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Greg Pak (World War Hulk) and Mike McKone (Amazing Spider-Man) are here to put the ASTONISHING back in the X-Men. Something isn't what it seems. Storm needs Cyclops' help with a special mission against Sentinels, but it ends up being much more than they bargained for. Oh, and they kiss. WHAT!?!? Who has kidnapped them, who are these familiar looking mutants, and what is th Greg Pak (World War Hulk) and Mike McKone (Amazing Spider-Man) are here to put the ASTONISHING back in the X-Men. Something isn't what it seems. Storm needs Cyclops' help with a special mission against Sentinels, but it ends up being much more than they bargained for. Oh, and they kiss. WHAT!?!? Who has kidnapped them, who are these familiar looking mutants, and what is the true identity of the villain Saviour? The biggest, most exciting X-Men story in years is here! Collecting: Astonishing X-Men 44-47 & material from Astonishing X-Men : Ghost Boxes 1


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Greg Pak (World War Hulk) and Mike McKone (Amazing Spider-Man) are here to put the ASTONISHING back in the X-Men. Something isn't what it seems. Storm needs Cyclops' help with a special mission against Sentinels, but it ends up being much more than they bargained for. Oh, and they kiss. WHAT!?!? Who has kidnapped them, who are these familiar looking mutants, and what is th Greg Pak (World War Hulk) and Mike McKone (Amazing Spider-Man) are here to put the ASTONISHING back in the X-Men. Something isn't what it seems. Storm needs Cyclops' help with a special mission against Sentinels, but it ends up being much more than they bargained for. Oh, and they kiss. WHAT!?!? Who has kidnapped them, who are these familiar looking mutants, and what is the true identity of the villain Saviour? The biggest, most exciting X-Men story in years is here! Collecting: Astonishing X-Men 44-47 & material from Astonishing X-Men : Ghost Boxes 1

