/2012
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 Death of Savior (Earth-TRN192)Greg PakMike McKone

#48

  5/1/2012
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  Marjorie M. LiuMichael Perkins

#48 Variation A

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50th Anniversary Variant Marjorie M. LiuMichael Perkins

#48 Variation B

  5/1/2012
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 Signed by Mike Perkins; Dynamic Forces exclusive; Includes Certificate of Authenticity; Limited to 40Marjorie M. LiuMichael Perkins

#49

  6/1/2012
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  Marjorie LiuMichael Perkins

#49 - 2nd printing

  6/1/2012
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  Marjorie LiuMichael Perkins

#50

  7/1/2012
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  Marjorie LiuMichael Perkins

#50 - 2nd printing

  7/1/2012
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  Marjorie LiuMichael Perkins

#50 Variation A

  7/1/2012
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Variant Cover by John Cassaday Marjorie LiuMichael Perkins

#50 Variation B

  7/1/2012
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B&W Variant Cover by John Cassaday Marjorie LiuMichael Perkins

#51

  8/1/2012
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  Marjorie LiuMichael Perkins

#51 - 2nd printing

  8/1/2012
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  Marjorie LiuMichael Perkins

#51 Variation A

  8/1/2012
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Variant Cover by Marko Djurdjevic Marjorie LiuMichael Perkins
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