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The X-Men return to New York City, but it's not a social call - the Marauders are back! Something from Northstar's past has resurfaced and is looking for revenge - and when his boyfriend Kyle goes missing, will Northstar choose him or the team? Plus: Karma is losing control of her mind and taking control of the other X-Men - but all that pales in comparison to how this sto The X-Men return to New York City, but it's not a social call - the Marauders are back! Something from Northstar's past has resurfaced and is looking for revenge - and when his boyfriend Kyle goes missing, will Northstar choose him or the team? Plus: Karma is losing control of her mind and taking control of the other X-Men - but all that pales in comparison to how this story ends! Collecting: Astonishing X-Men 48-51 and material from Nation X 2


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The X-Men return to New York City, but it's not a social call - the Marauders are back! Something from Northstar's past has resurfaced and is looking for revenge - and when his boyfriend Kyle goes missing, will Northstar choose him or the team? Plus: Karma is losing control of her mind and taking control of the other X-Men - but all that pales in comparison to how this sto The X-Men return to New York City, but it's not a social call - the Marauders are back! Something from Northstar's past has resurfaced and is looking for revenge - and when his boyfriend Kyle goes missing, will Northstar choose him or the team? Plus: Karma is losing control of her mind and taking control of the other X-Men - but all that pales in comparison to how this story ends! Collecting: Astonishing X-Men 48-51 and material from Nation X 2

30 review for Astonishing X-Men, Volume 10: Northstar

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    How about that - gay marriage is legal in America! Well done, Supreme Court, fuck you hateful religious nutters! (Gets down from imaginary soapbox) In celebration of the occasion I wanted to read some comics with gay marriage featured - and came up short! There are a few out there though and Astonishing X-Men, Volume 10: Northstar is one of them (from no less than 3 years ago too) - good on you, Marvel! I’d love to say this is an awesome comic and a must-read landmark publication... but unfortuna How about that - gay marriage is legal in America! Well done, Supreme Court, fuck you hateful religious nutters! (Gets down from imaginary soapbox) In celebration of the occasion I wanted to read some comics with gay marriage featured - and came up short! There are a few out there though and Astonishing X-Men, Volume 10: Northstar is one of them (from no less than 3 years ago too) - good on you, Marvel! I’d love to say this is an awesome comic and a must-read landmark publication... but unfortunately it’s not. The wedding at the end is very sweet but the story leading up to it is all over the place. Karma’s gone bonkers and has turned the X-Men against Northstar. He’s gotta fight them all for at least three issues because that’s the amount of filler this volume needs! It’s a storyline that’s never very clear or that interesting - and to think that this is the line that began so strongly with Joss Whedon’s amazing run! Ok, we’ve passed the blockage - onto the reason why anyone would read this book! Northstar marrying his boyfriend Kyle has gimmick written all over it but the wedding itself was kinda nice. Logan acting as the worldly father figure to Northstar (then quietly hitting on a then-married Storm during the reception - yeah!), Iceman building an ice arch for the Central Park ceremony, Beast presiding. You’d have to be dead inside not to enjoy seeing these two getting hitched, especially in light of recent events - social progress! Marjorie Liu even provides a dissenting voice for any Marvel readers who aren’t pro-equality in Warbird - I guess the Shi’Ar vote Republican! Also included are some pages from Nation X #2, showing us the early days of Northstar and Kyle’s burgeoning relationship, and Alpha Flight #106 from 1992 which reminds readers we’re really lucky artists no longer mimic Rob Liefeld’s drawing style! For an issue featuring a character dressed as a mountie calling himself Major Mapleleaf, it’s a pretty serious comic about AIDs and a baby born HIV-positive. It’s handled pretty ham-fistedlybut then Scott Lobdell wrote the comic so whaddayagonnado? To his credit, Lobdell does infuse the comic with an intense empathy for gay people. Oh and it’s also the issue Northstar came out. Astonishing X-Men, Volume 10: Northstar’s not a great comic but it has some nice moments, all of them tied in with Northstar’s wedding. Gay or straight marriage - whenever they’re featured in a superhero comic, it’s usually only ever going to be an ok book at best. Equal mediocrity!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Selkie ✦ Queen

