I’ve written a couple posts about some issues I have with Warren Ellis, specifically his taking over of Astonishing X-Men. When the news came out last year, I posted about it, saying:
But here’s the thing. His writing is dense. Not just “dense” dense. Unreadable dense, the kind where fourth or fifth time is a charm trying to read something like “Global Frequency.” On an accessibility scale, Ellis is somewhere around Alan Moore writing in ancient languages.
So I was leary. Very leary. I even expressed this at the end of Whedon’s run, saying:
Warren Ellis and Simon Bianchi’s run has a “regular” schedule on the Marvel website. But I’ve got some issues with it going in. We’ll see how it goes. Hopefully, the storytelling and execution step up to the plate, and actually bother to respect fans enough to not get sidetracked by other projects. If this is going to be Marvel’s quintessential X-book, then they should treat it as such – not some long-form vanity project, but a book able to sustain a deadline and keep fans caring about the storyline within.
So yeah. As the only X-book I still read (that pains me to say on some “I have three long boxes of X-Men” level), I had fears and hopes. After picking up the first two issues while waiting for an Amtrak train, I have to say that I’m actually really excited for this run.
This may be vaguely spoilerish, so if you don’t want to read this part, don’t.