Two new students, sort of, come to the school. Today I will be reviewing Wolverine and the X-Men #4. Please leave a comment to let me know what you think.
Wolverine and the X-Men #4
So let’s talk about the book. Coinciding with the epilogue to the awesome Dark Angel Saga from Uncanny X-Force, Wolverine’s school gets two new students. Genesis, the genetically engineered clone of Apocalypse, and Angel, who is really Warren Worthington without any memories. Let the integration begin. Genesis is in a classroom where Deathlock is the guest speaker and he tells the students about their possible future. When he gets to Genesis, he doesn’t reveal to him that he could eventually turn into Apocalypse and kill everyone. Meanwhile, Angel, who is really on the same mental level as a child, causes a disturbance in the neighborhood and Iceman takes him back to the school and enrolls him as a student. Also, Kitty starts to feel nauseous and runs to the bathroom. Within seconds, she comes to find that she is pregnant with a huge belly. And that’s the book.
So let’s talk opinions. Chris Bachalo is GONE!!!! Everybody do the Happy Dance!!!! (Bachalo’s gone, happy dance. Happy happy happy dance. Shake your booty, happy dance. Art is finally good, happy dance) Sorry about that. I haven’t been this happy about an artist leaving a book in a long time. Nick Bradshaw is the man. He is skyscrapers above Bachalo in talent and legible art. The characters look individual again and are easily recognizable. Backgrounds are cleaner and nothing is blended together. There are actual angles and straight lines. If you look carefully at each panel, sometimes you will be rewarded with some humorous background antic. For example, Quentin burning his textbook was pretty hilarious. The Apocalypse splash was stunning. For me, this changing of the artistic guard has catapulted this title to the top of the food chain. Other than the art though, Jason Aaron’s writing is incredible. It is really getting into the whole teen, school aspect of the book which was completely missing for a while. As a long time fan, I have always been used to them going on missions and fighting bad guys. What really set the book apart was the personal interactions between the team members, especially in a school setting. Let’s not forget that the original X-Men were just children and their school life and social awkwardness was what made us relate to them in the first place. Aaron has a great handle on these guys and is really starting to give them individual identities. Quentin and Broo are by far the funniest of the entire group. The most dangerous too, I suppose, but their humor is priceless. The humor in general for this book was really well done and it helped to move the story along. I love Deathlock’s lesson and the future teaser was a nice touch as well. While there was no action, the book’s focus on human interaction was enough to keep me riveted from beginning to end. The one little issue I had with this book was the lack of mention of Sabretooth. He was the big surprise of last issue so who is there absolutely no mention of him at all this issue? At least a single panel cameo. That would have been nice. Also showing the Hellfire Club kids, planning their next move for a page, would have been nice too. Without side bars like that, the overall plot doesn’t get the chance to move along and it feels like something is missing. Still, other than that one minor thing, this book was great. I can’t wait to see what’s next. (I know one thing that won’t be next and that is Chris Bachalo drawing the title. Because he’s GONE!! Hahahahaha. All is right with the world once more.) That’s my opinion folks. Take it or leave it.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|good writing. nice social dynamic. good use of humor. nice art, FINALLY.||limited action|
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