By: Jason Aaron (Writer), David Lopez, Alvaro Lopez (Artists), Morry Hollowell, James Campbell (Colorists)
The Story: It’s dating time for Iceman and Kitty Pride as Storm gets a little bit more acquainted to her new surroundings and her new role.
The Review: Slowly but surely, this title is getting some of its steam back. After all those tie-ins to AvX and that Frankenstein circus arc, we finally get to see some more of what made this series so great when it begun: the character interactions.
Indeed, it was all those clashing personalities and the interactions between the teachers and students that made Wolverine and the X-Men a good title and we get quite a lot of that here. With a backdrop full of romances and awkward situations, we get some funny, yet true to characters scenes like Iceman and Kitty Pride trying a normal date, something that is strange for the both of them or Quentin Quire hitting on the newly time-travelled Jean Grey. This issue is chock-full of those silly, yet touching moments, which makes for better comics than what the title has given us lately.
Even though we get some fun moments, we also get some small developments in several places, notably the Iceman/Kitty Pride romance and Broo’s coma. Bearing in mind it is a fill-in issue between arcs, it is still kind of nice that it actually advances some plots along considering the actual plot advanced more here than it did in the latest story arc.
One plot, however, that feels a little bit forced would be the Storm/Wolverine sections, indicating a romance is blossoming between the two. In these pages and panels, they chat a little bit, fight the some of the danger from the school itself and the next thing we know, they are a couple. It felt a little bit rushed and I think it could have been developed a little bit more, considering the only thing Storm did in the school so far (as far as this series go) was to get mind-controlled by a crazy witch in a circus. Perhaps it will lead to some potential storylines or sub-plots in future arcs, but this did not feel very natural.
What’s natural in the issue would be the art from David and Alvaro Lopez, giving us some clean, yet good-looking art. The facial expressions in this issue are particularly well-done, as they do not miss one single detail while never going in the hyperbole. The colors from Morry Hollowell and James Campbell are equally nice, giving us a nice variety without going in the overuse of certain palette or styles in some of the more personal moments in the issue.
The Conclusion: This is a nice stand-alone issue with some fun moments, good art and some nice development. This series is slowly getting back on track and it will return to its greatness if it continues with issues like these.
Hugo Robberts Larivière