By Todd Allen
Over on their “Mystery Project Liveblog,” Marvel has announced the new team on Astonishing X-Men. Taking over with issue #48 in March are Marjorie Liu and Mike Perkins.
Lui, best known to the world at large as a NY Times Bestselling writer of supernatural romance novels, has been writing for Marvel for a few years. She’s had runs on NYX, Daken: Dark Wolverine, X-23 and Black Widow. Which is to say, she’s been on the fringes of the X-universe for a few years.
Perkins has been around a lot longer and probably better known as an inker. He’s been part of the Captain America artist rotation in recent years and has been doing full art on The Stand (Stephen King) series of mini-series.
This iteration of Astonishing will be part of “Team Wolverine,” per the recent split in the X-world. Team members will be the new Shi’Ar Warbird, Northstar, Gambit, Iceman, Cecelia Reyes and Karma.
The initial villains will be the Marauders.
The theme of the first issue is “moving,” both moving in and moving on. Northstar and his boyfriend Kyle move to New York. Gambit and Cecelia are circling around each other. “It’s about relationships.” -Marjorie Liu
Astonishing X-Men will remain somewhat “off in it’s own corner” in regards to Schism. It will have effects on Team Wolverine in other books, but “this is not the place you’ll see a big Wolverine vs. Cyclops fight.”
“Astonishing is a bit more adult, a bit more graphic.” -Marjorie Liu
Todd Allen wears a lot of hats. At various times he’s been (alphabetically), a bouncer, college professor, humor columnist, Internet producer and an NBA/WNBA Beat Writer, among other things. He’s the author of Economics of Digital Comics. You should probably read it.