- Wolverine & The X-Men # 1
Fortunato & Akiko commission I just got from the mega talented starfleetbabe! Just love her work!
…okay. I am now on board the Harley Train.
HOLY SHIT GUYS YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND SHE JUST THREW FUCKING LOBO THROUGH A GODDAMN WALL
IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHO LOBO IS LET ME FUCKING LEARN YOU A THING
LOBO IS A GODDAMN INTERSTELLAR MERCENARY/BOUNTY HUNTER. HE IS AN ALIEN FROM THE PLANET OF CZARNIA NEVER HEARD OF CZARNIA YOU SAY? THAT’S BECAUSE IT’S A DEAD PLANET. LITERALLY DEAD. HE FUCKING KILLED EVERYONE ON THAT BITCH. FOR FUN. WITH A LEGION OF FLYING SCORPIONS. I SHIT YOU NOT.
T H E R E ’ S N O O N E L E F T
HIS FAVORITE HOBBIES ARE GETTING FUCKING HAMMERED AND KILLING SHIT. HIS NAME ROUGHLY TRANSLATED IS
HE WHO DEVOURS YOUR ENTRAILS AND THOROUGHLY ENJOYS IT
THIS MOTHERFUCKER IS THE BADASS OF ALL BADASSES. THE ROCKSTAR OF ALL ROCKSTARS. THE MERC TO END ALL MERCS. HE RIDES A GODDAMN MOTHERFUCKING MOTORCYCLE THROUGH SPACE AND KILLS PEOPLE.
"He is surprisingly protective of space dolphins, some of which he feeds from his home. A few have been killed in separate incidents, which he avenges with his usual violence.”
THAT IS THE MAN THAT HARLEY JUST TOSSED THROUGH A FUCKING CEMENT WALL. IF YOU DON’T FUCKING PISS YOUR PANTS THINKING ABOUT HER FROM NOW ON, IF SHE DOESN’T FUCKING HAUNT YOUR DREAMS UNTIL THE DAY YOU DIE…
YOU’RE FUCKING WRONG.
YES. THANK YOU.
This issue and the new writing has me torn. Really, really torn.
I mean, Jason Aaron’s Jean Grey School was my favorite X-series, because it focused on a larger group of the student body AND the teachers, plus outside forces like Hellfire and Dog and Mystique. It was fun, dramatic, adventurous, exciting, teenager-y, and, more than anything, FUN.
It might be too soon to judge, but the All-New JGS feels like The Quentin Quire Show featuring Idie, Storm, Eye Boy, Eye Boy’s puns, and, for some reason, pirate Fight Club Wolverine and Uncanny X-Force Vol. 1 Fantomex. Oh, and Hellion, who seems to have backtracked through several dozen issues of character development. And don’t even get me started on Idie’s characterization. Just don’t.
HOWEVER, I actually have to give Jason Latour major props because he’s FINALLY addressing Quentin’s fallout from Battle of the Atom.
He met his future self, they had a hilarious scene together, and it was. Never. Addressed. Again.
Also, where did Quentin’s popularity come from? When were the student body elections? That was mentioned ONCE by Charles Xavier when he was alive, if any of us can even remember back that far. Now, obviously, these plot holes are only there because Aaron’s run was getting cancelled, and they had to wrap everything up with the fake SHIELD students, Cyclops, Toad, and the Hellfire kids. But, we didn’t get a single hint as to how the whole thing affected him. Which is funny because, in the summary for Jason Aaron’s final issue, the event supposedly “rocked the very foundations of what he knew to be true about himself.”
I think this scene where Quentin questions Storm about why the sudden trust is really really excellent. He calls her out on his unwarranted new teaching position, and points out that they didn’t have much faith in him until meeting his handy-dandy, super reliable future self.
Latour brings up some good stuff about how seeing parts of the future affected the rest of the school. So often we see how seeing the future affects individual characters, but, in a school environment, it creates huge tension. The kind of tension Hogwarts barely had even though Harry Potter was the number one target for the evilest villain in all creation. Why this one kid? Why does he get special treatment? Because he’s special, because he’s going to live forever, because a murderous interstellar force is going to possess his body and he’s going to get cosmic super god powers? That’s why Hellion’s particular outburst is understandable, and why Quentin’s identity crisis is an important piece of character development that almost got skimmed over.
So yeah, there’s a lot I can already criticize this new series for, but props where props are due. Now bring everyone back from outer space, explain why Shark Girl and Jia Jing are missing, and don’t make Evan vs Quentin the final showdown with Idie on the sidelines and we’ll get along just fine.