30 review for Astonishing X-Men, Volume 9: Exalted

  1. 5 out of 5

    Frankh

    As of the moment, I'm circling the drain of the downhill ride that is The Astonishing X-Men. Since Whedon and Ellis stopped writing for this series, other writers have taken over and the last two did a fine enough job to keep things afloat with forgivably acceptable stories like Children of the Brood. This time, we have Greg Pak and I've read and reviewed two of his stories before (Batman-Superman and Magneto Testament) and I liked them, especially the latter, so I was hoping that he could deliv As of the moment, I'm circling the drain of the downhill ride that is The Astonishing X-Men. Since Whedon and Ellis stopped writing for this series, other writers have taken over and the last two did a fine enough job to keep things afloat with forgivably acceptable stories like Children of the Brood. This time, we have Greg Pak and I've read and reviewed two of his stories before (Batman-Superman and Magneto Testament) and I liked them, especially the latter, so I was hoping that he could deliver me something riveting. Unfortunately, that doesn't happen for AXM anymore because I'm ready to believe that the creative powers-that-be handling this series have checked out at some point and focused on other titles running alongside it. Whatever. I'm not even sure what I want to talk about for this volume, but I have an obligation to uphold so I'm soldiering on nevertheless. Besides, I think I only have three more volumes to go before I mercifully end my reviews for this title and I comfort myself with the fact that perhaps those last three may be at least entertaining again. Volume 9: Exalted is composed of four measly issues (#44-47). Issue #43 was a standalone and written by a different writer, focusing primarily on Emma Frost and Danger. It was a nice break and was probably written in between while somebody is trying to get someone to write a story arc for the next issues of AXM. And that man is Greg Pak, and his work on Exalted could have been better if the premise wasn't so silly and ultimately uninteresting. For one, it's a Cyclops-centered narrative which would have made me very happy if it wasn't so boring. It offered little insight to the change and struggle that Scott Summers had gone through after the events in Schism. See, that's the problem with X-Men canon in general. So many stuff happen that titles like The Astonishing X-Men get affected, considering it's part of the continuity (and I maintain that it should have been a standalone title to afford more flexibility and expanded mythos independent from the overall Marvel continuity). The consequence is that if a reader only reads this title without any other X-title as reference then the story arcs seem to jump and skip ahead without explaining how and why members drop and leave such as the case with Beast retiring from the group at some point, and now Wolverine and Kitty Pryde separating from Scott and Emma to form their own school back in Westchester. But before that, they were in San Francisco, then Utopia...I can't honestly follow anymore. And the only reason I can't is because I refuse to. And I refuse to because I CAN'T CARE. Anyway, Exalted is supposedly about Scott recovering from all the transformation and pain and loss he had experienced since M-Day occurred. Heck, since Jean Grey died. I would have been concerned about him undergoing through such difficulties but Pak's writing was so detached from any kind of meaningful character reflection that Scott was portrayed like a flat character lacking any dynamic role from start to finish of Exalted. First, we see him grieving the losses of his comrades who abandoned him because they could no longer work with him and agree on the way he runs things. The fact that they question his leadership like that once again echoes back to his deeply-rooted insecurity of not being good enough as a hero. Next, Ororo Munroe arrives to smooth things over and ends up making out with him. That was weird and Scott readily accuses her of being a fake. Technically, she wasn't. As it turns out, she's another version of Storm from a world a part of the multiverse. She abducts Scott and imprisons him with other versions of his friends like Emma (who is Emmeline Frost-Summers), Logan (General James Howlett) and young Kurt and Kitty (Shadow). Other-Storm is working for a mutant who calls himself the Savior. Said Savior has been using mutants from the multiverse to power up his chosen city. This Savior is no other than Charles Xavier who can walk and has luscious blond hair. He also killed the Magneto of his world and so I already hate him because I could not for the life of me believe that Charles Xavier could ever kill his BFF, regardless of whatever version of reality he came from which meant that this Savior is not Charles at all and I don't care what the writing says, he's just not, OKAY?! True to form, Scott rallies the Other-X-Men to fight their way through an escape plan and ensure that Savior doesn't use Ghost Boxes anymore to travel through different worlds to abduct more X-Men. They accomplish this by traveling to another world and getting other Emmas and Logans to help them defeat the inexcusable piece of shit that IS NOT A VERSION OF CHARLES XAVIER, DO YOU HEAR ME?! Scott, for some inexplicable sense of misplaced duty, felt the need to actually STAY BEHIND and fix the wrongs that the now thankfully dead Savior committed in his own world, but Other-Logan was smart enough to push him into the portal so he can go back to his own world where he is still actually needed in spite of how he feels the opposite of that. Well, at least he was able to work with his comrades again even if they are not the versions he grew up with and lost along the way. I would have felt bad and sad for Scott but the story just ends there without any more need for contemplation and insight. The story arc is just done. It only took me less than an hour to finish the entire thing and I felt nothing afterwards but contempt towards Savior because he killed a Magneto, and lukewarm sympathy for Scott even though Pak has written him so blandly that I wondered what was the point of making him the main focus of the arc in the first place. God, whatever. I'm going to read the tenth volume next with another writer again and hope I can have something more polished than this trite. NOT RECOMMENDED: 5/10 DO READ MY REVIEWS AT:

  2. 4 out of 5

    John

    This basically serves as a comeback tour for Scott Summers (Cyclops) after the events of Schism, and a wind-up to the X-Treme X-Men series (which I never read but heard was quite fun). Grek Pak is traditionally known by me as the long-running Hulk writer, so this is a nice change of pace, but Astonishing X-Men is such a weird format for this. It's basically a taster/precursor to a new EXiles run, but the story isn't "Epic" enough to be an "Astonishing" arc. However, it does serve as a sequel of This basically serves as a comeback tour for Scott Summers (Cyclops) after the events of Schism, and a wind-up to the X-Treme X-Men series (which I never read but heard was quite fun). Grek Pak is traditionally known by me as the long-running Hulk writer, so this is a nice change of pace, but Astonishing X-Men is such a weird format for this. It's basically a taster/precursor to a new EXiles run, but the story isn't "Epic" enough to be an "Astonishing" arc. However, it does serve as a sequel of sorts to Warren Ellis' arc, as it's about ]the use of a Ghost Box, a device which allows characters to enter into a parallel universe, an alternate reality in the X-Men continuity is explored. This is an inversion where Professor X was right, and called the Savior (a nice epilogue to Avengers vs. X-Men which ended with Professor X, dead) \

