Wolverine and the X-men 35 review


At long last, the end of the Hellfire Saga is here. It’s been a messy ride, but we can finally put this bizarre storyline behind us. Is this issue any better than the others though?

As with the rest of this storyline, Wolverine and the X-Men 35 is certainly not without problems. None of the humour really works, the action is so chaotic that it’s hard to follow and the ending feels too convenient. The most confusing part of the ending is how Philistine locks everyone behind an impenetrable force field, but after he’s asked to kill everyone, he releases the force field before he destroys the Hellfire Academy. Knowing the X-Men’s capabilities, why would he do that? And why is this apparently all-powerful villain working for kids?

Broo’s return to sanity comes completely out of nowhere in an already convoluted conclusion. I don’t know much about Husk, but her return to sanity is just as rushed as her slip into insanity. Has ripping off too many layers of skin too quickly ever done anything to her mind before? Someone help me out with this one.

Windigo’s few appearances simply highlight how pointless he is in the Hellfire Saga. I thought he was supposed to be a hulk level threat. Sauron may be even worse off in this regard. Out of this entire storyline, there doesn’t seem to be a single negative consequence for any of the X-Men. And why would the X-Men ever add two of the hellfire kids to their student roster? The ending feels as though it belongs in a Wayne’s World movie more than it does a serious attempt at storytelling.

On the plus side, at least Kid Omega’s character development still works. He and Oya are the only two characters to leave the academy with any sense of dignity. The appearances by a certain character whose upcoming return is well advertised are also a plus side of this comic. Apart from that, I can’t think of anything positive to say about this issue.

The art isn’t all that bad. It carries a cartoonish feel that would have worked if this storyline was actually funny. One can’t deny that it’s bright and colourful, or that there’s a good amount of detail on characters and environments. Unfortunately, Angel’s wings are still incorrectly drawn as feathery when they’re supposed to be metal. It’s also still creepy that Oya, who is supposed to be 14, is drawn sexualized and with adult sized breasts.

The word “Saga” has forever been tainted for the X-Men universe. Up until Avengers vs. X-Men, I enjoyed every issue of WATXM, and have enjoyed scattered issues since. After Battle of the Atom though, I’ll be dropping this series – probably for good. It’s just … don’t read this comic.

I know Jason Aaron can write well – just look at his current Thor series or his earlier Wolverine solo work.

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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 35 review

  1. Pingback: Comics of August 28, 2013 | healed1337

  2. xmenxpert says:

    I think I’ve read all of Husk’s previous appearances. I can’t recall her ever having mental issues resulting from shedding too much. It caused a physical strain on her, but not a mental one.

    Yeah, this book sucked. I’ve hated it pretty much from the start. Actually, from the day after I read the first issue. It’s never been a good book, and this issue continues that tradition of being flat-out awful. Especially since he didn’t kill off the Brats. Kilgore goes through the Siege Perilous, and we see him apparently trapped in it, but he didn’t die. Kilgore should’ve simply died. We should’ve been the bullet put in his brain. It would’ve been the only way to make any part of this story satisfying. As it is, odds are good that Aaron will probably end up bringing the piece of shit back, even though he is seriously one of the worst characters in the history of fiction. If Aaron ever does bring Kilgore back, then I’m just going to boycott him.


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