    I vividly remember how The Astonishing X-Men came to be. After all, it was only since last month that I began to read and review it, starting with Joss Whedon's phenomenal twenty-four issued run. This was followed up by Warren Ellis with twelve more great issues. Unfortunately, whatever magical spark that this series had on me began to fade steadily especially once different writers took over and produced stories that range between gratingly average and mind-blowingly awful. The last three volum I vividly remember how The Astonishing X-Men came to be. After all, it was only since last month that I began to read and review it, starting with Joss Whedon's phenomenal twenty-four issued run. This was followed up by Warren Ellis with twelve more great issues. Unfortunately, whatever magical spark that this series had on me began to fade steadily especially once different writers took over and produced stories that range between gratingly average and mind-blowingly awful. The last three volumes of this run are all penned by writer Marjorie Liu, and this is the first of her arcs. To even call it an arc is a very generous consideration because in its four-issued span (#48-51), nothing really happens. I wish something did, considering what issue #51 was about. It's the first time in comics ever for this occasion to occur (and hopefully won't be the last) and it's no other than the fact that Marvel decided to have two of its male and proudly out characters be united in the holy sacrament of marriage, and grace us with that lovely cover. That was honestly the only good thing about this volume. Other than that, well--everything about the story itself was actually pretty shitty. Look, I get it. I'm pleased that we now have two queer characters tying the knot as featured in mainstream comics because it shows that we as a society have embraced this timely social change and were now even comfortable to portray stories about them. In Brian Michael Bendis' ongoing series All-New X-Men, we also have Bobby Drake coming out as gay as well. I like the fact that superheroes can be gay now too, and that we are allowing the X-Men to become the representation of minority its thematic concept as a fictional work has always been meant to be. But as I read through the issues leading up to this moment, I can't help but feel cheated because this for me came off as written under the guise of false inclusiveness. If Marvel really cared about writing queer characters into their series, they should have picked a better writer because Liu's storyline and approach to the characterization of Northstar and his boyfriend Kyle's relationship just didn't cut it. This review is in no way criticizing the fact that gay marriage is portrayed in this comic book's pages because I'm neither a disagreeable asshole or have strong religious beliefs against homosexuality. Hell, I'm fucking queer myself! What I do take serious injury though was how badly written the entire thing was, even with the nice wedding ending on issue #51. It didn't undo the bitter aftertaste that the previous three issues leading to it had left in my mouth. It just didn't make me like it more just because I as a queer woman and my affiliated sexual orientation was represented in its comic book story. Look, I don't even make a habit of identifying with gay characters in fiction just for the sole reason that they are gay. And when people say you should like this volume because it has gay marriage in it, and when you tell them that you don't like it, then that suddenly makes you a bigot is complete trash. How is that even a logical point of view? So, I kindly advise anyone who would take such a narrow-minded and insensitive stance to go fuck themselves. If you have that kind of opinion then please don't talk to me My primary dislike is what Marjorie Liu wrote for Volume 10: Northstar overall and not just in the passable, barely coherent mess about the plot concerning Marauders and Karma being a manipulative bitch (though that admittedly got me very confused and angry all at once). I take issue with how the gay couple's relationship is portrayed. My