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Publisher: Age of Marvels
Line: Uncanny Marvel
Status: Ongoing

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ASTONISHING X-MEN
Plotter: Exciter
Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Artists: Ken Rocafort
 Tagline: “Evolve or Die.”
Location: The Savage Land and the even more savage world.
 Concept: Jean Grey leads an international team dedicated to safeguarding mutant interests around the globe and beyond.
 Cast:
 1. Jean Grey
 2. Scarlet Witch
 3. Fantomex
 4. Iceman (Bobby Drake)
 5. Angel (Warren Worthington III)
 6. Devil Dinosaur
 7. Legion
 Supporting: Moon Boy, Ka-Zar, Shanna the She-Devil, Ozymandias
 Antagonists: Apocalypse, The Four Horseman, Sauron, Vertigo, Savage Land Mutates, Xorn
Reserve Roster: Mojo; Longshot; Spiral; Krakoa

IssuesEdit

ASTONISHING X-MEN #0
Written by Brian K. Vaughan
Plot by EXCITER
Art by Ken Rocafort
 “Stuck in traffic”
There’s a problem with illegal immigrants… in the Savage Land! Ka-Zar is none too happy about the massive influx of mutants who have taken up residence in “the place superheroes go to get eaten by dinosaurs,” particularly because they’ve turned Sauron’s Citadel into a kind of makeshift city… and their urban sprawl is bringing them into conflict with the natives! Maybe he can talk things out with their leader… the Scarlet Witch? Meanwhile, the faux-French rogue Fantomex takes it upon himself to inform Jean Grey of an underground mutant trafficking ring being run out of New Jersey by Vertigo. Jean, Angel, and Iceman resolve to personally resolve the situation, original X-Men style, but what they learn about these trafficked mutants will shock them…
32 PGs./Rated T+...$2.99
  
ASTONISHING X-MEN #1
Written by BRIAN K. VAUGHAN
Plot by EXCITER
Art by KEN ROCAFORT
“X-PATRIATION AGENDA” Part One “SAVAGE CITY”
The knowledge that mutants of all kinds are smuggling themselves into the Savage Land to live in a new X-gene friendly city is enough to convince Jean Grey to pay a visit to this burgeoning “Utopia.” Gathering Iceman, Angel, and Fantomex for a trip to the most dinosaur-filled locale in the Southern Hemisphere, Jean discovers a sprawling mutant community centered on a sanctuary once built by Charles Xavier and Magneto but long-since abandoned. This new city is governed by none other than Deputy Mayor Karl “Sauron” Lykos and the Mayor herself - Wanda Maximoff, the Scarlet Witch! Needless to say Jean doesn’t trust Sauron given that he is a powerful psychic AND a life energy vampire that turns into a monstrous pterodactyl-man when he feeds on mutants (you’d think one of those things would be a deal-breaker for Wanda’s administration). However, Jean’s plans to investigate the regime are put on hold by an attack from a group the city has officially labelled terrorists – the Savage Land Mutates! Can the X-Men work with Wanda and Sauron to save Utopia’s citizenry? And what happens when the X-Men find out WHY the Mutates are attacking?
32 PGs./Rated T+...$2.99

ASTONISHING X-MEN #2
Written by BRIAN K. VAUGHAN
Plot by EXCITER
Art by KEN ROCAFORT
“X-PATRIATION AGENDA” Part Two “SAVAGE SECRETS”
They call it the Savage Land for a reason. Although the Scarlet Witch believed she could turn the abandoned fortress erected by Charles Xavier and her father Magneto into a new mutant “Utopia,” as soon as Jean Grey and the Astonishing X-Men paid the city a visit, it was attacked. The terroristic Savage Land Mutates kidnapped several of Utopia’s new mutant citizens as well as the X-Men’s Angel! Impossible to track beneath the jungle’s thick canopy, Wanda knows of only one way to find them… so she introduces Jean to Utopia’s own functioning Cerebro! But they’re about to find out that humans aren’t the only species in the Savage Land that can develop an x-gene and an attitude… Jean and Iceman will team up with Moon-Boy and another unlikely ally to stomp the Mutates out of their hiding spots. Welcome to the Astonishing X-Men, Devil Dinosaur - Hope we survive the experience! But what could cause Angel to develop a case of Stockholm syndrome?
Meanwhile, Fantomex sneaks through Deputy Mayor Karl “Sauron” Lykos’ personal files, and you will be startled by what he discovers…
32 PGs./Rated T+...$2.99

