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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 with a new school, a new student body and a lot of surprises up his sleeve. But when the new Hellfire Club decides they don't like what the ol' Canucklehead has st 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 with a new school, a new student body and a lot of surprises up his sleeve. But when the new Hellfire Club decides they don't like what the ol' Canucklehead has started, and decide to burn the place to the ground, will the school even outlast its first day? Collecting: Wolverine and the X-Men 1-4


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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 with a new school, a new student body and a lot of surprises up his sleeve. But when the new Hellfire Club decides they don't like what the ol' Canucklehead has st 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 with a new school, a new student body and a lot of surprises up his sleeve. But when the new Hellfire Club decides they don't like what the ol' Canucklehead has started, and decide to burn the place to the ground, will the school even outlast its first day? Collecting: Wolverine and the X-Men 1-4

30 review for Wolverine and the X-Men, Volume 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    So everyone has been telling me to get off my ass and read this title. Everyone. But I'd been reading a lot of X-Men titles, and I was honestly getting burned out. So, I was all like... They said: It's funny, it's clever, it's interesting! Wolverine is Professor Snikt at the Jean Grey school! I said: I'm tired of Wolverine...and I have no wish to read this. Psst. My end of that conversation only happened in my head. In reality, I told them I couldn't wait to pick this one up. Because I'm a giant liar. So everyone has been telling me to get off my ass and read this title. Everyone. But I'd been reading a lot of X-Men titles, and I was honestly getting burned out. So, I was all like... They said: It's funny, it's clever, it's interesting! Wolverine is Professor Snikt at the Jean Grey school! I said: I'm tired of Wolverine...and I have no wish to read this. Psst. My end of that conversation only happened in my head. In reality, I told them I couldn't wait to pick this one up. Because I'm a giant liar. Anyway, once again, I was wrong. I should have snagged this when they first suggested it, and then I wouldn't have to listen to all the I Told You So's. Because they will. My friends are nothing if not viciously gloaty. But they deserve to gloat, because this was as fantastic as they promised. Ok. So, even with all the X-related books as I've been reading, I still don't know what exactly led to the point where all of this started. Bad things happened, Scott & Logan are fighting, and Wolverine has started up this school. I think somebody killed a bunch of mutants, or blew up their island? Not sure. And, to be honest, I don't care. Some variation of that whole scenario is constantly being regurgitated into the mutant storyline, so I can't be too far off base. The main point is that Wolverine is in charge of the school. Hilarity ensues! Plot? Before the doors can even officially open, the school is attacked by the tweenage members of the Hellfire Club. Better yet, it seems as though the school grounds itself are attacking the students and teachers. And that's not even their biggest problem. They may not pass the building inspection! Especially after the inspectors turn into monsters... Best thing about this is the humor, but the second best thing is the group of students that are attending the Jean Grey school. They're nothing but a group of nutjobs, sociopaths, narcissists, and (potential) world-enders. Fabulous! Can you imagine trying to teach those kids anything?! Well, neither can the actual teachers. But don't worry, I'm sure everything will work out just fine...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    The first person I thought of when the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning were looking for a headmaster with a teaching background, a drinking problem and a questionable past with kids was this guy: But no, it’s Wolverine and it’s the first day of class and the New York State Board of Ed are here to inspect the new school, so everyone puts on their best face, including the ol’ Canucklehead: And any grand event in the Marvel universe is always going to be fraught with issues and the kiddie Hellfi The first person I thought of when the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning were looking for a headmaster with a teaching background, a drinking problem and a questionable past with kids was this guy: But no, it’s Wolverine and it’s the first day of class and the New York State Board of Ed are here to inspect the new school, so everyone puts on their best face, including the ol’ Canucklehead: And any grand event in the Marvel universe is always going to be fraught with issues and the kiddie Hellfire Club want to make sure that there are going to be plenty of complications in order to spoil the big day. Okay, the Hellfire tykes are creepy, but not that creepy. Yikes! Jason Aaron has always been a take-him-or-leave-him kind of a guy for me. His humor is borderline obnoxious (especially with the Hulk) and he has a tendency to indulge the sillier side (especially with the Hulk). Happily, here he has a smooth mix of humor, peril and fisticuffs and it works. The art: I’m not a fan of Chris Bachalo’s disjointed, stylized, just-what-the-heck-am-I-looking-at-in-this-panel art work, but even he compliments Aaron’s writing with some wit. Bottom line: The “Doop” issue is still the best thing Aaron’s ever done, but this is a fun volume, without being, you know, silly or obnoxious. *sigh*

