[SPOILERS for Astonishing X-Men #6 ahead.]

Professor X has formally returned to the X-Men comics in Astonishing X-Men #6. When Charles Soule launched his Astonishing X-Men run earlier this year, he took fans by surprise. We had expected the return of the Shadow King, but what we hadn’t expected was the return of Charles Xavier! Soule revealed that Xavier’s mind had been trapped on the Astral Plane ever since 2012’s Avengers Vs. X-Men. Naturally, fans immediately suspected that this was setting up a resurrection.

In today’s Astonishing X-Men #6, those expectations were finally fulfilled. In a surprising twist though, Soule brought Xavier ...

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