Life and death are a fluid concept in superhero comics, especially when it comes to members of the X-Men. If preview art from artist Mike Deodato — shared on Twitter by X-Men group editor Mark Paniccia — is to be believed, a recently deceased mutant could return to the land of the living in August’s Astonishing X-Men #2.
— Mark Paniccia (@MarkPaniccia) May 8, 2017
When asked if Peter David would be writing Jamie Madrox in the future, Paniccia replied that nothing was currently in the works, but also teased a panel featuring the Multiple Man himself. Last time readers saw Madrox, he was dying of the M-Pox disease in Inhumans vs. X-Men. It’s entirely possible the Madrox we see above is either a vision or one of his many clones, but — once the original dies — the remaining clones would likely pass away as well.
The Astonishing X-Men series is a part of Marvel’s ResurrXion initiative, which puts both the X-Men and Inhuman groups on new paths. Astonishing X-Men bears the same name as the series that began in 1995, which has been occasionally rebooted. The debut incarnation of Astonishing X-Men was a limited run four-issue series that took place aside the alternate universe Age of Apocalypse storyline. The title was brought back in 1999 for a three-issue series and focused on a diminished X-Men team protecting the Mannites.
The series would not see regular publication until 2004, when Astonishing X-Men was helmed by filmmaker Joss Whedon and artist John Cassaday. Warren Ellis was put in charge of the series as of 2007. Astonishing X-Men ran until 2013.
Astonishing X-Men #1 is slated for release in July. Astonishing X-Men #2, written by Charles Soule and featuring art from Mike Deodato and Frank Martin, releases in August.
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