Covering Issues #1-7
As mentioned in the original pitch, a lot of the focus has been on the students of the school and their evolution rather than the adults, with the exception of Wolverine; however, while the previous run of this title seemed to spread out the focus on several different students, this line seems to only center on three: Idie; Genesis; and Kid Omega. The first adventure gives some serious insight into these characters and their possible future outcomes, resulting in some very troubling outcomes for the lives of mutants and humanity. I will say this, however; it is good to see the Phoenix Force being applied to someone in the future who is not a relative or reincarnation of Jean Grey.
The future shown brings to light some of the decisions and actions undertaken by Wolverine when he first encountered Genesis, as well as what the world thinks of Fantomex’s attempt to rehabilitate someone who has not yet turned evil. In many ways, the story brings into question the age-old idea of punishing someone for something they haven’t done yet, regardless of how heinous the action/decision is. While the idea of stopping such a situation is laudable, even courageous, it still considers denying someone their own basic humanity, which goes against many tenants of the X-Men. The future of the world seems very bleak and inhospitable to mutants and humanity in general, so it is very much the same as it is now.
I think the issues have done a really good job at exploring the dynamic between Idie, Genesis, and Kid Omega and how they relate to each other, especially in relation to Kid Omega’s emotional stability and attitudes. So often he comes across as wanting to be a gruff, standoffish individual with high intelligence and great ego that it is pleasing to see there’s a somewhat tender, kinder side to him. I still don’t think he would be the kind of person I would trust in a fight against Thanos, but he’s proven that he can be capable and kindhearted when he wants to.
All in all, the story development for the characters is great, as it really does allow the ability to see more into the younger hearts of the mutant community, but there still seems to be times when it suffers from relying on big names to carry the flow. The latest issue is a good indication, showing Wolverine and Storm and how they relate to the students rather than how the students relate to him. I would love for this book to take on the central focus of the old Academy X series, and just deal with the students more. Can you do that for me, Marvel? After all, it’s not like we need yet another comic in which Wolverine is the central focus.