Saturday, November 3, 2012

Wolverine and the X-Men #19

I had lunch with a couple of good friends today, and one of them (let's call him Clint) thanked me for recommending this series, Wolverine and the X-Men.

He caught up on the series by picking up the first two collections. I knew he'd like it because he has a great sense humor - and so does this comic.

This issue is a great example, as the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning is in the market for a new instructor - so much of the issue is given over to the interview process.

It's a lot of fun to see who tries out for the job (I won't spoil it, but there are quite a few surprises in there - and quite a few improbable applicants). There are several other plot lines flying around in this issue, including the search for the assassin who may have killed the alien Broo, the Beast frantically searches for a cure, there's a new occupation for the Angel, the members of the Hellfire Club plot their revenge, and a budding romance seems doomed.

It's a fast-paced, funny issue that keeps things crackling along. It's a lighthearted story (with a few serious bits) that is a lot of fun to follow.

The art is outstanding, with Nick Bradshaw and Walden Wong turning in art that owes a lot the the style of the excellent Art Adams.

In some issues the humor works better than in others, but overall it's a great comic that puts the fun back in the X-Men family. And boy, did that line need it...

Just ask Clint!

Grade: A-


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