Spoiler review of Wolverine and the X-Men #38
We welcome some new mutants to school on the same day S.H.I.E.L.D. stops by to have a little convo with Wolverine. Maria Hill wants to try and straighten things out with Wolverine, but even though they technically didn’t pull the trigger on that payload back in “Battle of the Atom”, it doesn’t excuse them building mutant killing sentinels in the first place. Remember the metaphors here, it’s akin to someone keeping a stash of white sheets and crosses to burn in their shed “just in case.” The stuff in the beginning is probably the best, when they’re matter of fact about the weirdness of comic book story it makes a great rundown for the uninitiated, and acknowledges the importance of past events. I like seeing someone acknowledge Wolverine’s character growth, but once we get into the school itself I honestly find myself really tempted to start skimming pages. I like the idea that the school can be on lockdown but still functioning, and while I didn’t always like reading it, I like the character growth in Broo, and how all the weirdness in the school really is teaching him life lessons that he’ll survive with later. I like their variations on detention and I like in theory what they’ve done here in this book, with the concept, but I just don’t care to read about Kid Gladiator wanting to be in the school paper and junk like that. So to cap off the issue here, Wolverine is intent on smashing as many of these sentinels as he can, but the location of some them was purposely leaked by Mystique/Dazzler, who also now has two double agents in the school, the ones introduced in the very beginning. The info was also leaked to The Xavier School, so not only is Mystique raising all hell between the X-Men and S.H.I.E.L.D, but she’s about to throw Wolverine and Cyclops back together in the same mess.
Thumbs up because at least the beginning and end were readable, and they point out things I’ve always been thinking, especially one of my favorites – that a lot of heroes fight their own personal battles and enemies more than they fight actual crime.
But skip it. X-Men vs S.H.I.E.L.D. might make for a cool event kinda thing, but at the end of the day I think all that’s going to matter is just the information of what happened in it.