Thursday, April 27, 2006

Astonishing X-Men #14

This is really the best of the superhero comics coming out right now. We are treated to an opening that shows a scene of Scott and Jean from that famous moment where Jean holds back Scott's powers during The Dark Phoenix Saga, when they make love. It doesn't upset continuity, but rather respects it and adds a little something significant to it, as we are shown Jean and Scott after the fact. It's a beautiful moment, and leads in perfectly to the current story where Emma has taken on Jean's appearance in a sexual sort of game with Scott. But Joss Whedon incorprates other things from continuity as well, including examples of Cyclops' leadership of the X-Men, his battle with Storm for said role, and it all serves to highlight something that's been in front of us all along. He doesn't indulge in nastalgia and revisit Days of Future Past twenty times until it's no longer cool. He can bring something from that time to punctuate his current story. Whedon can just make characters cool again, respecting them from back in the John Byrne/Chris Clairmont days as well as from Grant Morrison's run, and really leave us something to truly marvel. And, of course, it doesn't hurt that John Cassaday is drawing the thing...

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