The GeeksverseAstonishing X-Men #51

Astonishing X-Men #51
Published on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 by

After a couple months of hype and talk, the wedding of Northstar is here.


Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Marjorie Liu
Penciled by: Mike Perkins
Inked by: Mike Perkins w/ Andrew Hennessy
Colored by: Andy Troy, Jim Charalampidis & Rachelle Rosenberg
Lettered by: VC's Caramagna, Petit & Cowles
Cover by: Dustin Weaver w/ Rachelle Rosenberg
Associate Editor: Daniel Ketchum
Editor: Jeanine Schaefer

Northstar was the first comic book hero to announce he was gay, so it’s only fitting that he’s the first one to get married.

But beyond that it’s Northstar, this could have been the wedding of any couple. Liu could have spent most of this issue making a statement about gay marriage, but instead aside from some word changes in the vows, she writes like just another wedding.

And that’s the way it should be.

A wedding is a wedding, doesn’t matter if you’re gay, straight or alien. Comic book weddings are few and far between, so it does deserve to get some attention on that fact alone.

I can see some being upset that Liu didn’t make a statement. I wouldn’t have been disappointed if she had, not completely, but I don’t read comics for political statements, I read comics for entertainment. And really, I think she’s making a stronger statement by not emphasizing that Northstar and Kyle are gay. The statement she’s making is that it doesn’t matter. It’s two people in love and if they want to get married, let ‘em.

She does spend two panels on the opposing view, with Puck and Havok voicing some minor questioning, but that’s all the attention it gets and again, by not saying much she ends up saying alot. These two panels show that some people might question gay marriage, but they’re still going to support the ones they know and love if they choose to do it.

I like that she keeps the current events going in this issue and doesn’t just concentrate on the wedding. The wedding doesn’t interupt the ongoing story she’s telling, it fits smoothly into the flow of the story. The rest of the X-cast gets attention as well, not just the “astonishing” team. The bit with Warbird was odd, and I wish another sentence or two had been added about why she doesn’t believe in the validity of the vows.

All in all Liu handles it well and the wedding goes off without a hitch.

I like Perkins art, always have. It reminds me of Butch Guice, which is a very good thing.

Quick comment on the coloring and lettering. There’s alot of people involved and they work pretty seamlessly together.

Astonishing X-Men #51 receives
4.5 out of 5

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