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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

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

#1 (2nd printing)

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

#1 Variation A

  7/1/2004
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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

  7/1/2004
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X-Men team rushing forwardJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#1 Variation C

  7/1/2004
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Gabriel Del Otto Wolverine cover; Signed and numbered variant cover from DFEJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#1 Variation D

  7/1/2004
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Wolverine shown on cover with reddish background; Cover art by Gabriel Dell’OttoJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#1 Variation E

  7/1/2004
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“Director’s Cut” Dynamic Forces Edition Signed by John Cassaday; Includes Certificate of AuthenticityJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#2

  8/1/2004
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 Joss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#3

  9/1/2004
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1st appearance of Wing; 1st appearance of Abigail BrandJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#4

  10/1/2004
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Beast cover; 1st 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

  10/1/2004
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Colossus coverJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#4 Variation C

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

#4 Variation D

  10/1/2004
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Beast cover signed by Stan Lee; Dynamic Forces exclusive; Includes Certificate of AuthenticityJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#4 Variation E

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

#5

  11/1/2004
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Colossus Vs. OrdJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#6

  12/1/2004
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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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2nd printing; Cover says Limited Edition; Black & white cover except for CyclopsJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#7 Variation B

  1/1/2005
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Dynamic Forces Limited Edition red logo signed cover; 1st appearance of Blindfold; Death of WingJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#7 Variation C

  1/1/2005
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Dynamic Forces Limited Edition blue logo signed cover; 1st 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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2nd printing; Cover states Limited Edition; Black & white Wolverine coverJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#9

  3/1/2005
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 Joss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#10

  5/1/2005
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 Joss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#10 Variation A

  5/1/2005
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Prof. Xavier & Dangerous on coverJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#11

  7/1/2005
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 Joss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#12

  8/1/2005
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 Joss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#12 Variation A

  8/1/2005
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Variant edition; Flames in background on coverJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#13

  4/1/2006
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 Joss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#13 Variation A

  4/1/2006
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B&w variant coverJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#13 Variation B

  4/1/2006
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B&w variant cover; Midtown Comics New York Comic-Con 2006 exclusiveJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#13 Variation C

  4/1/2006
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B&w variant cover; MegaCon 2006Joss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#14

  6/1/2006
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Versus Hellfire ClubJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#15

  8/1/2006
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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 coverJoss 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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 Joss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#19 Variation A

  2/1/2007
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Red Cover with CyclopsJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#20

  2/1/2007
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#20 Variation A

  2/1/2007
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Variant Cover of Beast hanging upside downJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#21

  5/1/2007
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 Joss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#21 Variation A

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Variant Cover with White Queen on coverJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#22

  10/1/2007
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 Joss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#22 Variation A

  10/1/2007
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Variant edition; Blue & yellow cover with WolverineJoss 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 coverJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#24

  3/1/2008
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Cyclops on coverJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#24 Variation A

  3/1/2008
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Variant cover; Kitty Pryde in yellow on purple coverJoss WhedonJohn Cassaday

#25

  9/1/2008
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Wraparound coverWarren EllisSimone Bianchi

#25 (2nd printing)

  9/1/2008
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 Warren EllisSimone Bianchi

#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 by Alex RossWarren EllisSimone Bianchi

#25 Variation C

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

#25 Variation D

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

#26

  10/1/2008
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#27

  11/1/2008
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#28

  3/1/2009
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#29

  6/1/2009
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#30

  7/1/2009
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Death of ForgeWarren EllisSimone Bianchi

#31

  12/1/2009
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 Warren EllisPhil Jimenez

#31 Variation A

  12/1/2009
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Variant Cover by Travis CharestWarren EllisPhil Jimenez

#31 Variation B

  12/1/2009
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B&W Sketch Variant by Phil JimenezWarren 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 variantWarren 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

  8/1/2010
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Deadpool Variant CoverWarren 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 KalutaDaniel 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 McGuinnessChristos GageJuan Bobillo

#41

  10/1/2011
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 Christos GageNick Bradshaw

#42

  11/1/2011
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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

  3/1/2012
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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

  5/1/2012
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50th Anniversary VariantMarjorie M. LiuMichael Perkins

#49

  6/1/2012
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 Marjorie LiuMichael Perkins

#49 (2nd printing)

  6/1/2012
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2nd printingMarjorie LiuMichael Perkins

#50

  7/1/2012
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 Marjorie LiuMichael Perkins

#50 (2nd printing)

  7/1/2012
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2nd PrintingMarjorie LiuMichael Perkins

#50 Variation A

  7/1/2012
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Variant Cover by John CassadayMarjorie LiuMichael Perkins

#50 Variation B

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

#51

  8/1/2012
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 Marjorie LiuMichael Perkins

#51 (2nd printing)

  8/1/2012
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2nd PrintingMarjorie LiuMichael Perkins

#51 Variation A

  8/1/2012
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Variant Cover by Marko DjurdjevicMarjorie LiuMichael Perkins

#51 Variation B

  8/1/2012
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Create Your Own Wedding VariantMarjorie LiuMichael Perkins

#51 Variation C

  7/1/2012
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San Diego Comic Con ExclusiveMarjorie LiuMichael Perkins

#52

  9/1/2012
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 Marjorie LiuMichael Perkins
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