Saturday, December 8, 2012

Albert Avilla Reviews: Wolverine and the X-Men #19

Wolverine and the X-Men #19
Marvel Comics

Reviewed by Albert Avilla

Writer: Jason Aaron
Art: Steve Sanders
Cover: Nick Bradshaw & Guru EFx

The Search for Something New (Spoilers)
The X-Men are searching for new mutants again. Angel is making contact with Iara Dos Santos, who has the ability to change into a humanoid shark. Before Angel can finish giving his pitch, Iara refuses to go to the Jean Grey School – because it is a weirdo mutie commune. She formed that opinion based on what? That is what you get when you send a weirdo mutie like the Angel alone to recruit mutants. Angel tells Iara that she is a wereshark. Really? Someone needs to pull out his superpowers handbook and find a better explanation.

Mystique and the Silver Samurai show up and attack Angel. Who are they working for? While Angel and the Silver Samurai are fighting, Mystique makes her pitch. Iara refuses to go with Mystique . Mystique decides to kidnap her. The action picks up as Mystique and Iara begin to fight; Angel grabs Iara and flies off with her at supersonic speed. The next thing we know, Angel is in a hospital bed; the reason why is not made known. Iara is the newest student at the Jean Grey School, because she wants to learn to control her powers. Everything is neatly put in place.

Then we get to visit a stereotypical Southern family who has a mutant son, Mudbug, who is being recruited by another mutant group. Good riddance, a school of higher learning would be a waste of time on Mudbug.

If this book is meant to be the comic relief of the X-books, then, it hits the mark. That would explain Worthington Industries developing intergalactic amusement parks and the Beast looking like he has the same hairstylist that Katt Williams uses. My intelligence would not be insulted by Mudbug and his family. I could understand why some of the off-color remarks were made throughout the story. Please, let’s find a better codename for Iara; Sharkgirl has been used before and not with great success.

If the story is comic relief then the art fits the story; otherwise, it was too cartoonish for my taste.

I rate Wolverine and the X-Men #19 Read a Friend's Copy.

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