Astonishing X-Men #13 Review - by Robbie Rowe
Rating: 3 of 5
Writer: Matthew Rosenberg
Artist: Greg Land
Astonishing X-Men #13 Review
The X-Men’s goal is usually to protect and save a world that fears and hates them. But in this issue, interestingly there seems to be a lot of anger from many different people. I was disappointed to see much of this hostility and anger coming from people I’m not used to it coming from, like Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat, a woman who can walk through walls and much of anything, really.
A woman who’s now in charge of Xavier’s Institute for the Gifted and just recently, nearly got married to the man she loves. Given how used to her compassion, her power, her depth and her love, I was surprised to see her so adamantly angry – and at someone who I’d by that point started to sympathize with, even if I didn’t fully understand him.
Similarly, I was surprised when someone as well spoken, intellectual and polite (most of the time) like Hank McCoy/Beast would use profanity. I was a bit more mixed on the art, as I liked it when used on the monster Alex Summers/Havok fights early on and it was creative enough when it came to a couple of students, especially one with a shark head and some cleavage.
Otherwise, I was left fairly disappointed by the art and I wasn’t quite sure why. I was a lot happier with the aspirational ideals Havok expressed this issue, something I haven’t seen in an X-Men comic – nay, a comic – for a while and was very refreshing. I was surprised and excited by the ending, especially given who appears and just what that might mean – and their nationality, True Believers ;)
Though I was left less impressed than I’d hoped to be with this issue, the ending, preview and what they tease do entice and excite me. You can count me as ‘present’, Professor ;)