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Dustin Weaver knocks my robotic socks off with this Astonishing X-Men cover

Astonishing X-Men has been in the news lately, bringing some much-deserved exposure for the covers that Dustin Weaver has been doing for the comic. Take, for instance, the cover to issue #52, featuring Karma giving her robotic leg a tune-up.

“Not your typical X-Men cover, I think. Convincing the editors to let me go with this idea took some doing,” Weaver said on his blog. “You know how they tell you to pick your battles, well I picked one. But now I’m left to wonder, if I’ve only got so many battles I can fight, did I pick the right one?”

I’d say yes.

Check out the complete cover (with a bunch of fun background details) after the jump, and head over to Dustin’s blog for more on the process he used to create it.



Imraith Nimphais

June 23, 2012 at 8:35 am

Yup…that’s definitely an unexpected and absolutely gorgeous cover. Dustin’s work is truly beauty-full and engaging. (It’s a horrible shame the interior art of AXM is complete rubbish in comparison).

Charles J Baserap

June 23, 2012 at 8:38 am

I agree. The interior art is atrocious and the nonsensical plot isn’t much better (and I’m not meaning that as being against the marriage, just that the story plain sucks, came out of left field, and was filled with pointless soapbox moments and illogical actions; Northstar and Kyle deserved a LOT better).

But I’d rather see Weaver finish up SHIELD. I don’t know if it’s behind because of him or Hickman, but let’s get those two issues out already!

Imraith Nimphais

June 23, 2012 at 9:12 am

@ Charles J Baserap

I too, would much rather see the SHIELD conclusion. That series is one of the very rare moments where Artist and Writer are beauty-fully in synch. Hickman (on F4 and FF made me appreciate sci-fi techno babble) has truly grand and interesting ideas and Weaver is able to render the “scale” of the story-telling with his amazing art.

Following a gay wedding with a re-enactment of Wanda’s honeymoon? Interesting artistic choices.

This is a gorgeous cover indeed. Oooh I see Totoro. I also love that Karma’s a Sleater-Kinney fan.

The Sleater-Kinney poster is from a Tara McPherson original piece:

You guys are crazy. Mike Perkins’ art was beautiful in #49.

sandwich eater

June 24, 2012 at 6:38 pm

I don’t know about the cover. The character’s right shin seems way too long. It looks weird, unless of course both legs are robotic. I don’t know because I have no idea who this character is.

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