By Jason Latour, Mahmud Asrar, Pepe Larraz, David Messina, Massimiliano Veltri and Marc Deering
This re-launch of Wolverine and the X-Men is wrapping up it’s first arc, and it’s been an enjoyable one. Jason Aaron’s run on the title was met with some criticism by fans, but Latour seems to be doing a fine job so far, but will he be able to keep up the story quality long term?
This has been a fun story arc to kick off a re-launched title. Jason Latour does some good things this issue that show us how far some of the students have come. Quintin Quire really shines as Latour allows us to see that he can be a noble character as he fights his future self for the greater good. One of the strongest things about this first arc has been Jason’s grasp on the young students. They really take center stage this issue as Evan, Quintin and Idie fight to save the future. That being said, this issue can be a bit disjointed at times because it skips from the future to the past and then to Fantomex’s world. While it was a fun read, it can be dicey in points and warrant a second read to put everything together.
Artists by committee is never a good idea; they often times have different styles and it throws the reader out of the story. This issue has five artist and the different styles do have an effect on the reader. Mahmud Asras opens up the book and his style is very raw and lacks a lot of detail. Some characters look a bit odd and have misshapen body parts which hurt the enjoyment of the issue. Pepe Larraz and David Messina do a very good job with the pages that they have, but crosses two different styles still has an effect on the reading experience. If this issue had a consistent style it would have benefited the reader greatly, but the committee just seemed sub par this issue.
The end of the story arc wasn’t the strongest in any category, but it was a decent read. Latour’s first arc was pretty good, but not great, which leaves him some room to get his voice on the book perfect. The art was a major flaw this issue as it lacked consistency and at times felt rushed, but all the artists are talented and just need a little more time to nail down the characters. Overall this was a bit of a let down to an otherwise good opening story.