Astonishing X-Men #48

#1 Posted by G-Man (30608 posts) - - Show Bio

The Good

As probably many others are, I am getting a bit overloaded with the number of X-titles currently on sale. I actually haven't counted and don't want to know how many there are. ASTONISHING X-MEN has been a title that I've read off an on, never fully committing to it. Until now.

Ever since Marjorie Liu made the jump into comics at Marvel, I've been a huge fan. If you've read her X-23 issues, you know she excels at character development and relationships as well as cramming in loads of action. While we're all saddened over the end of that series, having her take on her own X-Men title is pretty sweet.

Within her first issue, we do see a lot of development for characters such as Northstar, Cecilia Reyes and even Gambit. The angle that most of the characters she'll be writing don't want to spend all their time with the X-Men and are looking for time away is a great angle. Obviously when push comes to shove and things start blowing up, they won't have much of a choice. It's just great to see them trying to have normal lives rather than just sitting around waiting for the next mission.

When it was announced that Mike Perkins would be joining Liu on this title, I was definitely intrigued. He definitely takes on the task of drawing action and non-action scenes with enthusiasm.

The Bad

As a first issue for a new direction, there's a lot to cover. Depending on what you're looking for, you're not necessarily going to see a lot of action in the first half of the book. This shouldn't be a bad thing unless you're craving non-stop action, but who really wants that all the time? Those that cringe at emotions being put on display will have to accept that these characters do and should have feelings. When the action does begin, it explodes in your face. You're almost left wondering what's going on.

And there was one panel where Wolverine looked a little funny.

The Verdict

There's some good news and bad news for X-Men readers. Marjorie Liu and Mike Perkins' take on ASTONISHING X-MEN is off to a great start. The good news is we have another great X-Men series to enjoy. The bad news is you have another great X-Men series you have to buy. Liu always manages to bring life and energy to the characters she writes. The X-Men have always had that underlying feeling of family and humanization, despite the fact that they were mutants. We all want to see crazy and intense action but there should be time taken to allow the characters to grow personally as well as in terms of powers and abilities. Mike Perkins manages to capture this feeling and handles the task of drawing quiet intimate scenes as well as big time action. The mix of the two causes the action to come later and when it does, you're almost left wondering what's happening. Once you catch your breath, your anticipation for the next issue will rise all over again.

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#2 Edited by Mad_Wolverine (228 posts) - - Show Bio

'And there was one panel where Wolverine looked a little funny'

I want to see this panel so much right now, any chance of a pic?

#3 Posted by Or35ti (1101 posts) - - Show Bio

@Mad_Wolverine said:

'And there was one panel where Wolverine looked a little funny'

I want to see this panel so much right now, any chance of a pic?

Haha, seconded :)

#4 Edited by natejoseph09 (136 posts) - - Show Bio

There was a panel which made Gambit look like Igor as well.

Loved the issue, but what did the reviewer mean by "we do see a lot of development for characters such as Northstar, Cecilia Reyes and even Gambit"?

#5 Posted by Mucklefluga (2508 posts) - - Show Bio

Love the variant cover, probably because i love the old x-men and their costumes

#6 Posted by Solarflare32 (393 posts) - - Show Bio

Why were none of the naming errors pointed out

#7 Posted by Gawdzilla (376 posts) - - Show Bio

@Solarflare32 said:

Why were none of the naming errors pointed out

There was multiple naming errors in this issue smh

#8 Edited by HotSauceCommittee (345 posts) - - Show Bio

Mediocre. Confused as to how this got 5 stars, seems like it's based more on the artistic team rather than the actual quality of the book.

@Gawdzilla said:

@Solarflare32 said:

Why were none of the naming errors pointed out

There was multiple naming errors in this issue smh

And this, his name is Jean-Paul, not Jean Claude, and it's not just a one off, they make this mistake multiple times.

#9 Posted by TheOlympian (111 posts) - - Show Bio

who was the guy standing beside Arclight with the shades?

#10 Posted by Solarflare32 (393 posts) - - Show Bio

@ Theolympian vanisher is the dude in shades if sinister is not in this arc i'll be shocked since 2 characters here died in messiah complex and cloning is the only way they ever retrun but mind you who would clone prism he's useless most times in battle

#11 Posted by jrock85 (2874 posts) - - Show Bio

Really enjoyed it.

#12 Posted by webofthornns (670 posts) - - Show Bio

The whole name thing with Northstar put a real damper on this issue for me. Kyle calls him Jean-Paul early in the issue then he's suddenly becomes Jean-Claude. How much development will we really see if they can't even get the names right?

#13 Posted by mickeymayhew (202 posts) - - Show Bio

I was just p****** that Cecelia's shields have changed colour; they looked better yellow, back in the day

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