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    That's more like it. After a few lacklustre arcs of Astonishing X-Men, Greg Pak and Mike McKone make everything better again with a relevant and interesting story that ties in nicely to Cyclops' mindset post-Schism as well as telling a compelling adventure too. The parallel dimension characters were interesting, and I'm glad they're getting a spotlight over in X-Treme X-Men since it seemed like there was a lot more that could be done with them as characters, and McKone's art is great as usual. That's more like it. After a few lacklustre arcs of Astonishing X-Men, Greg Pak and Mike McKone make everything better again with a relevant and interesting story that ties in nicely to Cyclops' mindset post-Schism as well as telling a compelling adventure too. The parallel dimension characters were interesting, and I'm glad they're getting a spotlight over in X-Treme X-Men since it seemed like there was a lot more that could be done with them as characters, and McKone's art is great as usual.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Eric Mikols

    I liked this story more than I though I was going to. Not a lot of characterization with the new characters, but I always like a good, "Look how cool Cyclops can be when other writers aren't ruining him" story. I liked this story more than I though I was going to. Not a lot of characterization with the new characters, but I always like a good, "Look how cool Cyclops can be when other writers aren't ruining him" story.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    This was okay. It definitely didn't blow me away. I think I disliked it more than I normally would have because it just doesn't fit in with the previous volumes. This is a stand alone in every sense of the word. But that's okay. After Children of the Brood, even though I didn't rate it much higher, this was a good read. Problems that are apparent right away (at least problems for me): Wolverine, Beast and Colossus are all missing from this volume, and they're some of my favorites. Instead we focu This was okay. It definitely didn't blow me away. I think I disliked it more than I normally would have because it just doesn't fit in with the previous volumes. This is a stand alone in every sense of the word. But that's okay. After Children of the Brood, even though I didn't rate it much higher, this was a good read. Problems that are apparent right away (at least problems for me): Wolverine, Beast and Colossus are all missing from this volume, and they're some of my favorites. Instead we focus on Cyclops and Ororo, which is weird enough for me. And the weird sexual tension between the two leads into what is actually a decent story arc. So, I typically think that alternate realities are either big hits or misses. This one actually landed in the middle, and I was okay with that. And it all starts with a kiss from Ororo to Scott. That's when you realize something is weird, and things start exploding. There's a lot of awesome action, a lot of characters who we are supposed to love but we don't know the version that's presented to us. There is some confusion at first, but it's cleared up as you read. After this volume, I've decided to finish this series, despite the fact that the last four volumes could be total shit. I've dedicated a pretty decent amount of time to Astonishing X-Men, and it would be silly to stop now.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    Pak offers up one of the best X-Men stories of the year, in a comic that had otherwise been trending toward mediocrity. He does this through great characterization, thoughtful analysis of the current Schism, and a wonderfully imagined alternate reality (when such things tend to be old hat). The result is quite enjoyable and makes me look forward to the (unfortunately short-lived) X-Treme X-Men series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Will Robinson Jr.

    Great story with Cyclops at the center. Although it is very upsetting that everyone's favorite one eye get's blamed for everything. Great story with Cyclops at the center. Although it is very upsetting that everyone's favorite one eye get's blamed for everything.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Baba

    Greg Pak's first ever X-Men story is a little alternate reality gem in which we really get to understand just how much Cyclops has changed... and hasn't! 7 out of 12. Greg Pak's first ever X-Men story is a little alternate reality gem in which we really get to understand just how much Cyclops has changed... and hasn't! 7 out of 12.

