Covering Issues #19-24
The main issue I see in regards to this series being a part of the Marvel NOW! imprint is that it doesn’t restart itself like the majority of the others; it picks up directly after Issue #18 and relies primarily on the results of that previous issue, with giving no real regard to the outcome of the war that just dominated the world. Wolverine is pretty much the mutant in charge, though he seems to rely heavily on Kitty Pryde’s advice and influence in regards to how to deal with the students and the other mutants—which shows his “papa bear” side in a lot of ways—but he also seems very lost with what he’s doing. It doesn’t help that he continuously has to deal with anti-mutant fervor, made all the more public given the war that was just fought, as well as a new breed of supervillains that don’t know when to quit.
The artwork, however, is fantastic, and it goes along with the storytelling really well. There are some instances in which I don’t like the portrayal of a character—mostly throw-away characters that have no overall contribution to the title on the whole—but otherwise I’m very pleased with how things worked out. Jason Aaron has done a great job getting the X-Men back to one of the most fundamental and central aspects of its core: teaching students and preparing them for the world of mutant/human relations (or lack thereof), although I am rather disappointed in the main antagonist for the title. I am used to things in the Marvel universe being altogether unusual and weird, but the inclusion of this new breed of bad guys just seems to be stretching it a bit for me; they’re clever and do present a constant pain for Wolverine to deal with, but it is the concept of who they are that I have a problem with.
Going forward, I would like to see more exposition concerning the students and their interactions in the greater world of mutant/human relations, as well as their experiences with defending the school against attacks—because it will happen; it always happens. Also, I’d love to see more scenes in which Wolverine is trying to be a teacher; I find the situation highly amusing, especially given the vast array of faculty members that are present and how they react to each other. But, ultimately, I want the title to continue to be a core tenant of the X-Men mythos and explore the world of the next generation of mutants and superheroes/supervillains; this is a great title which I believe can go far, so long as it is done right, including the inclusion of some very interesting couples.