Thursday, October 27, 2011

Wolverine and the X-Men #1

OK, so after much internal discussion I decided to give this first issue of the new Wolverine and the X-Men a try.

I made the decision based on the expressive, animated art by Chris Bachalo and a few early reviews I'd seen. They were praising the book - and I can see why.

Unlike most of the deadly serious X-books out there, this one has a definite sense of humor (although the characters don't show much sense along the way).

It starts with the opening of the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning, built on the ruins of Charles Xavier's X-mansion. And a wild-looking building it is - it looks like something out of DisneyWorld by way of Star Wars.

The Headmasters are Wolverine and Kitty Pryde, and the issue is dedicated to an exploration of the new building and the cast of characters who fill it.

They face a number of challenges, especially the indifference by everyone at the school to the inspection that could shut the building down. It's all played or laughs, right up to the final page that reveals a truly strange menace that could cut the school year short.

I have to admit - I enjoyed this issue. After far too many X-Men stories that are deadly serious and have the fate of the world hanging in the balance, it's nice to see one that isn't afraid to have fun.

What we have here is a very good start.

Grade: A-

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