  9. 4 out of 5

    47Time

    The artwork is solid again and quite impressively so. The story is skippable as it's only filler, but it's one of the best so far in the series, with some difficult decisions to be made by someone who can arguably be called one of the best X-Men in the multiverse. Scott is angry after the schism between his group and the group led by Wolverine and Beast. After defeating some sentinels he is kissed by Storm in a pretty romantic full-page panel. Then he wakes up from a psychic blast into a world wh The artwork is solid again and quite impressively so. The story is skippable as it's only filler, but it's one of the best so far in the series, with some difficult decisions to be made by someone who can arguably be called one of the best X-Men in the multiverse. Scott is angry after the schism between his group and the group led by Wolverine and Beast. After defeating some sentinels he is kissed by Storm in a pretty romantic full-page panel. Then he wakes up from a psychic blast into a world where he is imprisoned together with other mutants. Their powers are collected to rebuild the Earth's magnetosphere that was destroyed by their Magneto at the end of a mutant/human war. (view spoiler)[Savior, a powerful telepath, captured thousands of mutants from all over the multiverse and drained them to death for this purpose. Under Cyclops's guidance, the current group escapes and defeats Savior who is that world's Xavier. Then they leave, hoping that world will find a different solution to preventing their planet's disintegration. (hide spoiler)]

  10. 4 out of 5

    Adam Stone

    I've really enjoyed most of Greg Pak's work with Marvel, but this book is a mess. There was a trend in the early 2010s of writing in media res alternate dimension X-Men comics. Like Age Of X, this was an unsatisfying voyage into another world filled with alternate versions of characters we know from Earth 616. I just didn't care about any of them, even though I know at least one of them comes back, eventually. Because the characters didn't intrigue me, I tuned out of the plot, and eventually just I've really enjoyed most of Greg Pak's work with Marvel, but this book is a mess. There was a trend in the early 2010s of writing in media res alternate dimension X-Men comics. Like Age Of X, this was an unsatisfying voyage into another world filled with alternate versions of characters we know from Earth 616. I just didn't care about any of them, even though I know at least one of them comes back, eventually. Because the characters didn't intrigue me, I tuned out of the plot, and eventually just stopped reading this book. I don't recommend it, unless you really enjoy alternate dimension X-Men and have already exhausted Age Of Apocalypse, Age Of X, the forthcoming Age Of X-Man, The Dark Angel Saga, the original run of Excalibur, and the full run of Exiles.

  11. 5 out of 5

    C

    Continuing the great x-read of 2017/2018... (and I am very far behind on reviews again so this batch will once again be short. One of these days I will get back to reviewing each volume as I finish them so they don't all sort of start bleeding together in my head as they tend to do.) Yet another alternate-universe-bleeds-into-our-own-with-crazy-consequences story and it isn't bad at all, but I found myself only half-interested in Savior and his whole messed-up reality. It's a bit of a skippable s Continuing the great x-read of 2017/2018... (and I am very far behind on reviews again so this batch will once again be short. One of these days I will get back to reviewing each volume as I finish them so they don't all sort of start bleeding together in my head as they tend to do.) Yet another alternate-universe-bleeds-into-our-own-with-crazy-consequences story and it isn't bad at all, but I found myself only half-interested in Savior and his whole messed-up reality. It's a bit of a skippable story, really. Some good character moments, though, for Cyke, Emma, and Danger especially.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sean

    Greg Pak and Mike McKone show us yet another alternate version of the X-Men and its...meh. The biggest story element that propels the ongoing circumstances forward is just Scott dealing with what's happened in his life recently. I don't think this was the best vehicle for that. Seeing different versions of characters can be fun but this wasn't. This team will pop up again but I can say that thrills me. Its not bad, but seemed pointless. The art was beautiful. McKone's Storm, in particular was go Greg Pak and Mike McKone show us yet another alternate version of the X-Men and its...meh. The biggest story element that propels the ongoing circumstances forward is just Scott dealing with what's happened in his life recently. I don't think this was the best vehicle for that. Seeing different versions of characters can be fun but this wasn't. This team will pop up again but I can say that thrills me. Its not bad, but seemed pointless. The art was beautiful. McKone's Storm, in particular was gorgeous. Overall, a decent read that has been done better multiple times and with more meaning.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Stacey Adams

