Wolverine & the X-Men by Jason Aaron - Volume 1 (Anglais) Broché – 7 novembre 2012
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Et Jason Aaron signe ici la meilleure histoire des Xmen depuis Grant Morrison et Scott Lobdell . Il s'entoure d'ailleurs du créateur de Generation X l'increvable Chris Bachalo qui partage aussi la même nationalité que Wolverine .
Merci Mr Aaron ! Merci de nous vendre cette histoire pleine de fraicheur et de second degré . Et pourtant profondément ancrée dans le background des Xmen . Merci de réduire les Xmen à cinq individus : Wolvie , Kitty , Bobby Drake ( Merci X100) , Henry Mc Coy et Husk . Merci d'enfin tenir compte de la continuité des personnages de rappeler que Kitty est très attachée à Logan ,que Husk a été membre de Génération X , qu'outre son potentiel de mutant alpha enfin déployé ici , Bobby Drake a son diplôme de comptable et un sens inné de la justice . Seul un lecteur assidu des années 80's pouvait s'en rappeler . Merci de mêler à ce background respectueux du pognon astronomique des fans, des personnages récents comme Kid Gladiator ou Genesis .
Quel régal ! le point fort de Grant Morrison qui avait transformé Wetchester en Campus est enfin réutilisé . Merci de mentionner Jumbo Carnation dudit Morrison .Lire la suite ›
Il y a donc eu un "Schisme" parmi les mutants. Certains sont restés avec Cyclops, dans une logique apparente d'enfermement et d'éloignement. D'autres ont rejoint Wolverine pour tenter de s'insérer/ réinsérer dans la société des homo sapiens. Logan propose aux plus jeunes d'entre eux de suivre pour cela un enseignement. Certains de ces jeunes mutants sont très dangereux. Du genre à inquiéter terriblement Captain America. Et quant il n'y a pas assez de jeunes mutants, pour bourrer les classes, on prend des aliens...
Le Fauve, déjà cité mais aussi Bobby "Iceman" Drake (en comptable !) et enfin un Warren "Angel" Worthington méconnaissable (il est élève... et financeur de l'école) rejoignent Wolverine. Soit la totalité des X-Men survivants de l'âge classique, sous la bannière de l'école Jane Grey, sauf Cyclope...
C'est le jour d'ouverture et Wolverine a comme il se doit deux inspecteurs de l'éducation sur le dos, en même temps qu'il doit s'occuper de la rentrée des élèves et de la fin des travaux... Heureusement, la fidèle Kitty Pryde l'assiste avec efficacité. Mais si ces difficultés ne suffisaient pas, il y a aussi à contrer l'attaque tous azimuths du nouveau Hellfire Club sur l'école...Lire la suite ›
Suite aux événements de "Schism", Logan "Wolverine" a décidé de prendre la responsabilité d'ouvrir une nouvelle école pour mutants, baptisée Jean Grey School for Higher Learning. Il a choisi de construire l'école à neuf sur l'ancien emplacement de celle de Charles Xavier, 1407 allée Graymalkin, à Salem Center, dans le conté de Westchester, dans l'état de New York. Il en est le proviseur, responsabilité qu'il partage avec Kitty Pryde. Alors que l'histoire commence Logan et Kitty doivent accompagner deux inspecteurs d'académie dans une visite guidée de l'établissement qui ouvre ses portes le jour même. Ces 2 personnes font preuve d'un racisme latent vis-à-vis des mutants en général, et ils ne peuvent que constater au fur et à mesure les aspects non conventionnels de l'établissement, ainsi que les nombreux défauts de jeunesse des installations, sans parler du caractère ingérable de plusieurs élèves. Mais les choses se gâtent vraiment quand Kade Kilgore se présente aux portes de l'établissement pour délivrer un utlimatum. Kilgore (le nouveau patron du Club Hellfire, avec Manuel Enduque, Baron Maximilian von Katzenelnbogen et Wilhemina Kensington) ne tolérera pas l'existence d'une école pour mutants.Lire la suite ›
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My ONLY complaint regarding this volume is the small number of issues contained. Four issues is barely a collection, and twenty dollars (the list price, which is what I paid) is really, really pushing it for four issues of material. I bought this book because I like Aaron's recent work so much and because the book looked good and I'd heard good things, but four issues for twenty bucks is not a decent deal. I won't continue to collect the series if the collections keep being so small. Fortunately on amazon the book can be picked up at a discount (and it is worth reading), but come on Marvel. A twenty dollar book should contain at least six issues.
I enjoyed reading this story a lot. I laughed several times, and I felt like clapping when Wolverine and his team confronted the He'll Fire Club at the end--I just wish the book was longer.
