Even though Astonishing X-Men itself is trapped in limbo (according to Marvel’s website, it’s been pushed back to June 3), writer Warren Ellis has an Astonishing mini launching next week called “Xenogenesis”. In case you hadn’t seen it, it’s where this…thing came from:
Featuring the all-new 4-foot tall Emma Frost!
According to their solicit info, Marvel has this to say about the book:
THE HEROIC AGE IS HERE! The superstar team of Warren Ellis and Kaare Andrews (SPIDER-MAN: REIGN) take X-Men into the Heroic Age! Something’s happening in the tiny East African city of Mbangwi. Something that requires immediate investigation. A newborn sprouts metal electrodes and explodes, taking out an entire hospital. Is this the first wave of mutant rebirth that the X-Men have been praying for…or something very, very different? Something sinister?
So Marvel’s trying to pass this off as the X-Men’s intro to the Heroic Age (conveniently launching the same week as Siege wraps up), much like Ellis’s run on Astonishing started the ‘Manifest Destiny’ period of X-Men when they moved to San Francisco. Except that if you actually look at the book, that doesn’t work at all. For one, Beast is still on the team. He’s been gone for months now and is set to join the cast of Secret Avengers. Also, this team is still based in San Francisco and doesn’t seem to have the ‘messiah child’ Hope around…which is all the rage in the X-Books at the moment.
No, this seems to be a side-feature to the current (albeit heavily delayed) story in Astonishing ‘eXogenetic’. See the corresponding titles? Ellis did the same thing in his first story with an alternate reality two-parter called ‘Ghost Boxes’. Marvel’s trying to make the best of the situation created by Astonishing‘s staggering delays and pretend that it’s not like a year behind the rest of the X-Books. Perhaps they should put more effort into GETTING THE BOOK OUT.