ASTONISHING X-MEN #3
Written by BRIAN K. VAUGHAN
Plot by EXCITER
Art by KEN ROCAFORT
Iceman “Ice Bucket Challenge” Variant Cover by MATTEO SCALERA – a portion of the proceeds will be donated to ALS research.
“X-PATRIATION AGENDA” Part Three “SAVAGE POLITICS”
In the new mutant-friendly Utopia set up by the Scarlet Witch and based in the Savage Land, Fantomex has discovered a startling secret about Deputy Mayor Karl Lykos! Normally, if the powerful psychic gave in to his vampire-like need to steal the life force from mutants then he would transform into his depraved alter ego, the pterodactyl-man Sauron. No transformation meant he was clean, and that inspired the Scarlet Witch to trust him. But in the bowels of Utopia’s prisons, Fantomex finds someone he never expected… Sauron?!? Somehow Lykos has effectuated a split, leaving him free to sap life-force from unsuspecting mutants and satiate his addiction while maintaining plausible deniability! And with all the mutants the new city has welcomed, Utopia is an all-you-can-sap buffet! But when Lykos discovers that Fantomex knows his secret, can the faux-French rogue possibly avoid the wrath of the Deputy Mayor and his brainwashed constituents with only Sauron as his backup?
Meanwhile, Jean Grey, Iceman, Devil Dinosaur and the rest of the X-Men battle the Savage Land Mutates. Can Angel broker a peace? And what “apocalyptic” secret did he learn from the mutate Amphibius?
32 PGs./Rated T+...$2.99

ASTONISHING X-MEN #4
Written by BRIAN K. VAUGHAN
Plot by EXCITER
Art by KEN ROCAFORT
“I AM LEGION”
The Savage Land city of Utopia may have had a rocky start, but with the help of the Astonishing X-Men, the Scarlet Witch has finally established a safe haven for those the world hates and fears! Yet her resolve is put to the test when the newest expatriate seeking asylum reaches Utopia’s borders… it’s the son of Charles Xavier with the fractured psyche and limitless empowered split personalities, Legion! Can Jean Grey help him control his most heinous personas, Styx and Johnny Gomorrah, when even Professor X could not? Or are they just welcoming a ticking time-bomb into their home? And as it turns out, the answer to stabilizing Legion might just come from an unexpected source… Devil Dinosaur!?
Meanwhile, in the wake of Utopia’s success, similar mutant colonies have sprung up around the world – and the X-Men need to investigate! While Angel and Moon Boy visit the new settlement on the living isle of Krakoa, Iceman and Fantomex explore the incredible city-state that floats above South East Asia - Tian! Unfortunately for them, Tian’s new leader Xorn wasn’t expecting guests!
32 PGs./Rated T+...$2.99

ASTONISHING X-MEN #5
Written by BRIAN K. VAUGHAN
Plot by EXCITER
Art by KEN ROCAFORT
“SHOCK AND AWE”
***Weapons of Mass Mutation!***
For almost five thousand years, Apocalypse has sought to advance the next stage of human evolution through conflict. Now his hidden hand pulls the strings that threaten to ignite the final war between species, where survival of the fittest demands that humanity evolve or die. A missile is launched from the city of Utopia in the Savage Land, detonating above Buenos Aires and releasing a biological payload that violently ignites the dormant X-genes inside the populace. Many die. Many others evolve.
As the dust settles, it’s clear that the Astonishing X-Men have been framed! How did this happen? Jean Grey and the Scarlet Witch both demand to know where that missile came from and how it even got inside Utopia! Is there a traitor within their city’s walls? These questions may have to wait, as Argentina is already launching a tactical response – complete with South American Centiñelas! Can the X-Men possibly defend their new homeland against the robotic wrath of a vengeful nation?
What’s worse, Argentina’s status as a major non-NATO ally has the United States labelling Utopia a rouge state in possession of Weapons of Mass Mutation! As the world’s great superpower contemplates “kinetic military action,” the Four Horseman of Apocalypse endeavor to cut off Utopia’s support by dismantling their regional allies… It’s Kazar and Shanna the She-Devil against Death, Famine, War, and Pestilence!
32 PGs./Rated T+...$2.99

