Astonishing X-Men

2009 NR 1 season

Astonishing X-Men

2009 NR 1 season
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Writer Joss Whedon brings a 21st century vision of the X-Men to this motion comic series. Cyclops and Emma Frost plan to reform the X-Men's purpose is derailed when a "cure" for mutants is discovered, and ferocious enemies test them to their limits.
Mark Hildreth, Laura Harris, Brian Drummond, Ron Halder, Lara Gilchrist, Michal Friedman, Eva Christensen, Eileen Stevens, Dan Green
  • SEASON  1

Summary of Season 1 (2009) - 1 disc

From Joss Whedon and John Cassaday comes a new vision of the X-Men, propelling the often-conflicted, mutant superheroes into the 21st century. This animated feature brings the comic books alive with stunning graphics and dynamic voice actors.
Widescreen 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
age 12+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Astonishing X-Men is a motion comic, which is something halfway between reading a comic book and watching an animated cartoon; there's lots of detail, but little movement. The short episodes contain superhero battles, with some realistic and fantasy weapons; the tone is a bit more serious and dramatic than you might expect, with a bit more at stake. Expect some mild language, like "damn" and "hell"; some characters are in romantic relationships, complete with lovers' spats. Female characters wear skimpy, sexy outfits, and there's some brief innuendo. Written by Joss Whedon (of Buffy the Vampire Slayer), the show could appeal to a wide range of genre fans.

Sexual Content

Kitty and Colossus have a lover's spat, and female heroes are shown wearing skimpy costumes. There's also some brief sexual innuendo, such as references to a "Hilton girl" "dancing topless" or a reference to "tongue kissing."


Medium-level fantasy violence, mostly superheroes and monsters fighting one another with super powers and imaginary weapons. But the fighting feels intense and serious, as if something heavy were at stake. (Teeth are shown being punched out, etc.) In one story, a character commits suicide, and pools of blood are shown; later he's resurrected as a scary zombie/puppet, moving about while twisted and broken. There's some other somewhat scary imagery as well.


Language includes "damn" and "hell," as well as words like "bugger," "geek," and "stupid."

Social Behavior

Characters must make difficult decisions that could put others in danger, which makes the right/wrong scale a little fuzzy. But teamwork, responsibility, and accepting differences are also themes.


The X-Men is a major brand with merchandise, comics, theatrical movies, and more. One off-hand reference to LEGO.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not an issue, except that Wolverine -- in a voiceover -- says how much he likes beer.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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