Typically for a hardcover you're going to pay about 8 to 9 cents per page, sometimes you pay a lot less, but typically it's around that. This is a gross overcharge, hopefully we'll see an Omnibus come out in the future and it will be priced fairly.
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artists: Chris Bachalo, Duncan Rouleau, Matteo Scalera, Nick Bradshaw (pencils), Tim Townsend, Jaime Mendoza, Al Vey, Mark Irwin (inks), Chris Bachalo, Jason Keith, Justin Ponsor (colors), Chris Bachalo & Tim Townsend (covers)
Collects: Wolverine and the X-Men #1-4
OK, let me start by saying this: if you haven't yet read the set-up book for this new series (X-Men: Schism - also by Jason Aaron), you're really going to be wondering what the heck is going on. Even having read it, I was still left wondering about a few things in this book.
This book is the brain-child of Jason Aaron. Aaron has been writing Wolverine comics for some time, now, and I would say that - overall - he's done an OK job of it. There have been a few stories, here and there, that were a bit too weird for me, and he's far from the best Wolverine writer who's ever lifted the pen, but he was fine. This book - though it prominently features Wolverine's name in the title in an attempt to sell more copies - is definitely a team book, however.
The premise of the book is that Wolverine and a few of his closest X-Men palls are rebuilding and re-opening the old school. No longer "Xavier's School for Gifted Children," the school now bears the title of "The Jean Grey School for Higher Learning." The school is still a haven for mutants, but now Wolverine is headmaster and Kitty Pride is headmistress. Also on staff are Beast (vice-principal), Gambit, Rachel Grey, Rogue, Iceman (all instructors), and Cannonball, Chamber, Husk, Karma (all assistant staff members), and Frenzy, Doop and Toad. It's quite a collection, though nothing compared to the actual student body. In this regard, Jason Aaron gets far, far too weird for me. In addition to many familiar faces that readers of New X-Men: Academy X, Vol. 1 - Choosing Sides and New Mutants and Astonishing X-Men will recognize, Aaron brings in some really strange new faces such as Broo (a mutant Brood who is as intelligent as a human), Kid Gladiator (son of the Shi'ar Emperor), a new Warbird (another Shi'ar, not the Avenger), Kid Omega (now out-of-imprisonment) and an offspring of the island mutant Krakoa. Weird, weird, weird. And if that wasn't weird enough, just wait until you see what sort of situations he puts these characters into!
Speaking of weird, Chris Bachalo's artwork is also quite weird. He's made the rounds at Marvel, illustrating other X-Men and Spider-Man books. He definitely has his own distinct style, but it is often so stylized that you have to work to decipher what, exactly, it is that he's trying to draw. A comic should not be this hard to interpret - especially not an X-Men comic! It's no wonder he colored his own artwork for this book. Anyone else would be on the phone with him asking him what is what in his illustrations. Some may like his work. Me? No. No, I don't much care for it at all. I much preferred the other artists that contributed on this book, as I had no problem identifying what was taking place in their illustrations. Overall, the artwork on this book left me wanting, and that's not a good way to launch a new title, either.
So, the story is so-so, the artwork is so-so, and the high cover price is also a bit of a turn-off. This is one book I'd recommend passing on. If you really want to read it, get a reader copy through your local library.
Cool Factor: 5/10
As I mentioned in my WOLVERINE: GET MYSTIQUE review, Jason Aaron was responsible for a critically acclaimed run on Wolverine that I'm currently reading. His stories so far fully understand the core themes of Wolverine's character, and have created story arcs from them that further emphasizes the pain he endures and lives with. Hearing that he had written a series that featured Wolverine as the headmaster for a new Xavier school for mutants, I was curious to see if Aaron was capable of providing the rest of the team the same respect that he's given for the famous beserker-killer mutant. Not only were his first two volumes well written, but WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN may be the next series that has given me a fun ride alongside the runs of Chris Claremont and Joss Whedon (I love Morrison's run on NEW X-MEN, but he did go overboard with the confusing elements). Set after the events of SCHISM, the X-Men have divided into two separate factions, one led by Cyclops, and the other led by Wolverine. While Scott and his X-Men have established the mutant nation Utopia on the west coast, Logan has decided to rebuild the Xavier institute back in Weschester as the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning. With him as the headmaster, and Shadowcat as the headmistress, the new institute promises a safe haven for young mutants where they can be safe from oppression, and learn to control their powers. But the institute may not survive it's first day as the school faces a threat far scarier than Magneto, the sentinels, or even Cassandra Nova; the New York board of education, who believe that the school posses a potential threat to the human population. Desprate to ensure that the school receives a stamp of approval, Kitty and Logan must do everything they can to impress the board's ambassadors. But that may not be easy when not only is the school home to mutants with unorthodox powers and practices, but is also under siege by the new Hellfire club whose leader is a kid that wants to lay waste to the institute.
