Astonishing X-Men #25
By Zak Edwards
July 6, 2008 - 12:48
Writer(s): Warren Ellis
Penciller(s): Simone Bianchi
Colourist(s): Simone Peruzzi
Letterer(s): Joe Carmanga
$2.99 US, $3.05 Canada
Joss Whedon’s run which will surely pass the test of time came to an end last month. To follow up, Marvel enlisted a legend in his own right, Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan, Fell, N.E.X.T.W.A.V.E, the list goes on and on), and Italian penciller Simone Bianchi. Together, this team has a serious name to live up to, and they do.
Simone Bianchi likes things dark and washed out, colour-wise. A tip: read this comic book in a well lit area or else you might not see everything. But the second time I read this comic book, I began to really enjoy the art. It’s expressive and realistic and not over-sexualized. I believe this will work very well for the series, combining a focus on inter-team dynamics with an artist who can convey emotion and expression very well. My only complaint is the numerous dramatic close-ups. With the large amount of dialog, things become very cramped. It feels like too much of the art is covered up. But Bianchi’s art is perfect. This series should be entertaining to say the least.
8/10 Great characterization and dialog combined with expressive and unique art.
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