Astonishing X-Men #50

Astonishing X-Men #50

Writer: Marjorie Liu Artist: Mike Perkins Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: May 23, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 12
6.5Critic Rating
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Karma is losing control of her mind, and taking control of the other X-Men! When Kyle is put in danger, will Northstar choose him or his team? Don’t miss the end of this issue – it’ll be the most talked about moment of the year!

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Sara McDonald May 27, 2012

    With its big step forward for the portrayal of LGBTQ characters and their relationships in mainstream comics, Astonishing X-Men #50 is sure to be a comic that will be remembered and discussed for a while to come. It's good to be able to see that step taken in a comic that's both well-written and allows its characters to be something other than stereotypes and tokens. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Joshua Yehl May 23, 2012

    Mike Perkins does a great job with all of the super hero action, but a few of his portrayals of popular characters look somewhat off. His best scenes are the ones that take place in New York City. Wolverine and his contact chat at a restaurant on West 73rd St, and you can almost feel the presence of bustling waiters, kids playing with their food, and an elderly couple quietly finishing their meal. Likewise, there was never a more authentic day depicted in Bryant Park. Northstar and Kyle have their lover's quarrel amongst tall trees, a stone fountain, and people sitting in thin patio chairs. His realistic imagery goes a long way to convey the three dimensional characters Liu has so expertly crafted. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero May 23, 2012

    This is the issue everyone is talking about. It makes sense that it would get a lot of attention but the content isn't forced just to generate hype. Marjorie Liu knows how to write relationships. When it comes to a character like Northstar and actually exploring his orientation, it's surprising how long it's taken for him to come this far. And Liu is the perfect person to handle it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker May 24, 2012

    Astonishing X-Men #50 is a pleasant enough set-up for the big deal next month, even if it's nothing crazy exciting. Get on board, perhaps you'll enjoy the ride. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk May 27, 2012

    The current gay marriage storyline is drawing a hefty amount of press and commentary, both positive and negative, but Marvel Comics is doing a great job of having the impending wedding and this issues engagement function as just another part of the story instead of the focus of the story. X-Men comic book writers over the years have always written realistically, intelligently, and insightfully (most of the time) about their characters private lives and loves. These plots, while a major part of the story, dont comprise the entire story, much like our own personal lives comprise part of our own stories, but not the whole story of our lives. Kudos again to Marvel Comics for presenting this current personal plot thread just like they have all the others and not making a huge hoopla out of it. Yes, they might be grabbing for the cash with AvX, but Astonishing X-Men is simply doing what Marvel Comics continues to best instead. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Therapy - MrComicBook May 25, 2012

    Astonishing X-Men#50 is a great story, and continues Marjorie Liu's great writing. Thanks to Greg Pak and Liu, Astonishinghasn't been at this high creatively since Joss started the book. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Addicts - Akshay Dhar May 30, 2012

    Overall a good issue and definitely good enough to have read, felt satisfied and want to read the next one with no heartache " that's more than most comics will give you! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene May 29, 2012

    This is issue that leads to the gay marriage that everyone is talking about. In my opinion, kudos to Marvel for this incredible step forward. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Jake Baumgart May 24, 2012

    If the reader can look past the looks of the book, they might be able to find an enjoyable piece to the arc and an important moment for equal rights in comics. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia May 26, 2012

    Is the comic any good? Well, writer Marjorie Liu steals a base by bringing in the Black Widow, a character she writes as well as anyone, for some expository convo with Wolverine, so that's a good thing. But that's only one of several similarly static sequences in which we're peppered with more backstory and explanation than ought to be necessary in a series that operates theoretically outside the strict confines of monthly X continuity. There's the requisite flying and punchups for those in the cheap seats, but I don't get the sense that Liu is balancing the relationship stuff with the splode stuff as well as she has in past outings (so to speak). Anyway, the real thing happens next issue, so you might as well wait for that one; you can hunt down the .jpg of Kyle's reaction shot to keep you amused in the meantime. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton May 24, 2012

    I wanted "Astonishing X-Men" #50 to be a great comic; I'd have settled for a good comic, but the result is just disappointing. Read Full Review

  • 1.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose May 23, 2012

    It leaves you in a weird position: do you avoid the book, and in a way then invalidate the importance of the moment? Or do you plunk down your dollars, no matter what the content, in order to make a political statement? The fact that you have to decide at all means something has gone way off the rails with Astonishing X-Men #50, an anniversary issue that never lives up to its promise. Read Full Review

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