Review By: Blake M. Petit BlakeMPetit@gmail.com
Quick Rating: Very Good
With Krakoa destroying the school, does their best hope lie with Quentin Quire?
Writer: Jason Aaron
Pencils: Chris Bachalo, Duncan Rouleau, Matteo Scalera
Inks: Tim Townsend, Jaime Mendoza, Al Vey, Mark Irwin, Victor Olazaba
Colors: Chris Bachalo & Jason Keith
Letters: Rob Steen
Cover Art: Chris Bachalo & Tim Townsend
Editor: Nick Lowe
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Krakoa’s attack on the new Jean Grey school has come at the worst possible time – during an inspection by the Board of Education. And with Krakoa being a living island, as it is, even the power of the experienced X-Men on the staff of the school may not be enough to turn the tide. They may need to turn to Quentin Quire.
With this issue concluding the first story arc, I’m surprised and happy to say that this has instantly become the X-book to beat. I was highly skeptical about this title, not because I have anything against the creative team, but because I was afraid Marvel would turn this into yet another Wolverine showcase, which really isn’t necessary. But that’s not the case at all. The book feels much more like the classic New Mutants or the first year of New X-Men: Academy X – it’s back to that school vibe. This time around, to be certain, the senior X-Men play a bigger part than they typically did in those other titles, but despite having his name at the top of the cover, Wolverine really doesn’t play a much bigger part than any of the other senior staff. It doesn’t hurt that Jason Aaron’s main team includes three of my favorite X-characters, including Kitty Pryde, Iceman, and the Beast. Using these characters will make me appreciate your book. Using them well will make me a fan.
Aaron also takes time this issue to address the question of just how this school will fit in with Wolverine’s duties with the Avengers, something I rather expected the title to gloss over. There’s a nice scene with Wolverine and Captain America about the school in general and one student in particular that really works and makes the book read even better.
The artwork is okay, but could be better. To the credit of the artists, despite having three pencilers and seven credited inkers, the art is surprisingly consistent. But it isn’t great, especially the opening sequence with Captain America. Something about it seems incomplete, and while the title is trying for an appropriately chaotic feel, it can’t be so chaotic as to disrupt the flow of the story.
Despite that, I’m enjoying this book much more than I thought I would. Currently, it’s the top comic in the X-Men corner of the Marvel Universe.