Wolverine and the X-Men 36 review


We’re now at the half-way point in this year’s X-Men event, Battle of the Atom. While I’ve enjoyed the event so far, one can’t argue that the pacing has been a bit slow for a major crossover. Last week’s issue was little more than discussions and dialogue. While it was well-written, it was growing dangerously close to 2008’s badly paced Secret Invasion event. Quite a bit happens in this issue, including a major story revelation. At the same time however, it’s the most problematic issue in the event so far.

The psychic battle between Old Jean Grey and Emma Frost/Cuckoos/Young Jean Grey is probably the best part of this issue, yet it pales in comparison to other psychic battles that have happened before. The only visuals are of psychic punches with glowing colours flying around. With few exceptions, there aren’t many personal attacks or psychic armor shenanigans, which is typical of X-Men psychic battles. It lessens the impact of the fight. It also feels off that old Jean Grey can defeat Emma Frost and all three Cuckoos, yet young Jean Grey defeats her easily. That might be intended as a trick though. On that front, there’s a line saying that Xavier’s grandson is somehow dampening Rachel’s psychic powers – how exactly does that work, considering Rachel’s telepathy is comparable to her mother?

The battle between the other X-Men shakes things up, and for the most part it wasn’t all that bad either. It’s fun to see two different Cyclops’s fighting alongside each other, however briefly. Their characterization is also decent … except when old Cyclops didn’t help Emma Frost one bit after her defeat. It’s also weird that Iceman is having such difficulty against Ice Hulk, especially considering his giant Ice Voltron from WATXM 35. A little consistency please?

Speaking of Iceman, this issue makes him look like the worst babysitter on Earth. Not only is he holding Jubilee’s baby while in ice form (which cannot be good for the baby), but he then hands it to Broo. Even if Broo’s mind has been restored, there must be a babysitter among the X-kids that won’t frighten the baby by appearance alone. The joke isn’t funny and it kind of ruins both characters.

Some of the dialogue in this issue works. Deadpool’s depressing speech about the future surprisingly fits; if he’s lost all of his humour, you know the future’s bad. Except for the last line he speaks in this comic. Some of the other dialogue feels stilted and forced, and Wolverine is almost written as a crybaby.

What saves this issue is the plot reveal at the end, even if it’s really not a surprise. I’ll probably talk more about that next week. For the most part the art is good, which also helps improve this issue.

After two readings, my feelings for this issue are still mixed. I like that stuff is happening, but not all of it is well written. The psychic battle was disappointing, the rest of the X-Men fight was alright but too short, and Jubilee should have picked a better babysitter. Still, if you’ve enjoyed the event so far this is at least worth reading.

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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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4 Responses to Wolverine and the X-Men 36 review

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  2. xmenxpert says:

    This issue needed more action. Still, it was the best issue of WatXM so far. The weakest part of BotA so far, though. Ah well.


    • healed1337 says:

      One thing I thought of after I wrote this review … the image of the future that young Jean Grey saw was really vague. Why couldn’t there be at least one panel to explain what she saw? If it was exposed as a lie later on, why not just show what she saw?
      But yes, this was better than WATXM’s usual quality lately, yet it’s still the weakest BOTA issue so far.


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