Wolverine and the X-Men #1
Writer Jason Latour
Artist: Mahmud Asrar
Its very hard when a title loses its seminal writer, Jason Aaron launched this title three and a half years ago, and in its relaunch has decided to hand it over to his friend and collaborator artist Jason Latour to write this title alongside artist Mahmud Asrar. The result was better that anticipated. Wolverine off battling in a prison for monsters. Quinton Quire made a teacher’s assistant. Storm furious about the whole thing. A lot to open the title up but nothing opened the title up more the first spread of Quinton Quire as the Phoenix fighting Genesis as Apocalypse.
There is a lot going on for this title like maybe the fact that Battle of the Atom actually has some bearing on it. I really dig the fact that Quinton feels very aware that the adults treat him different and thrust upon him responsibilities having seen a future where he is the phoenix. I gotta say the joke about how Rockslide is still in school was hilarious. The art was exactly what I wanted it to be, having been a big Dynamo 5 fan back in the day I love to see Asrar does nowadays. What I really enjoyed and convinced me I’m gonna be picking up the next issue is a SPOILER ALERT… You can skip down to everything else. Is the fact that Wolverine is out picking up Fantomex from this awful prison, and asks him to join the staff. As huge Remender’s Uncanny X-Force there is a moment which I won’t spoil had me tear up just a little bit.
Gonna be honest when I say this is not Jason Aaron’s Wolverine and the X-Men. This is the sequel, and as we all know not everyone likes the sequel and I’m sure many will moan and complain about how it doesn’t hold a candle to the original. To them I say, “Gaumer it could always be worse.” This was a really busy issue. I understand Latour wanted to come out of the gate strong and really make his title feel different, which he accomplished, but maybe too much. This issue feels like a couple issues crammed into one, which makes for plenty of story, or for some too much story. I just felt like some of the current status of what Aaron’s title ended with didn’t have to be addressed immediately.
Overall not a bad issue to pick up where someone left big shoes to fill. Latour certainly did better than Fraction did when he took Fantastic Four/FF of Hickman’s hands. Sorry it had to be said, Matt Fraction is a great writer on the right title, those weren’t for him is all. I’m def gonna pick up the next one, I like the choice of character’s he’s set off in this first issue I interested to see where he takes them from here
A uncanny 3 Quire quips out of 5.