Friday, July 04, 2008

Review: Astonishing X-Men #25

It's a smooth transition from the old creative team of writer Joss Whedon and artist John Cassaday to the new one of writer Warren Ellis and artist Simone Bianchi, especially going from one master of clever dialog in Whedon to another in Ellis. Bianchi's painted art is very different from Cassaday's more traditional style, but both tend toward a certain kind of realism that eschews cartoonish or unrealistically proportioned characters.

Ellis quickly establishes a new status quo and a new lineup for the team as they're called in by the San Francisco Police Department to consult on a homicide case that may involve a mutant. It's a more down to earth story so far than Whedon's epic storylines, but in inimitable Ellis fashion, it all points to something weird and technological. Ellis' dialog makes it a treat to read.

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