The superstar team of Warren Ellis and Kaare Andrews (SPIDER-MAN: REIGN) take X-Men into the Heroic Age! Something’s happening in the tiny East African city of Mbangwi. Something that requires immediate investigation. A newborn sprouts metal electrodes and explodes, taking out an entire hospital. Is this the first wave of mutant rebirth that the X-Men have been praying for…or something very, very different? Something sinister?

WRITER: Warren Ellis
PENCILS: Kaare Andrews
INKS: Kaare Andrews
LETTERED BY: Chris Eliopoulos
COVER BY: Kaare Andrews

Price: $3.99
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  1. Couple of things…where’s the second half of the Jimenez arc? And is this a) going to come out on time and b) EVER GOING TO FUCKING END!? like where the fuck is Fell 10? Or Desolation Jones 9? Or Newuniversal 2?

  2. I’m getting this for the art with the hopes that Ellis shows me something new but his x-men work has felt stale so i don’t have much hope

  3. I’m pretty much with the both of you.

  4. Not even gonna bother!!!!


  5. A limited series? Yeah I’m not going to bother picking this up either.

  6. But Kaare put junk in Ms. Frost’s trunk… Surely you can forgive Ellis for starting everything and finishing nothing?

  7. @JimBilly4- that is a great way of putting it.

  8. There are some…odd art choices, but I’ve overall enjoyed Ellis’ work on Astonishing, so I’m giving it a shot. 🙂

  9. Andrews won me over with Spiderman: Reign and his one shot comic to finish Wolverine: Enemy of the State. I cant wait and i hope and pray this is going to be finished. 

  10. Hey, i don’t want to sound negative but that artist looks absolutely awful. Bye!

  11. The Astonishing Heroic Age? Now I’m just confused.

  12. Logan’s elbow is bigger then anyone else’s head…

  13. I picking this up, but I’m not sure why.  I havent like Astonishing X-Men since Whedon left.  In fact, I HATED that whole Ghost Boxes thing. I guess I’m sampleing this new "Astonishing" line. 

    And no amount of junk in Ms. Frost’s trunk can save that art (I do remember the Storm, on the other side of the gatefold looking kind of cool though).

  14. @Ruo21: I think they’re just trying to put the Heroic Age thing on as many solicitations as possible. I actually think that it might be almost a spiritual or actual post-Second Coming story, since it’s about a Mutant birth in East Africa.

    @AlanRob: Yeah, Storm did look cool–they’re bringing back the mohawk, baby! 😀 

  15. I didn’t like the Ghost Boxes arc but I was enjoying the second arc with Jiminez… but it seems like everyone forgot about that?

    I’ll try this but I’m not expecting anything. The art looks awful. What happened to Kaare Andrews?

  16. kaare andrews=yes please

  17. Could someone fill me in on whats happened in Ellis’s astonishing run? I picked up the first 2 issues and then dropped it. What do i *need* to know as far as relationships with the cast go? is anyone pissed at anyboyd because of something in the last arc?

  18. Kaare Andrews is so fucking awesome.

  19. I really wish there was a good xmen series, but they’re all sO intertwined and eventful. No thanks

  20. I’m not a huge fan of this either.  I love that Storm’s mohawk is back, but everyone looks like they’re starring in a bad rap video from the 90’s.  

  21. @Grandturk   Thats the whole point of this Astonishing line.  To offer stories that arent steeped in continuity and that dont tie in with other books.  So if you really want to try X-Men this is where to do it.

  22. @RoiVampire: As far as relationships among the cast, my favorite would have to be Storm and Emma. They’re getting along wonderfully well. After their last set-to in the pages of X-Treme X-Men a few years ago, it’s nice to see them finally leaving the past in the past and forging an exciting new friendship.

    Although I really couldn’t tell you if anyone if particularly pissed off about anything that happened in the last arc drawn by Phil Jimenez since it hasn’t actually finished yet.

  23. @AlanRob – yeah I see what you’re saying but the beginning of Ghost Boxes was such a let down that I dropped it.

  24. I really liked this… Doesnt seem like most of the reviews so far have been good but for an out of continuity story with some amazing art it was damn good. The moments with Storm, Emma and Scott were spot on and really funny…

     Good Stuff@! 

  25. Story wise this was pretty good. It seemed like Ellis was really reigning himself in from his usual crazy technobabble snarkiness. As for the art…it’s not nearly as bad as Bianchi’s was. I could follow the story pretty well, even if there was some wonky looking faces and bodie

  26. The ugliest art i have seen. This is bad porno art! I can’t read the damn book, it’s such trash.

  27. The art was really, really bad. Emma looked terrible. The ridiculous facial expressions and the huge bad stripper breasts it took me right out of the story.

  28. The art doesn’t bother me. I think I would really like it on another title, but it strike me as meshing with an X title. What took me out of it was the characters acting so different than how they’ve been portrayed forever, and the creepy sexual tension between everyone in the book.

  29. Damn… what has become of this title?  How people are enjoying this art is beyond me.  I know it’s a personal preference, but I laughed out loud when Ms. Piggy, err Emma, was leaning over about halfway through the book.  Jimenez’s work was the best on this title since Cassaday; what happened there?

  30. Strangely, I really enjoyed this issue a lot.

  31. So… Is this the Warpies storyline Ellis was talking about when he took over Astonishing?

    Warpies as in the Captain Britain sense –  Kids who are mutated via the fallout from a reality warp. Back in the 80s there was fallout from Mad jim Jaspers re-writing the world in his image. Is this from fallout from House of M?

  32. The story is not bad, but the art was awfully inconsistent and simply not good.

  33. whats the deal with the art in this book emma looks ridiculousley horrible and that baby in the first couplr of pages look just as bad

  34. This issue had the best written Storm in years.

  35. This issue was better than I thought it would be (but not as good as Astonishing Spider-Man/Wolverine) but the whole issue could be summed up in one sentence: "Warren Ellis likes to talk about Africa and Kaare Andrews likes to draw Emma Frost’s breasts."

  36. I’m not sure what to make of this.  The art is okay except for Emma.  Her head is drawn like it’s a freaking cube, and it was driving me nuts.  Aside from that, I thought it was average.  I definitely want to see where the story goes before writing it off.  


    What I really want is Astonishing X-men #34.  I’ve loved the current run with Jimenez.  The action, pacing, and above all else the art have been out of this world.

  37. Liked (most of) the art; not into the writing a’tall. Some thoughts:

    Two-dimensionally written Emma Frost with three-dimensionally drawn boobs!

    I don’t want my childhood comic/cartoon heroes tearing down my political heroes. Maybe it’s silly or naive of me, maybe it’s being close-minded both to the facts spouted about Mandela and to the idea of a long-running character taking such a harsh stance, but I’m just not into it.

    Are we (and by "we" I mean everyone  but me since I’m dropping the shit out of this book) going to see Cyclops learn a very important lesson about subtle racism by the end of this arc? … Also, is he gonna get some Ororo lovin’? I ask these questions facetiously because I don’t think you can really do either of those things and stay true to the characters (out of continuity, I know, whatever).


  38. This was utter trash.

  39. Avatar photo JFernandes (@jdfernandes) says:

    Here’s what got me:  the blurb above gives the premise of a town in Africa in which "mutant babies" are being born.

    Beast’s response: you can’t tell if they’re mutants until they reach puberty.

    Wolverine’s response: it’s not our problem.

    So…where was any of this logic during Messiah Complex?

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