Comic Hit List: Wolverine and the X-Men #02

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Wolverine just doesn’t seem to be able to catch a break since opening up the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning. Since the first issue the new pint sized leaders of the new Hellfire Club made their prescience known with an attack on the school during a visit from the representatives of New York’s Department of Education. Action is the word of the day when it comes to this second issue where the very grounds of the school rises up to attack Team Wolverine which turns out to be the living island Krakoa.

Fans of Iceman will be happy to see Mr. Drake one of the new senior staff members and professor of the course ‘Zen and the Art of Ice Sculpture’ get his time in the spotlight in this issue. Writer Jason Aaron (Wolverine and Punisher MAX) offers up an interesting expansion of Iceman’s mutant ability when pulling off a stunt he never tried before. It was also amusing to see the different versions of the Icemen dupes that Drake was able to create. Another fun moment in the issue is what seems to be the pairing of Idie and Broo. This would seem to be an entertaining relationship which I hope will be explored in later issues. Also lets not forget artist Chris Bachalo (Generation X and Uncanny X-Men) who gets to play to his strengths in this second issue. As I said before action is the word of the day in issue number two, some of the panels portraying Iceman is just off the charts. I know there are some of you out there who aren’t exactly fans of Bachalo’s cartoon like style but the man knows the in and outs of a fight scene. Personally I’ve been a fan of him since his Generation X days.

Wolverine and the X-Men remains to be one of the books to keep on your pull list from Marvel. This is what happens when you put a talented writer and artist together. You get a fun story, a few laughs, and a great ride. Personally I’m eager to see what’s next on plate for this X-Title.

Grade: B+

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