Marvel Comics has revealed a first look at John Cassaday’s variant cover to the milestone 50th issue of “Astonishing X-Men” written by Marjorie Liu with art by Mike Perkins. For the variant cover, Cassaday rewinds the clock back to the first run of “Astonishing X-Men” with a recreation of his cover for the first issue, substituting characters from the current line-up of the team including Wolverine, Gambit, Iceman, Northstar, Warbird and Karma.
The publisher recently released a teaser image reminiscent of a wedding invitation for “Astonishing X-Men” #51, encouraging readers to “Save the Date,” possibly implying a wedding for Northstar and his boyfriend, Kyle. In 2011, Liu characterized her “Astonishing” run as the book that focuses on the instructors at the Jean Grey School as superheroes rather than instructors. “This is the book that’s on Wolverine’s side that doesn’t give you the classes,” Liu said. “That’s the role that this book plays. It gives you the non-school-centric team on Wolverine’s side.”
Check out Cassaday’s “Astonishing X-Men” #50 variant cover side-by-side his original “Astonishing X-Men” #1 cover and stay tuned for more on Liu’s “Astonishing” run.
This May, with fans all over the world wondering who will say “I Do” – Marvel is proud to present your first look at superstar artist, John Cassaday’s jaw-dropping variant to “Astonishing X-Men” #50! Join us for this momentous occasion as this landmark issue not only celebrates an anniversary, but sets up a major turning point for two characters! Fans can’t miss out on “Astonishing X-Men” #50, available in comic shops, on the Marvel Comics app, and Marvel Digital Comics Shop this May!
ASTONISHING X-MEN #50 (MAR120623)
ASTONISHING X-MEN #50 CASSADAY VARIANT (MAR120624)
ASTONISHING X-MEN #50 CASSADAY SKETCH VARIANT (MAR120625)
Written by MARJORIE LIU
Art by MIKE PERKINS
Cover by DUSTIN WEAVER
Variant Cover by JOHN CASSADAY
Sketch Variant Also Available
FOC – 4/30/12, ON SALE -5/23/12