opposing view about the way Liu as a writer handled their relationship as part of the narrative does not invalidate my sexual identity as a gay woman. I am not betraying my community but downright dismissing Northstar and Kyle's love story as disingenuous---but their sudden marriage was unconvincing though. As I've said, I like issue #51 just for the simple fact that we got to see two gay men happily married even though their characters and relationship were barely touched upon and suffered from being poorly underdeveloped. But it doesn't excuse the fact that Liu simply did not produce a story with any kind of emotional resonance where I could actually stay invested as I see the conflict and drama unfold concerning the Marauders stuff and the baggage and struggle between Northstar and Kyle. There is that singular honest moment concerning their relationship that was sufficiently well-written enough as a scene, and that was when Northstar proposed to Kyle and Kyle turned him down, citing that he was merely putting a band-aid on a gaping wound. Kyle was feeling insecure about his place in Northstar's life considering the guy is a mutant and a superhero, and therefore might prioritize a life of crime-fighting than having a relationship with him. It's a valid point, and proposing marriage does not solve anything so Kyle was right to turn that down and Northstar should have been given an opportunity to prove his commitment in another way than that easy way out. And then Kyle's life was endangered and Northstar saved him and all of a sudden all was forgiven and marriage was an acceptable fix-it-all solution. If you examine it in a superficial level, it's understandable for both men to commit after just having a near-death experience together since it made them realize they can't spend another day to live without each other. But looking at it more in-depth, it was a poor excuse to have a wedding celebration all so Marvel can give us a comic book issue that featured gay marriage, never mind that the characterization and story leading up to that moment were inconsistent and inadequately executed. It's a lazy cop-out, that's what it is. However, there was another thing that I could credit Liu for, and it's that small moment I really liked in issue #51 when Shi'ar warrior and former X-Men Warbird refused to attend the wedding because she just doesn't believe in gay marriage and its validity. That being said, she was very polite and respectful about turning down Northstar's invitation which was great because I hope more people could be like her. If you're a person who does not approve of gay marriage for religious or traditional reasons, you don't readily have to be a hatemongering nut who would passionately protest agaisnt it, claiming homosexuals will burn in hell because they are disgusting sinners. Warbird respected Northstar's choice to marry someone of the same sex even if she didn't acknowledge his marriage with Kyle to be valid. I'm glad Northstar respected her decision to not attend as well. It has become such a heated issue, the entire gay marriage movement, that it's nice to see that we can have two people simply disagreeing about it but don't necessarily have to be antagonistic or embittered about each other. Now, as a collected volume, this featured two issues from Nation X and Alpha Flight. The first one showed the budding relationship between the two men, while the 1992 piece written by Scott Lobdell talked about AIDS baby (srsly). But if you've only managed to read the four issues Marjorie Liu wrote then too bad for you because I bet you never really enjoyed yourself and you might even be forced to say you like it when someone would ask you about it in public, in fear of being misjudged as a homophobe. I'm hear to tell you as a queer woman that I don't like it myself and having a gay marriage scene in one of its issues has nothing to do with it at all. It's just an underwhelming silly story that wouldn't have a redemptive value if the two gay guys didn't have a happy wedding ceremony at the end. On that note, my rating is sealed. RECOMMENDED: 6/10 DO READ MY REVIEWS AT:

