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Friday, February 10, 2012

My Week in Comics: Wolverine and the X-Men #5

How do I describe Wolverine and the X-Men #5 in one word? "Crazy".

And that's exactly why I like it. Series writer Jason Aaron is taking Wolverine and his merry band of X-Men to places both unseen and unheard of, and it makes for a comic you just don't see from anywhere else.

So you wanna see just exactly what they teach in this school? Aaron takes a simple biology class and cranks it up to 11, in a fun and visually amazing sequence (with big thanks to Nick Bradshaw's amazing art) that encapsulates the direction the book is going. But it's not all just fun and games. I like how Aaron juggles so many emotions, so many characters in this book like it's no big thing, while still reading like a cohesive whole. From monetary problems (running a high-tech school for mutants isn't exactly cheap) to the problem of a pregnant Kitty (!), to giving the students of the school their small moments to shine, Aaron balances all that while still making the book fun to read.

I've already mentioned Nick Bradshaw's art, but it bears repeating: it's amazing. It may not have the crazy kick of Chris Bachalo, but Bradshaw's distinct style works to give this book a little bit more clarity and focus. And hey, if you wanna see clean-shaven and a-little-bit-too-gorgeous Wolverine, this is the book for you!

It's funny, it's scary, and it's comic book fun. Wolverine and the X-Men #5 is good comics, and we need more of this than ever. This gets a 4.5 out of 5.

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