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    I was actually really surprised with how much I liked this. But it's funny, it has great characters and good art, the plot is both unexpected and a great fit for the book, and it represents the start of what was a new direction the X-Men. You know, allowing something to change long term, which is kind of scary new territory for long running superhero books. And did I mention that it's funny? It's a lot more fun than I would have thought to watch Wolverine deal with the day to day duties of being I was actually really surprised with how much I liked this. But it's funny, it has great characters and good art, the plot is both unexpected and a great fit for the book, and it represents the start of what was a new direction the X-Men. You know, allowing something to change long term, which is kind of scary new territory for long running superhero books. And did I mention that it's funny? It's a lot more fun than I would have thought to watch Wolverine deal with the day to day duties of being in charge of a school. Just thinking about Headmaster Logan is kind of funny. Add in an inspection by a hostile school board, mad scientist Hank McCoy, Robert Drake as responsible adult, Quentin Quire, a preteen Hellfire Club, and a very unexpected appearance by a very old enemy, and it's basically a superhero sitcom. A really good one. You know, it was really great to read a basically angst-free and fun X book. I'm glad I committed to the series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Terence

    Following the X-Men splitting in Schism, Wolverine opens the Jean Grey School For Gifted Youngsters in the location of Xavier's School For Gifted Youngsters. Unfortunately the new Hellfire Club is determined to destroy the school. Wolverine takes on the role of Head Master in Wolverine and the X-Men. On day one the punk pre-teens of The Hellfire Club try to destroy the school and destroy the mutants' hope. I hate these kids as characters. I don't understand the desire to have pre-teen adversaries. Following the X-Men splitting in Schism, Wolverine opens the Jean Grey School For Gifted Youngsters in the location of Xavier's School For Gifted Youngsters. Unfortunately the new Hellfire Club is determined to destroy the school. Wolverine takes on the role of Head Master in Wolverine and the X-Men. On day one the punk pre-teens of The Hellfire Club try to destroy the school and destroy the mutants' hope. I hate these kids as characters. I don't understand the desire to have pre-teen adversaries. I disliked them in Schism and I still dislike them now. They'd be better if they were just the enemies of the students, but facing off against the whole school is annoying. I'm also not that interested in the school focus of the series thus far. There's nothing wrong with so much attention on the school, but it's not really something I want to read too much about. I just have to say Wolverine and The X-Men just isn't for me.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Oh my freaking god, where do I start? Wolverine in a suit, tryin to behave? Beast as a surly, frustrated, mad scientist? Shi'ar exiled royalty? Evil genius arch enemy declaring war on the school? And the funny - between the art (zany and beautiful at the same time) and the writing (sharp and slapstick), this is one *hell* of a great debut for a new book. Toad is the ever-beleaguered janitor? Awesome. Bobby brings *serious* up-his-game to the table - the last guy I'd expect to see making a new mov Oh my freaking god, where do I start? Wolverine in a suit, tryin to behave? Beast as a surly, frustrated, mad scientist? Shi'ar exiled royalty? Evil genius arch enemy declaring war on the school? And the funny - between the art (zany and beautiful at the same time) and the writing (sharp and slapstick), this is one *hell* of a great debut for a new book. Toad is the ever-beleaguered janitor? Awesome. Bobby brings *serious* up-his-game to the table - the last guy I'd expect to see making a new move. Wolverine *doesn't* know what to do at every move - seriously, Aaron found a way to make Wolverine afraid of something? Genius! Kitty as a responsible adult? And did I mention Beast as the worry-if-he's-alone-for-too-long scientist? Plus the newcomers - I'm actually finding myself liking them all pretty quickly - Aaron has a real talent for connecting emotionally with characters, and for conveying a ton of dialogue with one quick sentence. I didn't know exactly how I felt about the art when I first set eyes on Bachalo's and Bradshaw's creations, but these guys complement Aaron's script damn well. It's a pleasure to read something that's this much fun- has a breezy, yet detailed eye and keeps things from feeling too brooding. (The occasional flash to a panel from Uncanny X-Force is a good reminder what black & blood can do for the tone.) Spoiler plot notes:(view spoiler)[The new Black King of the Hellfire Club Kade Kilgore (CEO of Kilgore Arms) tries to wipe out the new school, bringing other teenage Hellfire Club members to help in assault on the school. That ultimately fails, and Wolverine gets Matt Murdock to sue the kid's company in return. In the last, the Hellfire club brings in Sabertooth as their next anti-Wolverine strategy. (hide spoiler)]