  3. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    Ugh. I have lost all will to continue with this series. Luckily there's only three more volumes. This series has strayed from the original idea so much that I cannot contain my fury. I'm also sick and tired of characters being thrown in out of nowhere and I'm expected to already be BFFs with them and know their life story. For example: This volume is named after Northstar, an X-Men that has NEVER been in Astonishing X-Men before this, yet all of a sudden he is our main focus because writing abou Ugh. I have lost all will to continue with this series. Luckily there's only three more volumes. This series has strayed from the original idea so much that I cannot contain my fury. I'm also sick and tired of characters being thrown in out of nowhere and I'm expected to already be BFFs with them and know their life story. For example: This volume is named after Northstar, an X-Men that has NEVER been in Astonishing X-Men before this, yet all of a sudden he is our main focus because writing about homosexual relationships became hot stuff. This was pure shit for me though. First of all: MAJOR SPOILERS. I cannot be bothered to censor myself on a series that I deem as such garbage now. Second of all: Why does the gay relationship have to be so dysfunctional? I'm not saying that Northstar and Kyle aren't in love with each other, but speaking from experience: THAT ISN'T ENOUGH. There has to be more. And while Kyle is off feeling less than important while Northstar is over yonder being all macho (but he cries alllllllll the time) I'm surprised that the next logical step was marriage. And I LOVE that five minutes after Kyle says "Northstar, go fuck yourself. I love you but I can't marry you because you're just trying to put duct tape on all of our numerous problems" he's running to him and saying "Yes, yes, let's get married! I know we're unhappy but dude, I can't be without this unhappiness!" They are literally almost never happy together. So Marjorie Liu, I'm done with you after this train wreck. Onto bigger problems: I REALLY enjoyed the fact that X-Men just showed up out of left field with no background information, and sometimes not even a name for an entire issue. Characters I have never met in Astonishing X-Men but I'm expected to know who they are with no explanation? Warbird. Karma. Northstar. Gambit. The only reason I knew Iceman was because of the movies, and he's exponentially more powerful on the page than on screen. But my point is, give these characters some sort of introduction instead of just having a random convoy at some dude's apartment and then immediately attack them with some Mercs. I cannot STAND including characters with no real explanation. And because of that this was bumped to two stars. Another problem was that this story was very mismatched (luckily Weaponized explains A LOT of things). You go from "Soon" to "Now" to "Now the Wedding" to "Before" to "Now" to "Soon" and it's too much bouncing around. (Seriously, this story is so much better in Weaponized). Maybe it's that I don't like Northstar as a character. I don't like how he talks to his boyfriend, I don't like that he's so emotional that every time he flies he cries as well, I don't like that he says "Mankind is not as important as my Kyle-Bear" because that's not X-Men mentality nor logical. He's egotistical to the max, and thinks that his opinion should be the only opinion. I also hated that almost an entire issue focused on his wedding, and people telling him "Man, you hit the jackpot!" "Lemme slap that ass in congratulations!" "Are you SURE you wanna go through with this?!" and there is no action whatsoever. If I wanted to read about fluffy gay weddings I find a source that does the matter justice. Ugh. Yet ANOTHER sore point was the artwork. ESPECIALLY NORTHSTAR (and come the fuck on, he's the MAIN character in this sham of a comic). Every time he smiles it looks like he's about to shit on someone's face. I am not kidding. I just need to stop with this shit. But I've come so fucking far. But I will forever be pissed about this title.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    After some ups and downs as a series after Joss Whedon left, a proper creative team for Astonishing X-Men sees its quality skyrocket back up to an emotional, engaging, and downright interesting book once again. The plot around Northstar's wedding feels natural, if a little quick, and this volume ends on an intriguing cliffhanger which is picked up on nicely in volume 11. Mike Perkins' art is almost always solid, with only the occasional dodgy facial expression to let it down.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Franziska

