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Marvel Unveils John Cassaday's ASTONISHING X-MEN #50 Variant

It's the fiftieth issue so why not celebrate with art by the man that was there for the first issue?

These days, it's not often we get to see a series reach the fiftieth issue. Series are either canceled or relaunched with a new #1. That hasn't been the case with ASTONISHING X-MEN. I will admit there was some more peculiar arcs since Joss Whedon and John Cassaday's run ended but now we seem to be back on track in integrating this series with the rest of the X-universe since Marjorie Liu and Mike Perkins came on board.

To celebrate the fiftieth issue, Marvel got Cassaday to do a variant cover.

I do wish this was the regular cover but we'll have to settle for it being a variant. It's great that Marvel took the initiative to get Cassaday to do this homage to the first issue. We should see this sort of thing more often.

This May, with fans all over the world wondering who will say “I Do” – Marvel is proud to present your first look at superstar artist, John Cassaday’s jaw-dropping variant to Astonishing X-Men #50! Join us for this momentous occasion as this landmark issue not only celebrates an anniversary, but sets up a major turning point for two characters! Fans can’t miss out on Astonishing X-Men #50, available in comic shops, on the Marvel Comics app, and Marvel Digital Comics Shop this May!

ASTONISHING X-MEN #50 (MAR120623)

ASTONISHING X-MEN #50 CASSADAY VARIANT (MAR120624)

ASTONISHING X-MEN #50 CASSADAY SKETCH VARIANT (MAR120625)

Written by MARJORIE LIU

Art by MIKE PERKINS

Cover by DUSTIN WEAVER

Variant Cover by JOHN CASSADAY

Sketch Variant Also Available

Rated T+…$3.99

FOC – 4/30/12, ON SALE –5/23/12

33 Comments
Posted by Rabbitearsblog

This is awesome!! I wished John Cassaday continued doing the artwork for this series!

Posted by the_fallen11

Cool!

Posted by TheGreyOutcastX

Cassaday, we need you draw Astonishing again. It needs your art!

Posted by Or35ti

Love this :)

Posted by AgeofHurricane

Funny how i thought i'd end up hating this team...when it's actually pretty neat.

Posted by Gambit1024

Love it! How's the series been so far, anyway?

Posted by Bestostero

this is a very...interesting team roster...lol

Posted by revbucky

Can't wait! Bring it on.

Edited by HotSauceCommittee

Wonder if they'll get Northstar's name right this issue, unfortunately I'll never know as the piece of trash that was #48 completely turned me off of this series.

Posted by Sonata

Great to see it reach 50 issues. I admit I did drop it a little after the Whedon/Cassaday early arcs. I thought the stories were a bit average, and I couldn't afford the other 1000 X-Books a month.

Posted by TheGreyOutcastX

@HotSauceCommittee said:

Wonder if they'll get Northstar's name right this issue, unfortunately I'll never know as the piece of trash that was #48 completely turned me off of this series.

They called him Jean-Paul in the preview for the new issue coming out tomorrow. I think Marvel realized the mistake and corrected it for future issues. (hell I bet some one in Editorial got grilled cause of it.)

Posted by MyraMyraMyra

Warbird looks pretty badass :-)

Posted by HotSauceCommittee

@TheGreyOutcastX said:

@HotSauceCommittee said:

Wonder if they'll get Northstar's name right this issue, unfortunately I'll never know as the piece of trash that was #48 completely turned me off of this series.

They called him Jean-Paul in the preview for the new issue coming out tomorrow. I think Marvel realized the mistake and corrected it for future issues. (hell I bet some one in Editorial got grilled cause of it.)

I hope so, I'm a big supporter of Marvel but that was crazy.

Posted by TheGreyOutcastX

@HotSauceCommittee said:

@TheGreyOutcastX said:

@HotSauceCommittee said:

Wonder if they'll get Northstar's name right this issue, unfortunately I'll never know as the piece of trash that was #48 completely turned me off of this series.

They called him Jean-Paul in the preview for the new issue coming out tomorrow. I think Marvel realized the mistake and corrected it for future issues. (hell I bet some one in Editorial got grilled cause of it.)

I hope so, I'm a big supporter of Marvel but that was crazy.

Yea, I honesty think Editorial dropped the ball. They should have caught that name change and should have been like, 'Wrong!"

Posted by captkangaroo727

I love this team roster, warbird especially is one of my new favorite characters. Glad to see cecilia reyes and northstar getting some more face time too. Karma is an awesome choice as well. Awesome cover for an awesome book.

Posted by mickeymayhew

why is Karma on the cover? she hasn't even appeared yet, and Cecila Reyes is notable by her abscence
Posted by kaleb2470

This looks more like Cassidy's older work. It reminds me of his Planetary work.

Posted by X35

Cassaday should really be drawing an X-Men book full-time :(

Posted by Miss_Garrick

Is that supposed to be Warbird? Hardly looks like her...

Posted by Edgeworth_11

Amazing!!

Posted by JamDamage

I like this team. Actually, even tho I love Cyclops, I like it when he's not a member

Posted by TheGreyOutcastX

@mickeymayhew said:

why is Karma on the cover? she hasn't even appeared yet, and Cecila Reyes is notable by her abscence

She makes her appearance in issue 49 (coming out tomorrow). She was in the preview they showed for that issue.

Posted by The Impersonator

Pastor: Will you be reading this issue?

Reader: I do.

Posted by Meteorite

Is that Storm in the bottom-right hand corner...? Urgh.

Posted by royale_with_cheese

@Meteorite said:

Is that Storm in the bottom-right hand corner...? Urgh.

No, that's Warbird.

Posted by KidSupreme

nice

Posted by HortonDrawsAWho

Has it ever been confirmed by Marvel that this book takes place out of continuity? I'm just asking because I dropped the book once Whedon Left and originally it was in continuity but because of the massive delays on issues 18-25 it ended up de-synching itself with the rest of the marvel universe (almost like what happened with Children's Crusade). I read half of the next arc of astonishing (after whedon) before I dropped it because It didn't feel like it was even the same time period as the rest of the universe...

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Cassaday you are the man I say! Simply wonderful!

Posted by jcbart

Joss, John, come back to X-Men.... We miss you.

Posted by IllyanaRasputin

I'm loving this Arc so far. Northstar & Karma so much fun with those two <3

Posted by Rabbitearsblog

@jcbart said:

Joss, John, come back to X-Men.... We miss you.

I second this!

Posted by MisterWhisper

I stopped reading when Joss left.

Posted by HellSpawn12

John Cassaday is ASTONISHING!! Great cover. He needs to come back to Astonishing X-Men!