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    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. "Wovlerine and the X-Men" is Jason Aaron kicking back and writing a book for laughs and light-hearted storylines. With the new school open 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. "Wovlerine 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.

  7. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Man, I really want to read a "mindblowing" X-Men comic. It's been so long...I can't even remember a 5 out of 5 X-Men comic. Anyhow, this is Wolverine and the X-Men. Everyone loves Wolverine right? Oh you're mad he gets to much spotlight. Well fuck you. He about to be a goddamn teacher and you're gonna have to love it. So Wolverine has taken over being a teacher. Fun times! We have Kitty and Iceman as supporting cast of teachers helping Wolverine run the school. Now, we just have a bunch of kids Man, I really want to read a "mindblowing" X-Men comic. It's been so long...I can't even remember a 5 out of 5 X-Men comic. Anyhow, this is Wolverine and the X-Men. Everyone loves Wolverine right? Oh you're mad he gets to much spotlight. Well fuck you. He about to be a goddamn teacher and you're gonna have to love it. So Wolverine has taken over being a teacher. Fun times! We have Kitty and Iceman as supporting cast of teachers helping Wolverine run the school. Now, we just have a bunch of kids I NEVER heard of coming to the school and the X-Men we grew up with and love basically becoming teachers. This is actually a neat idea, but is it well done? What I liked: The humor is pretty solid. Not always a hit but all in good nature. I really like Wolverine and Kitty in here. Iceman kind of felt off but I got use to it. I also enjoyed some of the new students. Also little baby nightcrawler creatures are fucking amazing. What I didn't like: The art felt odd. I know a lot of people like this guy but I just didn't get it. It was jumbled and confusing. Also the story starts off very generic and only by the end gets way better. If you never read a X-Men title I don't think this is a great jumping on point. You'll probably be confused as hell. This was fun and enjoyable but I couldn't help but feel I wanted more. Especially from Jason Aaron who is obviously a talented writer. I'll give volume 2 a chance down the line though.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    It's been ages since I read any X-Men but never mind that since reading a marvel comic is like watching a soap opera on the telly. Some people have died, some have returned from death, there are some new faces and suddenly Wolverine is a professor… Yes, it's Generation X again apparently. I have missed a lot of things since I haven’t read many marvels lately, but Jean Grey is apparently dead (again!) and Wolverine and Cyclops have had a fallen out and now Wolverine has open up a school for the ne It's been ages since I read any X-Men but never mind that since reading a marvel comic is like watching a soap opera on the telly. Some people have died, some have returned from death, there are some new faces and suddenly Wolverine is a professor… Yes, it's Generation X again apparently. I have missed a lot of things since I haven’t read many marvels lately, but Jean Grey is apparently dead (again!) and Wolverine and Cyclops have had a fallen out and now Wolverine has open up a school for the next generation of X-Men. And all hell breaks loss from day one. It’s really fun to read and frankly, the new generations of X-Men in training are a lot alike today’s kids when it comes to behavior (thank God they are not mutants in real life that would be awful!)…

  9. 5 out of 5

    Roy

    Wolverine becomes a teacher and the leader of the school. The art gets mixed reactions but I actually really liked it. Although at times the panelling can become a little confusing. This felt like more of a introduction, setting the scene novel. Im interested to see where Aaron takes this.

