Astonishing X-Men #26 Review: The Best There Is At What They Do

Astonishing X-Men #26 coverAstonishing X-Men #26
Writer: Warren Ellis
Artist: Simone Bianchi

This issue certainly is an improvement over last month, but it’s still taking me some time to get used to the new creative team.

While Joss Whedon and John Cassaday expertly depicted the X-Men as a veteran team of superheroes who are the best there is at what they do, Warren Ellis and Simone Bianchi seem to portray them as the best there is at talking about what they do, and what they do isn’t very impressive.

And while Ellis did warn us that he would be using Wolverine as a comedic foil, it is wearing a little thin already. Though Ellis did produce this wonderful gem after Wolverine received a rather serious injury, “Just let me regrow some organs and I’m all set.”

From Marvel (preview): “The superstar team of Warren Ellis and Simone Bianchi take the X-Men to the ‘Second Stage’! ‘Messiah Complex’ pulled the X-Men team together, ‘Divided We Stand’ tore them apart. Now the X-Men are back to business — with a new look, a new base of operations, and a mystery to solve that will take them into previously uncharted territory and test them to their core. It all starts on a spaceship hovering 300 hundred feet above the twisted wreckage of Chaparanga Beach. Its sole inhabitant: the mysterious Subject X. Five minutes — just five minutes is all he needs, all he’s asking for. Can the X-Men afford to give it to him?” On sale August 13, 2008.

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12 years ago

At least it has some highly amusing Wolverine action sequences. It was nice to see Cyclops again in his agressive leadership role. I like how the X-Men look out of their own and will do anything to preserve their endangered species.

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