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    • CommentTimeAug 22nd 2010 edited
    Thoughts, comments, spare change? I could really use the spare change, as I quit this book. Hahaha.

    -- W
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    Enjoyed the confrontation with the villain at the end (and your point about the lack of laserbeam eyes among people who were, y'know, <em>actually</em> mutated by radiation was well taken), and Phil's art is always a treat to look at. It felt a little abrupt, honestly. It read like one of those "Planetary" stories I'd finish and think, "Surely he'll come back to this in the next few issues and show things coming together," and you almost always did. Can I ask if the "Xenogenesis" mini ties together your two "Astonishing" stories?
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    Last issue was a little on the "What the fuck? This is somewhat fucked and rushed" side of things. This issue was a little more manageable, I think, read a little more cleanly. Andy Lanning did some great job finishing the work. Still it felt like there was something missing from this. A bunch of great ideas happened here, maybe it was the fact I have not read them all in a row and it seems jumpy in my brain. That might be it.

    Mutated ugly fucks -- maybe I wanted something smashed at the end, but I think I just might have too much testosterone in my balls (among other places), so I applaud the thinking and doing things differently.

    I think I'll sit down and read them through now.
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    I loved it. There were many great one-liners between the team (Armor not wanting to go to the bondage store again, Beast's comment when the plane was too big for the tunnel, etc.); the art was brilliant, I loved the spreads; but the main thing this issue has going for it is the bad guy at the end. I love his spiel, I thought it was so well written, talking about how lucky the typical mutant is, what it was like being a real mutant without powers, etc.

    Oh, and "Wheelchair of death." Fucking beautiful.
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    I had a lot of trouble following the visual storytelling in this issue — but I really liked the revelation of the villain and his motivations.
    • CommentAuthorfod_xp
    • CommentTimeAug 26th 2010
    The ending seemed to lose steam in regards to the plot payoff, but that's not really important so much as it's just an X-Men comic. The real attraction and enjoyment I got from AXM #35 was the banter between Emma and Hisako. All the Emma jokes in this issue were beyond hilarious, and Hisako never missed a beat. Thanks to you Mr. Ellis, and Mr. Jimenez, Hisako has become a personal favorite X-Man. I fear for her fate once you leave the X-Men franchise, but that's life.

    Anyway, I enjoyed it, and honestly, Naga was pretty darn cool, especially with an actual, honest to Goddess excuse to hate "mutants." He's the textbook case of actual mutations and ugly, while the Chromosome 23 mutants of the 616 look like glamorous movie stars.

    I also want to thank Jimenez and Lanning for some really nice group shots of the entire Astonishing cast (Abby included), those were great. Still, can't even hope to compete with any of your Avatar Press books, but it's simple mindless indulgence, thanks Warren, Phil, Lanning, and Frank. This was a nice science hero rescue fiction X-Men book.

    • CommentAuthorPablo
    • CommentTimeAug 26th 2010
    Morrison also poked at the theme of the X-Men as "outcast movie stars" a little bit, when he had it pointed out by a character whose mutation basically seemed to amount to having two faces smooshed together.
    • CommentTimeAug 27th 2010
    That was bad ass.

    I'm a horrible critic.
    • CommentAuthorarchizero
    • CommentTimeAug 27th 2010
    x-men are go? brilliant.
    • CommentAuthorfod_xp
    • CommentTimeAug 27th 2010
    X-Men are F.A.B.!
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    I'd bet mutant money was sweet like honey, but sleepless and swing are the f--ing real thing. (I'm sorry I really really wanted to say that)
    • CommentAuthorSBarrett
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2010

    I especially love the different looks on the faces of Emma and Brand in that last panel. I will be sad to see you leave Astonishing.
    • CommentTimeAug 30th 2010
    I agree the end was kind of a let down, it's doesn't build anything new, the mutants have been streamlined into just the pretty people, even the ones that were not that pretty (wolverine?) now look generic and uninteresting in most titles, I guess this started with the Morlock massacre, Morrison tried some things but they are all gone, where is Beak? oh yeah he looks normal now and has a superposered suit, right?

    I would have liked this (The child of the atom) character to lead to something new, but I guess there is a reason why you quited the book, I am sad to say that I am getting so bored with the X-Men books, I read the ones that came out last week and the same thing happen over and over on every book, what is the point? the have good artists now, but the writing it's going nowhere, I will keep enjoying Xenogenesis till the end.
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    This story made me laugh, it made me go ooh! at the right moments and Beast has pretty much kept me afloat on every issue. Was it work for hire? Of course. But, it still has some points to make, the characterizations and inter-character dynamics are all sound, with some delicious novelty in presentation, and who has better body language in mainstream comics than Phil Jimenez?
    • CommentAuthorfod_xp
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd 2010
    Hello, THC! I see you found your way here. Yes, I agree too, Warren Ellis writes Henry by far the best. Although I do enjoy Warren fleshing out Hisako into a full fledged X-character that can keep up with the A-list X-cast. The eXogenetic arc was quite tongue and cheek the whole way through, especially with the first two issues devoted to Henry's sexual innuendos towards Abby and her playing "it's mission time now, but afterward we'll get our freak on."

    I love how completely warped Warren made the Astonishing X-Men cast.
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    Did you see how angry the CBR X-board got about this? That and the fact that this is as close to an X-Men as A Team vibe as we're likely ever to get made it all worthwhile. Some can't groove on Thunderbirds versus bastardized meat robots.
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    I don't look at CBR boards, or read reviews, really.

    But, you know, you can understand why this particular project might have annoyed some X-Men fans.
    • CommentAuthorales kot
    • CommentTimeSep 4th 2010
    heh heh heh
    • CommentTimeSep 7th 2010 edited
    I think the X-Men books need to bring Igor Kordey back, I would love to see an arc of Astonishing X-Men (The team from Xenogenesis) by him (but please do not rush him!).
    oh also Travis Charest on covers, would you like to write that Warren?
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    I left AXM.