Sunday, September 1, 2013

Wolverine and the X-Men #35

   I keep struggling with Wolverine and the X-Men, a comic I've been enjoying - almost despite itself.

   On the one hand, it's wonderfully creative. Writer Jason Aaron really pulls out all the stop to cram as much entertainment, action and character bits into each issue as possible.

   But it's almost too much - it's sometimes hard to see the story for all the interference. There are just so many characters, so many over-the-top concepts, so much going on - it's a challenge to keep up.

   But the issue almost always wins me over because of the humor content. Like the best writers, Aaron knows when to lighten things up and when to get serious.

   The art is quite good, with the Art Adams-inspired Nick Bradshaw and Walden Wong (and a small army of colorists) turn in some dynamic art with an army of characters, and manage to keep the story clear and easy to follow.

   What puts this issue well into the positive category is the teaser at the end, which promises the return of a beloved character - that always earns extra-credit points in my book.

Grade: A-



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