Yo Whedon-fans!


…I have something for you.

I was surfing the Animation and Cartoons channel on Hulu earlier (because I didn’t feel like I had the brain function to do any focused watching/reviewing) and, in addition to some great bits of nostalgia, I stumbled on this:

Astonishing X-Men: Gifted

It’s a motion comic X-men series written by none other than Joss Whedon (based on/created from the comic of the same name written by Whedon and illustrated by John Cassaday).

And it is pretty awesome.

For those who have no idea what a “motion comic” is (so, like me an hour ago), it is basically an animation made up of graphic novel illustrations that have been spliced together and edited so that they move. The original art is preserved, which is cool. But the overall effect is a bit stunted and, well, more than a little creepy. Once you get used to the style, though, it’s actually pretty interesting to watch.

X-men crazy like me or not, Whedon devotees can certainly find things to love in Gifted. The writing is very clearly his style. In a world that, unfortunately, includes no currently running Whedon series, Gifted is a wonderful relief.

There are some upcoming movie projects to look forward to in the nearish future – “The Cabin In The Woods” (Joss version of that style horror movie, starring a good many recognizeable faces) coming in 2011, and Joss Whedon has recently been announced as the director of “The Avengers,” which is currently set for 2012.

IN THE MEANTIME (and for those of you who prefer things more of the television persuasion), check out Gifted. It is pretty intriguing. For the visuals and style, at the very least.

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