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Professor Logan - what more do you need?
on 30 May 2012
Following the events of "Schism", Wolverine and some other mutants have left Utopia and headed back to Westchester to rebuild the mutant school Charles Xavier began and rename it the "Jean Gray School for Gifted Youngsters". The faculty is Headmaster Logan and Headmistress Kitty Pryde, Vice Principal Hank McCoy, and professors Bobby Drake aka Iceman and Rogue.
"Wolverine and the X-Men" is Jason Aaron kicking back and writing a book for laughs and light-hearted storylines. With the new school opening, school inspectors are sent round for what turns out to be a nightmarish first day with Wolverine (wearing a tie!) does his best to appear respectable but with the pre-adolescent Hellfire Club (again, see "Schism") showing up, he and his fellow X-Men are going to have be anything but respectable to see order is restored.
I really enjoyed this book with Kid Quantum aka Quentin Quire proving to be the most fun character in the book, acting and looking like a junior Spider Jerusalem. Some of his antics actually made me laugh aloud. It's also funny and odd to see Wolverine attempt to be a teacher but he does well and shows that he's more than a vicious marauder-type. I liked Kitty and Hank as well, they're excellent characters in the hands of a gifted writer such as Jason Aaron.
The art is the only let-down of this book, the first three issues drawn in a scratchy, manga-esque style that doesn't look very good. And the other negative is how short the book is at a mere 4 issues collected here. Not exactly value for money...
The book ends on a baffling epilogue but the setup is done with and the series can continue in a kind of semi-serious tone with the fledgling school and its staff seeing off its first threats at closure and settling down to some fun. It feels a bit like a Terry-Pratchett Discworld story (I'm thinking of the mini-Nightcrawlers causing havoc) crossed with classic X-Men storylines, with some genuinely funny moments. "Wolverine and the X-Men" is a good, fun time from the best comics writer working at the moment.