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Wolverine & the X-Men #1 - Tomorrow Never Learns Review

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What's next for the recent graduates of the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning? Have their futures already been decided?

The Good

Wolverine and the students at the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning have gone through a lot in the previous volume. With the series ending and starting over under the All-New Marvel NOW! banner, there's always the fear that some of the stories and developments will be pushed aside or swept under the rug. Thankfully, that isn't the case.

One of the big developments touched on a couple times was the future of some of the students. With the knowledge of what's supposed to happen, the big question is, is there any way to change that future or is already pre-destined to happen? This is something that deeply affects one of the former students. Getting to see how it can shape a person such as Quentin Quire, who is determined not to let others see how it affects him, can be an interesting plot thread.

What's different this time is some of the faculty seems to be absent. This allows for more of a focus on Quentin and some others. Wolverine is off on his own mission, for the school of course, and Storm is left holding (or attempting to to hold) the reigns. There is also a different feel as, in the previous volume, the humor sometimes got to be a bit too much. This could be both good and bad but there is more of a serious tone, especially when it comes to Quentin's new role.

Mahmud Asrar's art looks great here. There's quite the variety in settings and the number of students present. He captures them all and keeps the action moving along at a nice pace. The balance between the down times and action scenes is something I'll be looking forward to.

The Bad

As mentioned above, there appears to be less humor involved here. That could change with this being just the first issue and new status quo's are being established. Of course with the lack of faculty present, that could open the door to more "funny" moments.

Quentin's dilemma could be a touchy subject for the character's development. He's always been pretty headstrong and to see him struggle is a bit of a change. Fans of the character will be keeping a close eye to see what more develops.

You just have to wonder how it is that Wolverine can still be considered the headmaster when he's off doing what he feels needs to be done without checking in with anyone else.

The Verdict

We may have seen the end of the previous volume and some of the students graduating but the story's not over just yet. Jason LaTour takes over and while changes the vibe of the series a little, is still retaining the overall feel. Addressing some of the plot lines created before makes for a smooth transition as well. Mahmud Asrar's art fits nicely with the tone of the book. He dives right in and puts his mark on the characters and settings. There will be some interesting explorations with some of the characters so you'll want to enroll for another semester (or volume) of this series.

WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN #1 goes on sale Wednesday, March 5.

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Posted by MarcosVergara14

Another fake #1 good job Marvel.

Posted by beastly

Im actally looking forward to this. After reading the last few issues of the last volume, im at least gonna give it a try. Great review though. Makes me wanna get it even more.

Edited by Dernman

Sigh I was happy when I thought they were going to put an end to Lap Dog Logan. :/

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You know what this series needs? A running gag. Said running gag? THIS:

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7BhHh70-oz4

Posted by TommytheHitman

Wasn't this book JUST cancelled?!

Posted by Maddpanda531

@tommythehitman: It's called "ALL-NEW MARVEL NOW!", where books are cancelled and immediately relaunched on a whim.

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Posted by Maddpanda531

@jonny_anonymous: I know! I'm super excited. I'm one of the few people that actually stuck with WatXM from start to finish. It just makes me sad that it made it soooo close to 50, only to be relaunched. Regardless, I'm excited for the relaunch.

Posted by RaggedScarecrow

Probably not going to get this. I found Aaron's volume too ridiculous to take seriously, in addition to lacking a believably strong central antagonist. I'm not convinced Latour's doing much to change that. However, if characters other than Aaron's pets gets focus/panel time (like in Wood's X-Men backups) than I might change my mind. The fact that Aaron had 2 dozen other characters with unique skill sets and abilities to use but didn't, was always a sticking point with me.

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Posted by The Stegman

Eh, I'm kinda done with the X-Men (and the Avengers too for that matter) in my opinion, Marvel's solo titles are much more interesting such as Moon Knight, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Spider-Man, Fantastic Four (I'm gonna count them as a solo, ha)

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Posted by TheAmazingImmortalMan

I was not a fan of the previous series, I'll pick this one up and see if I like the changes

Posted by xchaix

I miss academy X. Oh well. I can always wait for another reboot.

Posted by TommytheHitman

@marcosvergara14:

@maddpanda531 said:

@tommythehitman: It's called "ALL-NEW MARVEL NOW!", where books are cancelled and immediately relaunched on a whim.

Well it's a new creative team so.....

Yeah but do they really need to give it an entirely NEW volume? Just seems like they're doing it cause issue ones sell.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@jonny_anonymous said:

@marcosvergara14:

@maddpanda531 said:

@tommythehitman: It's called "ALL-NEW MARVEL NOW!", where books are cancelled and immediately relaunched on a whim.

Well it's a new creative team so.....

Yeah but do they really need to give it an entirely NEW volume? Just seems like they're doing it cause issue ones sell.

That IS why they do it. They either relaunch or they cancel it.

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Posted by MarcosVergara14

@tommythehitman said:

@jonny_anonymous: Don't you think that's kinda cheap?

A reld comic is better than no comic.

I would prefer no comic at all. Every time Marvel relaunches a comic they add a dolar to the price. Theres only 7 books at Marvel Now that costs 2.99 all the rest are 3.99 or higher.

Posted by comicbookfan93

So what's happened to Quentin? I kinda had to drop the final few issues of the last volume due to money

Posted by danaandra

Wondering what Nick Bradshaw will be doing next. Love his art!

Posted by ArturoCalaKayVee

Just read this issue. It was pretty decent, nothing special, but it is also just the first issue so the book will need time to grow. The art is great though.

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@xchaix: We might be in luck. CBR interviewed Marts a little while back about his return to Marvel, during which this exchange took place:

CBR: Our loyal X-Position readers would probably kill me if I didn't ask about this: we have a lot of fans of the old "New Mutants"/"New X-Men" books by Christopher Yost and Craig Kyle. The students are showing up in a few other books, but are there any plans to develop a teen X-Men title?

Marts: [Laughs] Anything is on the table -- and I will say I've been talking to those guys. Anything's possible.

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Posted by xchaix

@raggedscarecrow: Yes! I'll take that :) It's much better than a straight "NO, we have nothing planed at the moment"

Posted by cobra88king8

I am so disappointed that Genesis is going to become a villain. It completely negates the end of Remenders run and negates why the character was made