I've seen varying responses about this series from reviewers here on Amazon. While many have praised it for its writing and characterization, others found it too weird and ridiculous to take seriously. For me, I really enjoyed this first volume. While I will definitely admit that some of the elements in this book are over the top silly, it never goes to far as to insult the reader's intelligence. It doesn't try shove ludicrous idea after ludicrous idea in your face as I personally feel that ALL-STAR SUPERMAN did (I know most people loved that story, and that's fine, but it just wasn't for me), but rather keeps them in the background to create a bizarre but unique environment that works with the X-Men's mythos. While the idea of the school being built on top of Krakoa the "living land mass" may seem stupid (for those who don't know, Krakoa was originally a living island that was the first enemy fought by the new X-Men) the idea of it being welcomed as a student later on works because Krakoa is a mutation, and has been feared and hated by others. Yeah it's silly, but it follows the theme that the institute is a sanctuary for people who are viewed with suspicion and distrust, and the X-Men are about the dangers of racism and prejudice. Another weird idea that I really liked was the new character Broo. Broo is an alien mutant from the Brood species, a hostile race that is infamous for reproducing by implanting eggs inside living beings that will transform the host into a brood themselves (an inspiration from the ALIEN franchise; minus the bursting from the stomach aspect). Unlike most of his race however, Broo is able to resist his specie's animalistic nature, and is an intelligent student at the institute. He does come across as a stereotypical nerd, but I found his character fascinating as he had an admirable hunger for knowledge, as well as a friendly demeanor (and it's both cute and funny to see an alien in a role that doesn't have him killing or eating humans). So while WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN does have elements that are indeed silly, they never go overboard and are there to create an interesting atmosphere that can only exist in comics. Sometimes comics exist to exploit this kind of silliness, and there's nothing wrong with that.
What truly made WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN a good read for me was its story and characters. It wasn't complex or deep like other comics I've read, but it was simply fun and enjoyable, and sometimes that's all you need to create an good story. Aaron does not fail here, as like Claremont and Whedon, he decides to drive the plot solely through the dialogue and interactions between characters. Their lines felt realistic and believable, but also provided banter and humor as well. This is the type of atmosphere that the X-Men should live in, a balance of realism and fantasy, but with deep themes, as well as characters that feel like real people. Aaron's decision to make Wolverine and Kitty Pryde the headmasters of the school was a dream come true to me. These two are hands down my favorite X-Men (Shadowcat being number one; no disrespect Wolvie), and to see both of them continuing Xavier's legacy and running a school together is a brilliant concept (you could not have chosen a better pairing than this). I really enjoyed reading their attempts to please the school board, yet fail miserably because of unfortunate events going on around them. It was both funny and dramatic, as I wanted to see their school survive, but I also got some laughs out of their efforts horribly backfire. I also liked the student body of the school, and how they were represented in this story. I already went over Wolverine and Kitty, as well as Broo and Krakoa, but I also enjoyed having Beast as the vice-principal and engineer, Iceman, Gambit, and Husk as teachers, Toad as a janitor, as well as Armor, Glob Herman, and the Shiar Kid Gladiator among the students. One character choice I had mixed feelings about at first though was having Kid Omega (aka Quentin Quire) as a probationary student. Quentin was infamous for causing a riot at the original institute in Grant Morrison's NEW X-MEN. He did so because he felt that Xavier's ideals for human and mutant relations were ineffective, and that the new generation of mutants should voice their own ideals. In here, Quinten is reduced to being a stereotypical troublemaker who wants to cause more school riots. I was unsure of how I felt about this at first, as I felt it robbed him of his status as a legitimate villain, but Aaron makes up for this with moments such as him connecting with Krakoa because of the prejudice mutants face, as well as helping Wolverine earn funding for the school through an intergalactic casino in the second volume (weird, but just comedy gold). Overall, the characters in Aaron's WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN are well-grounded in their characterization while providing fun and humorous banter and dialogue. As for the story itself, I have no words to describe it other than that it's just fun. That's all I can say about it. It's simply a fun read.
So while Jason Aaron's run on WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN does embrace the more ludicrous side of comics, it's still made compelling through it's respect to the core mythos of the X-Men, and is simply a fun storyline with fun characters. There's not much else for me to say about the comic other than that it's simply a fun and relaxing read. Comics like these prove that a book doesn't necessarily need to be deep or complex in order to be good, but that simply being enjoyable and relaxing are enough to make a quality story. And in my opinion, if you're having fun with a story, that's all that really matters.
"The unreal is more powerful than the real, because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it, because it's only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last."
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