Bishop and Fantomex round out the mutants joining Old Man Logan’s new team, and writer Charles Soule will be scripting their adventures in an all-new “Astonishing X-Men” title, the latest announcement from Marvel’s expanding RessurrXion-labeled books.
“If you’re going to relaunch a book called ‘Astonishing X-Men,’ it had better live up to the title,” Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso told Marvel.com of the new series. “Charles and his soon-to-be-
Throughout the week, Marvel has been teasing the comic with a series of teaser images, revealing teammates two at a tim. Now, Bishop and Fantomex join Mystique, Psylocke, Archangel, Gambit and Rogue on the James Cheung-drawn image, with Old Man Logan presumably as the group’s leader.
“The book is designed to tell a very focused, specific story, with a few cool main villains, I’m writing it like a puzzle box, with new layers and reveals opening up every issue,” Soule told Marvel.com.
“So, you’ll never know exactly where it’s going to go next – but the structure is built in such a way that almost anything from the long, incredible history of the X-Men can pop up. If you think about these characters, they’ve been present or involved for virtually every major era of X history, all the big events. That’ll play a role in a big way.”
Despite the title’s ties to the X-Men’s long, often convoluted history, Soule assured readers that he’s designed “Astonishing” to be accessible to even the newest fan. “The series is designed as a fresh starting point, so anyone jumping in will get everything they need there to follow the story – even if it’s your first X-story.”
This will be the fourth Marvel Comics series to bear the name “Astonishing X-Men.” Following two separate miniseries to use the name in 1995 and 1999, the first ongoing incarnation launched in 2004 from the team of Joss Whedon and John Cassaday. The Whedon/Cassaday pairing led the boom for 24 issues, after which the series continued under a number of creative teams before coming to a conclusion in 2013 with Issue #68.
“Astonishing X-Men” #1, written by Charles Soule, debuts in July from Marvel Comics.