    Cyclops finds himself in an alternate reality where mutants are imprisoned in order to keep the planet alive. The mutants in that world sacrificed themselves to keep Earth from tearing apart. Will Cyclops do the same when faced with that decision? These alternate versions of the X-men held by the Savior join with Cyclops to find a new way to keep the planet safe without using the X-men's powers. I found this book a bit hard to follow but I liked the different versions of familiar characters. Cyclops finds himself in an alternate reality where mutants are imprisoned in order to keep the planet alive. The mutants in that world sacrificed themselves to keep Earth from tearing apart. Will Cyclops do the same when faced with that decision? These alternate versions of the X-men held by the Savior join with Cyclops to find a new way to keep the planet safe without using the X-men's powers. I found this book a bit hard to follow but I liked the different versions of familiar characters.

  14. 5 out of 5

    B

    You know, I miss the X-Treme X-Men. I thought it was a good book. (And then I would because I liked Exiles so much.) Little did I know that they their origins here. So I thought it was fun enough even though parts of it were ultimately nonsensical. It could be read as showing that the villain was a real scumbag -- choosing to do something illogical because it was easy. But that didn't seem right. You know, I miss the X-Treme X-Men. I thought it was a good book. (And then I would because I liked Exiles so much.) Little did I know that they their origins here. So I thought it was fun enough even though parts of it were ultimately nonsensical. It could be read as showing that the villain was a real scumbag -- choosing to do something illogical because it was easy. But that didn't seem right.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Richard Harrison

    I always enjoyed the post-event repercussions stories where characters took five minutes to actually let the events affect them emotionally. Being the X-Men, this story takes Cyclops into a parallel universe where he needs to overthrow a dictator. Pretty familiar territory for Mike McKone after years on the Exiles.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Indika de Silva

    Scott Summers aka the Cyclops is in another universe where the Wolverine is a General, the Knight Crawler is a teenager. Lets not talk about the others. A very wonderful story with cool art work and interesting conversations.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jdetrick

    This is a fun, breezy read, but it's very shallow. There's no depth to the story and no real point to it. This is a fun, breezy read, but it's very shallow. There's no depth to the story and no real point to it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Judah Radd

    The title has gotten really weak. Thankfully, this volume is short. Weird extra-dimensional shit. The end. I’d skip it. Zzzzzzzz

  19. 5 out of 5

    luciddreamer99

    A good ending, but the crux of this story is another unremarkable alternate reality adventure. Are these the Exiles? Slightly interesting, but seems a better idea for that title. Incredible art.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Christian

    I collect comic books. I trace my love of reading today back to my early exposure to comics. As I write this, I am less than twelve hours removed from my THIRD viewing of "The Avengers" in the theater on opening day. I love the individual comic book. I like the format, the built-in cliff hanger aspect, and the monthly visit to the comic book store. This book collects 5 recent X-Men issues, four of which have been on my "Want List" for months. I had read a review on a comic site that indicated it I collect comic books. I trace my love of reading today back to my early exposure to comics. As I write this, I am less than twelve hours removed from my THIRD viewing of "The Avengers" in the theater on opening day. I love the individual comic book. I like the format, the built-in cliff hanger aspect, and the monthly visit to the comic book store. This book collects 5 recent X-Men issues, four of which have been on my "Want List" for months. I had read a review on a comic site that indicated it was a fun little romp, however, I could never find all four at once. I saw that the hardcover collection was due. I was torn. NEVER have I bought a collection like this of stories I hadn't yet read. It seemed like...like a betrayal of the tenets of comic book collecting. The whole idea of "Trade Waiting" and of the padding of stories by authors who "write for the trade" was an anathema to me. Once I saw the price for the HARDCOVER on Amazon was cheaper than I had EVER seen for the individual issues, I took the plunge. And I was glad I did. This story is a decent "alternate world" type of adventure. Characters who are familiar to the reader aren't quite who they seem. While most of their motivations make sense, the basic idea of alternate realities throws a wild card into the mix. This is not necessarily a book for the novice. Heck, even as a comic fan, I had strayed from this group of characters in recent years, so I met one or two characters who I did not know and little to no explanation was given as to who they were....why I needed to care about them. But that is my only issue and it is a minor quibble at that. If you like comics and like the X-Men, this is a collection for you.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ernest