ASTONISHING X-MEN #6
Written by BRIAN K. VAUGHAN
Plot by EXCITER
Art by KEN ROCAFORT
“THE GREATER OF TWO EVILS”
***Weapons of Mass Mutation!***
Utopia is still under attack from Argentina, who believes Utopia detonated a weapon of mass mutation over Buenos Aires. Led by Jean Grey and the Scarlet Witch, the mutant settlers must defend their new homeland against both a conventional military and a fleet of Centiñelas – but what is Argentina’s secret weapon? And can Angel negotiate a ceasefire? Meanwhile, Fantomex plays a deadly game of cat and mouse in the city’s sewers as he hunts down the man who helped frame Utopia for the attack – the eternal oracle and scribe of Apocalypse, Ozymandias - who holds an explosive secret... one of the Astonishing X-Men is a traitor!
In East Asia, Sentinels upgraded with Decepticon technology ravage the unprepared mutant colony of Tian. As the children of the atom are culled en masse, the madman who instigated the conflict is forced to reassess his position. He believes that conflict forces mutants to become stronger, but when it’s survival of the fittest, such advanced technology could tip the balance dangerously towards humanity - and En Sabah Nur cannot allow that to happen! He resolves to raze the Sentinel manufacturing plant in Shanghai, unaware that it’s supervised by a malevolent alien robot in disguise! You will not want to miss the battle of the big bads as Apocalypse takes on Megatro! Who is the greater of two evils?
32 PGs./Rated T+...$2.99

ASTONISHING X-MEN #7
Written by BRIAN K. VAUGHAN
Plot by EXCITER
Art by KEN ROCAFORT
“AGE OF X-TINCTION”
***Weapons of Mass Mutation!***
Last issue featured the merciless battle for the right to dominate the Earth between Apocalypse and Megatron, but the tides were unexpectedly turned when Megatron used a Cybertronian spark to transform Apocalypse's Celestial ship, named Ship, into an enormous and nearly unstoppable Decepticon! The highly visible fight forces Megatron to step up his plans, so he activates the programming he secretly had hidden in all the Sentinels that were recently manufactured and distributed globally. The Sentinels primary mission: eliminate those that have the greatest potential to resist Megatron's efforts to conquer the planet - mutants! Now, Jean Grey and the Scarlet Witch are forced to ally the Astonishing X-Men with their greatest enemy, Apocalypse, to take down Megatron and Ship before they can usher in an all-new Age of X-Tinction! This is it! The final battle with Megatron is here!
32 PGs./Rated T+...$2.99

ASTONISHING X-MEN #8
Written by BRIAN K. VAUGHAN
Plot by EXCITER
Art by KEN ROCAFORT
“AGE OF X-TINCTION” Part Two of Three “WORLDS APART”
***Weapons of Mass Mutation!***
As the mutants of the world rally, they once again defend a world that hates and fears them! Megatron's Sentinels, upgraded with Decepticon technology, are pushed back, and Megatron himself is driven off-world by the unlikely alliance of Jean Grey's Astonishing X-Men and Apocalypse's Four Horseman! But the evil robot in disguise's actions have consequences that ripple across the galaxy... When the Celestials sense that their ship, named Ship, has been exposed to a spark and made into a transformer, the invincible space gods seek retaliation and set their sites on Megatron's planet of origin... Cybertron! There's only one thing that can give Cybertron's defenders a fighting chance... and that's mutant powers! Will Jean, Angel, Iceman, and the Scarlet Witch agree to use one of Apocalypse's weapons of mass mutation to create a fighting force of mutant transformers? Is there any other option?
Meanwhile in Utopia, Legion, Fantomex, and Devil Dinosaur are left to rebuild. Can these three irascible rogues step up to lead the recovery efforts?
32 PGs./Rated T+...$2.99
   
ASTONISHING X-MEN #9
Written by BRIAN K. VAUGHAN
Plot by EXCITER
Art by KEN ROCAFORT
“AGE OF X-TINCTION” Part Three of Three “GOODNIGHT CYBERTRON”
***Weapons of Mass Mutation!***
Everything since Megatron first launched his plan to turn Earth's Sentinel armada into Decepticons has been leading to this moment! Megatron's effort to conquer Earth has failed, but his vile machinations have brought the wrath of the Celestials down upon the planet Cybertron! The Astonishing X-Men have detonated a weapon of mass mutation to activate the mutant powers of the planet's natives, and now its up to Jean Grey and the Scarlet Witch to lead a battalion of mutant transformers in a last ditch effort to repel the angered space gods! Witness the final fate of Megatron as Arishem the Judge imposes his sentence! And when the mutant-finding device Cerebro is exposed to a life-giving Cybertronian spark, the Astonishing X-men's team mandate may just expand from protecting a world that hates and fears them... to a galaxy that does the same!
Meanwhile, as the citizens of Utopia rebuilt their community within the deadly Savage Land, an election is held and the results are in. All hail the new mayor of Utopia... Legion! Got a problem? Take it up with his chief of staff – Devil Dinosaur!
32 PGs./Rated T+...$2.99