    marjorie liu's run on astonishing x-men is the quintessential non-claremont run imo, just because every character is likable and well written and it is About Family. also it's an extremely gay lineup (northstar & karma, retroactively iceman, implied warbird, and no one can tell me gambit is not bisexual) marjorie liu's run on astonishing x-men is the quintessential non-claremont run imo, just because every character is likable and well written and it is About Family. also it's an extremely gay lineup (northstar & karma, retroactively iceman, implied warbird, and no one can tell me gambit is not bisexual)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jaime

    Buzzword Readathon #2 Okay so objectively this is a 3-star read but I legitimately started crying at the end so it's getting bumped up. You would be correct in assuming that I haven't read the previous nine volumes of Astonishing X-Men, and frankly it's pretty unlikely I ever will. I'm just here for Northstar and Kyle's wedding, and oh boy did that deliver. The romance was great the whole way through, which unfortunately was a detriment on the plot sometimes but not so much that it was distractin Buzzword Readathon #2 Okay so objectively this is a 3-star read but I legitimately started crying at the end so it's getting bumped up. You would be correct in assuming that I haven't read the previous nine volumes of Astonishing X-Men, and frankly it's pretty unlikely I ever will. I'm just here for Northstar and Kyle's wedding, and oh boy did that deliver. The romance was great the whole way through, which unfortunately was a detriment on the plot sometimes but not so much that it was distracting. It's also just nice to see a bunch of superheroes gathering for a happy occasion, something which happens almost never for more than a page. Rogue wondering whether her mother's would have wanted to get married was what initially made me start to get a little teary, but then just seeing two male superheroes getting married really pushed me over the edge. The ending is a cliffhanger setting up the next volume that I'm almost 100% sure I won't be reading. This is my first Marjorie M. Liu comic and it makes me very excited to read more of her work in the future. I also really enjoyed the art style. There were a few panels in issue 49 that genuinely took my breath away with how beautiful they are. While this comic is fairly lightweight in terms of plot, it is by no means disposable and is still an enjoyable read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nate

    First of all crazy props to Marvel for having a gay wedding of one of its heroes long before it was the law across the land. That alone makes this collection historical. Additionally, Liu writing and character development here are perfectly draw out the chemistry and challenges of Northstar's relationship to his partner Kyle really far better than she does the super conflicts in this story. I'm dinging this collection for the art which, wedding aside, makes the story hard to follow and through t First of all crazy props to Marvel for having a gay wedding of one of its heroes long before it was the law across the land. That alone makes this collection historical. Additionally, Liu writing and character development here are perfectly draw out the chemistry and challenges of Northstar's relationship to his partner Kyle really far better than she does the super conflicts in this story. I'm dinging this collection for the art which, wedding aside, makes the story hard to follow and through the main conflict I never had a sense of where things were happening or scale or who was involved. A bonus to this collection is Alpha Flight #106. The landmark issue where Northstar comes out as gay. The story is dated and so...Canadian. The bad guy is more of an emotional open wound as a father, and naturally former Canadian super hero, who lost his son to AIDS and it feels a little after school specially rather than revolutionary but it was probably the best Marvel thought they could get away with in 1992.

  8. 4 out of 5

    C. John Kerry

    I will admit I am somewhat confused by this book, but that is probably not the book's fault. I read it to satisfy a challenge for my local library system's Adult Reading Challenge. I suspect that if I had read the issues previous to this one I might have had a bit better grasp of what was going on. That said I still enjoyed the book. The story arc here ends with the wedding of Northstar to his lover. Some of the characters in attendance I recognized, others I didn't. As well it includes another I will admit I am somewhat confused by this book, but that is probably not the book's fault. I read it to satisfy a challenge for my local library system's Adult Reading Challenge. I suspect that if I had read the issues previous to this one I might have had a bit better grasp of what was going on. That said I still enjoyed the book. The story arc here ends with the wedding of Northstar to his lover. Some of the characters in attendance I recognized, others I didn't. As well it includes another story featuring Northstar, and the Alpha Flight story in which Northstar came out as being gay. The main story leaves some loose ends, but I presume they were picked up and resolved in subsequent issues of the original comic. As someone who has a fondness for the original Alpha Flight I enjoyed this volume. The focus is on Northstar of course but other characters are there as well. I admit this is a volume that I am not inclined to add to my library, but that is because I lost interest in the X-Men years ago and to get back up to speed would require to much catching up As I said I still enjoyed it, hence the rating.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sonic