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Cyclops gets involved in a multiverse adventure that only provides limited entertainment in seeing different versions of known X-Men characters. The attempted focus on Cyclops and his emotional state post-Schism was nice, but there greatest believability problem was in discovering the remnants of the various other versions of the mutants. It is far too unbelievable to imagine that in all the multiverses, Cyclops’ visors all looks the same, all Magneto helmets look and function the same way etc. Cyclops gets involved in a multiverse adventure that only provides limited entertainment in seeing different versions of known X-Men characters. The attempted focus on Cyclops and his emotional state post-Schism was nice, but there greatest believability problem was in discovering the remnants of the various other versions of the mutants. It is far too unbelievable to imagine that in all the multiverses, Cyclops’ visors all looks the same, all Magneto helmets look and function the same way etc. I get that this is a way for us the reader be shown, rather than told, about this plot point, but this for me damaged any credibility this story had. Compared to that, intradimensional jumping with the (other) ghost box was almost bearable but still was difficult enough to accept (how did Kurt just find the others?) to add to the detriment of the volume. Lest it be thought that I hated the volume, three things particularly stood out. First, the overall idea of this world was actually reasonably interesting. Secondly, the moment when Cyclops put on Magneto’s helmet and the individual panels of just him in the helmet can be interpreted so many ways, with the symbolism given the current state of things. Thirdly, I enjoyed the backup story of a tale in one of the other universes that one of the characters comes from. Overall, this story suffers from a believability problem due to plot improbabilities and while seeing different versions of the characters was mildly interesting, they would have been better suited in a non-canonical story.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tarique Ejaz

    If you consider the artwork to be done in a hurry and not appeasing to the eye, the story is not any better. It seems that Greg Pak just cobbled up a random take on the multiverse in a story to discuss the troubled mindset of Cyclops ever since the Schism storyline took place, ripping apart the X-Men into two major factions. One led by Cyclops and the other led by Wolverine. "This is not your world, Scott. In every incarnation you have sacrificed yourself. Every universe you hailed from but one t If you consider the artwork to be done in a hurry and not appeasing to the eye, the story is not any better. It seems that Greg Pak just cobbled up a random take on the multiverse in a story to discuss the troubled mindset of Cyclops ever since the Schism storyline took place, ripping apart the X-Men into two major factions. One led by Cyclops and the other led by Wolverine. "This is not your world, Scott. In every incarnation you have sacrificed yourself. Every universe you hailed from but one thing you never let up on. Your ability to lead." So we see Cyclops from our primary Marvel Universe trapped in a glass cell that is technically a battery powering a stranger world - an alternate form of the world we know along with an alternate universe's Emma Frost who happens to be Emmeline-Frost Summers, married to her world's Cyclops. Prime Minister James Howlett possessing claws of a God Metal rather than adamantium, a parallel earth's Wolverine if you may and other X-Men from other dimensions are also there (Big surprise?) as well to keep them company and assist them in their fight against the cruel individual who has held them down. They are used as batteries to prevent the world they are held hostage at from being ripped apart from inside due to tectonic forces by this world's Charles Xavier, known as Savior. Interesting take but disappointing execution.

