Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Wolverine and the X-Men Vol. 1 - Review



The story opens with Wolverine preparing for the first day of classes at the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning. The kids are out of control, Beast is cooking up crazy experiments in the basement, and little inter-dimensional gremlins are terrorizing the grounds. It’ll take a miracle for him to pass the review by the board of education. That’s assuming that everyone survives the first day of class.


The writing by Jason Aaron has heart and soul that really comes out through the characters. This isn’t the typical X-Men title with a stable team of heroes. It’s a group of young mutants that are trying to find their place in a school where Wolverine is the headmaster.

The stories immerse you while pulling you in and really got me excited to turn each page. We get to see a large cast take on huge problems in the form of The Hellfire Club and even a living island. The last page only left me wanting more from Aaron and now I feel a duty to catch up on the title.


The art duties were shared by Chris Bachalo and a large group of other artists, including:
  • ·         Duncan Rouleau
  • ·         Matteo Scalera
  • ·         Nick Bradshaw

Even though the main artwork of the story changed a few times, each page was just as dynamic as the last. There were times during Bachalo’s artwork especially that I felt like I was right there with the team as they fought to protect the school.


This book has witty humor, a huge cast of characters, and action to satisfy any fan of Marvel Comics. It’s a series that showcases how Wolverine has changed from the brutal killer into the guiding (though still sometimes violent) hand of the mutant youth.


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