Astonishing X-Men (3rd Series)

 AXM3   (Marvel, 2004-Present)

™ 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

Date: 7/1/2004
Cover Price: $2.99
NM Guide: $3.25
42 copies available from $0.41
1st appearance of Kavita Rao; 1st appearance of Ord; Black cover with Wolverine’s clawsJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#1 (2nd printing)

Date: 5/1/2011
Cover Price: $1.00
NM Guide: $1.00
2 copies available from $0.96
Marvel’s Greatest Comics reprintJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#1 Variation A

Date: 7/1/2004
Cover Price: $3.99
NM Guide: $19.00
12 copies available from $2.50
1st appearance of Kavita Rao; 1st appearance of Ord; “Director’s Cut”; Team Rushing Forward - Partial-Sketch TreatmentJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#1 Variation B

Date: 7/1/2004
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NM Guide: $15.00
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X-Men team rushing forwardJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#1 Variation C

Date: 7/1/2004
Cover Price: $89.99
NM Guide: $65.00
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Gabriel Del Otto Wolverine cover; Signed and numbered variant cover from DFEJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#1 Variation D

Date: 7/1/2004
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NM Guide: $8.50
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Wolverine shown on cover with reddish background; Cover art by Gabriel Dell’OttoJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#1 Variation E

Date: 7/1/2004
Cover Price: $27.99
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“Director’s Cut” Dynamic Forces Edition Signed by John Cassaday; Includes Certificate of AuthenticityJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#2

Date: 8/1/2004
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 Joss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#3

Date: 9/1/2004
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16 copies available from $2.40
1st appearance of Wing; 1st appearance of Abigail BrandJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#4

Date: 10/1/2004
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35 copies available from $1.75
Beast cover; 1st appearance of Armor; Colossus returnsJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#4 (2nd printing)

Date: 5/1/2006
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $14.50
1 copy available for $14.99
Marvel Legends Kitty Pryde action figure insertJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#4 Variation A

Date: 10/1/2004
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NM Guide: $7.00
22 copies available from $2.80
Colossus coverJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#4 Variation C

Date: 10/1/2004
Cover Price: $19.99
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Beast cover signed by John Cassaday; Dynamic Forces exclusive; Includes Certificate of AuthenticityJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#4 Variation D

Date: 10/1/2004
Cover Price: $249.99
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Beast cover signed by Stan Lee; Dynamic Forces exclusive; Includes Certificate of AuthenticityJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#4 Variation E

Date: 10/1/2004
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Colossus cover signed by John Cassaday; Dynamic Forces exclusive; Includes Certificate of AuthenticityJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#5

Date: 11/1/2004
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Colossus Vs. OrdJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#6

Date: 12/1/2004
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Misprints publish date as Dec. 2005; Wolverine Vs. OrdJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#6 (2nd printing)

Date: 5/1/2006
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1 copy available for $5.99
Marvel Legends Astonishing X-Men Wolverine action figure insertJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#7

Date: 1/1/2005
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18 copies available from $1.20
1st appearance of Blindfold; Death of WingJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#7 (2nd printing)

Date: 5/1/2005
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5 copies available from $2.24
2nd printing; Cover says Limited Edition; Black & white cover except for CyclopsJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#7 Variation B

Date: 1/1/2005
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NM Guide: $19.99
No copies available
Dynamic Forces Limited Edition red logo signed cover; 1st appearance of Blindfold; Death of WingJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#7 Variation C

Date: 1/1/2005
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NM Guide: $19.99
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Dynamic Forces Limited Edition blue logo signed cover; 1st appearance of Blindfold; Death of WingJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#8

Date: 2/1/2005
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NM Guide: $2.25
22 copies available from $1.35
Versus SentinelJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#8 (2nd printing)

Date: 2/1/2005
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NM Guide: $2.25
4 copies available from $2.04
2nd printing; Cover states Limited Edition; Black & white Wolverine coverJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#9

