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Byron Brewer

Review: Astonishing X-Men #50


You’ve heard about it on the evening news, on the Internet and even on The View (ugh). Now you can hold it in your hands and see that even great hype does not a great comic book make.

Or even a good one.

Sure, the idea of same-sex marriage is controversial and where better to tend to that, thought Marvel ED, than in a book created toward understanding a population of people who are heroic but still feared and misunderstood.

Thus, Astonishing X-Men #50.

Too bad the openly gay Northstar’s proposal was not of the kind he – or Kyle -- deserved, because even back when he was just one of John Byrne’s Alpha Flight I have always liked the character (please do not read anything into that, lol) -- and his sister. Great looking creations that never really had the spotlight.

So here, there is real-world interest in this book and the issue we get is little more than a soap opera – and that is probably being unfair to soap operas.

Instead of the tenderness and joy, there is anger and angst. Instead of the love, there is -- well, I don’t want to call it loathing (but it does sound great).

Writer Marjorie Liu gives us nothing longtime readers would want that will be leading to controversial nups. Instead of admiring the couple and their decision – mutants and gay! – we wish we were down in the sewers with the Morlocks.

I hate saying this because I really was looking forward to an issue getting hype because it was a comic book handling adult fare, not a movie about comic book characters.