Thursday, February 24, 2011
A Good Finish After a Weak Start--Astonishing X-Men: XenoGenesis #5
Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis #5
The 3rd arc of the oft-delayed Astonishing X-Men series by Warren Ellis that has been split between the main series numbering and this off-shoot miniseries that started before the 2nd arc (Exogenetic) had even finished. This seems to be the last of the Ellis-helmed X-Men comics, but have the delays been worth it? Does, "sort of," suffice as a good answer?
In this storyline Ellis did for Astonishing X-Men he ties in his concept of, "Ghost Boxes" from his first arc, and goes back decades in comic's history to bring back Alan Moore-created Captain Britian characters like Jim Jaspers, a killing machine known as the Fury, and the concept of babies altered in the womb by radiation from Jaspers that are known as "Warpies". The Warpies kicked the story off with the X-Men investigating what they hoped were new mutants but were in fact irradiated infants. Things started off slow and disappointing, before kicking into action and seeming to drop any plot for scenes of the X-Men fighting those robots known as Furies. Kaare Andrews does a pretty good job with the art, but is prone to "cheescake" styled drawing. Observe:
3 out of 5 stars.