  23. 5 out of 5

    melhara

    ---------------------------------------------- Average rating for the entire series (minus Volume 12): 3.1/5 Check out my reviews for the rest of the series: Volume 1: Gifted | Volume 2: Dangerous | Volume 3: Torn (no review) | Volume 4: Unstoppable (no review) | Volume 5: Ghost Box (no review) | Volume 6: Exogenic (no review) | Volume 7: Monstrous (no review) | Volume 8: Children of the Brood (no review) | Volume 9: Exalted (no review) | Volume 10: Northstar | Volume 11: Weaponized (n ---------------------------------------------- Average rating for the entire series (minus Volume 12): 3.1/5 Check out my reviews for the rest of the series: Volume 1: Gifted | Volume 2: Dangerous | Volume 3: Torn (no review) | Volume 4: Unstoppable (no review) | Volume 5: Ghost Box (no review) | Volume 6: Exogenic (no review) | Volume 7: Monstrous (no review) | Volume 8: Children of the Brood (no review) | Volume 9: Exalted (no review) | Volume 10: Northstar | Volume 11: Weaponized (no review) | Volume 12: Unmasked (TBR)

  24. 4 out of 5

    James

    Not very good. The volume seems obligated to explore the plot point of the day, the "Schism" between Cyclops and Wolverine, and so there's a lot of ponderous repetition about how Cyclops is different now, different apparently from every Scott Summers in the multiverse. The specific plot is that Scott has been kidnapped by some alternate world X-men, who harvest superheroes from other planets, using their powers to fuel the machinery that keeps their world alive. An interesting idea. But it seems Not very good. The volume seems obligated to explore the plot point of the day, the "Schism" between Cyclops and Wolverine, and so there's a lot of ponderous repetition about how Cyclops is different now, different apparently from every Scott Summers in the multiverse. The specific plot is that Scott has been kidnapped by some alternate world X-men, who harvest superheroes from other planets, using their powers to fuel the machinery that keeps their world alive. An interesting idea. But it seems ruined by scale, as thousands of Cyclops and Phoenixes, etc. have been harvested to keep this one world alive. Those countless alternate universes seem to underscore how thin the premise is, and it's also a bit absurd that this one Cyclops is now different enough to rebel. Why would you sacrifice yourself for one "Earth" among millions anyway? What's the difference? This Cyclops suceeds pretty easily, breezing through the takedown of this dystopia's leader. Ultimately, while it could be an interesting concept, the X-Men have gone to the parallel earth well too often, and it's hard to care what comes of it. Read digital versions

  25. 4 out of 5

    M

    Writer Greg Pak unites with (former Exiles) artist Mike McKone to draw Cyclops into the realm of dimension-hopping mutants. Brooding over Wolverine's departure and the X-Men's schism, Cyclops is eager to get back into saving the mutant race. A visit from Storm sends the two into battle against Sentinels - then drops Scott into an alternate reality. Encountering a Wolverine, Emma Frost, Nightcrawler, and Kitty Pryde, Cyclops leads this rag-tag team against the mutant Savior who abducted them all. Writer Greg Pak unites with (former Exiles) artist Mike McKone to draw Cyclops into the realm of dimension-hopping mutants. Brooding over Wolverine's departure and the X-Men's schism, Cyclops is eager to get back into saving the mutant race. A visit from Storm sends the two into battle against Sentinels - then drops Scott into an alternate reality. Encountering a Wolverine, Emma Frost, Nightcrawler, and Kitty Pryde, Cyclops leads this rag-tag team against the mutant Savior who abducted them all. Forced to choose a planet's survival, Cyclops must step into his leadership role and follow his chosen path. This arc of Astonishing X-Men piqued my curiosity, mostly due to my previous enjoyment of the fantastic reality-jumping Exiles books. A good recovery for those who miss the reality-jumping days of X-Men.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    I really enjoyed this one, but about half way through it I realized that I was just really excited to see Emma talking like Emma. (as opposed to how Bendis currently has her talking). Scott destroys Kitty's, Logan's, and Hank's locker and in another part of the mansion Emma, still looking at her book, says, "I thought I smelled nostalgia this morning." She then goes on to berate Scott for being a baby and moping over his friends. Even alternate dimension Emma was awesome. She was a bit of a hippy I really enjoyed this one, but about half way through it I realized that I was just really excited to see Emma talking like Emma. (as opposed to how Bendis currently has her talking). Scott destroys Kitty's, Logan's, and Hank's locker and in another part of the mansion Emma, still looking at her book, says, "I thought I smelled nostalgia this morning." She then goes on to berate Scott for being a baby and moping over his friends. Even alternate dimension Emma was awesome. She was a bit of a hippy, but still fantastic. "I don't mean to diminish your enjoyment of this manly outburst... but you're doing a wonderful job of fulfilling all of our enemy's greatest dreams." Plus there was little Kurt! He was adorable! Plus Logan used to be the Governor General of Canada! And I actually liked Scott in this, most of the way through. Not all of the time, but mostly.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Beckiezra

