Not only has Marvel Comics unveiled the final two members of the mutant group it's been teasing all week, the publisher's also revealed the first member of the title's creative team.
Bishop and Fantomex round out the mutants joining Old Man Logan's new team, and writer Charles Soule will be scripting their adventures in an all-new "Astonishing X-Men" title, the latest announcement from Marvel's expanding RessurrXion-labeled books.
“If you’re going to relaunch a book called 'Astonishing X-Men,' it had better live up to the title,” Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso told Marvel.com of the new series. “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.”
Throughout the week, Marvel has been teasing the comic with a series of teaser images, revealing teammates two at a tim. Now, Bishop and Fantomex join Mystique, Psylocke, Archangel, Gambit and Rogue on the James Cheung-drawn image, with Old Man Logan presumably as the group's leader.
"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 told Marvel.com. "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.”
Despite the title's ties to the X-Men's long, often convoluted history, Soule assured readers that he's designed "Astonishing" to be accessible to even the newest fan. "The series is designed as a fresh starting point, so anyone jumping in will get everything they need there to follow the story – even if it’s your first X-story."
This will be the fourth Marvel Comics series to bear the name "Astonishing X-Men." Following two separate miniseries to use the name in 1995 and 1999, the first ongoing incarnation launched in 2004 from the team of Joss Whedon and John Cassaday. The Whedon/Cassaday pairing led the boom for 24 issues, after which the series continued under a number of creative teams before coming to a conclusion in 2013 with Issue #68.
"Astonishing X-Men" #1, written by Charles Soule, debuts in July from Marvel Comics.