Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 at 11:54 am
Since it started The Astonishing X-Men has existed in a bubble, in its own continuity, and its own universe. Starting in April two new creative teams are working together for a new approach to this series that will break the X-Men up into two separate teams that are each on seemingly separate missions set in the standard Marvel X Universe. Rotating teams of creators Daniel Way and Christos Gage, and Jason Pearson with Juan Bubillo will tell the two stories. This new story arc also promises the introduction of a new character who will be extremely important in the X Universe by the end of 2011.
It all begins in Astonishing X-Men #37 where Wolverine, Cyclops, Emma Frost, and Armor do battle with giant monsters that are stomping their way through downtown Tokyo. Fing Fang Foom attacks and sends the X-Men into action minus Armor who is dealing with some personal issue. Christos Gage and Juan Bubillo step in for issue #38 where their team of Colossus, Beast, and Kitty Pryde fight off a Brood invasion. This story also features the return of Kitty Pryde’s old pet Lockheed and Agent Brand from S.W.O.R.D.
Astonishing X-Men appears to be taking a cue from Amazing Spider-Man by featuring different creative teams telling their stories in each issue, but with the X-Men the stories are connected and highly serialized. Even with its flaws the Joss Whedon run of Astonishing X-Men was the best this series has ever been so this fresh take could be just what the doctor ordered. It could also end up being a big mess with different creators putting their stamps on these characters making them feel too radically different from one month to the next. We’ll see in April!