Review: Wolverine and the X-Men #15

Published on September 4th, 2012

I’ve been an X-Men fan since I was 8 years old. I started with the cartoon on Fox Kids, moved on the movies as a teen and then to the comics. I’ve read a lot but not everything. The first X-Men comic I started reading on a monthly basis was Astonishing X-Men, it was a jumping on point that I could start jump on. Since then I’ve read runs by Morrison, Carey, Brubaker, and many others. I’ve enjoyed most if not all, but it was with Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo launching Wolverine and the X-Men that reminded me of why I have loved the X-Men since I was 8 years old.

The story of Wolverine and the X-Men is that after a schism between X-Men leader Cyclops and the best there is at was he does, Wolverine, the X-Men take sides between the two based on morality issues. The X-Men that sided with Cyclops stayed on Utopia to fight for the survival of the mutant species and the X-Men that sided with Wolverine went back to New York and built the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning, to teach the next generation of mutants and to also protect them.

This series was launched almost a year ago and in this reviewers opinion has been the best comic that Marvel has been putting out on a monthly basis, both in quality of writing and the art teams. Jason Aaron knows these characters, but as I read this series I learned that he loves them. He loves the X-Men. Not just the ones that have stood the test of time (Kitty, Ice Man, Beast, Wolverine.) all these years but also the news ones created more recently (Broo, Idie, Quentin Quire, Genesis, Kid Gladiator). He packs so much into each issue which have been beautifully drawn by Chris Bachalo, Nick Bradshaw, and Jorge Molina.

With this issue, things seem to be boiling down for the X-Men regarding the Avengers vs. X-Men crossover. Characters are preparing, preparing for a better future or a sad present for which we will not know the out until the crossover is finished. But what I said before about Jason Aaron’s love for these characters, his love for this series, it has never been more evident in this issue. Everyone is preparing themselves for the outcome to this war. There’s heavy feeling in the air and Jason Aaron takes his time with everyone in twenty pages, making it, to me at least a fantastic and beautifully executed feat.

The issues between Wolverine and Hope get aired out with both apologizing to each other for their actions but both ultimately wanting to the right thing in the end, whatever that may be. There’s the science team of Iron Man, Beast, Iron Fist, and Brand trying to figure out how to stop the Phoenix with little Broo coming in to fix the problem and only wanting to meet Nova as a reward. That was actually one of my favorite moments, seeing Broo so happy. There’s a scene with Kitty and Ice Man and their budding relationship which I’m excited to see where it goes. There’s Quentin Quire walking around the grounds trying to be the big man on campus and then his face off with Professor Xavier. There are so many other moments, Dust meeting Krakoa, Toad and Husk finding love, Wolverine and Ice Man sharing a drink, Angel’s graduation, Idie and Hope eating ice cream, and Kid Gladiator struggling with the choice of staying with the X-Men or obeying his father and going back to the Shi’Ar Empire. All of this happens in this issue and it is all so meaningful. The issue ends with Professor Xavier telling Beast that “It’s time.” and Beast looking at a picture of the original X-Men, with nostalgia perhaps or with a feeling of what things use to be, now that he’s off to go fight one of his oldest and dearest friends.

To me this is my favorite issue of the series. It does so much in so little but at the same time it shines as a comic. It represents the past, the present, the future of one of my favorite comic book superhero team. This book is highly recommended to any X-Men fan and to any comic book fan. I have loved this first year of the book and look forward to the next and hopefully many more to come.

Antonio Cuneo
Antonio@ComicImpact.com