astonishing x-men




Bad News for Banshee in Next Week’s Astonishing X-Men Finale?

Has anyone noticed something’s been a little off with Banshee since his return at the beginning of Matthew Rosenberg and Greg Land’s lame duck Astonishing X-Men run? It turns out that The Beast has been counteracting the death seed in Banshee’s heart with nanobots, allowing him to fight for the X-Men, even if he doesn’t […]

Matthew Rosenberg Hints Astonishing X-Men Will End With a Cliffhanger

Desecrating the sacred holiday of X-Men Monday, Uncanny X-Men writer Matthew Rosenberg hinted on Twitter that this week’s final issue of Astonishing X-Men will end on a cliffhanger, just like the final issue of New Mutants: Dead Souls. For those who have blocked that traumatic experience from their minds, let’s recall how New Mutants Dead […]


Traitor! The Beast Sells Out in Astonishing X-Men #16

The Beast has revealed his true colors once again in a preview of next week’s Astonishing X-Men #16. Known for turning on his own species in the past, Beast is seen in this preview offering to work for the Office of National Emergency, a corrupt government agency that has kidnapped him and his fellow X-Men, […]

Fat-Shaming the Beast in Astonishing X-Men #15 Preview

On Wednesday, Astonishing X-Men #15 hits stores, with a cover inspired by the hit song Wanted: Dead or Alive by writer Matthew Rosenberg’s favorite band, Bon Jovi. And as the following preview reveals that Havok’s team of mutants is as authorized as a Watchmen sequel, will their fugitive status finally inspire camaraderie between the outlaw […]


Astonishing X-Men Annual #1 cover by Rod Reis

Astonishing X-Men Annual #1 Advance Review: Should the X-Men be Dark?

Jean Grey, Beast, Angel, and Iceman, the surviving members of the original X-Men, meet up for dinner to catch up. Their time is interrupted by the resurrected Professor Charles Xavier, back as “X” and inhabiting the body of Fantomex. He brings them to a new mansion he has outside the town of Lago. He claims […]

Astonishing X-Men #14 cover by Greg Land and Frank D'Armata

Astonishing X-Men #14 Review: Emotionally and Visually Disconnected

Beast has somehow revived Banshee, and the returned Sean Cassady saves Havok and Beast from the Reaver attack. Warpath also arrives to lend aid, as Kitty Pryde sent him to keep an eye on Alex Summers. After dispatching the Reavers, Alex decides to build upon this makeshift team. Hank leads him to Colossus, who is […]



Astonishing X-Men #13 cover by Greg Land and Frank D'Armata

Astonishing X-Men #13 Review: What if All the X-Men Hated One Another?

Havok is trying to get back into the hero business, and he has started with a giant monster attacking New York. He defeats it, but it falls onto a building. The Avengers arrive to inform Alex that they intended to pacify it peacefully as per an agreement with the Mole Man. Iron Man isn’t happy […]

Astonishing X-Men #12 cover by Greg Land and Edgar Delgado

Astonishing X-Men #12 Review: A Good-Enough Ending to Charles Soule’s Story

The Shadow King has returned to sew havoc and terror across the world. Spawned from the head of X and using Proteus’ reality seeds for additional power, he quickly dispatches the Astonishing X-Men by vomiting liquid despair upon them — except for one. Psylocke still stands, but can she defeat the Shadow King alone? Charles […]

X-ual Healing: You Could Call it a Conclusion… Astonishing X-Men #12

Sworn to sell comics for Marvel executives who feared and hated the fact that Fox owned their movie rights, The Uncanny X-Men suffered great indignities, but with a corporate merger on the way, the X-Men can finally get back to doing what they do best: being objectively the best franchise in comics. Each week, armed with the joy, heartbreak, […]

Dazzler: X-Song #1 cover by Elizabeth Torque and Ian Herring

Dazzler: X-Song #1 Review: Freedom in Music

Dazzler has returned to her music career, hosting concerts for mutants, Inhumans, and metahumans. Things were going well, but there is now an anti-Inhuman hate group of mutants now attempting to bar Inhumans from entering Dazzler’s concerts. She wants to be done with the superhero scene, but she can’t sit by and allow this bigotry […]

The Surviving Original X-Men Reunited with Professor X in Astonishing X-Men Annual

Matthew Rosenberg is taking over Astonishing X-Men in July, but he’s already getting an Astonishing X-Men Annual to write in August, with artist Travel Foreman (in place of regular series artist Greg Land). Can anyone stop Rosenberg’s steady takeover of the entire X-Men line? If so, they’ll have their work cut out for them, as […]

Astonishing X-Men #11

X-ual Healing: It’s Always Darkest Before the Reboot in Astonishing X-Men #11

Welcome back to X-ual Healing, the weekly recap column where we obsessively read every X-Men and X-Men-adjacent comic that Marvel publishes, tell you what happens, provide additional context where necessary, and examine whether the comic makes good use of the long and convoluted history of the X-Men by referencing it in a way that’s accessible to […]

Astonishing X-Men #11 cover by Grag Land and Frank D'Armata

Astonishing X-Men #11 Review: The Team Comes Together, in Time for the End

X and Psylocke’s plan to bring down Proteus is sprung into action. The Astonishing X-Men ambush the being to stop his reality seeds around the world. Psylocke and X use their psychic abilities to stop the spread of the reality seeds. Betsy even begins to start trusting X, and the team seems to be coming […]

Astonishing X-Men #10

X-Men: Bland Design X-Travaganza – Reshaping Reality Democratically in Astonishing X-Men #10

Welcome, dear readers, to X-Men: Bland Design, the weekly multi-part recap column that strives to answer the question: “What if Ed Piskor had no art skills, a juvenile sense of humor, and less classic material to work with?” It’s been a rough decade or so for X-Men fans. As part of Ike Perlmutter‘s feud with Fox over the Fantastic Four movie rights, Marvel’s […]