Phil Noto’s Northstar Wedding Cover: Beautiful Art, Terrible Omen
By Andrew Wheeler
The great Phil Noto is a master at catching those little moments of empathy. And that makes him a great choice for the variant cover for Astonishing X-Men #51, the wedding of Jean-Paul Beaubier (Northstar) and Kyle Jinadu.
The cover is a “create your own wedding” variant featuring tender snapshots of some of Marvel’s best-known couples, including Jean-Paul and Kyle. It also features a prominent blank spot where fans can add their own wedding photo or draw one in. It’s a very sweet idea, and Noto’s portraits are beautiful, but we couldn’t help notice a very important thing: most of these couples are not together anymore. That can’t be a good sign.
“So those are the models for Jean-Paul and Kyle’s marriage. Separation, divorce, annulment, insanity, abuse, affairs, abandonment, villainy, death, sea monsters and fictional children.
Good luck, guys!”
Personally I think Mantis marrying a plant-ghost of the guy she was stringing along takes the cake.