    Let me make this perfectly clear, I do not hate Northstar because he is gay, I hate him because he is a douche! To that extent at least, this two-dimensional character has some realism and/or consistency of personality, but sheeesh, I always wanted to like him! My feelings are very mixed about this book. And it is a very mixed book. It tries to double as a (right side of history) sympathy piece that tries to be progressive by trumpeting the first gay superhero marriage in comics. I appreciate what t Let me make this perfectly clear, I do not hate Northstar because he is gay, I hate him because he is a douche! To that extent at least, this two-dimensional character has some realism and/or consistency of personality, but sheeesh, I always wanted to like him! My feelings are very mixed about this book. And it is a very mixed book. It tries to double as a (right side of history) sympathy piece that tries to be progressive by trumpeting the first gay superhero marriage in comics. I appreciate what they tried to do with this, and yet it seemed kinda trite. Northstar's boyfriend/fiance was an even bigger douche-bag. Ugh. What did I like about this book? Mostly the art which was absolutely amazing! Mike Perkins, whose art I remember from the graphic adaptation of Stephen King's "The Stand" is brilliant. (And while his work in "The Stand" seemed a touch dry at times, here his work was absolutely thrilling!) During some of the action scenes I found myself worried that some of the characters were going to be hurt or get killed! His presentation of the villains? Bad-ass! But I must say **WARNING*** ***FILLER ALERT!!!*** No, not this review, (heh heh heh) I meant the book fizzles out in both the main section, and also by throwing in some weak-ass FILLER at the end! You have been warned! :)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Viridian5

    I'd love to give this a higher rating, but it's sad to me that this rare gay marriage of Marvel characters comes off as Kyle and Jean-Paul making a huge mistake because they're having serious relationship problems. The characterization of everyone in this story arc doesn't work, the plot is all over the place, and a lot of important events happen off-page or out of sequence. The Astonishing X-Men issues collected here feel like the middle of a plot arc instead of the beginning and conclusion. Th I'd love to give this a higher rating, but it's sad to me that this rare gay marriage of Marvel characters comes off as Kyle and Jean-Paul making a huge mistake because they're having serious relationship problems. The characterization of everyone in this story arc doesn't work, the plot is all over the place, and a lot of important events happen off-page or out of sequence. The Astonishing X-Men issues collected here feel like the middle of a plot arc instead of the beginning and conclusion. This book also includes the Alpha Flight issue Northstar publicly announced his orientation in, and it features subpar Liefeld-style art, action that makes little sense, and dialogue that makes you want to hit your head against a wall.

  11. 4 out of 5

    The Sapphic Nerd

    I got this as part of a Pride week sale at my local comic book store so I don't know anything about what's happened before this issue. It's quite good though! I was able to follow along without much confusion. The banter is amusing. The art could be better but it's not horrible. I'm interested in picking up this series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Frans Kempe

    Nortstars wedding and a mind controlling adventure mixed into it all.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Baba

    The big gay wedding... which in hindsight, reading this again years later was more like a scam... think about how many decades Scott & Jean had a romantic story line, before marrying! Rogue and Gambit! So many multi-layered stories and twists and turns. Now here's a relationship hardly ever mentioned in the X-books, and suddenly they're moving in together and getting married! Scam! ...Opportunistic. Insincere. Marvel spent 10-20 years not really letting Northstar come-out!b They should have at l The big gay wedding... which in hindsight, reading this again years later was more like a scam... think about how many decades Scott & Jean had a romantic story line, before marrying! Rogue and Gambit! So many multi-layered stories and twists and turns. Now here's a relationship hardly ever mentioned in the X-books, and suddenly they're moving in together and getting married! Scam! ...Opportunistic. Insincere. Marvel spent 10-20 years not really letting Northstar come-out!b They should have at least giving the romance the time and consideration other heroes get. . Asides from that an OK story as the X-Men visiting New York find themselves targets of an unknown quarry pulling strings! And sandwiched between this story is a more in depth look where Jean-Paul and Kyle are in their relationship. 6 out of 12.

