Marvel's Newest X-Team Is the Astonishing X-Men

Image: Marvel Comics
Image: Marvel Comics

We’ve suddenly gone from not all that many X-Men books being out there to all the X-Men books being out there, with the advent of the still-awfully-punned “ResurrXion”—but here’s one more to add to the sudden pile of mutant mania.

The new series, written by Charles Soule, will bring together an oddball team of Mutant characters—Old Man Logan, Rogue, Gambit, Mystique, Bishop, Fantomex, Psylocke, and Archangel—to fight a mysteriously “reborn, renewed, resurrected” X-Men villain currently under wraps.

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Whatever it ends up being, Marvel is suddenly pushing Astonishing X-Men as one of its most important new X-books—even beyond its new “main” twin series, X-Men: Blue and X-Men: Gold—promising, well... pretty much everything they can, judging by the ecstatic words of Marvel EIC Axel Alonso:

If you’re going to relaunch a book called Astonishing X-Men, it had better live up to the title. Charles and his soon-to-be-revealed collaborators are about to unveil a story that touches every corner of the X-Men mythology, and the first issue alone will have massive ramifications for the Children of the Atom. We can’t wait to tell you more about this book.

Alonso’s right in a way—the Astonishing name has a very particular legacy to it, having been used for two miniseries in the late ’90s, before titling the ongoing X-Men series first written by Joss Whedon (and later penned by the likes of Warren Ellis, Marjorie Liu, Daniel Way, and Christos Gage) between 2004 and 2013. Between that and the big promises of even more huge consequences for Mutantkind (haven’t they been through enough lately?), the new Astonishing X-Men has a lot to live up to already ahead of its launch in July.



James is a News Editor at io9. He wants pictures. Pictures of Spider-Man!

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Wait wait... let me guess... there will be sexual / romantic tension between Rogue and Gambit... Mystique will be ambiguous and ultimately betray the team... Archangel will struggle with controlling his inner bloodthirsty stabby maniac... Psylocke will mention her psychic knife, the focused totality of her telesomething powers... Old Man Logan will act exactly like Dead Logan only with whiter hair... and Bishop will whine about the awful future. Also, Fantomex will get all the best lines and/or fuck his clone/sister.