I’m not bothering with a new comic series this week because, well … I work retail and guess what week it is. That and I already had lots of comics to pick up – most of them were good too.
Wolverine and the X-Men 3:
The first two issues of this series were a breath of fresh air for the X-Men franchise. They weren’t dark, trying to be mature, or trying to be deep. They were simply fun, and isn’t that what comics were originally supposed to be? Wolvie’s X-Men 3 is no exception.
When I reviewed the first issue, I said I was worried that this series would focus too much on Wolverine, and that worry is now completely gone. Heck, Wolverine is barely even in this issue. Instead, issue 3 focuses mostly on Quentin Quire aka. Kid Omega. Seeing him interact with some of his fellow students is hilarious as nobody recognizes him, even though he staged a riot at the old X-men school and telepathically attacked the UN in the SCHISM event. All this is happening while the school is attacked by Krakoa, a mutant who is best described as “the ground is coming to life!” Quire might be the only mutant with the power to save the school, but being the rebellious teenager that he is, does he want to? Quentin Quire is a very powerful telepath. Back in Grant Morrison’s New X-Men run (check it out) he used his power to influence peoples’ minds on a subconscious level.
After the situation is resolved, the school gains a new student. Wolverine deals with the new hellfire club in a way you won’t expect, which makes it great. The educational inspectors are sweet talked into approving the school thanks to Beast’s brilliance. Save for the massive damage in the building, the first day for Wolverine’s new school could have been much worse.
The only problem, and this is minor, is that Quire’s change of heart is very abrupt. I know this comic isn’t trying to be deep, and he’s still being a punk when you see him next, but it still comes out of nowhere. Other than that, this is a very entertaining issue with plenty of action, comedy, and its simple enough for anyone. Everything you need to know is explained on the recap page, although I’ll talk about Quire more below.
I highly recommend this series, this is a return to what the X-men originally were, yet it’s new and exciting at the same time.
The last issue of this series ended on a serious cliffhanger, with Batman caught in the middle of an explosion. After five weeks we finally know what happened, and this issue does not disappoint.
So far, this series has Batman investigating the Court of Owls, a supposed secret society that has been ruling Gotham City from the shadows for hundreds of years. Weather this group exists or not, a seemingly unstoppable killer claiming to be a part of this court wants Bruce Wayne dead.
This issue is more than just a mystery though. It gives the audience a peek into Wayne’s first investigation. He thought the court was behind his parents’ deaths, refusing to believe that it was just a thief who wanted their money. Saying anything else would spoil the issue, but the flashback gives more insight as to how Batman thinks.
Just like the previous issues, this is nearly perfect. The art is excellent overall, the pacing is tight and the mystery continues to intrigue. It takes a small break from the mystery of the Court of Owls to show us how Wayne is reacting to the case, and ends it with a cliffhanger that suggests that he might be wrong. This is easily my favorite book of the new DC Universe so far and any Batman fan really should check this series out as soon as they can.