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Review: Wolverine and the X-Men #1

Written by TheGeek on Thursday, October 27 2011 and posted in Reviews

TheGeek reviews a brand-new Wolverine and the X-Men #1!

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Credits & Solicit Info:

STORY BY: Jason Aaron
ART BY: Chris Bachalo
COVER BY: Chris Bachalo
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics

Spinning directly out of X-MEN: SCHISM, the X-Men are split in two. In the oversized debut issue of the new ongoing flagship X-series, Wolverine takes one half of the X-Men back to Westchester to start over again. But the new Hellfire Club outlast its first day ? Join Marvel Architect Jason Aaron (X-MEN: SCHISM, WOLVERINE) and legendary X-Artist Chris Bachalo (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, GENERATION X) for a brand new action-packed take on the X-Men that will set a new standard for the Children of the Atom.


Welcome to the greatest school EVER.

After Schism comes the launch of two new #1s for the X-Books, namely Uncanny X-Men #1 and of course, Wolverine and the X-Men #1. One's got Cyclops and a bunch of ex-villains, the other's got Wolverine with a bunch of kids in a brand-new school.

Care to guess which book is more fun?

Writer Jason Aaron taps into something fresh and exciting with Wolverine and the X-Men #1. As a lapsed X-Men reader, this was an absolutely perfect jumping on point for me. Jason Aaron doesn't leave anything out. Everything that's happened in the last few X-years is laid out for me to read and digest. As Wolverine and now Headmistress Kitty Pride take some smarmy guests from the Department of Education on a tour of the most advanced X-Mansion yet, we get a glimpse at the soon-to-be day-to-day operations of the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning. From weird new students to new roles for old characters (Toad as a janitor? Genius.) to exciting classes inside a state-of-the-art school that could just as likely kill you as a battle with a get a feeling it's never gonna get boring here. Even Professor Xavier agrees, saying "You haven't even been blown up yet." Brilliant!

A book this fun deserves some fun art, and Chris Bachalo's style is perfect for this. Bachalo is as stylized as they come, but his cartoony proportions belie his eye for detail and storytelling. The book looks and feels dynamic, and for the first time in quite a while I'm savoring both the writing and the art in a comic book at the same time. A nice little extra to this book is a list of classes offered by the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning, and it's chock full of gems like "Diction and Linguistics by Professor Rogue" to "Ethics 101: Forgetting Everything You Ever Learned from Emma Frost, with Headmistress Pryde". Where do I sign up?

It's fresh, it's fun, and it's a little bit chaotic, and I wouldn't want it any other way. Wolverine and the X-Men #1 is an explosive guided tour into the new X-status quo, and so far I'm loving what I'm seeing. Which means it's a first issue that totally works.

Review by: TheGeek

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