Astonishing X-Men #23 [Colossus Cover]
(January 2008)

Marvel, 2004 Series
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Price:
2.99 USD; 3.05 CAD
Pages:
52
Indicia frequency:
Monthly except semi-monthly in May
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Marvel Publishing, Inc.
Brand:
Marvel [white on red]
Barcode:
75960605543202311
Editing:
Axel Alonso; Nick Lowe (associate); Will Panzo (assistant)
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock:
Glossy paper
Binding:
Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format:
Former Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

This issue is a variant of Astonishing X-Men (Marvel, 2004 series) #23 [Wolverine Cover].

Both the Wolverine and Colossus covers have the same UPC number.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

X-Men / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
John Cassaday
Inks:
John Cassaday
Colors:
Laura Martin
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Colossus [Piotr Rasputin]

Indexer Notes

Variant Edition

Previously in Astonishing X-Men (Table of Contents)

X-Men / recap / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
John Cassaday
Inks:
John Cassaday
Colors:
Laura Martin
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero

[Unstoppable Part Five] (Table of Contents)

X-Men / comic story / 23 pages (report information)

Script:
Joss Whedon
Pencils:
John Cassaday
Inks:
John Cassaday
Colors:
Laura Martin
Letters:
Chris Eliopoulos

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The X-Men [Cyclops [Scott Summers]; Beast [Hank McCoy]; Wolverine [Logan]; Colossus [Piotr Rasputin]; Shadowcat [Kitty Pryde]; Emma Frost [White Queen]; Armor [Hisako Ichiki]];

S.W.O.R.D. [Abigail Brand; Sydren; Lockheed];

Powerlord Kruun; Sylatin; Aghanne; Dafi; Danger
Synopsis:
Aghanne and Dafi discuss news that one of the X-Men is dead and their worries about their plans. The remaining X-Men and S.W.O.R.D. split up to head to their next targets. Kruun revives Cyclops to interrogate him while Armor gets herelf and Wolverine captured by trying to rescue some civilians, Beast and Agent Brand further analyze the prophecy, and Shadowcat and Colossus bring Aghanne into the action. Emma reestablishes contact with Scott as Beast and Brand reveal that the prophecy is recent, and reads more like a plan. We then find out that all of this, including Cyclops, Wolverine and Armor's capture was planned telepathically just before Cyclops left the larger ship. Also, Scott's powers work just fine as he demonstrates by blasting Kruun and tearing a huge hole in the roof of his tower, summoning the rest of the X-Men to him for the final attack.

Other X-Happenings! Messiah Complex (Table of Contents)

X-Men / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
David Finch
Inks:
Danny Miki
Colors:
Frank D'Armata; Jason Keith (New X-Men cover)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero

Indexer Notes

House ad for the first four issues in the Messiah Complex crossover, showing their covers: Messiah Complex one-shot; Uncanny X-Men 492; X-Factor 25; New X-Men 44

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Fury's Files / character profile / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Jack Kirby; John Cassaday; David Finch; Billy Tan
Inks:
Sol Brodsky?; John Cassady; Danny Miki; Jon Sibal
Colors:
?; Laura Martin; Frank D'Armata; Brian Haberlin
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero

Indexer Notes

Facts about the Marvel universe including some behind-the-scenes notes about character creation, ostensibly from Nick Fury's files. Artwork on the page includes bits of art from Astonishing X-Men ad from the covers of X-Men (1963 series) #1, X-Men: Messiah Complex, and X-23 #3.

Portfolio Review (Table of Contents)

New Exiles / promo (ad from the publisher) / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?; Tom Grummett
Pencils:
Tom Grummett
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset; Tom Grummett

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
New Exiles [Morph [Kevin Sydney] (Earth-1081); Sabretooth [Victor Creed] (Earth-295; AoA); Psylocke [Betsy Braddock]; Shadowcat [Cat Pryde] (Earth unkonown); Mystiq [Raphael-Raven Darkholm] (Earth-797); Rogue [Anna Raven] (Earth-1009); Sage [Tessa]]

Indexer Notes

Promotional text plus character sketches with comments from artist Tom Grummett.

Writer Matt Fraction (Table of Contents)

Look Who's Talking / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?; Matt Fraction
Pencils:
?; ? (photo)
Inks:
?; ? (photo)
Colors:
?; ? (photo)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Matt Fraction (photo); Iron Fist [Danny Rand]

Indexer Notes

Matt Fraction interview.

The Sequel You've Been Waiting For (Table of Contents)

Ultimate Iron Man / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Pasqual Ferry
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Iron Man [Tony Stark] (Ultimate)

Indexer Notes

House ad for Ultimate Iron Man 4-issue limited series.

If You Could Date a Marvel Character, Who Would It Be and Why? (Table of Contents)

Questions That Need Answers! / character profile / 1 page (report information)

Script:
J. Michael Straczynski; Marc Sumerak; Brian Reed; Brian Michael Bendis; Dan Slott; C.B. Cebulski; Joe Quesada; Frank Cho; Chris Yost; Fred van Lente; Matt Fraction; Jeff Parker; Craig Kyle; Christina Strain
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Wasp; Shadowcat; Spider-Woman [Jessica Drew]; Luke Cage; Psylocke; Mary Jane Parker; Squirrel Girl; Ms. Marvel [Carol Danvers]; Dead Girl; Galactus; Clea; Mystique; Gambit

Indexer Notes

Marvel comics creators talk about who from the Marvel Universe they would date. Art is in the form of details from various sources.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    X-Men
  2. 1. Previously in Astonishing X-Men
    X-Men
  3. 2. [Unstoppable Part Five]
    X-Men
  4. 3. Other X-Happenings! Messiah Complex
    X-Men
  5. 4. [no title indexed]
    Fury's Files
  6. 5. Portfolio Review
    New Exiles
  7. 6. Writer Matt Fraction
    Look Who's Talking
  8. 7. The Sequel You've Been Waiting For
    Ultimate Iron Man
  9. 8. If You Could Date a Marvel Character, Who Would It Be and Why?
    Questions That Need Answers!
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  • Kelly Langston-Smith
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
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