Posts Tagged ‘Wolverine and the X-Men’

Wolverine and the X-Men #39If you know someone who doesn’t understand why prejudice is a bad thing, then make them read this issue.

As hit and miss as WATX has been of late, this latest issue does hit it clearly on the nail without being too preachy. The two ‘fake-mutant’ S.H.I.E.L.D. agents seem to be of different minds. Joey is more open to seeing the mutants as people while his sister, Josephine, seemingly came into the mix believing they were nothing but doomsday weapons waiting to happen and will let nothing change her mind. Both of them interpret the situation through their own view. Where Joey sees nice, if eccentric, people, Josephine sees a blood thirsty army in training.

Is it wrong to be cautious and logical about a situation, not glossing over faults? No, but one must be reasonable when doing so. So Eye-Boy may be practicing shooting when no one is noticing, is that because he wants to be an assassin, if you got to know him then you’d realize he’s not got the disposition for such things. He’s simply trying to understand his mutation better considering he has the best hand-eye coordination ever and target practice is the best training for that.

If you have blind hatred for the ‘thing’ then you never get to know the person.

And there are so many questions that still remain going into the next issue. What are these orphans-turned-agents’ backgrounds that made them this way? Why is Dazzler aka Mystique sending them in to destroy the school? And why is S.H.I.E.L.D. stockpiling Sentinels?

Why is it everything I read right now can only end badly?

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Wolverine and the X-Men #38Broo is awesome and anyone who disagrees can personally be eaten by Krakoa.

Finally getting back to school matters since the end of the Battle of the Atom crossover, we have the introduction of two new students. Through them, we get a glimpse of the school and learn that it’s pretty much like every school ever, just super powered. You have all the cliques that one would expect to see in a Mean Girls-esque setting.

To make things more intersting, apparently Bobby isn’t taking the break up with Kitty all that well (which seems a little odd against all the stuff that happened in Astonishing X-Men but that’s pretty on par with how these comics run, continuity wise).

Everyone is still bitching at each other for trying to cause the destruction of the world, again, as that seems to be the default setting for everyone right now. Just as punching and stabbing things is Wolverine’s default setting.

And Mystique is still pretending to be Dazzler (did they ever explain if the real Dazzler is dead or just being held someplace?) and up to no good, per usual. Our two new students seem to be spies. I’m sure they will wreck havoc and possibly do so with the aid of the former Hellfire Club members they have brought to the school.

Being a teenager in the X-Men universe really does have its moments, doesn’t it…

 

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Wolverine & the X-Men #37Wolverine is never having sex again? Yeah, like that’s ever gonna happen.

While I do continue to tire of the constant future stuff, especially how most of it will never come to past, I did love the scene between Quire and his future self. That was pretty perfect to be honest.

However, the characterization of several characters seems to have gotten out of whack through the whole Battle of the Atom arch. Specifically Kitty is all over the place, and was Maria always this bitchy? This is the second to last book in the arc and I feel like they are pushing everyone into the direction they want them to be at the end. From the spoilers I’ve gotten for post-BotA books, I don’t think I’m all that off in that assessment.

Basically, I can’t wait for this arc to be over and everything to get back to normal… or what passes for normal in the X-Men universe.

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Wolverine and the X-Men #36Battle of the Atom continues, but fails to answer the biggest question of all: Who the hell would let young!Bobby watch a baby?!?

Anyway, this issue had some epic battles Young!Jean, Emma and the Cuckoo’s against old!Jean. Then the X-Men verses X-Men. As cool as it is to see these fights, you can’t help but marvel at the pointlessness of the whole thing. Why does it seem that recently it’s all ‘vs’ story lines, and not Good Guys vs Bad Guys but everyone versus themselves. Everyone is on the same team, they should be able to be reasonable about this, not get into fights at the drop of a hat. Ugh.

Deadpool was pretty awesome though, continues to be smarter than most everyone gives him credit for. But his story was a lie, so what is the truth? When Magik goes into the future with young!Bobby and young!Beast it looks nearly idyllic. Even the Sentinels are polite. But whatever young!Jean saw in old!jean’s head made her change her mind. Was old!Jean being sneaky and giving her false information? Or information from a certain point of view? Or is the idyllic future harboring a horrible secret?

Finally, it’s starting to get pretty interesting. Let’s hope we get more of this mystery and less in-fighting.

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Wolverine and the X-Men #35Well, that was actually a pretty decently happy ending, except maybe for Toad and possibly Broo.

Let’s do a checklist…

  • Quire and Idie are dating.
  • Broo is back to normal.
  • Paige is back to normal (sorta).
  • Kade is trapped (until needed again by the writers).
  • The White Queen was actually running the whole show (as it should be, not that it’s a good thing).
  • Logan isn’t closing the school.
  • The two Hellfire leaders are in ‘rehabilitation’.
  • Nightcrawler is back!!!

But the problems the characters face is that Paige, after coming back to her senses, might not still have feelings for Toad. It depends when she ‘lost her mind’ and how many memories she retained. If she just can’t feel the same about him as before, that’s going to be heart breaking.

And as much as Idie never forgot about Broo, even after hooking up with Quire, she still doesn’t feel ‘that way’ about him. Poor little guy. But glad to see him back to his senses nevertheless, even if I’m not really all that sure how it happened.

Next through is Battle of the Atom stuff, so we may not see much in the way of movement on this for a couple of episodes. In any case, I like the fact that this major arc didn’t end on a depressing note. There have been far to many of those of late.

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Wolverine and the X-Men #34Kade Kilgore is either completely brilliant, or completely deluded. Well, they always say to bet on black…

The entire Hellfire Academy is going down in flames, and ice, and bark… the X-Men are doing a pretty good job of wrecking the place. Mass destruction is something they do quite well.

As for the students, most of them just seem like typical kids who are caught up in something way over their head and don’t know how to back away. It’s good that they aren’t just all painted as vicious, blood-thirsty sociopaths. Even the other teens in the Hellfire Club seem to realize that there is a time to hold ’em and a time to fold ’em. It’s a nice mixed bag, gives the situation a nice tint of realism.

Idie didn’t kill Kade, obviously, so good on her. Maybe she’ll actually grow out of this flagellation phase she’s been in? As much as I liked her and Broo, Quire might be good for her, show her how to live. Of course, Idie could show Quire a few things about self-sacrifice. Speaking of which, I hope Toad knocks some literal sense into Paige.

Being that there is only one issue left of this five-part arc, and Kade has either done something extraordinary or lost his mind… this can only end about fifty different ways.

p.s. bonus points to Warbird fighting Mystique… a gun to a sword fight indeed…

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Wolverine and the X-Men #33What school isn’t full of hormonal teens all trying to either kiss or kill each other?

While there is something a little disturbing about Kade wanting to see 14-yr old Idie in the Black Queen outfit, it works because he is not supposed to be likable, or forgivable, or any of that ilk. It’s nice to see him get his face punched, he’s been deserving of that for awhile.

As for Idie, this girl needs some serious therapy. I just hope that the fact she seems to have decided not to kill Kade and instead go help Quire means that there is some progress in that area. Quire, of course, is still falling for Idie and showing he’s not that big a jerk as he likes to pretend to be. Both characters are getting characterization arcs and this is a good thing, nice to see newer characters get treated as, well, characters and not fodder.

Lastly, it’s good to see that Aaron recognizes that something is wrong with Paige and isn’t just mis-characterizing her… cause right now I am really mad at her. Toad needs some love in this, he’s such a heartbreaking character.

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