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All month long we will feature brand-new Cool Avengers and X-Men Comic Book Moments in celebration of their fiftieth anniversaries this month. Here is an archive of all the past cool comic moments that I’ve featured so far over the years.
Today we look at the return of Colossus in Astonishing X-Men #4 by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday…
At the end of the previous issue, the Beast realized that Benetech, a company saying that it has a “cure” for mutants, was experimenting on a dead X-Man. The X-Men naturally break into the company to find out which of their dead former friends is being experimented on (it is actually implied that Beast, Cyclops and Emma Frost know that it is Colossus but didn’t want to tell the others so as to not freak them out). Kitty Pryde, being able to phase through stuff, sneaks in and gets into the room that the dead X-Man is being held in. And what she finds…well, to say it surprises her would be quite the understatement…
The bit with the bullet first hitting off of him? The shot of him coming up from behind her? The whole “am I dead” part? What a beautifully handled return by Whedon and Cassaday.
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