Saturday, November 30, 2013

Wolverine and the X-Men #38

   It's not unusual to have a "letdown" issue after a big storyline concludes - and that's exactly what you'll find in this issue of Wolverine and the X-Men.

   In the wake of the "Battle of the Atom" crossover series, we find the Jean Grey School for Gifted Students trying to get back to its normal routine - if you call a school filled with super-powered mutants normal.

   The first order of business is a confrontation with SHIELD's Maria Hill, one of those gatherings where everyone has to act like an idiot in order to keep the tension going.

   We also see Wolverine planning some subterfuge, and meet some new students at the school - and that's about it.

   It's all setting up a big Sentinel-based collision in the next issue, but doesn't give us much to chew on here.

   The story by Jason Aaron shows flashes of cleverness, but it's all setup and virtually action-free.

   The art is by Pepe Larraz, whose work I'm not familiar with. It's not bad at all, and I love the double splash page - but the art seems a little rough around the edges.

   I like the idea of this comic, getting back to the original concept of a training academy for young mutants - hopefully the series can get back to more of that, more personal stories, and less of the strange, offbeat tales of murder and mayhem.

Grade: C+


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