The GeeksverseAstonishing X-Men #48

Astonishing X-Men #48
Published on Monday, April 2, 2012 by

Another new creative team takes over Astonishing X-Men. How long is this one here to stay?

Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Marjorie Liu
Art by: Mike Perkins
Colored by: Andy Troy
Lettered by: VC's Joe Caramagna
Cover by: Dustin Weaver w/ Rachelle Rosenberg
Associate Editor: Daniel Ketchum
Editor: Jeanine Schaefer

There seem to be too many X-titles that are floundering, that have no direction and just shift creative teams constantly. With the schism and the two groups of X-Titles, it now seems that X-Men and Astonishing X-Men are falling into the same boat, each for their respective sides. Each can’t seem to keep a creative team and each seem to be pretty directionless, throwing together random characters.

If you can’t tell, I don’t have high hopes for this creative team staying on the book for long.

I like Liu’s work for the most part. She’s not one of the best writers out there, but she tells a solid comic book story. There usually isn’t anything wrong with her work, technically. And that’s true, for the most part, with this story. With the pieces she has, and the direction she’s going, she does a solid job with it.

The problem is the randomness of the story. Characters pop up for no reason, randomly, and in ways that don’t make sense. These are the X-Men that she wanted to use, so these are the ones that show up. But why these particular ones?

Northstar just happens to get a call from Wolverine to meet him at Gambits, which just happens to be the night that Gambit and Cecelia Reyes (great character, underused and underappreciated and this issue doesn’t help) hang out on regularly. Wolverine shows up with Northstar in tow just as Warbird arrives beaten and with a dead body. Which just happens to coincide with an attack on Gambit’s apartment, with a team of soldiers that were told to expect Northstar to be there, and then Iceman just happens to show up.

Like I said, Liu obviously has a direction and story she wants to tell, so she has to force the pieces onto the gameboard. It comes across forced, it’s obviously forced, none of it makes any logical sense, but Liu at least makes it somewhat entertaining.

It’s borderline being bad though. Too much one way and the story just completely falls apart and no amount of entertainment value could save it. The last page especially is bad. Northstar’s boyfriend, who has been dating him for awhile, just happens to feel the need to follow Northstar when he’s on X-Men business? Why? Also, didn’t they live together in San Francisco when Northstar first joined the X-Men? Anyways, the only reason to have Kyle follow Northstar is so he can be captured.

The biggest issue with this story though is how out of character Northstar is. He doesn’t read like Jean-Claude Beaubier. Nothing is familiar, especially if you just read Northstar’s appearance in Alpha Flight. There’s a brief mention, of this being a new start for the couple. I assume that’s a reference to the failed Alpha Flight relaunch. It also felt odd that Gambit and Cecelia Reyes would be hang-out buddies. Really?

The art by Perkins is excellent. He’s a solid artist and proves it with this issue. Most of it is full of talking head scenes, and a complete lack of action or even superhero spandex, and Perkins does great making those scenes still visibly interesting.

My biggest gripe is why does Gambit, Wolverine, Iceman and Warbird need to be in here? They’re already in other titles. This would have been a great oppotunity for some of the lesser-used X-Men to make appearances.

Also, what is the point of this book? Why does it exist? What reason is there beyond just having another x-title?

Astonishing X-Men #48 receives
3.5 out of 5

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