Astonishing X-Men #5

Writer: Charles Soule Artist: Ramon Rosanas Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 1, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 26
7.5Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

•  The SHADOW KING and CHARLES XAVIER continue their twisted game in the ASTRAL PLANE, competing for the very lives of GAMBIT, ROGUE, OLD MAN LOGAN, FANTOMEX and MYSTIQUE.
•  And back in the real world, this game is leaving lasting repercussions as PSYLOCKE, BISHOP and ANGEL attempt to defend LONDON from Shadow King's psychic attacks.
•  With two of their allies fallen, can Xavier rally his X-Men for one final push against their foe?
Rated T+

  • 9.1
    Comic Watch - Tyler Wing Nov 4, 2017

    Soule has done a good job of giving multiple narratives in one issue consistently for the past 5 issues. From a literary standpoint Astonishing offers much more than the standard model of black and white, good versus evil. Alternatively, it challenges the reader to look for the subtle underlying developments and challenges the prototype mentality of the virtuous hero by providing stark parallels that give plenty of cause to reconsider what you think you know. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    On Comics Ground - Daniela Mendoza Nov 3, 2017

    Soule is constantly keeping you at the edge of your seat with this series. X-Men comics are easily lovable, but if you liked the FX series Legion, this issue is for you. The psychological elements make it extra interesting along with the real world drama. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Nov 6, 2017

    "Astonishing X-Men" #5 will keep readers guessing until the final page and hits an emotional high with both of the dual storylines"what else can you ask from a serialized comic book? Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    IGN - Blair Marnell Nov 2, 2017

    Astonishing X-Men's rotating roster of artists keeps undermining the look of this series. Ramon Rosanas is a competent artist by anyone's standards, but Carlos Pacheco is a hard act to follow and their styles don't fit well together. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Nov 1, 2017

    This is an interesting first arc that honors the past while setting up… something. I'm not 100% sure where Soule is going and have some guesses based on this issue. Out of the various “X” series out there, this one comes the closest to really capturing the X-Men of old and at the same time delivering something that feels new at the same time. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Nov 2, 2017

    With two shakier issues in a row, one hopes Soule is paired with an artist that can inject Astonishing X-Men with the energy this book needs. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Nov 7, 2017

    Astonishing X-Men #5 is the weakest issue of the series thus far, but its not awful or unreadable. Its still recommendable to the devoted X-Men fan, but Im not sure it will do much for anyone disinterested with Marvels premiere mutants. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AiPT! - Jason Segarra Nov 1, 2017

    This issue is fine, honestly. The art is fine, the story is fine, it's all fine. There's just not a lot to actually get excited about here and a few logical lapses/storytelling issues that don't do the book any favors. If you weren't already going to pick up this book, there's nothing here to win you over. Read Full Review

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