The School deals with Logan’s new condition while the Hellfire brats make their next move. I’m telling you because you might not be able to tell with Bachalo’s art. Today I will be reviewing Wolverine and the X-Men #8. Please leave a comment to let me know what you think.
Wolverine and the X-Men #8
So let’s talk about the book. Wolverine’s legs are broken and as a result is in a wheelchair. Beast deduces that he needs the ray that caused the damage in order to fix it. He flies to SWORD station in outer space to ask his girlfriend to get him one, only to find Sabretooth there killing his woman. This was the plan that Sabretooth and Kade Kilgore came up with to destroy the School. Beast and Sabretooth go to war with each other but in the end, Beast manages to defeat Sabretooth and save his girlfriend. Meanwhile, Angel and the kids decide to go on an identity quest. They take a ship and fly to the casino where Wolverine’s legs were broken. After some fighting, the kids manage to retrieve the ray and return to Earth with it. Too bad their actions are caught by Kade on camera. He decides to shift his sights from damaging the teachers to killing the kids because that will finish the School for sure. And that’s the book.
So let’s talk opinions. As I’ve been saying, Bachalo is back. So any chance of actually looking at any art that makes sense has completely been crushed, stepped on and thrown into a corner to die in horrible screaming agony. (If you listen carefully, you can still hear the whimpers) I knew that after the wonderful art from the last story arc, I would be in for a disappointment this issue. I just didn’t know how much of a disappointment it would be. I was blown away by the complete and utter visual chaos of this issue. Everyone and everything looked like crap. Faces were nasty and indistinguishable. Every image seemed to blend into every other image. (Didn’t help that everything was the same color either) The dimensions of every panel was out of proportion. There was too many lines and blotches all over the place. Basically, it was a nightmare to look at. Unfortunately, that took away from the story as well. I was flying through the issue just to get away from the art. The battle between Beast and Sabretooth could have been amazing if it was actually viewable. But nothing made any sense. There is no reason why we should be tortured this way. I would definitely add this to my worst artistic works ever along with the recent work on Uncanny X-Force and anything by Romita Jr. I expected the Wolverine issue to be rectified this issue but I guess we’ll actually see it finished next issue as we enter AvX. I liked the way the kids got together to help Logan and complete a quest. They actually work somewhat well together. Genesis unleashing was pretty awesome. There are some seriously dangerous and powerful characters here. The minor attempts at humor were all right but I actually wanted more. I like the ribbing and tension that the humor usually breaks up. I also loved the irony of Wolverine in a wheelchair. So he’s turning into Professor X just like Cyclops is becoming Magneto. Good bit of long term writing between the two writers. I was also incredibly happy to see the Hellfire brats back. I wish I knew what the girl was killing with a hammer. She usually says something sick or deranged that always cracks me up and I missed that here. I can’t wait to see what their next move will be. Overall, this was an a pretty nice team building issue. No real overall subplot progression or individual growth. Just shows us that the team can work together and have the power to take down some enemies. I just wish someone else was doing the art. (PLEASE!!!!!) That’s my opinion folks. Take it or leave it.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|awesome writing. great battles (I assume, since I really couldn’t see them with Bachalo’s horrid art) Love the Hellfire brats||as predicted, the return of Bachalo has plummeted the visuals back to the depths of hell|
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