Am I Free? (Astonishing X-Men #7 Comic Review)

Astonishing X-Men #7-Act II: A Man Called X

Written By: Charles Soule

Artist: Phil Noto

Letters: Clayton Cowles

Cover: Mike Deodato Jr. & Frank Martin

Variant: Phil Voto, Christopher Stevens, Marco Checcheto, Mike McKone, Rachelle Rosenberg, & John Taylor Christopher


After defeating Shadowking in The Astral Plane, Charles Xavier comes back to life in the body of Fantomex.

What You’ll Need To Know:

I’m sure we’ve all heard about Cyclops killing Professor X a while back. So there Professor X has been, in the Astral Plane. In Act I, he had been stuck in a deadly game with Shadowking just for the Shadowking’s entertainment and had no option but to win. Luckily, they had a good outcome and were able to defeat Shadowking and stopped his virus from spreading.

In This Issue:

Rightfully, the X-Men are a bit jaded and shaken up by the fact that their Charles is back; it is hard to believe. On top of that, Fantomex is gone—not dead, but living in his own paradise in his mind. The rest of the team is very skeptical of that and everything else. Why does Charles Xavier not want to be called by his own name? Why does he only want to be called X? It makes sense that he is jaded since he is back in the real world as his younger self, but Logan states that he has been back from the dead so many times and that he has never come back the same; it changes people. He still seems good, but off; taking over someone’s body does not seem like something the Professor X would do. It does seem like the greater good for everyone, even Fantomex, especially since he brings gifts and solutions to like every problem The X-Men faced.

Final Thoughts/Summary:

I’ve always really liked Phil Noto as at artist. I feel like his style is a good match for this series. This is a great way to start the new Act II arc because it opens so many doors. A young Charles Xavier back from the dead can cause a lot of dilemmas, even though it seems like a good thing.

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  • It does leave a good cliffhanger
  • Raises a lot of questions
  • Hard to find with this comicbook, but it felt like a quick read
Artwork - 9
Cover - 7.5
Fluidity From Last Issue - 7.5
Plot - 9
Character Development - 8

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