  10. 5 out of 5

    William Thomas

    I think I can honestly say that Krakoa is my new favorite X-man. The X-Men were my first love. I've been reading the X books for 22 years. I've kept with the books through thick and thin. I remember the glory days. There's never going to be another X-tinction Agenda. The Golden Age of the X books is past. I was right there wth them for all of it. Until recently. The past 5 or so years have been the roughest for any fan of the X-Men. Although Schism was a fairly worthless arc, it gave birth to thi I think I can honestly say that Krakoa is my new favorite X-man. The X-Men were my first love. I've been reading the X books for 22 years. I've kept with the books through thick and thin. I remember the glory days. There's never going to be another X-tinction Agenda. The Golden Age of the X books is past. I was right there wth them for all of it. Until recently. The past 5 or so years have been the roughest for any fan of the X-Men. Although Schism was a fairly worthless arc, it gave birth to this masterpiece, though, I can't help but feel I've seen it before... oh, yes. Generation X. This is pretty much that. Only better. And, hey look! They even got Chris Bachalo on the art duties. Like FF, this book has taken everything good about the X history and ampliified it to the Nth degree. There isn't a single page in this first volume that didn't have me grinning like an idiot and feeling nostalgic for my early teens. And like FF, this book is a beacon of hope in a sea of $&*@. Seriously. All the other X books are pretty much just poo. Here in WaX, we get humor and heart, differentiation in characterization and a huge cast of characters to explore (can we please bring Maggot back to the X books?). I had my beef with Jason Aaron's Punisher and most of his Wolverine run, but what he's done recently with this book and Incredible Hulk has absolutely stunned me and siilenced all of my critcisms. Anything I had to complain about in this issue would sound petty and had more to do with production values of the art than anything else. Aaron, keep this up, and you'll be running the whole show some day. As for the art, the reprductions look hazy and cheap, but Bachalo's work is the same as it ever was- a highly stylized, chunky block artiist that probably used to do some late night street art. Its the perfect fit for this book. Writing: A Art: B

  11. 5 out of 5

    StoryTellerShannon

    Wolverine and some other X-Men try to get board approval to run a new school amidst somewhat good to weak attempts at comic relief. OVERALL GRADE: C plus.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gary Butler

    27th book read in 2018. Number 222 out of 687 on my all time book list. Great concept...slow start...gets better as it goes.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jesse A

    Just didn't care for it. More humor than I was expecting from Aaron. Not really in a good way.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Allie

    This is the first X-men book I've read, so I'm not going to pretend that I knew who everyone was, even though I have seen the movies. I thought my knowledge of the movies would carry me through, but I still occasionally got lost. Oh well. It was still entertaining enough. I'll read more if I come across them in the library, but I don't think I'll actively hunt them down. 3.5 stars from me.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Keith

    I've been reading a truly pathetic amount of X-men comics lately -- I forget at this point how long I refused to buy Marvel comics, but this month the dam broke, and now I apparently need to own every X-Men comic on Earth (or at least all the ones that came out since I stopped reading them.) Anyway, in my "research" (ie gorging myself on X-Men fansites) I came across this gem, in which Wolverine starts running the X-school and chaos ensues. Not usually my cup of tea (I tend to be more of a tradit I've been reading a truly pathetic amount of X-men comics lately -- I forget at this point how long I refused to buy Marvel comics, but this month the dam broke, and now I apparently need to own every X-Men comic on Earth (or at least all the ones that came out since I stopped reading them.) Anyway, in my "research" (ie gorging myself on X-Men fansites) I came across this gem, in which Wolverine starts running the X-school and chaos ensues. Not usually my cup of tea (I tend to be more of a traditionalist in my X-geekery) but the art was solid and I was bored with the other nineteen X-series I just started reading, so I picked this up. And I've also read so much X-Men comics lately that I'm getting tired of/embarrassed continuing to review them, in the way that I'm also tired of battling greasy middle-aged men and twelve-year-olds for the only remaining copy of the latest issue of Uncanny X-Force (seriously, I never had to do that with Batman). But fuck dude. This book rules. Hard. Any book that makes me misty because Krakoa the Living Island (yes) is convinced to stop eating the school (yes) by being enrolled as a student (brillllliant) -- well, that's a book that's earned a place on my nightstand, and a snuggle of my respect. AN EVERLOVING SNUGGLE. Because Krakoa just needs love, people. AND THERE'S A LIVING ISLAND INSIDE ALL OF US.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Gavin

