Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Wolverine and the X-Men #29

Apparently you can't tell an X-Men story these days without including some time traveling element.

Thankfully, this issue of Wolverine and the X-men handles it well.

It does that by not actually traveling through time, except as a story function (in other words, no one except the reader makes the trip).

The story takes us from the modern-day dedication of a time capsule at the Jean Grey School to the day, 25 years in the future, when the capsule is retrieved by a grayer Wolverine.

The story manages to give us some nice teases about the future: who has mutant children, what other characters are revived or killed or become active heroes.

It's a fun, clever bit of business that puts Wolverine (old and new) at the heart of a mystery and sets up several storylines for the future.

The art is by Ramon Perez, and it's packed with all kinds of characters, exotic details and fun moments. It's a bit rough around the edges but a perfect fit for this story.

Predicting the future can be tricky - will the school still be there in 25 years? Will Wolverine still be running the place?

But it's a fun story by Jason Aaron - fast and funny, thought-provoking and well worth following.

Grade: A-


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