Marvel adds Bishop & Fantomex to the cast of Charles Soule’s new Astonishing X-Men series


There is only one way to describe the team of X-Men that Marvel has been slowly revealing throughout the week: astonishing.

That’s because Marvel has officially announced that the mystery title joining the ResurrXion line-up of titles this summer is a brand new volume of Astonishing X-Men from Charles Soule and a to be named later art team. Soule of course has been spending most of the last few years building up the Inhumans line at Marvel, but he has dipped his toes into the X-Men world previously with Death of Wolverine and the recent Inhumans vs. X-Men and Death of X storylines.

“If you’re going to relaunch a book called Astonishing X-Men, it had better live up to the title,” said Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso.  “Charles and his soon-to-be-revealed collaborators are about to unveil a story that touches every corner of the X-Men mythology, and the first issue alone will have massive ramifications for the Children of the Atom.  We can’t wait to tell you more about this book.”

Astonishing X-Men teaser

Bishop and Fantomex round out the cast for the book which includes the previously revealed Old Man Logan, Archangel, Rogue, Mystique, Psylocke and Gambit.

The title description from the announcement:

Old Man Logan, Archangel, Mystique, Rogue, Gambit, Psylocke and Fantomex. Together, they are the Astonishing X-Men. But what brings this eclectic collection of heroes together? A familiar menace has once again reared its ugly head – reborn, renewed and resurrected. To defeat one of their greatest foes and rescue one of their own, the X-Men’s greatest will assemble for a mission that will take them places you never thought they’d go!

While most of these characters have been through a lot over the years, especially Bishop with all the stuff that came down for him during the Messiah Complex years, Soule said that the new series will be a fresh jumping on point for readers.

“The book is designed to tell a very focused, specific story, with a few cool main villains,I’m writing it like a puzzle box, with new layers and reveals opening up every issue,” Soule said. “So, you’ll never know exactly where it’s going to go next – but the structure is built in such a way that almost anything from the long, incredible history of the X-Men can pop up. If you think about these characters, they’ve been present or involved for virtually every major era of X history, all the big events. That’ll play a role in a big way.”

What’s interesting about this book is that it continues a trend in the RessurXion main X-Men books. While they all take place in the current time X-Men Blue is inspired by the 60s with the versions of the original 5 X-Men as a cast, X-Men Gold is pulling from the 70s with it’s All-New All-Different era team, while both Generation X and Astonishing X-Men are pulling heavily from the 80s, 90s and 2000s for many of their cast members and overall feelings.

Basically if you were a fan of a certain era of X-Men, there is a book that might scratch that itch to an extent.

Astonishing X-Men #1 arrives in July.


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