Astonishing X-Men (2004) #48
The X-Men return to New York City, but it's not a social call. What dangerous adventures await them in their old stomping grounds?
Everything in this story is so well navigated and so effectively creates a new status quo that you could imagine you are reading a #1 of a flagship X-title. The domestic life and tender/sexy jokes of Kyle and Jean-Paul, the chemistry between Remy and a tired Cecilia, Wolverine’s anticipated entry, Iceman and Warbird’s stellar appearances; everything feels like it’s building up to something more, and we know very well it’s more than the known villainous gang at the end.
Liu mixes larger-than-life themes and surroundings with sharp noir-ish dialogue and wit in perfect quantities. Except for the briefly appearing, we already know from a bunch of panels where these characters are – emotionally – and their goals. The art is mature, dark and builds great tension, with a fitting team cover by Dustin Weaver and Rachelle Rosenberg. It maybe lacks a little bit of affection and detail, but the characters are credible and their faces and expressions speak volumes as to how they are. This issue screams: you’re here to unravel a mystery about love and mutants. Hold onto your chair.
Get ready for the beginning of a story about fresh starts, love and mutant condition in Astonishing X-Men's #48, the starter of a new intriguing status quo and an exploration of some characters' deep grounds.
Astonishing X-Men (2004) #48: What Is It About Love?
Writing - 10/1010/10
Storyline - 10/1010/10
Art - 9.5/109.5/10
Color - 9/109/10
Cover Art - 9/109/10
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