Review: Wolverine and the X-Men #1


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.

The Good

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.

The Bad

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.

The Verdict

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.

Review: Wolverine & the X-Men Issue #37


32 PGS
Rated T+
Cover Price: $3.99

X-Men Battle of the Atom has reached its penultimate chapter in Wolverine & the X-Men #37, and the event is absolutely nothing we haven’t seen before from the X-Men. There have been some pretty interesting reveals about a certain future universe, but there are already so many of these alternate universes that the whole thing just seems kind of unimportant. So, in order to fill 10 issues worth of a 6 chapter (max) story, Battle of the Atom has been crammed with repeated, over-the-top fights between various mutant teams, which wouldn’t be a terrible thing if one fight didn’t simply lead to the next. Not only is Wolverine & the X-Men #37 bursting with this overabundance of “I saw that last issue” brawls, but it tries to take advantage of the only appealing aspect of the event in a way that ultimately falls flat.

The Good

The reveals about the relationships between future and present X-Men are really fun, and this issue touches on some of the best. Quentin Quire’s brief encounter with his younger self, Wolverine’s son Raze and his unique powers were spotlighted briefly, and Iceman (again) are highlights of these longtime X-Fan morsels of nostalgic goodness. There’s some fun interaction between Wolverine and Cyclops reminding readers of the current state of affairs of the mutants of the present. The plot is adequately moved along by Jason Aaron, but it is by no means an example of his best showing, and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli is consistently straightforward, while being more spectacle than story.

The Bad

While the reveals are interesting and kind of fun, they just don’t feel meaningful whatsoever. So what if Quentin Quire is the Phoenix in some alternate future/universe? It doesn’t mean anything if it doesn’t stick, and nothing in this event feels like it is going to stick. The impact of Wolverine & the X-Men #37 doesn’t feel like it will have any lasting, or even temporary, impact on Wolverine & the X-Men as a title overall. And it’s a real letdown. The interaction between Cyclops and Wolverine is fun, but it’s nothing we haven’t seen in every interaction those two have had for the last 3 years of X-comics. Although the plot is adequately moved along to its end, it’s the same plot from the last three X-books in this series: fight to get to location A, fight to get out of location A, get to location B, repeat. S.H.I.E.L.D. showing up was the only thing close to a surprise in an otherwise predictable book, but even then the helicarrier only acted as another weapon for the Brotherhood to use against mutant-kind. The story may be trying to retell X-stories of old in new ways with time-traveling elements, but it falls flat on the delivery in unimaginative ways. While the art actually shines in some of the battle scenes, those scenes depict the most obvious matchups; the three Icemans fighting, or the three Beasts fighting, for example; and did nothing to help tell the story, and unfortunately helped ruin an otherwise decent aspect of the issue by ramming the entire appeal of “time-traveling mutants” further down the readers’ throats. A necessary course of action as this, regrettably, is the single only appeal of the entire Battle of the Atom event.

The Verdict

The only reason to pick up Wolverine & the X-Men #37 is to get a bit more (and it’s a very small bit) of information about these future versions of the X-Men and Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. The issue barely adds anything to the overall event (everyone is pretty much in the same exact fix they were in at the end of the last chapter) and adds absolutely nothing to the Wolverine & the X-Men story overall. There may be something from Battle of the Atom that sticks longer than a few issues into the series’ various titles, including Wolverine and the X-Men, but my bet would be, and history shows, that there’s little chance of that happening. This issue is definitely worth skipping altogether.