Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis

Warren Ellis and Kaare Andrews team on a bold new limited series!

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By TJ Dietsch

For an age to be considered truly heroic, a few other adjectives just have to be in place: Fantastic. Uncanny. Amazing. And the latest addition to the hallowed list: Astonishing.

With that in mind, Marvel will be expanding its Astonishing line with a number of new books and where would said imprint be without the group that started it all, the X-Men? Editor Axel Alonso decided to mix two great tastes in a new cocktail with writer Warren Ellis and artist Kaare Andrews on ASTONISHING X-MEN: XENOGENESIS, which kicks off with a bang in May.

"The inciting incident is a whopper," Alonso promises. "In a small hospital in East Africa, a newborn baby suddenly sprouts metal electrodes and explodes. Is this the first sign of the rebirth of the mutant gene? The X-Men set off to find out."

ASTONISHING X-MEN: XENOGENESIS by Kaare Andrews
Fans should expect to see the core ASTONISHING X-MEN cast of Wolverine, Beast, Emma Frost, Cyclops, Colossus and Armor as well as plenty of other faces both familiar and new in this story that may or may not reignite the mutant race. But even with such high stakes, Alonso assures the story won't be difficult for new readers to jump right in:

"Like all arcs of ASTONISHING X-MEN, it's a self-contained read. It's not deeply woven into the subplots that are taking place in, say, UNCANNY X-MEN, X-FORCE or X-MEN: LEGACY, but it sure as hell counts. XENOGENESIS is a clean, accessible read.  It offers a massive hook to get you into the story, whether you're an X-Men fanatic or just a casual reader."

Look for more on the Astonishing line this week on Marvel.com!

 

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twpenguin
twpenguin

I just read Xenogenesis and hated it. The story does seem too close to what's going on in the main X-universe but that's not what's bad. The art is super stylized (some will like it, I don't) but also many of the panels turned somewhat lightly humored dialogue into almost parody. It feels like it's making fun of the X-Men. Not good.

pattychanman
pattychanman

[quote@yummy_mustard This already sounds alot like Messiah Complex.[/quote] Dude, this totally sounds like Messiah Complex all over again. Except Warren Ellis will be writing it, so I cant see myself paying to read this title. I'm not trying to knock the guy, but he just doesnt compare to Whedon when it comes to writing AXM.

pattychanman
pattychanman

[quote@Whalers77 Marvel, can't you include Gambit in something? He is immensely popular yet they keep giving him the cold shoulder. Aren't they in it to make money as well as people happy?[/quote] I think that Gambit is 2nd popularity only to Wolverine, but there's a HUGE difference in the number of titles each one shows up in. It is kinda dirty how they do Gambit

Windblast
Windblast

[quote@Whalers77 Marvel, can't you include Gambit in something? He is immensely popular yet they keep giving him the cold shoulder. Aren't they in it to make money as well as people happy?[/quote] thank you! finally somebody who feels the same way i do. you can't just have the guy secretly turn into his 'death' persona & not revisit the subject.

johnnysword
johnnysword

Glad to hear Colossus will be a main member of the team (since he's not on the cover). Hmmm, a new Astonishing series plus the promise of Kitty Pride's return in Uncanny... could this mean she'll once again be part of Astonishing? I really hope so.

yummy_mustard
yummy_mustard

This already sounds alot like Messiah Complex.

Whalers77
Whalers77

Marvel, can't you include Gambit in something? He is immensely popular yet they keep giving him the cold shoulder. Aren't they in it to make money as well as people happy?