The GeeksverseAstonishing X-Men #36

Astonishing X-Men #36
Published on Friday, February 25, 2011 by


Written by: Daniel Way
Penciled by: Jason Pearson
Inked by: Karl Story
Colors: Sonia Oback
Letters: VC's Cory Petit
Cover Art: A- Jason Pearson; B- Michael Kaluta w/ Dave Stewart
Associate Editor: Daniel Ketchum
Editor: Nick Lowe

There’s one reason why I picked up the new arc of Astonishing X-Men and that is: Jason Pearson.

Daniel Way is hit or miss for me. I haven’t read a lot by him and what I have has been decent to good. Nothing earth shattering. But he surprised me with this story. There are some funny moments, and not uproariously or antic funny, but just in situation funny. There are some emotional and tender moments, like Wolverine telling Armor that the X-Men are family.

I do have to ask if Armor has always had the “powered by the strength of her past ancestors” or is that something that Way added for this story? I don’t remember it from my few encounters with Armor before.

Way does good capturing the essences of the X-Men cast. It’s nice to see an old foe, Mentallo, back in action, and it’s an interesting place to use him. Wouldn’t expect a non-“thug” like him to be used in that role and it’s interesting to see the Roxxon employee’s reaction to him being there.

As good as the story is, it’s Jason Pearson that is the real draw here. I’ve missed his work. He’s always had a very unique style and it’s always been one that I’ve enjoyed. And I enjoyed it here. He does it all, from the big monster and action sets, to the smaller panels. It’s his smaller panels, the close-up ones, that are the strength in this issue.

The one panel of Mentallo, where it’s just his lower face and the red of his outfit surrounded by black is a mini-masterpiece. As is the all white panel of the other three around Armor.

Astonishing X-Men #36 receives
4 out of 5

The story is decent but it’s the art that is the main draw of this issue. It’s Pearson at his best.

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