    OK here it is: Cyclops is not a fun guy to read about. So when Schism tore the X-Men in 2, you knew who'd be on one side and who'd be on the other. Surprise is, Wolverine ended up being the more level-headed one. So much so, in fact, that he rebuilt Xavier's school (now named after Jean Grey) and tried to start up what had once taken place with the X-Men. Great idea for a new series, and a great way to get Wolverine a whole bunch of new dimensions: The headmaster in a suit? Fantastic...getting f OK here it is: Cyclops is not a fun guy to read about. So when Schism tore the X-Men in 2, you knew who'd be on one side and who'd be on the other. Surprise is, Wolverine ended up being the more level-headed one. So much so, in fact, that he rebuilt Xavier's school (now named after Jean Grey) and tried to start up what had once taken place with the X-Men. Great idea for a new series, and a great way to get Wolverine a whole bunch of new dimensions: The headmaster in a suit? Fantastic...getting frustrated with misbehaving mutant students? Love it. Just great on so many levels. Alongside him in the faculty are: Kitty Pryde as Headmistress, Beast in a sort of mad-scientist slightly unbalanced guy, Iceman as the responsible accountant type one, along with Rachel Summers, Husk, Cannonball, and Gambit and Rogue (but they don't really appear much). The new students include Quentin Quire (the one who set off the Schism) as well as the clone of Apocalypse, the son of Shi'ar Gladiator, and a few other interesting ones, including a former student from the original class... This is just such a new fresh take on things, you can't help but love it. Strongly recommended, essential as an "X" title.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    After all the angsty X-Men comics I've been reading lately it was nice to read one that was more humorous. Wolverine and the X-Men, Vol. 1 features Wolverine and Kitty Pride trying to pass inspection so they can open up the Jean Grey school for mutants. As expected, things don't go well when the new Hellfire Club decides to attack. I loved the dynamic of Wolverine and Kitty Pride trying to play nice with the bigoted inspectors while also attempting to keep the school in one piece as things began After all the angsty X-Men comics I've been reading lately it was nice to read one that was more humorous. Wolverine and the X-Men, Vol. 1 features Wolverine and Kitty Pride trying to pass inspection so they can open up the Jean Grey school for mutants. As expected, things don't go well when the new Hellfire Club decides to attack. I loved the dynamic of Wolverine and Kitty Pride trying to play nice with the bigoted inspectors while also attempting to keep the school in one piece as things began to fall down around them. It was a great set-up for the series and I can't wait to read Wolverine and the X-Men, Vol. 2.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Markus

    4 and stars. Jason Aaron was the cure that X-Men comic book franchise needed. This is only a one x-comic book amongst zillion others, but an old x-freak takes all he can to get some of that old feeling back, even if it is in a small doses. The Dialogue shines, it's funny, a plot good enough and there is hints for a future storylines to keep on reading. Chris Bachalo's art is fine, not great (too sloppy and confusing), a last issue artist Nick Bradshaw is a much better. And a warning, once again 4 and ½ stars. Jason Aaron was the cure that X-Men comic book franchise needed. This is only a one x-comic book amongst zillion others, but an old x-freak takes all he can to get some of that old feeling back, even if it is in a small doses. The Dialogue shines, it's funny, a plot good enough and there is hints for a future storylines to keep on reading. Chris Bachalo's art is fine, not great (too sloppy and confusing), a last issue artist Nick Bradshaw is a much better. And a warning, once again we get a collection that only contains 4 issues, Marvel is charging a graphic novel buyers over $3.25 an issue. I recommend this for all who likes the X-Men and even for an older, a cynic, a bitter, those-who-have-given-up (ex)fans.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    As a character, I think Jean Grey got really screwed over. But Jason Aaron seems to remember via Wolverine that she was really important and honors her with the Jean Grey School. I love how this book avoids the "let's kill all the kids" mentality of its predecessors, but keeps the kids as upstart know-it-alls and the adults as earnest gatekeepers. Overall, the writing & art are top-notch.

