The Astonishing X-Men series will get a reboot starting with “Xenogenesis.” The new arc will start in May with Warren Ellis and Kaare Andrews, a new artist for Marvel.
By TJ Dietsch
For an age to be considered truly heroic, a few other adjectives just have to be in place: Fantastic. Uncanny. Amazing. And the latest addition to the hallowed list: Astonishing.
With that in mind, Marvel will be expanding its Astonishing line with a number of new books and where would said imprint be without the group that started it all, the X-Men? Editor Axel Alonso decided to mix two great tastes in a new cocktail with writer Warren Ellis and artist Kaare Andrews on ASTONISHING X-MEN: XENOGENESIS, which kicks off with a bang in May.
“The inciting incident is a whopper,” Alonso promises. “In a small hospital in East Africa, a newborn baby suddenly sprouts metal electrodes and explodes. Is this the first sign of the rebirth of the mutant gene? The X-Men set off to find out.”
Fans should expect to see the core ASTONISHING X-MEN cast of Wolverine, Beast, Emma Frost, Cyclops, Colossus and Armor as well as plenty of other faces both familiar and new in this story that may or may not reignite the mutant race. But even with such high stakes, Alonso assures the story won’t be difficult for new readers to jump right in:
“Like all arcs of ASTONISHING X-MEN, it’s a self-contained read. It’s not deeply woven into the subplots that are taking place in, say, UNCANNY X-MEN, X-FORCE or X-MEN: LEGACY, but it sure as hell counts. XENOGENESIS is a clean, accessible read. It offers a massive hook to get you into the story, whether you’re an X-Men fanatic or just a casual reader.”
SOURCE: Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis