Astonishing X-Men #5 - Ghost Box
([November] 2009)

Marvel, 2004 Series
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Volume
5
Price
24.99 USD
Pages
188
Publisher's Age Guidelines
T+
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Marvel Publishing, Inc.
Brand
Marvel [white on red, in horizontal box]
ISBN
978-0-7851-2788-8 Search at WorldCat
Barcode
9780785127888 52499
Editing
Jennifer Gr├╝nwald; Alex Starbuck (editorial assistant); John Denning (assistant editor); Cory Levine (assistant editor); Mark D. Beazley (editor, special projects); Jeff Youngquist (senior editor, special projects)

Issue Notes

collects Astonishing X-Men (Marvel, 2004 series) #25-30 and Astonishing X-Men: Ghost Boxes (Marvel, 2008 series) #1-2

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils
Simone Bianchi
Inks
Andrea Silvestri
Colors
Simone Peruzzi

Genre
superhero
Characters
The X-Men [Cyclops [Scott Summers]; Wolverine [Logan]; Storm]
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1)

X-Men / cover reprint (on interior page) / 2 pages (report information)

Pencils
Simone Bianchi
Inks
Andrea Silvestri
Colors
Simone Peruzzi

Genre
superhero
Characters
The X-Men [Cyclops [Scott Summers]; Beast [Hank McCoy]; Wolverine [Logan]; Storm [Ororo Munroe]; Emma Frost [White Queen]; Armor [Hisako Ichiki]]
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Indexer Notes

Wraparound cover.

Ghost Box (Table of Contents: 2)

X-Men / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script
Warren Ellis
Pencils
Simone Bianchi
Inks
Simone Bianchi
Colors
Simone Peruzzi
Letters
Joe Caramagna

Genre
superhero
Characters
The X-Men [Cyclops [Scott Summers]; Beast [Hank McCoy]; Wolverine [Logan]; Storm [Ororo Iqadi T'Challa] (rejoins the X-Men); Emma Frost [White Queen]; Armor [Hisako Ichiki]]
Synopsis
The X-Men are settling into their new as-yet-unnamed headquarters in San Francisco. Storm arrives, explaining that she convinced T'Challa to let her "scope out" the team's current methods as he is helping fund them through Mutantes Sans Frontieres because she was bored in Wakanda. She arrives in time to join the team, in new street clothes designed to help them avoid anti-superhero sentiment, as they answer a call from the San Francisco police to help with a mysterious burning body. The unusual genetic code of the corpse and the notebooks found with it that describe the next destination of its killer send the team, now switched to more traditional superhero gear, to Chaparanga Beach, the graveyard of starships.
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 3)

X-Men / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Simone Bianchi
Inks
Simone Bianchi (ink washes); Andrea Silvestri (ink washes)
Colors
Simone Peruzzi

Genre
superhero
Characters
Beast [Hank McCoy]
Reprints

[Ghost Box Part Two] (Table of Contents: 4)

X-Men / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script
Warren Ellis
Pencils
Simone Bianchi
Inks
Simone Bianchi (ink washes); Andrea Silvestri (ink washes)
Colors
Simone Peruzzi
Letters
Joe Caramagna

Genre
superhero
Characters
The X-Men [Cyclops [Scott Summers]; Beast [Hank McCoy]; Wolverine [Logan]; Storm [Ororo Iqadi T'Challa]; Emma Frost [White Queen]; Armor [Hisako Ichiki]]
Synopsis
The X-Men track the killer to a semi-functional spaceship at Chapanga Beach. They find the man working on something he calls a Ghost Box. After a difficult fight Cyclops orders the team out of the ship and has Storm shoot it down with lightning. Storm is distressed that Cyclops's orders might have resulted in her killing the man, but Cyclops is unapologetic. The man is still alive, but chooses death rather than revealing more about his purposes beyond referring to "the Annex".
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5)

X-Men / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Lee Bermejo
Inks
Lee Bermejo
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The X-Men [Cyclops [Scott Summers]; Beast [Hank McCoy]; Wolverine [Logan]; Storm [Ororo Iqadi T'Challa]; Emma Frost [White Queen]; Armor [Hisako Ichiki]]
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 6)

X-Men / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Simone Bianchi (signed)
Inks
Simone Bianchi (ink washes; signed); Andrea Silvestri (ink washes; signed)
Colors
Simone Peruzzi (signed)

Genre
superhero
Characters
X-Men [Cyclops [Scott Summers]; Wolverine [Logan]]
Reprints

[Ghost Box Part Three] (Table of Contents: 7)

X-Men / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script
Warren Ellis
Pencils
Simone Bianchi
Inks
Simone Bianchi (ink washes); Andrea Silvestri (ink washes)
Colors
Simone Peruzzi
Letters
Joe Caramagna

Genre
superhero
Characters
X-Men [Cyclops [Scott Summers]; Beast [Hank McCoy]; Wolverine [Logan]; Storm [Ororo Iqadi T'Challa]; Emma Frost [White Queen]; Armor [Hisako Ichiki]]; S.W.O.R.D. [Abigail Brand]
Synopsis
Puzzled by the box they retrieved at Chapanga Beach, the X-Men call in Agent Brand. She tells them it's a Ghost Box, and that it's used for travel between parallel worlds. The team also finds out that the coordinates for "Tian" from the notebook they found match a spot in China known as the Dead Five Miles, in which nothing may be detected. They go there, and discover the floating retreat of a group of mutants who apparently died on M-Day.
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[Dynamic Forces Variant] (Table of Contents: 8)

X-Men / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Alex Ross

Genre
superhero
Characters
Wolverine [Logan]
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 9)

X-Men / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Simone Bianchi (signed)
Inks
Simone Bianchi; Andrea Silvestri ?
Colors
Simone Peruzzi

Genre
superhero
Characters
X-Men [Cyclops [Scott Summers]; Beast [Hank McCoy]; Wolverine [Logan]; Armor [Hisako Ichiki]]
Reprints

[Ghost Box Part Four] (Table of Contents: 10)

X-Men / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script
Warren Ellis
Pencils
Simone Bianchi
Inks
Simone Bianchi; Andrea Silvestri
Colors
Simone Peruzzi
Letters
Joe Caramagna

Genre
superhero
Characters
X-Men [Cyclops [Scott Summers]; Beast [Hank McCoy]; Wolverine [Logan]; Storm [Ororo Iqadi T'Challa]; Emma Frost [White Queen]; Armor [Hisako Ichiki]]
Synopsis
The X-Men explore Tian and find a few remaining residents with surprising information.
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 11)

X-Men / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Simone Bianchi
Inks
Simone Bianchi
Colors
Simone Peruzzi

Genre
superhero
Characters
The X-Men [Cyclops [Scott Summers]; Beast [Hank McCoy]; Wolverine [Logan]; Colossus [Piotr Rasputin]; Emma Frost [White Queen]; Armor [Hisako Ichiki]; X-23 [Laura Kinney]]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

2nd Printing Variant. The picture makes X-23 look like part of the team, but there not yet been a clear indication of her post-"Divided We Stand" status.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 12)

X-Men / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Simone Bianchi (signed)
Inks
Simone Bianchi (signed); Andrea Silvestri (signed)
Colors
Simone Peruzzi (signed)

Genre
superhero
Characters
X-Men [Storm [Ororo Iqadi T'Challa]; Emma Frost [White Queen]]
Reprints

[Ghost Box part 5] (Table of Contents: 13)

X-Men / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script
Warren Ellis
Pencils
Simone Bianchi
Inks
Simone Bianchi; Andrea Silvestri
Colors
Simone Peruzzi; Christina Strain; Laura Martin (see notes)
Letters
Joe Caramagna

Genre
superhero
Characters
X-Men [Cyclops [Scott Summers]; Beast [Hank McCoy]; Wolverine [Logan]; Storm [Ororo Iqadi T'Challa]; Emma Frost [White Queen]; Armor [Hisako Ichiki]];
Forge
Synopsis
The X-Men interrogate the mutants who attacked them at Tian and decide to pay Forge a visit.
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Indexer Notes

Colorist credit reads "Simone Peruzzi with Christina Strain and Laura Martin".

Wolverine Design (Table of Contents: 14)

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

Pencils
Simone Bianchi
Inks
Simone Bianchi
Colors
Simone Bianchi

Genre
superhero
Characters
Wolverine [Logan]

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 15)

X-Men / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Simone Bianchi (signed)
Inks
Simone Bianchi ?
Colors
Simone Peruzzi ?

Genre
superhero
Characters
X-Men [Cyclops [Scott Summers]; Beast [Hank McCoy]; Wolverine [Logan]; Storm [Ororo Iqadi T'Challa]; Emma Frost [White Queen]; Armor [Hisako Ichiki]]
Reprints

[Ghost Box, Part 6] (Table of Contents: 16)

X-Men / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script
Warren Ellis
Pencils
Simone Bianchi
Inks
Simone Bianchi (ink washes); Andrea Silvestri (ink washes)
Colors
Simone Peruzzi; Morry Hollowell; Simone Bianchi
Letters
Chris Eliopoulos

Genre
superhero
Characters
X-Men [Cyclops [Scott Summers]; Beast [Hank McCoy]; Wolverine [Logan]; Storm [Ororo Iqadi T'Challa]; Emma Frost [White Queen]; Armor [Hisako Ichiki]]; Abigail Brand [Forge]
Synopsis
Forge reveals his plan for dealing with the alternate dimensions of the Ghost Boxes to the X-Men.
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Indexer Notes

The ink washes credit reads "Simone Bianchi and Andrea Silvestri" while the colorist credit reads "Simone Peruzzi with Morry Hollowell and Simone Bianchi".

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 17)

X-Men / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Simone Bianchi (signed)
Inks
Simone Bianchi (ink washes; signed); Andrea Silvestri (ink washes; signed)
Colors
Simone Peruzzi (signed)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Wolverine [Logan]
Reprints

Agent X-13's Report on the Emergency Annexation of Earth-616 (Table of Contents: 18)

X-Men / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Warren Ellis
Pencils
Alan Davis
Inks
Mark Farmer
Colors
Rob Schwager
Letters
Joe Caramagna

Genre
superhero
Characters
X-Men [Cyclops [Scott Summers]; Wolverine [Logan]; Storm [Ororo Iqadi T'Challa]; Emma Frost [White Queen]; Armor [Hisako Ichiki]] (alternate timeline); Agent X-13; Magneto (alternate earth)
Synopsis
This appears to be an account of how Agent X-13's mission on Earth-616 would have gone had he targeted and killed Cyclops first instead of targeting Wolverine. The X-Men rapidly fall apart, and Agent X-13's homeworld sends in "Deathlok-class Security units", which look like Sentinels. One of them had what appeared to be Magneto wired into its chest. They quickly subdued the entire world amidst a staggering loss of life, including the use of nuclear weapons. But Agent X-13 considers none of that to be his problem because he's just a field agent.
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Being an Journal by Miss Emma Frost of New Portsmouth Bay in the State of New Albion [sic] (Table of Contents: 19)

X-Men / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Warren Ellis
Pencils
Adi Granov (painted)
Inks
Adi Granov (painted)
Colors
Adi Granov (painted)
Letters
Joe Caramagna

Genre
superhero
Characters
The X Society [Emma Frost (Earth-889); Scott Summers (Earth-889); Hank McCoy (Earth-889); Logan (Earth-889)]; Agent X-13
Synopsis
This story follows what would have happened if Agent X-13's request to target Earth-889 had been granted. Earth 889 is a Steampunk reality, in which Miss Emma Frost leads the X Society from her mansion in New Portsmouth. Using their superior aircraft, they catch up with Agent X-13, but a mishap involving his fireballs and Logan's claws cause a fatal dirigible explosion and crash. As a result, the X Society becomes exiled overnight, with "sentinels" posted outside the mansion. Miss Frost speculates that she may decamp to Europe and possibly even allow Scott to marry her as he has long desired.
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Indexer Notes

The title does indeed state "an Journal" and not "a Journal". Also, there is no hyphen in "X Society".

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 20)

X-Men / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Simone Bianchi
Inks
Simone Bianchi (ink washes); Andrea Silvestri (ink washes)
Colors
Simone Peruzzi

Genre
superhero
Characters
Emma Frost [White Queen]; Wolverine [Logan]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Artist division of labor based on credits to issue #1 -- this issue simply credits all three of them as "Cover Artists". Unusually, the cover is *not* signed.

The Last Testament of Scott Summers (Table of Contents: 21)

X-Men / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Warren Ellis
Pencils
Clayton Crain (painted)
Inks
Clayton Crain (painted)
Colors
Clayton Crain (painted)
Letters
Joe Caramagna

Genre
superhero
Characters
Scott Summers; X-Men [Cyclops [Scott Summers]; Emma Frost [White Queen]; Wolverine [Logan]; Armor [Hisako Ichiki]; Storm [Ororo Iqadi T'Challa]; Beast [Hank McCoy]; Colossus [Piotr Rasputin]; Shadowcat [Kitty Pryde]; Professor X [Charles Xavier]] (flashbacks)
Synopsis
In a world where Cyclops decided to approach Subject X cautiously instead of letting Wolverine take him out quickly, a suicidal Scott Summers is the only X-Man surviving in a ruined mansion filled with ghosts.
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Indexer Notes

The script in the back of this issue makes it clear that the older flashbacks were supposed to be portrayed by mixing distressed artwork from those time periods into the current art, but this was not done.

4 (Table of Contents: 22)

X-Men / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Warren Ellis
Pencils
Kaare Andrews
Inks
Kaare Andrews
Colors
Kaare Andrews
Letters
Joe Caramagna

Genre
superhero
Characters
Hisako Ichiki [Armor]; Logan [Wolverine]; Hank McCoy [Beast]
Synopsis
In a world where the annexation took several years, Hisako journeys to a supposed evacuation point with a deranged Hank McCoy and a Logan who is confined to a wheelchair due to the adamantium on his legs being warped early in the fighting.
Reprints

[X-Men Designs] (Table of Contents: 23)

X-Men / illustration / 4 pages (report information)

Pencils
Simone Bianchi
Inks
Simone Bianchi
Colors
Simone Bianchi

Genre
superhero
Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    X-Men
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    X-Men
  3. 2. Ghost Box
    X-Men
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    X-Men
  5. 4. [Ghost Box Part Two]
    X-Men
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    X-Men
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
    X-Men
  8. 7. [Ghost Box Part Three]
    X-Men
  9. 8. [Dynamic Forces Variant]
    X-Men
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
    X-Men
  11. 10. [Ghost Box Part Four]
    X-Men
  12. 11. [no title indexed]
    X-Men
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
    X-Men
  14. 13. [Ghost Box part 5]
    X-Men
  15. 14. Wolverine Design
    X-Men
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    X-Men
  17. 16. [Ghost Box, Part 6]
    X-Men
  18. 17. [no title indexed]
    X-Men
  19. 18. Agent X-13's Report on the Emergency Annexation of Earth-616
    X-Men
  20. 19. Being an Journal by Miss Emma Frost of New Portsmouth Bay in the State of New Albion [sic]
    X-Men
  21. 20. [no title indexed]
    X-Men
  22. 21. The Last Testament of Scott Summers
    X-Men
  23. 22. 4
    X-Men
  24. 23. [X-Men Designs]
    X-Men
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