ASTONISHING X-MEN #10
Written by BRIAN K. VAUGHAN
Plot by EXCITER
Art by KEN ROCAFORT
***A Nightmare on Graymalkin Lane***
After Megatron's defeat, Jean Grey and the Astonishing X-Men find themselves on the other side of the galaxy and in control of Apocalypse's Celestial spaceship (known to its friends as “Ship”) and a Cerebro enhanced to work on a galactic scale. First stop? A world where mutant signatures are disappearing en masse. What's causing the apparent genocide? Jean, Iceman, and the Scarlet Witch are about to find out...
Meanwhile back on Earth, Freddy Kruger has come back from the dead and wants to claim revenge on Charles Xavier by slaying his children in their dreams. Charles' son happens to be the new mayor of Utopia, David “Legion” Haller! How many of Legion's multiple personalities can Freddy slice through before he gets to the original?
32 PGs./Rated T+...$2.99

ASTONISHING X-MEN #11
Written by BRIAN K. VAUGHAN
Plot by EXCITER
Art by KEN ROCAFORT
***Infinity Effect Tie-In!***
It's a bad time for the Astonishing X-Men to be traveling space in the Celestial Ship they stole from Apocalypse! Lord Mar-Vell of the Cancerverse has invaded with the goal of eliminating Death herself – but all kings needs a queen, and who from our universe has cheated death more than the Phoenix herself - Jean Grey?! Problem is, Jean's not really looking for a relationship right now... Can she, Scarlet Witch, Iceman, and the rest hold off Mar-Vell's heinous undying Revengers? Does the secret of bringing them permanent death lie with the X-Men's Cancerverse proxies... the X-Tinctionists? And what will the Revengers do with the special scrap metal in the Ship's cargo hold? What will they do... with Megatron's extinguished spark?
32 PGs./Rated T+...$2.99

ASTONISHING X-MEN #12
Written by BRIAN K. VAUGHAN
Plot by EXCITER
Art by KEN ROCAFORT
"X-FINITY" Part Two "FROM THE ASHES"
***Infinity Effect Tie-In!***
The Astonishing X-Men steal a page from the book of the Guardians of the Galaxy and go behind enemy lines! Believing the key to defeating the insidious Lord Mar-Vell's undying legions lies with the X-Men's dimensional counterparts from the Cancerverse, Jean Grey leads the Scarlet Witch, Iceman, Fantomex, and the others through the rift and into an unspeakable place where death has died! In our universe the Phoenix Force is the ultimate manifestation of death and rebirth, so just what exactly is the Cancerverse's Phoenix capable of? And what will Lord Mar-Vell do to keep her off the playing field? Ask his new agent, hidden in the bowels of the X-Men's ship - the reanimated Decepticon, Megatron!
Meanwhile, Legion and Devil Dinosaur defend Utopia against a new threat – refugees from the ravaged mutant nation of Tian!
32 PGs./Rated T+...$2.99

ASTONISHING X-MEN #13
Written by BRIAN K. VAUGHAN
Plot by EXCITER
Art by KEN ROCAFORT
"X-FINITY" Part Three “LIFE BEYOND LIFE”

      • Infinity Effect Tie-In!***

Trapped in a universe without death, Jean has done the unthinkable... and bonded with the Phoenix Force of the Cancerverse! Can she use it to cut off Lord Mar-Vell's domestic supply lines and give the Infinity Watch and the rest of the resistance in her home dimension a fighting chance against the undying invaders? And when the secretly resurrected stowaway Megatron sabotages the X-Men's stolen Celestial ship, named Ship, can Iceman, the Scarlet Witch, and the rest of the team manage to get back to Earth before they're all trapped behind enemy lines? They say any landing you can walk away from is a food one... but at least one X-Man won't be walking away!
32 PGs./Rated T+...$2.99


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