40. “Astonishing X-Men” No. 1 (2004)

Aug. 28, 2013 | 3:11 p.m.

40. “Astonishing X-Men” No. 1 (2004)  Writer Joss Whedon, at this point a genre hero for cult favorite TV shows “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Firefly,” begins a bestselling, acclaimed 24-issue run with artist John Cassaday (“Planetary”). It would net an Eisner Award for continuing series in 2006 (the first and to date only such win for an X-title), and Cassaday would win the artist/penciler/inker prize for his work on it and other titles in 2005 and 2006. Whedon’s trademark team dynamics are in full effect. Colossus comes back from the dead. The Danger Room is sentient, mutating and angry. What more do you want? Later, “Astonishing’s” humble scribe takes another marquee Marvel superteam, the Avengers, to a billion-dollar box-office bonanza. (John Cassaday / Marvel)

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