by Dylan Duarte, CMRO Contributing Writer
Wolverine and the X-Men
Written by Jason Aaron, Art by Ramon Perez
Published: July 2013
I feel like Wolverine and the X-Men 29 is a test from Jason Aaron. He wants to see if his readers will enjoy an issue without one, single exciting moment. He’ll take Wolverine, a character famous for his temper and his razor sharp adamantium claws and have him give a big speech. Then he’ll bury a time capsule. Then we’ll fast-forward twenty-five years to old man Wolverine, who will dig up that time capsule and then he’ll talk some more. Doesn’t this all sound very compelling?
The crazy thing is Aaron’s experiment is more or less a success. He’s a very capable writer and he’s nailed Wolverine’s voice so perfectly, that it actually is fairly compelling watching him spill his guts about what Charles Xavier and the school meant to him. It’s a much more vulnerable Wolverine than we’re used to seeing.
While he’s doing all of this, he’s planting a lot of seeds that are expanding his little universe in a myriad of ways. More and more mutants are joining the Hellfire Club. Last issue saw the defection of Glob, though I don’t think he’s much of a catch. At the end of this issue we see Idie say goodbye to Broo and switch sides, which was a little heartbreaking.
Then there’s Dog, Wolverine’s half-brother, who seems to be a mixed bag. He seems to be pretty ruthless, but what Wolverine finds after opening that box suggests that Dog is like his half-brother: a thick, tough exterior wrapped around a pretty big heart. Then there’s the prospect of Dog joining the Hellfire Club, which he’s clearly not too keen on, but I don’t see Kade Kilgore giving up any time soon.