    After a confusing start (I haven't read X-books lately) I was very tickled by the multiverse story and I'm even happier to see the ghost box stories are a thing. I'm definitely going to check out those. I can't wait to find out about Howlett's world and the Kurt in this story totally looked like the one from X-Men Evolution cartoons. I've got a GIGANTIC soft spot for alternate universes. :) I liked the art, especially the painting styled steam punk of the ghost box story. The story was cool, I l After a confusing start (I haven't read X-books lately) I was very tickled by the multiverse story and I'm even happier to see the ghost box stories are a thing. I'm definitely going to check out those. I can't wait to find out about Howlett's world and the Kurt in this story totally looked like the one from X-Men Evolution cartoons. I've got a GIGANTIC soft spot for alternate universes. :) I liked the art, especially the painting styled steam punk of the ghost box story. The story was cool, I like anything that has Scott the key to saving the world. ;)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sonic

    Had low expectations for this one, and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Excellent art! The superb illustration possibly brought the writing, Or at least the story as a whole up to a new level. Now I could have said "this smells alot like something that might have fallen off of Jonathon Hickman's idea table" but then I would have to recognize that some of Hickman's work is not completely original, but just that he takes a good premise and then develops it really well. Anywhoodle, This was fun. Had low expectations for this one, and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Excellent art! The superb illustration possibly brought the writing, Or at least the story as a whole up to a new level. Now I could have said "this smells alot like something that might have fallen off of Jonathon Hickman's idea table" but then I would have to recognize that some of Hickman's work is not completely original, but just that he takes a good premise and then develops it really well. Anywhoodle, This was fun.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Scott James

    Although I quite liked this story, I'm getting more than a little tired of 4-issue hardbacks, particularly for this title. Took me less than 10 minutes to read all the way through. At this point, it's just barely more efficient to get the collections than the individual issues. But Greg Pak does not disappoint, and it's nice to see Cyclops back at the forefront of the x-book he personifies. Is it enough to get me interested int eh Schism? Damnit, yes it is. Jerks. Although I quite liked this story, I'm getting more than a little tired of 4-issue hardbacks, particularly for this title. Took me less than 10 minutes to read all the way through. At this point, it's just barely more efficient to get the collections than the individual issues. But Greg Pak does not disappoint, and it's nice to see Cyclops back at the forefront of the x-book he personifies. Is it enough to get me interested int eh Schism? Damnit, yes it is. Jerks.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    Eh. So bored with alternate reality versions of the heroes that are only slightly different. Also, we kinda know that they're expendable, so they can illustrate how heroic those characters would be, given the chance. Lame. The only one who's not in danger is the character who's from our dimension. We all know who's got the character shield. Eh. So bored with alternate reality versions of the heroes that are only slightly different. Also, we kinda know that they're expendable, so they can illustrate how heroic those characters would be, given the chance. Lame. The only one who's not in danger is the character who's from our dimension. We all know who's got the character shield.

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