So it was announced that Daniel Way would be writing Astonishing X-Men after Warren Ellis' final storyline somwhat limps to conclusion. However, his choice of team surprised a lot of people, as Storm was dropped and there seemed to be a feeling of something 'missing' from the cast. Well, that's all been explained by the solicitation for May's issue, which is by a different creative team and features a completely different cast. Astonishing X-Men #38 will be written by Christos Gage and drawn by Juan Bobillo, and here's the cast:
Agent Brand, Lockheed, Beast (?!), Colossus, Kitty Pryde and Storm! So while Daniel Way and Jason Pearson make the X-Men fight monsters, Gage and Bobillo will be making the fight into X-Men vs Aliens. The Brood, in fact. For the first time, Astonishing X-Men is going to be a part of regular continuity, and affect other books in real time. This also makes sense in context to another piece of news, which will be revealed above in a few minutes time.
So now Astonishing X-Men looks not so worrying anymore! Hurray! Maybe people will start buying it again.