Astonishing X-Men #26

Writer: Warren Ellis Artist: Simone Bianchi Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: August 13, 2008 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 1
6.5Critic Rating
7.0User Rating

GHOST BOX PART 2 It is on a spaceship hovering 300 hundred feet above the twisted wreckage of Chaparanga Beach that the X-Men find its sole inhabitant: the mysterious Subject X. Who is this mysterious man and what does he want from the X-Men?

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Paul Brian McCoy/Dave Wallace Aug 12, 2008

    That said, I am greatly enjoying the story that Ellis and Bianchi are telling here. The gradual manner in which Ellis is gradually revealing elements of his plot and characters will likely work very well once this story is complete, and Bianchi's panel-to-panel and page-to-page storytelling works very well, with only a few moments that could use a little more clarity (such as Wolverine's trajectory from the beach to the spaceship on page 8). As with Grant Morrison and Joss Whedon's runs before him, Ellis has proved that it's possible to make the X-Men feel fresh, exciting, and accessible, and Bianchi's visuals are certainly worthy of such a flagship title. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Joshua Hill Aug 19, 2008

    Astonishing X-Men #26 gets 4 out of 5 for me. I'm really looking forward to seeing where this 'Manifest Destiny' stories goes too, and whether Ellis can keep Cyclops and Co. in a modicum of realistic storytelling. If you're an X-Men fan, and not reading this, go out and pick up #25 and #26, you probably won't regret it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Aug 14, 2008

    Maybe next issue Bianchi will pick up some strength and be fully recharged, because Ellis certainly has adapted quickly to the title. For what's supposed to be the flagship title of the X-Men franchise, "Astonishing X-Men" seems to be suffering from one creator not quite hitting the mark. Is it too much to ask that next month we get an A-game from both? Let's hope not. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    IGN - Daniel Crown Aug 13, 2008

    Again, for all I know, this story could be headed into a marvelously entertaining direction, it's just that these first two issues haven't really made a declarative statement either way. Even despite all of this, I remain cautiously hopeful for the series, but also can't help but recognize that Ellis has his hands full if he plans to make a clean escape from this decidedly mediocre beginning. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Kyle Posluszny Aug 15, 2008

    Astonishing X-Men #26 is tough to grade because so much rests on what comes next. The groundwork is in place for a compelling story, but I have no idea what story might wind up being. For the time being I am willing to give Ellis the benefit of the doubt and grant him one issue to do nothing but raise questions without penalty. That said, I can't possibly let Bianchi off the hook quite so easily. The inconsistent visuals are honestly weighing the series down. I give Ellis a B+, but the book gets a… Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Aug 14, 2008

    . It's not that bad, but I say avoid it because you should just wait for the trade. You aren't missing anything waiting, this will probably be delayed and it's just not good enough given the pedigree of the title's creators and pales in comparison to Whedon and Cassaday's run. Give it six issues and, if it's good, grab the trade. Read Full Review

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