  14. 4 out of 5

    47Time

    The artwork is nicely detailed, there is a gay couple and a fight between the X-Men and the Marauders right off the bat, so that's good. The story isn't tied to past issues, the soapy drama is overextended with drama queen performances and the line-up is changed (who cares about recycled X-Men?), so that's kinda bad. The X-Men end up under mind control by Karma and Northstar is the only one left to fight them and save his kidnapped boyfriend whom he had a fight with. Drama, anyone? I'm a real rom The artwork is nicely detailed, there is a gay couple and a fight between the X-Men and the Marauders right off the bat, so that's good. The story isn't tied to past issues, the soapy drama is overextended with drama queen performances and the line-up is changed (who cares about recycled X-Men?), so that's kinda bad. The X-Men end up under mind control by Karma and Northstar is the only one left to fight them and save his kidnapped boyfriend whom he had a fight with. Drama, anyone? I'm a real romantic, aren't I? Oh, and there's a boring wedding where pretty much all the attendees have superpowers, which is something, I guess. No, it's still boring. The ending cliffhanger seems interesting, so I guess I have to read the next arc.

  15. 5 out of 5

    C

    continuing the great x-read of 2017/18... You know, I enjoyed this volume even if it was a little bit of a mess. The actual wedding between Northstar and Kyle was cute and well-done with memorable little moments from all of their friends. I think it was important for the x-books to feature a gay marriage as they have been all about inclusivity and social progress forever... And I feel that they handled it well. The story surrounding the wedding with the mind control and Karma and the Marauders from continuing the great x-read of 2017/18... You know, I enjoyed this volume even if it was a little bit of a mess. The actual wedding between Northstar and Kyle was cute and well-done with memorable little moments from all of their friends. I think it was important for the x-books to feature a gay marriage as they have been all about inclusivity and social progress forever... And I feel that they handled it well. The story surrounding the wedding with the mind control and Karma and the Marauders from out of nowhere (and the vanisher basically being a different character completely than he was in X-force?) had interesting moments but also felt a bit stretched out and odd. We will see where it goes next, I suppose, but I have read worse books for sure.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    I usually do not read the x men comics but I do follow bloggers who do and so I am aware of their various storylines. And when I saw this book on sale at my local comic book store I snagged it as I have always had a soft spot for NorthStar and his relationship with Kyle. (And seriously why haven't these two been in any of the many x men movies?) I thought the storyline was well written and Kyle and Jean's interactions were especially poignant. The only negative I have is although most of the art I usually do not read the x men comics but I do follow bloggers who do and so I am aware of their various storylines. And when I saw this book on sale at my local comic book store I snagged it as I have always had a soft spot for NorthStar and his relationship with Kyle. (And seriously why haven't these two been in any of the many x men movies?) I thought the storyline was well written and Kyle and Jean's interactions were especially poignant. The only negative I have is although most of the artwork is well done there were times when the characters expressions were just odd and not keeping with the scene they were in. Other then that I greatly enjoyed this book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Adam Stone

    Marjorie Liu's strengths as a writer do not include tha bility to write team books, or superhero comics. Monstress proves that she's a solid fantasy writer, but the dialogue and storytelling in her X-Men work is tone deaf. None of the characters speak or act like they do in any other X-Men book. And if they were the first volumes of superhero books with characters I was unfamiliar with, I'm pretty sure I'd just stop reading them. I stopped reading this, instead just scanning for plots, about half Marjorie Liu's strengths as a writer do not include tha bility to write team books, or superhero comics. Monstress proves that she's a solid fantasy writer, but the dialogue and storytelling in her X-Men work is tone deaf. None of the characters speak or act like they do in any other X-Men book. And if they were the first volumes of superhero books with characters I was unfamiliar with, I'm pretty sure I'd just stop reading them. I stopped reading this, instead just scanning for plots, about halfway through.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Judah Radd

    It was cute. The characters were well written, the dialogue was really good. Marjorie Liu is a good writer. Unfortunately, the overarching plot was sort of incomprehensible, and what was happening got lost in the jumbled action scenes. The stuff focused on Northstar was nice, and the wedding was very sweet... but I’d have liked either a clearer story, or just no story and keep the whole thing focussed on the wedding. Not a bad read, and way better than much of the other Astonishing stuff .

