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Astonishing X-Men #63 Review

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You would think having your ex-girlfriends show up would be bad news. It gets worse for Iceman when it appears he may be threatening the entire planet.

The Good

This issue made me realize something. I've always been a fan of Iceman but we've never really seen any major stories involving him. Sure he's been part of some big X-Men events but he's never really been the focus of them. For a character that has been around since the X-Men debuted, how much do we really know about him.

This is something that Marjorie Liu touches on and it blows me away that I never really thought about it before. Iceman has always been part of the background in the X-Men. He's usually been the light-hearted, sometimes jokester, member of the team. Liu touches on some aspects that have been hinted at before. It does make you look at him in a different manner. The way the others react to his current situation is also interesting.

The other nice thing about this issue is you get a strong sense of these X-Men members being their own 'team.' Sure, there may be one member that will quickly suggest they go to extreme measures to deal with the situation but it's nice seeing this team deal with their own problem, rather than bring in other X-Men members (even though we do see others appear).

You almost get an uneasy feeling as you watch the story progress. That just shows how the story pulls you in. The situation gets worse for our characters and we'll be hanging onto the edge of our seats waiting for what happens next.

The Bad

I am warming up to the art. It is enjoyable seeing different artists' interpretation but there are moments when Wolverine just feels a little off to me. At times, the art pulls me out of the story a tiny bit.

The Verdict

I never realized that Iceman has rarely been the center of attention in X-Men stories. As a character that has been around since the beginning of the team, it feels like writers never really fleshed him out. Marjorie Liu's take and the situation she's created is great in really showing us that there is a layer to his character we haven't really noticed before. As things progressively get worse, you start to feel uneasy as you become concerned with the fate of different characters. Liu never ceases to amaze with the way she delves into the different characters and it's always refreshing to see what she comes up with next.

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Edited by doombot890

i loved this issue and it was great to see bobby front and centre!

Posted by Dman1366

Do you think that this arc will kill Bobby and Kitty's relationship @g_man?

Posted by G-Man

@dman1366: Or will the relationship kill Kitty? *gasp!*

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Edited by Baberaham_Lincoln

Bobby kills everything!!!! >=D

Posted by The_Titan_Lord

Nice.

Posted by SolthesunGod

Yeah this was great. Not an Iceman fan so I'm suprised that I enjoyed this as much as I did.

Best moment of the issue.

Posted by sora_thekey

I'm curious about this book now. Is it a good jumping on point?

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Edited by Lokheit

While we all know at the end they will realize what Dark Beast did during the previous arc, remove the fragment of him and everything will be ok, which will made the whole arc rather pointless aside of Bobby finally being the focus of atention for once and maybe some consequences for the character's life, I have to say that I really like a writer finally showing what his OMEGA MUTANT powers could do when fully unleashed.

He's an omega mutant and this is rarely touched. It was kind of touched before some years ago when he was able to reform his body from water vapor in the atmosphere (or havok's pee), or with his AoA self, but seeing where his limits are is really cool.

For an omega mutant that is also one of the original 5, he has always been an underused secondary character when he had so much potential.Omega Mutant means he should be constantly in the spotlight dealing with the heavyhitters like Thor would do with the Avengers.

Posted by Killemall

I am always a big fan of character being shown their true potential, but i dont like the whole idea of Bobby going evil, i really hope they do something to change that. I for one dont want something like Jean Grey Dark Phoenix Saga, or Scarlet Witch Darker than Scarlet story arc.

Edited by Baberaham_Lincoln

Seriously, Bobby has recently been shown to be more and more 'gay' in any cameo he's in. Scarlet Spider 17, he got sticky webs shot at him from Kaine, and says "i dreamt of this once...I mean nightmare"... come on, can't that get any obvious writers? To all you viners, i want to know your opinion... i mean, i wouldn't care if he is, but i just feel i loose a sense of relativity with Bobby's persona...

Edited by Daycrawler

@g_man said:

@dman1366: Or will the relationship kill Kitty? *gasp!*

Things may get a bit frosty, and they may have a bit of a cooling off period. Definitely think the relationship could be on thin ice and Kitty will give him the cold shoulder for a while.

Gaaaah! Had to get those awful jokes out of my system!!! I do apologise.

Posted by Dman1366

@daycrawler: Sacrificing humor for multiple puns! I approve

Posted by Dman1366

@baberaham_lincoln: Well, I don't think he is gay, but that is just me. He might be just like Tobias from Arrested Development, "You blow hard Bobby, you blow hard."

Edited by Daycrawler

@dman1366 said:

@daycrawler: Sacrificing humor for multiple puns! I approve

Sadly, I have no quality control filter in my mind, or restraint, when it comes to terrible puns and jokes (as my wife will attest to). I'm sure it's some sort of medical condition. :)

Edited by mickeymayhew

Mystique sure gets around these days