  20. 4 out of 5

    John Wiswell

    I was unfair to this book at first. I disliked Wolverine not calling the Professor "Chuck," and stamped my feet that Hellion's personality had been rebooted to a pretty-boy bully. That the new school for mutant children was going to be torn apart on its opening day just seemed like too much. How'd it turn me around? By being too much. Quentin Quire, prodigy and terrorist, oversees all the destruction and refuses to get involved until he realizes he's not famous. Iceman goes egomaniacal, a living I was unfair to this book at first. I disliked Wolverine not calling the Professor "Chuck," and stamped my feet that Hellion's personality had been rebooted to a pretty-boy bully. That the new school for mutant children was going to be torn apart on its opening day just seemed like too much. How'd it turn me around? By being too much. Quentin Quire, prodigy and terrorist, oversees all the destruction and refuses to get involved until he realizes he's not famous. Iceman goes egomaniacal, a living island's grandchildren attack the school grounds, Frankenstein-monsters invade with flamethrowers, and imps from another dimension pop in to shoplift all the whiskey on campus. The book rolled into such a preposterous overload of similarly preposterous events until the charm was undeniable. It doesn't take itself too seriously, but rather so unseriously that it can go utterly madcap. By the time a vegetarian alien invited a bigfoot to join him at the snack machine, I was won over. As fun as Jason Aaron's writing gets, timing so many things into place, Chris Bachalo's art carries it. He can do model-heroic work, like the brief flashback of the statuesque Captain America, but the book is defined by endearing facial expressions and wild physiology. Iceman is scrawny, Wolverine is almost chunky, the Wendigo is big in every direction, and that living island? It is the perfect target for Bachalo's mindbending style. Every kinetic moment that Aaron serves up, Bachalo draws and swats over the net. It's depressing to see another artist, even another talented one, taking over for the next volume.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bradley

    Absolutely delicious. This could be the best school evah. Get rid of all the old guard and leave only wolverine to tend to the matriculation. What could go wrong, after all? Apocalypse kid? I can't wait to read more. Thanks to all you peeps out there turning me on to these little gems, I'm probably going to have a few sleepless nights ahead of me.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Milo (BOK)

    A weird, fun, entertaining and action packed X-book with some great artwork (Apart from Xavier) and some awesome characters. A bit confusing in places (having not read Schism), and the Hellfire Club being run by kids didn't work well for me. Full Founding Fields review soon. MAIN REVIEW: “A great graphic novel with an entertaining cast and only a few flaws.” ~The Founding Fields Writer: Jason Aaron | Art: Chris Bachalo, Nick Bradshaw, Duncan Rouleau, Matteo Scalera | Publisher: Marvel Comics | Co A weird, fun, entertaining and action packed X-book with some great artwork (Apart from Xavier) and some awesome characters. A bit confusing in places (having not read Schism), and the Hellfire Club being run by kids didn't work well for me. Full Founding Fields review soon. MAIN REVIEW: “A great graphic novel with an entertaining cast and only a few flaws.” ~The Founding Fields Writer: Jason Aaron | Art: Chris Bachalo, Nick Bradshaw, Duncan Rouleau, Matteo Scalera | Publisher: Marvel Comics | Collects: Wolverine and the X-Men #1-#7. So, whose bright idea was it to put Wolverine in charge of the X-Men at a new school following directly on from the events of Schism (which I still haven’t read but need to remedy), which tore the X-Men apart? Nobody in their right mind would put the Canadian knucklehead as a Headmaster if they had any sense at all, especially when Professor Xavier isn’t around to watch over him. But either way, Wolverine and the X-Men: Regenesis, is certainly a fun tale that kickstarts Jason Aaron’s run on the series with a bang rather than a whimper, and I will certainly stick around for the next volume and maybe even make this graphic novel a permanent edition to my collection after I borrowed this from my local library (alongside Superboy Vol. 1, Gotham by Gaslight and Uncanny X-Force Vol.1). Wolverine and half of the X-Men return to Westchester, New York, to start over again with a new school, a new student body and a lot of surprises up their sleeve. However, when the new Hellfire Club decides they don’t like what Wolverine and the X-Men men have started, and decide to burn the place to the ground, will the school even outlast its first day? Plus, Kitty Pryde is pregnant, but who or what is the father? This whole graphic novel is absolutely bonkers. We get Wolverine in a suit, working in charge of the new Jean Grey School for Gifted Youngsters alongside Kitty Pryde as headmaster and headmistress. Hank McCoy’s there as a vice principal, and we get Professors in the form of Bobby Drake, the Iceman, and Rogue. Needless to say, this graphic novel is very entertaining, made even more so when inspectors pop by to see if the new school is up to scratch. This book is certainly the weirdest graphic novel that I’ve read (for reasons that you’ll see if you read the book), but it makes for a fun, action packed read with some great artwork (although towards the beginning of the book, I found Xavier’s portrayal to be a bit… off), and certainly delivers on entertainment value. Whilst the book itself is probably not the best to go directly into for someone who hasn’t yet read Schism and is not that familiar with the dramatis personae (there were a couple of names who I’d never seen before), it still manages to keep you entertained for the full seven issues and likely coming back for more. Read the Full Review: http://thefoundingfields.com/2013/02/...

