The GeeksverseAstonishing X-Men #44

Astonishing X-Men #44
Published on Friday, November 25, 2011 by

Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Greg Pak
Art by: Mike McKone
Colored by: Rachelle Rosenberg
Lettered by: VC's Cory Petit
Cover Art: Mike McKone w/ Rachelle Rosenberg
Associate Editor: Daniel Ketchum
Editor: Nick Lowe

Marvel used the cover image as a tease to get people interested in the new storyline by the new creative team. Mohawk Storm and Cyclops kissing? What X-Men fan wouldn’t be interested in that?

Too bad it’s just another freaking alternate reality.

We just had the Age Of X and that alternate reality was “important” because they used a lame story reason to have some people remember what happened in that reality. So far that has amounted to nothing. This story? The reality appears interesting and the story starts off pretty good, but if it amounts to anything remains to be seen.

I really liked the way that Pak opened this up, having Cyclops visiting the doctor’s and showing his mental state with the locker room scene, was very good. It tied it strongly into Regenesis and the end of schism and actually hit on something that Uncanny X-Men should have, namely how Cyclops heals up from the fight with Wolverine. Uncanny convienantly just forgot about the injuries that should have sidelined Cyclops for months so it’s nice to see that they get mentioned.

The story starts off good but it rapidly goes south real quick. The appearance of Storm, with the mohawk, just takes the momentum from the story. It’s at that point that we know it’s an alternate reality story. How it all weaves together should and could be interesting, depending on how Pak handles it, but this issue isn’t interesting.

And Storm is so out of character that it’s not even funny.

I do like what Pak is setting up with the alternate reality. Using mutants as batteries, and apparently Magneto is behind it, is interesting and different. Thankfully. Most mutant alternate realities are the same thing over and over. This one is at least different.

Aside from the out of character Storm, the rest of the issue is at least decent. Not as strong as it could have been and I feel slightly cheated because of the tease of the cover, but the resolution should be good. Hopefully.

McKone’s art appears a little softer than normal. Normally he has someone inking him, and in this story he doesn’t, so that’s probably the difference. I like the softer look. The storytelling strengths are still there and the softer figures make the art a little better. McKone’s art is always good and this is no exception.

Astonishing X-Men #44 receives
3.5 out of 5

It’s another alternate reality story but at least this reality seems interesting.

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