“Rise Up” – The Astonishing X-Men Motion Comic Music Video

We all know the Astonishing X-Men Motion Comic is coming, but did you know there’s a MUSIC VIDEO for it?  If you watched Attack of the Show on this past Monday night you did.  In case you missed it, Marvel has provided the video for the music video, “Rise Up” for the iFanboy iFanbase to enjoy.  This one speaks for itself, folks.

The official statement from Marvel:
Marvel is proud to unveil the official Astonishing X-Men music video, “Rise Up”, David Ari Leon, Guy Erez, Bronx Style Bob, Christian Altman and the Marvel Music Group. Featuring previously unseen footage from the hotly anticipated Astonishing X-Men motion comic, based on the acclaimed story by superstars Joss Whedon (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) and John Cassaday (Captain America), “Rise Up” will have you cheering for more! Marvel is also proud to present MarvelFest NYC 2009, an all-new interactive outdoor experience in New York City to celebrate the iTunes release of the groundbreaking Astonishing X-Men Motion Comic on October 28th. Join celebrities and the biggest names in Marvel history to commemorate the Astonishing X-Men premiere, projected three stories high in Union Square at MarvelFest! For complete details and official rules regarding MarvelFest NYC 2009 please visit www.marvel.com/fest.


  1. Kinda awesome, kinda not.

  2. Those lyrics are mad corny.

  3. I don’t know… all the pomp and circumstance around this, I have to wonder why not just do something similar to the recent "direct adaptation" stories DC’s been putting out or the forthcoming Planet Hulk? Why do the motion comic? Oh well, they can do what they want. The music however is pretty bad… They should have paid Nick Lowe to write it, he did a good job with the NEXTWAVE theme song.

  4. This is pretty hilarious. Also pretty hilariously bad. Whatever though, Cassady art is always good.

  5. Who made a stinky? Marvel made a stinky!

  6. I… I… what?

    Astonishing X-Men #1 was the first mainstream superhero comic I read.  It remains one of my favorite single issues, and Gifted remains one of my favorite story arcs.  And I am… kind of horrified by this thing.

  7. I just showed this video to a room full of 19-year-old, video game-playing, cosplaying boys who had not yet read Astonishing X-Men — presumably, the target audience of the motion comic.

    The cringing bewilderment was pretty much universal.

  8. I don’t get why comic book people suddenly seem to think this sort of rap/rock hybrid that was so prevelant in 1998 is cool.  Did we not learn the lessons of Limp Bizkit and Korn?  Was Quesada the one person who saw the revamp of The Transformers theme that floated around Youtube who thought it was actually good?

    The animation, at least,  is perfectly acceptable.

  9. @akamuu, the one with Sky Might Fall by Kid Cudi or was there something else?

  10. WOW…..

  11. I think we have something to replace ‘MAY-HEM’.

    Holy shit that was awful.

  12. The MAY-HEM finale is next week isn’t it?

  13. Oh my…that was…well it wasn’t good was it? In fact I feel like my eyes and ears may never recover.  Comics or cartoons, people, never a mix of the two.  They turned out things like this in the sixties people, and those things don’t suddenly look like the cutting edge saviour of the comics industry, so why would Marvel think this is?

  14. I saw this on G4 the other day.  I like the idea of motion comics but a motion comics video…. nah.

  15. Idk what that was but it made me feel ill at points. 

  16. There are no words…

  17. This is not a good idea.

  18. Seriously, stop this Clutch Cargo lookin’ garbage.

  19. I don’t get it…

  20. May-Hem? 

  21. First off, I agree with everyone above – this video is pretty bad/corny/lame/whatever….

    I love Cassaday and equally loved the entire run he and Whedon created. Some of my favourite Marvel stuff. However, this motion comic is looking pretty flat. Alot of the action stuff looks so bad I think it would take me out of the entire story. The shots of Beast flipping around are simply horendous.

    I’m not opposed to motion comics at all, but they have to be done right. Watchmen I liked, and I have to give Marvel points for at least trying something.

    All in all I will wait until the first two episodes are out and given them a full watch before I set my opinion to rest, but I’ve got to be honest – it’s leaning towards a big "nay" at this point. 

  22. @captbastrd: Ha! It does look like a Clutch Cargo cartoon…

  23. dumb song, but I’m excited about motion comics. I’ll be checking it out.

  24. It doesn’t ruin all I thought of Astonishing X-Men, which was the continuing series that got me back into reading comics regularly.

    But the idea of it makes me sick and makes me not want to give Marvel any more money than I absolutely "have" to.

    I’m sure Disney didn’t have anything to do with this, but crap like this reminds me of how I felt when I learned that Disney bought Marvel: I don’t want to support this stuff. I don’t want to support Disney. And I don’t want to support a company that whores out its best artistic accomplishments by turning them into "motion comics" and then "motion comic music videos". That’s garbage. We don’t need that. If you must, do it with original comics, not your best stuff. It’s the equivalent of Ted Turner or whoever own the rights to Citizen Kane making a shitty music video out of that. It’s almost the equivalent of Disney re-doing a version of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, but making it a kids version with talking animals but no political theme.

    This watered-down, repackaged, sell-it-to-the-people-for-a-third-time stuff sucks. Because of moves like this, I am less willing to try out new Marvel series in the future. I simply do not want to give them any more money, unless the money is for some property (character, artist or writer) I really already support.

  25. My eyes…no, wait, my ears… no wait…

    Man, now I’m just waiting for Marvel to come up with scratch n’ sniff comics so they can assault yet another of my senses.

    that was a terrible, terrible song to go along with some really bad animation. 

    Y’know, even though I decided I wasn’t interested anymore, I at least kinda respected the Spider-woman motion comic because it seemed like it was trying to be something a little more original than cheap animation. But watching this again reminds me that the Astonishing stuff is really treated like low-grade animation.

    This is just… not good. It’s like bad 60’s animation with bad 90’s music. 

    On the positive tip: If you want some good comics for your iPhone, I’m finding "Box 13" on ComiXology to be one of the first comics I’ve read that seems truly made FOR the phone. It’s constructed so that I can read it easily and I am not rotating my screen a lot. I’d recommend that over these motion comics.


  26. is there actually a fanbase out there for motion comics? 

  27. Oh my god!!! That is quite possibly one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen! Wow thats a horrible song. 

  28. this might’ve been a bit too much. not exactly the ideal palette whetting for marvel fest.