Produced by: Brian Ward
Written by: Joss Whedon
Illustration by: John Cassaday
Studio: Marvel Knights Animation, Shout Factory
Review by: Bill Jones
The motion comic formula is still a baffling one. Marvel Knights doesn’t quite commit to really animating something, but offers a way for people to watch, rather than read, their comics. The effect is cool but still altogether unnecessary, and the latest offering from Astonishing X-Men isn’t going to change many minds on it.
“Dangerous” isn’t the easiest storyline for newcomers to just jump into. Those unfamiliar with the comic series and history will be taken aback a bit at the onset of this six-mini-episode series. But it eventually becomes evident after the death of a student at the mansion that the X-Men have an enemy within.
The storyline essentially provides them one of their greatest foes ever, one that can anticipate their every move, until they decide to start working outside of their usual characteristics. But there is more at play than just the battle with this villain, though that does make up the bulk of the content here.
The DVD boasts 69 minutes of material, but each episode has a hell of a lot of credits for only being approximately 12 minutes. Still, it’s a decent story with great illustrations to back it up. But there’s not a ton selling it in this form over that of the books, especially when there aren’t any special features to round things out and the voice acting is so-so.
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Pads & Panels received a copy of the DVD courtesy of the studio for review purposes.