Date: 3/1/2005
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NM Guide: $2.00
29 copies available from $0.79
 Joss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#10

Date: 5/1/2005
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NM Guide: $2.00
31 copies available from $0.80
 Joss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#10 Variation A

Date: 5/1/2005
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NM Guide: $3.50
6 copies available from $1.99
Prof. Xavier & Dangerous on coverJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#11

Date: 7/1/2005
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NM Guide: $2.50
41 copies available from $1.00
 Joss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#12

Date: 8/1/2005
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NM Guide: $2.00
27 copies available from $1.00
 Joss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#12 Variation A

Date: 8/1/2005
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NM Guide: $3.25
4 copies available from $2.75
Variant edition; Flames in background on coverJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#13

Date: 4/1/2006
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NM Guide: $2.25
17 copies available from $1.21
 Joss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#13 Variation A

Date: 4/1/2006
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NM Guide: $5.50
10 copies available from $3.00
B&w variant coverJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#13 Variation B

Date: 4/1/2006
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NM Guide: $2.99
4 copies available from $2.71
B&w variant cover; Midtown Comics New York Comic-Con 2006 exclusiveJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#13 Variation C

Date: 4/1/2006
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NM Guide: $6.00
2 copies available from $3.00
B&w variant cover; MegaCon 2006Joss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#14

Date: 6/1/2006
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NM Guide: $2.00
20 copies available from $1.21
Versus Hellfire ClubJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#15

Date: 8/1/2006
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NM Guide: $2.00
15 copies available from $0.90
Versus Hellfire ClubJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#16

Date: 10/1/2006
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NM Guide: $1.75
26 copies available from $1.00
Versus Hellfire ClubJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#17

Date: 11/1/2006
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NM Guide: $2.00
22 copies available from $0.80
Versus Hellfire ClubJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#17 Variation A

Date: 11/1/2006
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NM Guide: $7.00
17 copies available from $3.00
B&W variant coverJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#18

Date: 12/1/2006
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NM Guide: $2.00
17 copies available from $0.59
Versus Danger; Versus Hellfire Club; Versus OrdJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#19

Date: 2/1/2007
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NM Guide: $1.50
7 copies available from $1.20
 Joss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#19 Variation A

Date: 2/1/2007
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NM Guide: $3.25
18 copies available from $2.25
Red Cover with CyclopsJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#20

Date: 2/1/2007
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NM Guide: $2.75
10 copies available from $2.50
 Joss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#20 Variation A

Date: 2/1/2007
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NM Guide: $2.75
14 copies available from $2.70
Variant Cover of Beast hanging upside downJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#21

Date: 5/1/2007
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NM Guide: $2.50
11 copies available from $1.25
 Joss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#21 Variation A

Date: 5/1/2007
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NM Guide: $4.00
11 copies available from $2.00
Variant Cover with White Queen on coverJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#22

Date: 10/1/2007
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NM Guide: $3.25
5 copies available from $0.41
 Joss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#22 Variation A

Date: 10/1/2007
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NM Guide: $2.75
6 copies available from $1.75
Variant edition; Blue & yellow cover with WolverineJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#23

Date: 1/1/2008
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NM Guide: $2.50
6 copies available from $0.34
 Joss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#23 Variation A

Date: 1/1/2008
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NM Guide: $2.99
6 copies available from $2.75
Colossus in red on coverJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#24

Date: 3/1/2008
Cover Price: $2.99
NM Guide: $2.75
12 copies available from $0.34
Cyclops on coverJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#24 Variation A

Date: 3/1/2008
Cover Price: $2.99
NM Guide: $2.75
7 copies available from $1.75
Variant cover; Kitty Pryde in yellow on purple coverJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#25

Date: 9/1/2008
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NM Guide: $2.25
18 copies available from $0.31
Wraparound coverWarren EllisSimone Bianchi

#25 (2nd printing)

Date: 9/1/2008
Cover Price: $2.99
NM Guide: $4.75
No copies available
 Warren EllisSimone Bianchi

