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Wolverine & the X-Men #12 - Hounded Review4
by Sara 'Babs' Lima on
Rachel steps up in the latest issue of WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN, but whose side is she on?
I love Chris Bachalo on this book. There were some moments I wasn't crazy about, but overall I think he captures a lot of emotion and excitement with his focus on particular moments in the issue. The scene where Rachel is speaking to Hope, for example, is beautiful. I think he did a great job illustrating emotion in this scene.
For a story that feels as if it's fallen a little bit flat (anyone else getting tired of every one of these characters chasing after Hope?), this issue was a little bit more refreshing. This issue is less about Hope and her relationship with the Phoenix Force and more about Rachel's position and where she stands. It's appropriate that the focus of this issue is on Rachel considering she once had the power of the Phoenix, so it's nice to see how she deals with it emotionally.
I think it's neat that you get the sense that Rachel really isn't on anyone's side anymore -- that shes on her own side. So there's some depth to this story, something we haven't seen a whole lot of during this story arc.
There was some very confusing scenes in this issue. Like I said, overall I loved Chris Bachalo's art in this issue, but some of the first few pages are kind of confusing because so much seems to be going on. It's unclear as to what exactly is happening in some of these scenes.
There also doesn't seem to be a whole lot of progress happening in this issue. I think that the story arc (Avengers Vs. X-Men) is beginning to take its toll on me as a reader, and maybe that's why this issue feels so bland. It's definitely a little bit strange to see Rachel's conversation with a brainwashed Cyclops. If you read the INFINITE last week, then you know that Scott has been consumed by the Phoenix Force, and that it's taken over his mind. It's even stranger to see him telling Rachel that the Phoenix Force loves her. So bizarre.
I think there is definitely plenty I did like about this issue. I love that Rachel was basically thee sole focus of this book. That she stood for herself and stood up to a brainwashed Cyclops, that she allows a certain character to make up her own mind and come to her own decision. I loved that Rachel took center stage and really stepped it up in this issue, and how she's basically chosen her own side. This was all really great. What I don't really understand is her interaction with Cyclops who is walking around like he's been possessed.