  23. 4 out of 5

    Danny

    The book's potential for me is stymied by artwork that is too reminiscent of the first Generation X books, which I was not a fan of. That being said, there are highs and lows. Most of the lows seem to be residual leftovers of the terrible Schism story and the new Hellfire Club which seems to force the issue that the children criminals are soooo evil that I end up seeing the whole thing at a childish attempt to set up a serious villain only to fall flat on its face. I prefer my mutant gestalts/ex The book's potential for me is stymied by artwork that is too reminiscent of the first Generation X books, which I was not a fan of. That being said, there are highs and lows. Most of the lows seem to be residual leftovers of the terrible Schism story and the new Hellfire Club which seems to force the issue that the children criminals are soooo evil that I end up seeing the whole thing at a childish attempt to set up a serious villain only to fall flat on its face. I prefer my mutant gestalts/exterminators to be dark, brooding and legitimately evil. Making an effort to have kids talk about bashing in the heads of penguins insults my suspension of disbelief. As a person who still enjoys/prefers his x-men as classic and with a little age behind them, the characters I would have read the book for (kitty pryde, beast, iceman, Rachel Grey) seem sidelined as fish out-of-water authority figures while all the character development going into the younger Kid Omega and Broo. Even the child Apocalypse prodigy and Krakoa shine better than someone like Beast, who has gone from philosopher-genticist to madcap engineer. The moments the book takes to show you Toad as the janitor serve a secondary purpose to comic relief in my opinion, as it is a perfect example of what role the x-men cast of yesterday play in this book. Trying to add Angel as a student despite the extreme age difference the original x-man would have with any of the new child characters doesn't make up for poor role assignment-it makes it worse. Bad artwork and plot aside, the few good moments do come in the form of a visit from Deathlok for a "future history" class, Iceman getting his due recognition and the new role of moral compass that Logan attempts to take on while managing honesty about his involvement in X-force with fellow staff. Unfortunately, I disliked more than I liked in this book, but it does offer potential hope for improvement in things to come which keeps me from rating it too terribly. If you like things that start with the letter "X" odds are you will read this, but don't get your hopes up.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Peterson!

    Let me clear two things up, one I'm basing this on the single comics, not the collected edition (that's why I can review it early) and two, in my entire life of comic reading, if you would've ever told me that I would LOVE a book called 'Wolverine and the X-Men' THIS MUCH, I would laugh at you. But.. I love this book. I love it. The concept is simple, after getting into a heated debate, Wolverine and Cyclops split the X-Men, Cyclops staying with his team in San Francisco in a more militaristic s Let me clear two things up, one I'm basing this on the single comics, not the collected edition (that's why I can review it early) and two, in my entire life of comic reading, if you would've ever told me that I would LOVE a book called 'Wolverine and the X-Men' THIS MUCH, I would laugh at you. But.. I love this book. I love it. The concept is simple, after getting into a heated debate, Wolverine and Cyclops split the X-Men, Cyclops staying with his team in San Francisco in a more militaristic setting, while Wolverine took his half back to New York to re-establish the School. The very idea of Wolverine as a leader of a school is completely insane and shouldn't work. The part that makes this book work however, is that it shows you, exactly HOW TERRIBLE OF AN IDEA IT WOULD BE FOR WOLVERINE TO RUN A SCHOOL. And it's awesome. And it's FUN. One of the most fun comics I've read in years. And it's from Jason Aaron?! The guy who wrote 'The Other Side?' From the guy who writes 'Scapled?!' Aaron also won me over by having Kitty Pryde, Beast, and Iceman (my favorite X-Men characters, especially Kitty Pryde, duh) as the senior staff members, and for actually making Iceman cool (groan) again! The art is split between the veteran Chirs Bachelo, who does what he does best, crazy unique layouts with a billion little panels, and Nick Bradshaw, who seems to have grown into something that's a bit Art Adams, a bit J. Scott Campbell, but still uniquely his own. Both artists, while completely completely different still manage to keep up the high quirky fun energy Aaron brings to the stories. I haven't enjoyed X-Men this much since Grant Morrison's run.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Aildiin

