Save the Date: Astonishing X-Men #51

Make love not war!

In the midst of the build-up for Marvel’s big summer event of 2012: Avengers vs X-Men, romance is in the air!

A couple of hours earlier, Marvel released this rather exciting teaser for Marjorie Liu’s and Mike Perkins’ upcoming run on Astonishing X-Men.

Marjorie Liu has been RTing all mentions of this teaser image on Twitter for the past couple of hours, so clearly she’s excited about it. But just who’s getting married?

While sharing this, Marvel’s digital media head honcho Ryan Penagos aka Agent M blogged, “I can’t tell ya what this is yet, but I’m very VERY happy it’s happening.” Seeing as how, starting from #48, the team includes Northstar, and how in previous interviews, writer Liu has indicated that the hero’s relationship with his boyfriend Kyle, as established in the pages of Alpha Flight, will continue to be explored in Astonishing X-Men. Naturally, my money’s on Northstar and Kyle getting married.

Of course, there are other possibilities for romantic overtures too, though they would naturally have had much less time to develop. Over the pages of X-23 (also written by Liu) teammate Gambit and Dr. Cecilia Reyes have had some sexual tension between them, but Reyes’ previous interactions with Iceman (who is also on the Astonishing team) may also complicate matters. One creative poster over on the CBR forums suggests it may be Karma and Warbird, the latter being a Shi’ar warrior who undoubtedly would need some legal status. Very imaginative indeed!

So, what do you feel about this and are you going to be there for the OTHER big Marvel event this summer? I know I will.

Peter Lin

His teenage years spent nursing a giant man-crush on Steve Rogers, the first Captain America, Peter naturally found himself drawn to many other heroes who depicted strong, manly qualities, including the honour-bound warrior Worf, first Klingon in Starfleet, and the muscular rock hard abs of The Thing.

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  1. As an incentie to those LCS that through events surrounding the release of Astonishing x-men 51, Marvel gave the 1st 10 LCS to provide pictures from the event an extremely exclusive variant issue of Ultimate Spider-man Vol. 3 #1. It is a sketch variant from sara pichelli. I’ve located one in NY, MA and Candada. There’s not a lot of talk of this variant, but I would love to see how many are claimed and how many are still sitting in a back issue box somewhere waiting to be claimed. I was hoping you guys could help me in the hunt!

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