Spoilers for Wolverine and the X-Men #41 –
Yeah, another one of those issues that makes you say wha? What did I just read? The young Hellfire fiasco has been a big part of this series, so I can see why they’d want to revisit it for their “last” two issues before Jason Aaron hands writing duties off to someone else, who will be graced with a “new” #1, but it’s decidedly undramatic. Toad the janitor is fired for his involvement JUST as Paige Guthrie (Husk) happens to be coming back (despite her involvement, but she was “crazy”). Toad and Husk almost rekindle their brief romance (wow, there actually IS something sicker than Rachael Grey/John Sublime out there) but he has a last minute case of “I can be a hero” syndrome, and tries to redeem himself in the eyes of the X-Men by stopping the escaped Hellfire brats. He gets mind controlled into beating up one member of the kiddie Hellfire Club, by the other member – Maximilian, who then also uses him to escape. Poor Paige is left alone waiting at the coffee shop. I’d love to see more of how Husk’s power is tied to her personality now, and I have to admit, I’m curious how their tale ends.
My rating: 3.5/5 – All in all it’s pretty typical Wolverine and the X-Men. Living landmasses that cry lava, pint sized villains who are too young to know how to drive, and poop jokes are what this series ran with, and that’s what it’ll end with. Visually it’s not bad to look at. The overcast sky and blowing leaves are perfect for setting the tone they seem to want. Paige looks nice and every bit as sweet as Toad sees her as. The classic X-Men leaping into battle shot is pretty epic for a book that’s devoid of any real epic action. Wolverine and the X-Men #41 is a traditional “hero blows it with the girl” story, told with all the nostalgia for Silver Age type silliness that they can muster.
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