    I've read most of the single issues( I read 1-8 and 11-27) in this serie and it's actually part of my weekly pull list so I figured I would write a few comments about it. In my view it's the best current X-men serie with the new Uncanny X-Men vol 3 ( I prefer Bachalo's art in Uncanny X-Men , as for the writer I would consider them equal, Aaron is more funny, Bendis writes more epic stuff). It's a fresh take on the X-Men but the focus of the books is not actually the X-men but the new students in t I've read most of the single issues( I read 1-8 and 11-27) in this serie and it's actually part of my weekly pull list so I figured I would write a few comments about it. In my view it's the best current X-men serie with the new Uncanny X-Men vol 3 ( I prefer Bachalo's art in Uncanny X-Men , as for the writer I would consider them equal, Aaron is more funny, Bendis writes more epic stuff). It's a fresh take on the X-Men but the focus of the books is not actually the X-men but the new students in the Jean Grey school for mutants and the students are what make this comic so great. They are new so we don't get treated to the same ole marvel stuff (with 3 aliens students among others and those are the 3 best ones ), as for the X-Men most of them are teachers so we get to see them in a new light too, especially Wolverine who is mellowing with age.. All in all a great read. The only issue is that once in a while we get treated with a guest artist and then the quality quickly drops (like in issue 20, I'm looking at you Steven Sanders). Most of the issues are however penciled by Bradshaw who does a solid job and some of the older one by my current favorite Bachalo ( but I doubt he will pencil more issues seeing how he is now the resident artist for Uncanny X-Men).

  26. 5 out of 5

    Karl

    This is a fun little comic, new series from the writer of the Incredible Scalped ongoing series at Vertigo and the same guy who wrote the haunting vietnam tale The Other Side Jason Aaron (His uncle also wrote the vietnam memoir that served as the basis for Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket). How can you not love this comic? The first seven issues: Wolverine leading his own X-Men. Wolverine is the head-master of this new school for gifted youngsters. The school is named after the legendary Jean Grey. They f This is a fun little comic, new series from the writer of the Incredible Scalped ongoing series at Vertigo and the same guy who wrote the haunting vietnam tale The Other Side Jason Aaron (His uncle also wrote the vietnam memoir that served as the basis for Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket). How can you not love this comic? The first seven issues: Wolverine leading his own X-Men. Wolverine is the head-master of this new school for gifted youngsters. The school is named after the legendary Jean Grey. They fight Krakoa. A sentient land mass the original X-Men tussled with. One of the students is a Brood (Aliens the X-Men fought years ago and invected Wolverine himself) called Broo. Kitty Pryde (Joss Whedon's star player from his Atonishing X-Men comic)is a teacher in the school. Iceman has a role to play. Another trite attempt to make him cool and badass.I couldn't resist the cheesy ice pun. One of my favourite Grant Morrison creations from his very long term on the New X-Men comic Quentin Quire is a major character in it, and written nicely by Aaron. Lots of fun, nothing earth-shattering except for Krakao himself but worth an hour of your time.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Zack! Empire

    It's cool to see a comic that takes a some what similar storyline that the TV show of the same name did. I was a big fan of that show, and I'm really sorry that they were unable to continue it. It's not a continuation of that show, nor is it the same characters, but it's still fun to read. I really liked the art of Nick Bradshaw. Looking at future collections and it seems like he does a lot of the art, so I'm looking forward to that.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Aimee Meester

    All I'm saying is that this would make a fantastic The Office/Parks And Rec-style show and I will hold that opinion till my dying day

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tym

    I wasn’t sure I was going to like this as much as I did due to the artwork being more cartoonish than I normally like but it was perfect for the snarky fun wonky writing. I absolutely loved it and feels like return to the x-men that I love.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jenna Scherer

    Fun X-Men high school hijinks!

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