X-Men Regenesis: Wolverine & The X-Men/The Uncanny X-Men

Well after everything I covered in the last post it all lead to this;  A relaunch of Uncanny X-Men and the all new “Wolverine and The X-Men” came out this week and I’ll try and make this just a quick run down of the good and the bad in case you haven’t indulged in the details yet.

We start with Wolverine and The X-Men, not to be confused with the cartoon with the same title which delt within an alternate reality.  The comic begins in Westchester as the mutants who follow Wolverine’s vision of the future of the X-Men and aid him in putting togeter a new X-mansion.  We see Logan walking along side Professor-x who gives him words of encouragement with his future endeavors.  After some words of wisdom Wolverine and the assistant head of the school prepare to take on the flag ship villain of the series, the board of education.  The meat of the issue is Wolverine and Kitty taking the two Education board reps through the school introducing characters and what they will be doing be it proffesors, students, etc.

It’s a strange departure from most of Jason Arron’s grittier books because this one kicks off pretty light-hearten.  The dialog is pretty witty between Wolverine, Kitty and the rest of the X-men inhabiting the school as they blow many opportunities to impress the education board.  At the end of the issue Wolverine has a confrontation with Kade Kilgore who was behind The Sentinel attack during Schism.  He pretty much tells Wolverine and the X-Men are fucked as the Mansion crumbles around them and the board of Education.

The Character roll call during the book was good; Kitty seems to have a staring role in this book along with Beast, Iceman and Rouge.  I got a chuckle out of Toad being the janitor and Doop working the front desk.  One more cool note of contention: Logan has named the school The Jean Grey School for the Gifted.

Now while funny, it also came off as sort of goofy, pile on top of Chris Bachalo’s art which is very good but often cartoony, the feel of this book is a deep departure from what was happening in Schism.  I give them credit for going in a different direction with this X-Men but I enjoy my X-Men books dark and gritty…which brings me to.

Uncanny X-Men #1: Now this is Cyclops’ team and more along the lines of what your expecting with an X-Men book.  Still occupying  Utopia and what I believe is a much more solid cast of characters on this team.  Cyclops is leading the team of Colossus, Magik, Danger, Emma Frost, Hope, Storm, Magneto and one of the new additions and personal favorite Namor The Submariner.  This pretty much picks up right where Uncanny X-Men was in the midst of before Schism, defending mutant-kind holed up in Utopia off the coast of San Fransisco.  After a quick meeting and mission statement the X-Men confront newly resurrected (or cloned?) Mr. Sinister who has commandeered a mysterious Celestial  statue and plans to once again screw with Evolution.

Of the new books I felt this was superior and maybe that’s because it played to my classic X-Men sensibilities.  Gillen’s writing is growing on me as he’s figured out what makes each character interesting.  I’m also a huge fan of Carlos Pacheco; he can capture action sequences beautifully and this issue is already chalk full of them. I’m on board and interested to see where this story goes from here as I am with Wolverine and the X-men.  If you’re an X-Men fan how could you not be excited to see this universe makes it’s way into a new world for a new generation of fans.

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~ by ATOM on November 4, 2011.

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