Astonishing X-Men #25
Writer: Warren Ellis
Artist: Simone Bianchi
Let me be clear.
Warren Ellis is one of my favorite writers. ‘Planetary’ is quite possibly the best comic book series I have ever read. ‘Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E.’ was an absolute hoot. And his run on ‘Authority’ was nothing short of brilliant.
So while following Joss Whedon and John Cassaday on ‘Astonishing X-Men’ might seem like coming on stage after the Beatles, I really thought Ellis and Bianchi would be up to the challenge.
Alas, they are not.
Ellis’ premiere issue is heavy on dialogue, scene setting and lacks that that final page punch that Whedon excelled at. Bianchi tries some interesting art stylings, but they seem overly heavy compared to the previous look of the book.
Joss Whedon and John Cassaday blew me away in their first issue of ‘Astonishing X-Men.’ As for Warren Ellis and Simone Bianchi, I’m still waiting to be astonished.
From Marvel (preview): “It’s the book you’ve been waiting for. The superstar team of Warren Ellis and Simone Bianchi are ready to take the X-Men to the ‘Second Stage’! ‘Messiah CompleX’ pulled the X-Men team together, ‘Divided We Stand’ tore them apart. Now the X-Men are back to business — with a new look, a new base of operations, and a mystery to solve that will take them into previously uncharted territory and test them to their core!” On sale July 2, 2008.