#25 Variation A

Date: 9/1/2008
Cover Price: $2.99
NM Guide: $6.50
5 copies available from $4.00
 Warren EllisSimone Bianchi

#25 Variation B

Date: 9/1/2008
Cover Price: $14.99
NM Guide: $14.99
2 copies available from $40.00
Dynamic Forces Exclusive Sketch Variant by Alex RossWarren EllisSimone Bianchi

#25 Variation C

Date: 9/1/2008
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $5.50
3 copies available from $3.99
San Diego Comic-Con 2008 Sketch Variant coverWarren EllisSimone Bianchi

#25 Variation D

Date: 9/1/2008
Cover Price: $29.99
NM Guide: $29.99
No copies available
Dynamic Forces Exclusive Sketch Variant signed by Alex RossWarren EllisSimone Bianchi

#26

Date: 10/1/2008
Cover Price: $2.99
NM Guide: $2.50
19 copies available from $0.34
 Warren EllisSimone Bianchi

#27

Date: 11/1/2008
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NM Guide: $2.50
26 copies available from $0.34
 Warren EllisSimone Bianchi

#28

Date: 3/1/2009
Cover Price: $2.99
NM Guide: $2.50
11 copies available from $0.34
 Warren EllisSimone Bianchi

#29

Date: 6/1/2009
Cover Price: $2.99
NM Guide: $2.25
7 copies available from $0.31
 Warren EllisSimone Bianchi

#30

Date: 7/1/2009
Cover Price: $2.99
NM Guide: $2.75
8 copies available from $0.37
Death of ForgeWarren EllisSimone Bianchi

#31

Date: 12/1/2009
Cover Price: $2.99
NM Guide: $2.25
17 copies available from $0.31
 Warren EllisPhil Jimenez

#31 Variation A

Date: 12/1/2009
Cover Price: $2.99
NM Guide: $15.00
2 copies available from $10.00
Variant Cover by Travis CharestWarren EllisPhil Jimenez

#31 Variation B

Date: 12/1/2009
Cover Price: $2.99
NM Guide: $27.00
No copies available
B&W Sketch Variant by Phil JimenezWarren EllisPhil Jimenez

#32

Date: 1/1/2010
Cover Price: $2.99
NM Guide: $2.25
7 copies available from $1.75
Indicia misprints date as January 2009Warren EllisPhil Jimenez

#32 Variation A

Date: 1/1/2010
Cover Price: $2.99
NM Guide: $9.50
No copies available
Superhero Squad variantWarren EllisPhil Jimenez

#33

Date: 2/1/2010
Cover Price: $2.99
NM Guide: $2.00
6 copies available from $0.25
 Warren EllisPhil Jimenez

#34

Date: 8/1/2010
Cover Price: $2.99
NM Guide: $2.75
11 copies available from $1.54
 Warren EllisPhil Jimenez

#34 Variation A

Date: 8/1/2010
Cover Price: $2.99
NM Guide: $2.99
No copies available
Deadpool Variant CoverWarren EllisPhil Jimenez

#35

Date: 10/1/2010
Cover Price: $2.99
NM Guide: $2.75
8 copies available from $0.37
1st Appearance of KagaWarren EllisPhil Jimenez

#36

Date: 4/1/2011
Cover Price: $3.99
NM Guide: $4.50
5 copies available from $1.99
 Daniel WayJason Pearson

#36 Variation A

Date: 4/1/2011
Cover Price: $3.99
NM Guide: $11.00
2 copies available from $8.00
Variant Cover by Michael KalutaDaniel WayJason Pearson

#37

Date: 7/1/2011
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NM Guide: $3.99
8 copies available from $1.99
 Daniel WayJason Pearson, Sara Pichelli

#38

Date: 7/1/2011
Cover Price: $3.99
NM Guide: $3.75
5 copies available from $0.69
 Christos GageJuan Bobillo

#39

Date: 8/1/2011
Cover Price: $3.99
NM Guide: $4.75
5 copies available from $1.99
 Daniel WayNick Bradshaw

