Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis #1
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Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis #1

Writer: Warren Ellis Artist: Kaare Andrews Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: May 12, 2010 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 1
6.5Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

THE HEROIC AGE IS HERE! The superstar team of Warren Ellis and Kaare Andrews (SPIDER-MAN: REIGN) take X-Men into the Heroic Age! Something’s happening in the tiny East African city of Mbangwi. Something that requires immediate investigation. A newborn sprouts metal electrodes and explodes, taking out an entire hospital. Is this the first wave of mutant rebirth that the X-Men have been praying for…or something very, very different? Something sinister? Rated T …$3.99

  • 8.7
    IGN - Dan Phillips May 12, 2010

    I enjoyed Xenogenesis so much, I almost forgot about Ellis' less successful Astonishing X-Men stories. And if he and Andrews can deliver more issues like this one, I'll gladly give him a complete pass on those earlier books. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Joe Lopez May 15, 2010

    Far from solid, but definitely full of potential. Worth a look, if only for Andrews' art, but I have a feeling that Ellis' script will provoke your curiosity enough to check out the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - James Hunt May 16, 2010

    Still, "Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis" is an entertaining, if idiosyncratic X-Men story. Those who have enjoyed Ellis' run to date will probably find it a real treat. And those who haven't? Probably best to stay away from this. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Sacks May 14, 2010

    Giving us the script in the back of the book just shows how far Andrews went astray from Ellis's plans, unfortunately. He frequently draws something other than described. Overall, despite showing moments of promise, this fresh start is a bit of a mess. An interesting but frustrating one. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Zack Freeman May 12, 2010

    I was initially intrigued to see how the "mutant births" enigma would play out, but my interest dipped by the end. I'm really not that intrigued to see how this plays out, even though this was competently done. And again - - what's up with Emma Frost? She's like a political cartoon. Considering how pricey this, I don't think if it's really worth adding to your pull list. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Jan 11, 2012

    Despite the missteps, Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis represents some smart comics storytelling, but I must admit I'm relieved I didn't pay full price for the chance to read it. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    The Comic Addiction - Paul Steven Brown May 12, 2010

    The art by Kaare Andrews is very exaggerated and cartoony. This would be fine if Andrews hadn’t decided to draw Emma Frost as an inflatable sex doll. The panel of the former White Queen leaning over a seat with her volley ball shaped and sized breast rippling over the head rest is distasteful. There was a moment when I thought that I was reading a Mad Magazine parody of an X-Men story. For a series that is intended to be easily collected in a hardcover and sold to the book store crowd, this art style doesn’t help demolish the stereotype of comic books being horny nerd boy escape fantasy. Read Full Review

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