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Wolverine & the X-Men #15 - On the Eve of Battle Review

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Hope returns to Jean Grey's School before heading off to save the world, and much more.

The Good

This issue is full of really short, fun scenes. One that really stood out to me is the panel where Broo shows Tony Stark what's really up, and you can see Henry standing back, looking at Broo, smiling proudly; what a great moment. Writer Jason Aaron doesn't just focus on one individual character for this issue, he sort of catches up with everyone that has appeared in this series and shows readers what many of them have been up to. This is good in a way because with this big story arc we haven't really had the chance to see many of these characters. It's nice to get the perspective of these characters in this issue, even if it is for only a short time.

The issue opens with Hope's return, and Wolverine's conversation with her. Here he reveals that he wishes she had the chance for a real childhood. You get the sense that this is something really important to him, particularly for her. She gets to be a kid again in this issue; eating ice cream with Idie, talking about boys and school. Yet you can still feel this sense of hesitation; she knows she's walking into a fight that will be hard to come out of. I thought this scene was nice and felt it was a good breather for the character who has been at the center of the action in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN for quite a while now. It was nice not seeing her on the run for once.

It makes sense to have this break in the AVENGERS VS X-MEN happen here. Wolverine has returned to the school, he's begun to refocus and bring the X-Men together against Scott Summers and Emma, and he's putting together a team to take them down and protect Hope. Aaron also sets the stage for what characters will be present in this issue and which won't be. Not everyone we have seen will be fighting together in the upcoming battle.

The Bad

I hate to put this in "the bad" section of my review, but it was something that bothered me. As much as I understand that the things that we see in this issue are the logical things to take place, it still felt a little bit off. The issue didn't feel cohesive even with the idea of this impending doom on the horizon. I understand that it's important for the writer to rope in the events of AVENGERS VS. X-MEN into this series because WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN is so important to the story arc, however, I can't say I really enjoyed it. I much prefer issues that focus on a single concept and narrow in on a single character -- here things felt a bit rushed. I find that the big problem with integrating a story event into a comic book is that it sometimes just hangs over the story -- as if the creative team is bound to tell that story. Generally, it's okay, it's just not really my favorite kind of story.

The Verdict

I think this issue was written well considering the number of things that needed to be addressed. It felt something like a roll call for all the characters that have appeared in this series. Although it was written well, it did still feel like it was all over the place. I don't think that AVENGERS VS. X-MEN was enough to bring everything together. This makes even less sense since it looks like the Hellfire Club will be making it's return in the next issue -- at least according to the cover of WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN #15. This issue wasn't necessarily bad, but it wasn't my favorite, either.

18 Comments
Posted by JohnnyWalker

this issue was awesome. it deserves a 4 star for chuck's ownage alone. pick this up people. wont regret it.

Posted by kingjoeg

I laughed when Angel asked if his flying naked was a problem. But AvX has really brought this book down. It's like being stuck in the middle of a story forever, a build up to something thats happening in a different book.

Posted by x_29

So basically this is a 5 star issue.

Posted by Dernman

I liked the issue.

Edited by Zoch81

I enjoyed this issue I thought everybody had their moments really liked Kitty/Bobby moments it was good art to overall give this issue five stars thought really good.

Posted by the_fallen11

Yeah Check out how Angel is written in this issue compared to How he's written in AvX: Vs #5...looks like someone who's name rhymes with Datt Praction hasn't been keeping up with X-Related continuity.

Posted by pspin

While I understand the bad section I would say that it was a good thing in this particular case. I think this was a 4.5 to 5 but to each their own.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

I dropped this book for the AVsX tie ins. I just hate it.

Posted by notarandomguy

@MadeinBangladesh said:

I dropped this book for the AVsX tie ins. I just hate it.

wait for the end of AvsX, it will be better

Posted by rouju

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Logan is the one who wants to kill Hope? How come now he talks about childhood? When is this story takes place? As good as it is, this is weird

Posted by onela

I want to quit  reading comics so bad but Nick Bradshaw promised me at an event the other weekend that it gets better after A vs. X ;_;  I can't freaking tell when anything is supposed to have happened anymore!

Posted by sparty-dbq

@rouju said:

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Logan is the one who wants to kill Hope? How come now he talks about childhood? When is this story takes place? As good as it is, this is weird

Logan swore to kill Hope if she couldn't control the Phoenix, but a few issues ago he decided he couldn't do it. "I don't kill kids, I save them" was pretty much what he said.

BTW, Toad and Husk is the DUMBEST hook-up ever! Please back-peddle on that one, Aaron, before it's too late.

Posted by Dman1366

I love this issue! The real question is, was it worth the 5 week wait?

Posted by TheFizz

I fear I must echo the sentiments of the other commentators. Very strong issue, Aaron has righted the ship of WATHX, that had gone astray with some of the previous AVX tie-ins.

Posted by BreZeJ

Well I liked it, I just didn't like to see a certain character leave the story, but I loved how Jason Aaron wrote Hope. I think he should write more of her. She actually seems a like a person instead of a brat when's she writing her.

Posted by metroplex02

Just give me more Broo.

Posted by mattwing87

I like the relationship between Hope and Wolverine. He is a great pseudo father figure for her since Cable is God knows where lol. Cyclops is her "grandfather" and he treated her like some deviant child.

Posted by somatics

@the_fallen11: Psylocke and Warren haven't been written to reflect the events of Uncanny X-force/Wolverine and the X-men and it makes sense to a degree but it has me disappointed.

On another note, I liked when X-men Legacy and Wolverine and the X-men were linked. When you'd get the story of the staff and one of the students at the same location. I really liked the issue though. The Kitty/Iceman panels really threw me off at first! The scene with Gladiator, Kid G and War Bird seemed odd to me though. "Warbird you must stay on earth for no reason because you're clearly in another X-men comic book"