So ... I bought an X-Men book. I am a diehard X-Men fan. Chris Claremont raised me. Besides the wolves. But a while back during the Terrigan Mist cloud story line, I died ... hard.
However, I picked up Astonishing X-men 6 (2017). Because ... Mike Del Mundo. I think his art is extra beautiful. And this was an astral plane story that allowed him to do his imaginative thing. The story was fine, Shadow King, London under siege infected by a mind disease. Professor X is aboard.
I'm not a huge fan of anyone in this cast ... except maybe Psylocke who seems as usual the least ruthless of the bunch. (not saying much). Rogue, Mystique and Fantomex's astral forms looked especially cool.
Then... Phil Noto did issue #8 and I got that one!
I feel like this story would be a good done in three or four but there are lots of after effects that are lingering, which I think weigh it down instead of letting them move on to the next adventure. They all seem likely to betray each other for example.
Next month is Paolo Siquera who is pretty good at the art IMHO and then following that is Lenil Yu, who I think has been phoning it in lately (I got the first of the Phoenix return of Jean Grey and his work was pretty sketchy). So we'll see ... Depending on the art and a quick skim at the CBS maybe I'll be following Astonishing X-Men.
A polished regular artist would be ideal ... or maybe some management of storyline that plays to the different artists.
btw I thought Phoenix Resurrection: The Return of Jean Grey #1 was pretty weird, there was a mystery of supernatural activity, I guess which we will find out is related to Jean's return but we have Old Scott, Young Scott and Young Jean around (plus Rachel Grey) so unless the art is spectacular, I'm gonna be confused.