Sunday, July 1, 2012

Wolverine and the X-Men #12

In the ongoing effort to make the regular X-Men-related series fit into the big Avengers vs. X-Men event, the creative team has apparently decided to try to squeeze as many events as possible in hopes that the reader won't notice that nothing actually happened.

So we have the X-Men trying to hunt down the mutant named Hope, we have Wolverine hiding out in an Indonesia bar (Why? No idea.) with an assortment of Avengers who appear out of nowhere just in time to fight, we see the beginning (but never the end) of several individual battles, and by the end of the issue, nothing has really happened.

We do see lots of excellent, eccentric art by Chris Bachalo and a quartet of inkers, including an impressive double-page spread and lots of over-the-top action.

I understand the burden the issue is under, having to mark time while the "real" story is told in AvX - but there has to be a better way to hold everything in place.

Grade: B-


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