#40

Date: 9/1/2011
Cover Price: $3.99
NM Guide: $4.50
6 copies available from $1.99
Versus The BroodChristos GageJuan Bobillo

#40 Variation A

Date: 9/1/2011
Cover Price: $3.99
NM Guide: $13.50
2 copies available from $10.00
I Am Captain America variant cover by Ed McGuinnessChristos GageJuan Bobillo

#41

Date: 10/1/2011
Cover Price: $3.99
NM Guide: $5.00
3 copies available from $1.99
 Christos GageNick Bradshaw

#42

Date: 11/1/2011
Cover Price: $3.99
NM Guide: $4.50
3 copies available from $1.99
Versus The BroodChristos GageJuan Bobillo

#43

Date: 12/1/2011
Cover Price: $3.99
NM Guide: $2.50
7 copies available from $1.50
Versus MachinesmithJames AsmusNick Bradshaw

#44

Date: 1/1/2012
Cover Price: $3.99
NM Guide: $3.75
5 copies available from $3.75
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

Date: 2/1/2012
Cover Price: $3.99
NM Guide: $2.75
3 copies available from $1.99
Regenesis tie-inGreg PakMike McKone

#46

Date: 3/1/2012
Cover Price: $3.99
NM Guide: $3.25
7 copies available from $1.99
Death of Magneto (Earth-TRN192)Greg PakMike McKone

#47

Date: 4/1/2012
Cover Price: $3.99
NM Guide: $3.99
7 copies available from $1.99
Death of Savior (Earth-TRN192)Greg PakMike McKone

#48

Date: 5/1/2012
Cover Price: $3.99
NM Guide: $3.25
4 copies available from $3.25
 Marjorie M. LiuMichael Perkins

#48 Variation A

Date: 5/1/2012
Cover Price: $3.99
NM Guide: $10.50
1 copy available for $9.60
50th Anniversary VariantMarjorie M. LiuMichael Perkins

#49

Date: 6/1/2012
Cover Price: $3.99
NM Guide: $3.50
2 copies available from $3.50
 Marjorie LiuMichael Perkins

#49 (2nd printing)

Date: 6/1/2012
Cover Price: $3.99
NM Guide: $4.75
1 copy available for $5.00
2nd printingMarjorie LiuMichael Perkins

#50

Date: 7/1/2012
Cover Price: $3.99
NM Guide: $4.25
17 copies available from $1.70
 Marjorie LiuMichael Perkins

#50 (2nd printing)

Date: 7/1/2012
Cover Price: $3.99
NM Guide: $3.99
No copies available
2nd PrintingMarjorie LiuMichael Perkins

#50 Variation A

Date: 7/1/2012
Cover Price: $3.99
NM Guide: $30.00
No copies available
Variant Cover by John CassadayMarjorie LiuMichael Perkins

#50 Variation B

Date: 7/1/2012
Cover Price: $3.99
NM Guide: $60.00
No copies available
B&W Variant Cover by John CassadayMarjorie LiuMichael Perkins

#51

Date: 8/1/2012
Cover Price: $3.99
NM Guide: $3.99
15 copies available from $2.05
 Marjorie LiuMichael Perkins

#51 (2nd printing)

Date: 8/1/2012
Cover Price: $3.99
NM Guide: $4.50
1 copy available for $3.99
2nd PrintingMarjorie LiuMichael Perkins

#51 Variation A

Date: 8/1/2012
Cover Price: $3.99
NM Guide: $15.00
No copies available
Variant Cover by Marko DjurdjevicMarjorie LiuMichael Perkins

#51 Variation B

Date: 8/1/2012
Cover Price: $3.99
NM Guide: $5.50
8 copies available from $1.99
Create Your Own Wedding VariantMarjorie LiuMichael Perkins

#51 Variation C

Date: 7/1/2012
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
San Diego Comic Con ExclusiveMarjorie LiuMichael Perkins

#52

Date: 9/1/2012
Cover Price: $3.99
NM Guide: $3.25
6 copies available from $1.99
 Marjorie LiuMichael Perkins
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