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Michael Wirth 09/28/2011 Reviews

Following up on yesterday’s art featuring the covers for the first two issues of Wolverine & The X-Men, Marvel is trickling out more and more information about the title and Wolverine’s personal team of mutants.

From the looks of it, Wolverine is taking his team back to the east coast and reclaiming Xavier’s Mansion to use as his base of operations. He’s also chosen to rename the school ‘The Jean Grey School For Higher Learning,’ in memory of his long-time love interest, and wife of former teammate Cyclops, Jean Grey. I love this move by Jason Aaron because it completely fits with Wolverine’s character. Though he always held the utmost respect for Charles Xavier, the decision to rename the school in honor of Jean Grey is natural, and something that readers probably wouldn’t expect, but should have.

Readers are also treated to some new art by the amazing Chris Bachalo, including a new view of the grounds. Apparently, Wolverine is allowing the use of some amazing tech in the rebuilding of the school as some buildings look like they are out of Blade Runner, as opposed to the old-fashioned brick buildings of the Xavier School of old. And apparently Iceman was given a building of his own, judging by the obscure ice sculpture in the foreground. (Or maybe that’s from a training session gone awry.)

Seeing this new aspect of the story-line, I’m now even more excited for Wolverine & The X-Men than I was before. I’ve always been a fan of Wolverine (I know, real original, right?). Regardless of that, it’s nice to see Wolverine in a leadership role as opposed to being the trusted foot-soldier that just follows orders. Wolvie has come a long way since his days of being a hot-tempered maniac, flying off into fits of rage with murderous results. It’s nice to see that Jason Aaron has recognized that change in him, and felt that he could handle the role of team leader.

I know most people will probably complain that readers don’t need Wolverine & The X-Men because there are too many X-books already, and up until a couple of days ago, I would have agreed. But as more and more details come out about the new title, I can definitely see how it will add value to the line, and to Marvel as a whole. I like the step that the X-Men are taking, and I’m looking forward to Wolverine & The X-Men.

Wolverine & The X-Men begins October 26.

 

 

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Hailing from the armpit of America, New Jersey, Michael has been collecting comic books since the age of 10. Now, he deigns to keep his finger on the pulse of pop-culture, keeping up with every passing fad or iconic innovation, never losing sight of his comic book roots.

  1. Robb Orr 09/28/2011 at 4:11 pm

    This actually sounds pretty good.

  2. Blair Brown 09/28/2011 at 5:47 pm

    Couldn't Marvel come up with a more original title. Or idea,for that matter?

  3. Axekek 09/29/2011 at 10:21 am

    This just makes me think that One of the eigtht is going to end up failing (Not The main Two or Pariheral two, but those intermediate four)

  4. Axekek 09/29/2011 at 10:27 am

    And isn't that kind of a slap in the fact to her two or three kids (Depending on Cable being counted or not) (Neither of whom is on the his team and one that is on his dad's)

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