Monday, November 12, 2012

Olivia's Pick of the Week: Wolverine and the X-Men #19

Wolverine and the X-Men #19
writer: Jason Aaron
penciler: Nick Bradshaw
inker: Walden Wong



It's another day at the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning. Headmistress Kitty Pryde is looking to hire a new teacher since the school will be expanding with the influx of students or rather new mutants who were created from the most recent dealings with the Phoenix. The variety of applicants have very narrow specialties and appear very inept. There is one woman who applies, and funnily enough, she actually has a degree in teaching but no mutant powers so the job won't go to her. Deadpool continues to apply despite continually being rejected. One of my favorites, though, was Ghost Rider who didn't list any kind of curriculum or department he could join in place at the school, but had a short list of the things he likes including "burning."

Saddest of all in this issue is Broo and the terrible condition he's in after being left for dead in the last issue by the Hellfire Club. Those twisted kids need a good spanking. Wolverine and Rachel Summers are trying to find them but they're being sent on a goose chase.

Angel takes back control of his company with the help of Daredevil and Husk leaves the school as a teacher because of her mental sanity. There's something crazy going on because she's part rock, part lizard, part flaming, molten rock on her face. Toad is really unhappy with her leaving. She was the one good thing about his job.

I really like the new mutants that show up at the school. It's nice to get a bit of fresh blood in the place and shake things around.

Frankenstein and his circus train are rolling into town by the end of this issue. They're looking for something or someone which will probably lead them to the Jean Grey School.

Lots of fun things happening in this issue. I just realized right now, there's a scene with Kid Omega picking his nose. The details in the art are fantastic. The writing is funny and well paced with a couple of emotional cues that gives this book really nice depth. The characters have great expressions. I really enjoyed this issue. I hope Broo gets better.

-O.Pelaez

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