This issue of W&XM kind of pushes Wolverine to the background, and focuses instead on Rachel Grey, which makes a hell of a lot of sense, AvX is all about the Phoenix and she was the Phoenix for a hell of a long time. I really appreciated getting a look inside her head, and how she’s struggling with becoming a Hunter again, with looking for Hope. Rachel has never been one of the X-Men I’ve been interested, but that may have changed now. This issue also found time for a nice big fight between the As and the Xs, which was both funny (Kid Gladiator trying to pick up Thor’s hammer, I just love the way Aaron writes that character, he’s such a dick) and tragic (Iceman and Beast). Chris Bachalo was back(alo) on art and he did his usual awesome, idiosyncratic job, I especially liked how massive Thor’s hammer was. My one worry here is what the hell is this book going to look like once AvX is over? Two of the Jean Grey School’s main faculty members in Wolverine and Beast have turned against the rest of their species and friends! How do we go back to having fun at the school? I hope Aaron finds a way, because I really like this book and don’t want it to become unrecognisable.