Astonishing X-Men #14
Written by: Matthew Rosenberg
Art by: Greg Land, Jay Leisten, Frank D’Armata
Cover by: Greg Land and Frank D’Armata,
Editors: Annalise Bissa, Darren Shan, Jordan D. White,
Published by: Marvel Comics
What it’s about…
Welcome back to the X-Men stage, the incomparable…the amazing…the uncanny…DAZZLER! The Reavers are hunting random mutants, so Havok and Beast must save a former X-Man. But these Reavers aren’t completely as they seem!
What I thought about it…
Astonishing X-Men should be an easy book to like, especially with the roster writer Matthew Rosenberg has put together. Led by Havok, and with Beast, Colossus, Banshee, Warpath, and Dazzler on the team, this X-Men lineup is full of characters I like. However, something is off or missing from this title, and I’m not sure what that is.
For whatever reason, these characters don’t seem to like each other. They’re always making snarky comments about each other, and it doesn’t come of as funny. Most of these characters have been through the ringer in recent years, but that shouldn’t completley change their personalities. Rosenberg has written good stuff before, but I feel like he’s going out of his way to make me dislike this toster.
The only character on the team that seems to be having fun on this team is Dazzler, and she is the best part of Astonishing X-Men #14. Whether its her comments about retro stuff being back in, or the sad look on her face when she realizes the Havok and the other are there to recruit Forge, not her, Allison stole the book for me.
The art by Greg Land isn’t great, but its not as bad as some of his more recent stuff. He’s at least trying to give each X-Man some personality an emotion. Land doesn’t quite nail either, but I’m glad none of the X-Men look like they were traced from an issue of Vogue. And perhaps its just me, but I get the feeling that Greg Land is going for a Neal Adams X-Men look for this arc.
I had high hopes for this run of Astonishing X-Men, but issue #14 is another disappointment. The team lineup is great, and I like Havok’s reasons for wanting to put together a team of his own. I also like Rosenberg as a writer, and I still have hopes this arc will turn around in the end. For now though, Astonishing X-Men #14 is only worth reading for Dazzler’s all too brief appearance.
Astonishing X-Men #14 score: C