“Astonishing X-Men” #44 in stores now – check out the raves!

“Astonishing X-Men” #44, the first installment of a storyline written by yours truly with art by Mike McKone and colors by Rachelle Rosenberg, hit stores on Wednesday. Ask your local comic shop to hold a copy for you — or buy the digital version online now at Comixology!
And check out the reviews:

“…this is the perfect jumping on point. What Pak and McKone present here is a minimal-knowledge-required, action-packed issue that shows all the trademarks of Pak’s best work: high action without sacrificing good characterization.”
— Joey Esposito, IGN
“Pak gets in a fantastic one-two punch by reminding us of how great a character Storm can be before throwing a curve-ball that would make Lucy (the gold standard of football yankers) herself cry tears of prideful joy. Seeing as the man has a knack for turning out consistently entertaining comics that are willing to swing for the bleachers with every crazy idea that comes his way, I for one cannot wait to see what Pak has up his sleeve for this title.”
Dad’s Big Plan
“Astonishing X-Men #44 is the perfect jumping on point for new readers…”
— Peter Lin, Here Be Geeks
“I loved the Whedon/Cassaday run… and came back for Pak and McKone. I’m glad I did. As enjoyable as it is to see the X-Men carve out a sovreign nation, this is harkening back to the Claremont/Byrne era of straight up science fiction fun.”

And a few interviews, including sneak preview images from “Astonishing X-Men” #45:

“There’s a significant emotional story for every character in the book, so I’m doing my best to raise the stakes with every scene,” [Pak] says. “Sometimes the characters are deflecting with humor; other times the drama breaks through in much more searing ways. There’s a moment in issue #45 involving a Spider-Man lunchbox that sort of crept up on me. And there are some key interactions between Cyclops and the guy on the cover of issue #46 that felt pretty great.”
Marvel.com interview
“[X-Men editor Nick] Lowe promises “action, drama, romance, a ton of insanity and a conflict that will really make you think” in Pak’s run, and the writer is taking inspiration from his favorite X-Men writers — from Whedon to Chris Claremont to Grant Morrison— who all emphasized character and relationships.”
USA Today interview