Tuesday means that Thwip! goes “retro” and talks about collections/storylines that we think were awesome (and still are) – today we talk about the 42 issue Marvel series, Wolverine and the X-Men by Jason Aaron with art by Nick Bradshaw, Chris Bachalo, and Ramon Perez.
Everyone knows that I am a sucker for a good school-based comic, and Wolverine and the X-Men is a fantastic little run of comics (the follow-up volumes were fine, but the main series is where it is at).
Even though the comic stemmed from a fairly silly event called “Regenesis” (it was once again Marvel trying too hard to be “relevant” rather than tell a good story), this series really solidified many things about what we love about the X-Men.
First of all, this comic really shows the evolution of Wolverine, from being a psychopathic murdered who always gets his ass-kicked, to a responsible, person who actually believes in Professor X’s dream.
The X-Men is always about the teenage angst, of being weird and lonely and the outsider of society and this series really takes it to the hilt, mixing and matching the adult problems of…well the teachers and other adults and also taking a large chunk of time to focus on the students and their problems as well.
The art is pretty damn good, being vibrant and energetic so it kind of really is a great reflection of what the story is going for (I wish Chris Bachalo stayed on longer, but Nick Bradshaw’s art is admirable).
If you want a bit of fun X-Men that actually develops characters and has a pretty engaging story, you definitely should read this series, very much worth it.