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jdetrick

    Honestly, the superhero story here isn't that interesting, and it's not well explained (perhaps later books will help fill in some of the gaps). I like this for the character work, and more importantly, for the relationship between Northstar and his boyfriend. It's relatively well done, and the wedding is nicely handled. It doesn't descend into most of the stereotypes I would have expected.

  20. 5 out of 5

    B

    It seemed like an editorial edict to get the marriage to happen. Because it didn't make that much sense in terms of the relationship shown in the immediately preceding issues. And it made a weird juxtaposition with whatever mysterious good guy vs. bad guy story was being told. And certainly didn't follow from the previous volume. It wasn't bad, but it was confusing.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Hmmm nothing like the writing (or art) of Monstress. I picked this up because I’m in love with Liu’s work on Monstress but I did not like it. I’m all for the love story but the writing just seems disjointed and then I’m also not big on x-men...at all. So 2 stars. Readable bit not good.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mashiara

    Weirdly enough, the coming out story from the 90s is the one that caught my heart and feels extremely apropos for current times. As for the main story, I came for the gay, but neither the story nor the art could capture my heart. Too much confusing plot and too little heart.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Corey Henio

    North Star has proven me to be interesting and romantic. I understand that the Astonishing X-Men is a saga in which I have to read the other volumes to see how the story set and where it continues, so I definitely gotta get my hands on the other Astonishing X-Men installments!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    oy. rather mediocre really. rounding up to 3 stars for the inclusion of the groundbreaking AIDS issue where Northstar comes out

  25. 5 out of 5

    Indika De Silva

    The wedding of Northstar... And you are invited... Also contains Alpha Flight issue 106.

  26. 5 out of 5

    PaperTigerMaddy

    idk man this is the first astonishing X-Men I've read since I was a teen but I fucking loved it and I don't understand the haters even a little bit

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jordan Lombard

    Not exactly a good standalone read. I felt the plot line of Northstar fighting Kyle should have been much longer. Otherwise, it was good.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    Great story & characterization paired with mismatched art. Great story & characterization paired with mismatched art.

  29. 4 out of 5

    B

    A great milestone for the gay community. Fans of Marvel would be missing out in a major way without this in thier collection.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Michael Church

    Full disclosure: I only read this for the gay wedding. So there's really no context for me to understand what's going on. Hell, I barely know who the team consists of in this specific book. There's some business with mind control and some old looking woman that I didn't recognize. It somehow plays into the whole deal with Kyle and Jean-Paul and also fits into some larger scheme with the plot. I don't really get all of it. Overall it was pretty meh. There was some nice guy talk with Northstar, Ga Full disclosure: I only read this for the gay wedding. So there's really no context for me to understand what's going on. Hell, I barely know who the team consists of in this specific book. There's some business with mind control and some old looking woman that I didn't recognize. It somehow plays into the whole deal with Kyle and Jean-Paul and also fits into some larger scheme with the plot. I don't really get all of it. Overall it was pretty meh. There was some nice guy talk with Northstar, Gambit, and Iceman. The ceremony was also nice, and the conflict was a well-written mystery. There was some clumsy dialogue and stuff, but whatever. The art. Whoa. Bad. Mike Perkins is awful. The faces look terrible. Northstar was missing his upper lip half the time. Just. So. Bad. The only decent looking stuff was the covers by Dustin Weaver. Northstar is supposed to be one of the most attractive X-Men, but he looked just awful through the whole thing. Ugh. The backups were a nice touch. The Nation X story was cute. Not the best written, but it was a nice look at the past of Jean-Paul and Kyle's relationship. The Alpha Flight story was also a nice touch. It was sooooo 90s, but it was a cool glimpse at the first superhero coming out. Overall, glad I read it, but it's not a book that made me want to pick up this series.

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