Wolverine and the X-men 25 review

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This series keeps going back and forth for me. I very much enjoyed the first half-year of this series, but then AVX came along and completely de-railed the mood. Some AVX issues were good, but most of them were mediocre at best. After AVX came the rather dull circus storyline, with several very good character focused issues in-between. There are some who have enjoyed this series from the start, and others who have despised the majority of it. And now we’ve arrived at WATXM’s 25th issue and in a way, the true beginning to the second year of the series.

This issue brings back the fun nature that this series began with, yet it’s far less zany at the same time. Character-wise, there’s a strong focus on both Wolverine and Kid Omega, and Omega’s scenes might actually be the highlight of this issue. He’s forced to act responsibly as the leader of the kids while they explore the jungles of the Savage Land, even if the others don’t want to follow him. There are other hints of characterization as well, with both Genesis and Oya. There’s also plenty of humour to lighten the mood – Glob is particularly awesome.  The art is fairly good and suits the comic well – not much to say on that front.

This issue isn’t without problems, but for the most part they’re fairly minor. The pacing is a bit off, especially with Wolverine’s scenes. All of his panel time is either at the start of the issue, or the last few pages. It would also be nice if there was a bit less focus on Wolverine in this series as a whole. I know his name is in the book’s title, but it’s supposed to be a teen book, and he’s well beyond his teens. That could just be my growing Wolverine fatigue talking though. Kid Omega on the other hand has character development spread evenly through the comic, and it feels much less forced.

The new mutants are also still kind of boring, with very little characterization beyond their powers and Eye Boy’s portrayal as a complete wimp. And then there’s the advertised showing of Dog Logan, who only appears on the first two pages and the last. It could lead to an interesting fight in the next issue (this is the first I’ve ever read of Dog Logan), but it almost feels as if it would work better with a full issue’s focus instead.

If Wolverine and the X-Men was written this way more often, it wouldn’t be nearly as polarizing as it is. It’s funny, but not zany. There’s legitimate character work on several characters, even if some of it is oddly paced. It truly feels like an X-Men book about teenaged characters, and it’s a very entertaining one at that.

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I am a relatively new comic book fan writing this blog for other new comic book fans and/or people who are interested in comics but don't know where to start. I've always been interested in writing, to the point where I have a college Creative Writing Certificate and I'm currently a year 2 Journalism student. I also have another blog where I mostly make fun of bad movies - www.healed1337.blogspot.com As for how I got into comics, I've always had a passing interest in superheroes: most notably Batman, Spider-man and the X-Men. Until February of 2011 (I think,) my only experience with any of these franchises came from the movies and video games. Shortly after I bought Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 however, I decided to check out X-23, Wolverine's female clone. I ended up reading her Innocence Lost origin story and enjoyed it. From there, I started reading various X-Men comics and it quickly exploded into my newest hobby. My other interests/hobbies include video games, movies, music, playing sports, my dogs and weird news.
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2 Responses to Wolverine and the X-men 25 review

  1. Pingback: Release Day Rundown – February 13, 2013 | healed1337

  2. xmenxpert says:

    This is better than the usual fare. Less shallow characterization, though many characters are still one-dimensional (and some barely even have one dimension). Less absurd humour, though still a little too much winking at the audience. Bringing in Dog Logan is cool. We’ll see how that goes next issue. Aaron still needs to tighten things up just a bit, but this is much better than the first year or so.

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