Sunday, May 23, 2010

Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis #1 - Marvel

This was another fantastic issue in the Astonishing X-Men franchise. My only question is . . and it's one I've been asking ever since issue #1 of the Astonishing X-Men . . is this, or is this not part of the regular Marvel Universe? Throughout this whole series, while reading the various chapters, at the time it feels like were dealing with an alternate Universe. But then . . later on, there's some X-Men story that ties it all into the regular continuity. So, my guess is . . they're stories about the X-Men, but don't necessarily fall into any established time-line. Everything else catches up . . when it does. At least that's the only explanation I have. Anyways, Scott is putting the team together again to head off to Africa. It appears that there's some small African nation that seems to be overrun with mutant births right now. The problem is 2-fold. First of all, this is an entirely unnatural occurrence of events. Secondly . . mutants aren't born with their powers . . they manifest at puberty. So this has to be something entirely different. But . . they won't know until they get there. And, if history is any lesson to them, they very rarely have easy, or even tolerable experiences whenever they head into the mother-continent. And this one doesn't look to be any exception . . according to the guns they're met with when they land. As with the current Astonishing series, this one is written by Warren Ellis. He does a phenomenal job with the story, and as always presents us with a plethora of ideas. But what I think really sets this one apart is Kaare Andrews art. It's simply amazing. Plus, I've never seen Ororo and Emma look sexier. I mean, seriously . . disturbingly so. I can't wait to read the rest of this series. It looks to be . . amazing. Um, er . . sorry . . Astonishing.

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