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
FOC – 4/30/12, ON SALE –5/23/12