Saturday, March 8, 2014

Wolverine and the X-Men #1

   After a three-year run, it's out with the old Wolverine and the X-Men, and in with the new Wolverine and the X-Men.

   In other words, it's time for a new issue #1.

   And a new creative team, as writer Jason Latour and artist Mahmud Asrar take the reins.

   This is a series with all kinds of potential, as it follows the teachers and students at the Jean Grey School for Gifted Students - which is a great throwback to the original concept for the X-Men, as a school where mutants could learn how to use their powers.

   There was a lot to like about the previous version of this series - it combined humor and action well, for example - but the creative efforts were inconsistent. Some issues were great, and some stunk.

   It'll take a while before we know how this series matches up - and how consistent its quality.

   It gives us a look at a bleak future for the school (is there any other kind?), a look at the newest teaching assistant, a check-in with Wolverine as he fights for an old friend, new students check in and a mystery or two develops.

   The art is quite good, and the story is ok - but it's all setup with not much meat on the bones. The potential is there, but the story needs some tightening up - it seems to be flailing in too many directions right now.

Grade: B


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