The Final Act (Astonishing X-Men #12 Comic Review)

Astonishing X-Men #12-Mindkiller

Writer: Charles Soule

Art: Geraldo Sandoval

Cover: Greg Land & Edgar Delgado

Color: Erick Arciniega

Letters: Clayton Cowles

Synopsis:

THE FINAL SHOWDOWN FOR…A MAN CALLED X! It’s XAVIER and PSYLOCKE versus PROTEUS! In a battle for reality itself, which of these super-powered psychics will win? And when the dust settles, what’s next for the Astonishing X-men?

 

What You’ll Need To Know:

X was killed by Proteus, they temporarily defeated him, but Shadow King was released again! We keep losing Charles, the one person who has been able to keep Shadow King in check over the years. The team has had it together and trusted one another, but they are still broken. Especially since they could not stop Proteus from killing thousands of people in one village. He called the village in Scotland his Garden of Eden, Proteus wanted to give the people what they wanted, but then that descended into chaos. Their fantasies came true, but that got them killed. He then wanted to expand his Garden to the whole world. X and Psylocke devised a plan to get in his head and surprisingly that worked

 

In This Issue:

The X-Men have been dealing with the most insane, chaotic foes who can hurt them in the real world and inside their heads. Hell, Shadow King just busted out of X’s head. They thought they killed him right before they encountered Proteus. Is it X’s fault? He released Proteus, and Shadow King AGAIN. Small difference between Proteus and Shadow King, Proteus aka Kevin MacTaggert didn’t think he was doing bad things, Shadow King know and has fun with it. He doesn’t just attack Psylocke and X in their heads, he attacks the whole team. Makes them feel complete despair. Logan is also taken back to the time where he slaughtered all the X-Men in his universe, so he flips and stabs himself. We all know the one thing hurting Shadowking in the real world was metal, plus Logan’s healing factor isn’t what it use to be. We see a little bit of an emotional moment between Mystique and Rogue, which I wish we could have seen more of an interaction between the two in the entire series. They acknowledged but ignored each other’s presence, and they only interacted because they were scared shitless. Bishop is overwhelmed because he sees the end of the world, and he blames it on himself. I wish we could have seen each character shine a little more, instead of it being Psylocke and X all the time. We don’t get much of an explanation on HOW X comes back or what his new mission is. Overall this was really dramatic and an intense comic, it seems like each time they succeeded, they were knocked down again. Of course they defeat, Farouk, but that’s not likely to be the last of him. Something disappointing is what X does at the end, making everyone forget. So does that mean we won’t get much of this particular team again? It leaves a little bit of loose ends.

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Daniela Mendoza
Hey nerds! I'm a 23 year old cosplayer from Southern California who loves comic books as well! I love going to metal and punk shows. I'm a hostess on Shoot The Breeze Comics' shows Thought Bubbles, Panel to Panel, and Guardians of the Con-Life.
Summary
Art is amazing, it’s dark and gritty and a different style than usual. X looked way different. This is a comic that has issues that ALWAYS deliver. It has a lot of different aspects you don’t expect. Charles Soule has done it again! I’m so sad this comic book is only 12 issues long. There’s so much more they could expand upon and I love this team, they are made up of some of my favorite X-Men!
Good
  • X lookin’ like Captain America.
  • Small, small cameos
  • You see real internal struggles of our X-Men
Bad
  • I feel like a lot of characters became under utilized towards the end of the series as a whole
  • An ending twist that was slightly disappointing
8.8
Great
Art - 10
Cover - 9
Storyline - 9.5
Plot - 9
Character Development - 7.5
Conclusion - 8
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Hey nerds! I'm a 23 year old cosplayer from Southern California who loves comic books as well! I love going to metal and punk shows. I'm a hostess on Shoot The Breeze Comics' shows Thought Bubbles, Panel to Panel, and Guardians of the Con-Life.

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