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Wolverine and the X-Men #5

February 18, 2012

Title: Mutatis Mutandis Part One: Congratulations! It’s a Brood!

Writer: Jason Aaron
Pencils:
Nick Bradshaw
Inks:
Nick Bradshaw & Walden Wong
Letters:
Rob Steen
Colors:
Justin Ponsor
Cover Art:
Nick Bradshaw & Frank Martin
Editor:
Nick Lowe
Publisher:
Marvel Comics

You think your biology class is cool? This issue, the Beast takes some of the students in the Jean Grey school on the ultimate field trip, inside the body of a fellow mutant. While they’re taking a tour of the inner workings of the mutant body, headmistress Kitty Pryde is suffering from a sudden, unexpected case of pregnancy… only the bun in her oven isn’t at all what anybody would have expected. Well, unless you look at the cover.

My fascination with how good this title is continues. I’m constantly amazed at the fact that not only do I really enjoy an X-Men book in which Wolverine is the literal headliner, but I’m enjoying it because it evokes some of the greatest bits of X-Men lore. I love having the school back, I love seeing the classic characters having grown into mentor roles, and I love seeing different takes on old concepts like the Brood and Gladiator, thrown into the mix. I especially like the fact that, despite the title of the series, this book isn’t really about “Wolverine and the X-Men.” Instead, it’s about the faction of the X-Men that happened to side with Wolverine after the Schism. He doesn’t dominate the title, and in fact, he’s hardly in this issue at all.

The focus on Kitty and the Beast, two of my favorite X-Men, is of course a plus. But that wouldn’t be enough if the rest of the writing wasn’t entertaining. This Brood storyline feels like classic X-Men stuff, with lots of wonderfully weird 80s horror movie tropes thrown in for good measure. The kids, meanwhile, are nicely growing and developing as characters. While not all of them would ever particularly find a home among the senior X-Men teams, there are definitely members of this young cast that you can imagine having longevity in the Marvel Universe.

Nick Bradshaw is killing on the artwork. In the past I’ve thought his work was okay, but combining him with Justin Ponsor on inks has made this a wonderfully-illustrated comic book. We get nicely expressive characters, weird landscapes and ugly monsters, and they all fit together neatly. It’s an awesome package that’s plenty of fun to read.

This book is easily my favorite in the entire X-Men line, and while I’m looking forward to Avengers Vs. X-Men, I hope that doesn’t disturb the natural flow.

Rating: 8/10

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