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Astonishing X-Men #11 Review: The Team Comes Together, in Time for the End

X and Psylocke's plan to bring down Proteus is sprung into action. The Astonishing X-Men ambush the being to stop his reality seeds around the world. Psylocke and X use their psychic abilities to stop the spread of the reality seeds. Betsy even begins to start trusting X, and the team seems to be coming together at last.

Astonishing X-Men #11 cover by Grag Land and Frank D'Armata
Astonishing X-Men #11 cover by Grag Land and Frank D'Armata

While I enjoyed this installment of Astonishing X-Men well enough, I am reminded why I left the comic. The fact that this arc is still going is something of a joke. Plus, the twist ending was predictable beyond reason, though it does undo a plot point which had been annoying me.

But, this is a somewhat positive review, so let's move onto the positives.

Proteus is a solid villain, and Charles Soule does him justice. He's an immature yet frighteningly powerful being, and he is depicted as such.

This X-Men team finally acts as a team, and we get to see this bizarre band of mutants pool their powers. Psylocke is a good choice for the leader, and not only because she is one of the best X-Men of all time (don't @ me).

The issue has a lot of creative action sequences, and they make for what is an overall fun comic.

Astonishing X-Men #11 art by Ron Garney and Matt Milla
Astonishing X-Men #11 art by Ron Garney and Matt Milla

Ron Garney is a great artist choice for just about any comic you can imagine, and he plies his talents well here. Contrasting from Daredevil, the shadowing is far less heavy giving the world a more freeing atmosphere than ole' Hornhead's comic. Plus, Proteus' powers are depicted in a visually interesting manner. Matt Milla's color palette is wild and vivid, and that makes for a comic that catches the eye.

Astonishing X-Men #11 is another installment in a frustratingly long story, but it is a fun read nonetheless. It has its problems, but the product is both fun and visually appealing. This one gets a recommendation. Feel free to pick it up.

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Joshua DavisonAbout Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.
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