Sunday, February 11, 2018

Astonishing X-Men (#1-7) by Charles Soule, Jim Cheung (Illustrator)

I wasn't going to read this one, but again Jacob insisted. I guess I should trust his judgement, because he clearly knows me well! Once I started these, I read them all pretty quickly. The very first issue is full of action and a slight overload of information. There are so many things happening all at once, and I absolutely loved it!

I've always been intrigued by Psylocke, so it was interesting to see how she would be portrayed in this comic. As expected, she kicks ass. Overall, it's an odd but awesome group of X-Men. I enjoy the banter between Rogue and Gambit (which is why I'm also reading their comic), and I don't often see Mystique and Fantomex. Bishop was new for me, too. I've seen him in one of the X-Men movies, but never in a comic. He is a very complex character. If I'm not mistaken, he's from the future and has the ability to jump through time. This knowledge allows him to scan events as they happen and cross reference them against future outcomes. He doesn't just see how it can effect the current reality, but every potential reality. Oh, and he can absorb energy and project it from his body. It's insane.

As for this series, it's a literal mindfuck (because they go to the Astral Plane). I never knew what was actually happening to the characters, and it gets pretty trippy. At the end of the seventh issue, something really shady happens, and now I don't know whether or not to believe it's real. It could be an illusion, or someone pretending to be something their not, and I'm not entirely sure where the story will go from here.

Fantomex! I cannot believe he willingly makes a certain decision, but I was enjoying his time spent with Mystique. They would be an unusual couple, and I think it'd make a wonderful comic! Raven needs a little love in her life.

8 comments:

  1. Oh I love that cover of #4. Mystique has always been a favorite character of mine though, so naturally. :) This sounds like a trip, literally lol. I'm way behind on X- Men and would probably have NO idea what's going on, but it looks fun!

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    1. I would love to read a Mystique comic, but I haven't seen one... I'll do some research, lol. That's the thing about comics... you don't have to be caught up on everything that is happening. This is a relatively new series, so it starts with an original story and all the background information you need.

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  2. You’re making me want to read these! I love the X-Men.

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    1. If you love the X-Men, then I highly recommend this! The story is sooo good!

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  3. Thanks for visiting my blog. And btw, I do not dog-ear!Ha!

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    1. Hey, it's not for the faint of heart, lol. 😱😉

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  4. Hey!
    I've been thinking of delving into the world of comics lately, I even added one in my TBR list.
    I'm just waiting for the perfect mindset before I get into it.
    Anyway, you could link up ur comic book reviews to my Manga Monday meme since it includes graphic novels, manga, comics etc...
    Question: Are the comics as good as the movies or?

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    1. What comic did you add? I understand (about the mindset)! When I want to take a break from books, or want a little more color in my life, I switch and read a few comics. I love their stories and illustrations, and watching how everything comes together over many issues (and usually many months, lol).

      I wasn't even thinking about your Manga Monday! I just assumed Manga and GNs.

      Like with anything, it just depends. I normally like the comics more than the movies, but the movies are a very condensed version of multiple comics. For example, most members of the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy have their own individual series, and the movies tend to combine a lot of information. I don't know if that makes sense or not, lol. I love them both for different reasons!

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