GLX reviews Wolverine and the X-Men #6.
Credits & Solicit Info:
Writer - Jason Aaron
Penciler - Nick Bradshaw
Inkers - Walden Wong, Jay Leisten, Norman Lee and Cam Smith
Colorists - Justin Ponsor and Matthew Wilson
• Things get worse!
• Wolverine & Kid Omega go to an intergalactic casino to win enough money to keep the Jean Grey School going!
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99
Wolverine and the X-Men has been one of Marvel's best series. It features great character work, solid pacing, tight art and sheer fun. Issue #6 of this series is another fun installment, but it that doesn't mean that it's without any flaws.
For the most part, the characters have their own unique personalities with dialogue that doesn't fall flat. The highlight of this issue is Jason Aaron's handling of Quentin Quire and Wolverine; the two characters' personalities work well within the pages. Wolverine's role is that of a strong, intelligent adult, while Quentin is the cocky, yet charming youth. Even with these generalizations, their scenes leave the reader salivating for more.
There's another plot thread involving an alien intruder busting into Jean Grey's School for Higher Learning that is less interesting than Wolverine and Quentin's adventure. Its weakness doesn't lie with the main characters, who play off each other nicely, but in the main villain himself. He projects some menace, but lacks an interesting personality. It's a step down from the series' first villains, who were powerful, bizarre and just flat-out evil. They were such distinct and interesting characters that the team's latest threat comes off as a lesser menace, despite his displays of power.
Nick Bradshaw does a good job of handling the pencils in this issue. His style is like a modern take on Art Adams. It's cartoonish and expressive, but it doesn't detract from the more serious moments of the comic that much. Bradshaw is joined by 4 inkers and 2 colorists who compliment his work as best they can, but the end result is a little jarring. The multiple inkers and colorists don't ruin the art, but the various artists' work make the comic less polished than it should be. Then again, this sort of thing tends to happen when comics are double shipped within a month.
Wolverine and the X-Men #6 may not be a perfect comic, but it's worth the price of admission. It's a fun, witty and intriguing read. While I have some concerns about the progression of the comic's current story arc, I trust in Aaron and company to deliver the goods.
7.9* out of 10*
Review by: GLX
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For years, GLX has been writing on-and-off for The Outhousers covering comics, video games and comics - among other things. He currently resides in The South. Yes, that's capitalized, and, no, that doesn't mean it's a place full of sunshine and butterflies.
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