Thursday, December 10, 2015

Wolverine and the X-Men by Jason Aaron issues #11-12

Okay, WHAT? We get yet another crossover issues for the exhausting wrestling match that was Avengers Vs X-Men, and these two unfortunate installments have events that share a continuity with issues from other titles which meant that reading them together makes NO COHESIVE SENSE WHATSOEVER. In issue #11, some stuff happens that are also coincide midway through some other title's happenings--and then by issue #12, some other stuff happens again that was in another title so they are not related with issue #11 at all. We skipped several subplots between these issues and most of the time lots of action scenes occur that do not entice me visually. I don't even know how to write a proper review for either issues because there isn't enough material for me to draw upon. But let me try anyway.

Issue #11 features Wolverine and Hope Summers together. Last time in issue #10, Wolverine agonizes over choosing sides. Captain America asked him to join the Avengers in tracking down Hope and making sure the Phoenix Forces doesn't turn her into its host while Scott Summers (whom he had a recent falling-out with) urged him to protect the mutant race by ensuring Hope does get to possess the power of the Phoenix. So, tricky choices, y'all. Wolverine also decided that he should have the strength to kill Hope in case she can't control the Phoenix if and when she was possessed by it (inevitably, I suppose). An issue between #10 and #11 of WAXM occurred where Wolverine was able to track down Hope's exact location and instead of giving her to either the Avengers or the X-Men, he took her away so she can make a choice whether or not to choose the Phoenix. It was a great way of allowing her free will and placing his trust on her, believing she will make the right decision.

By issue #12, Hope has already joined with the Avengers and she is being protected by them (something, again, happened in the middle of another title), so I assume that she finally decided NOT TO BECOME the Phoenix Force's receptacle. Oh, and there was also the fact that PF just took over Namor, Magik, Cyclops, Emma Frost and Colossus in an issue I HAVE NOT READ YET. With Hope picking a side and sticking with it, Cyclops sent his alternate universe-daughter Rachel Grey to abduct his step-granddaughter in question. The Summers family is always so complicated with their relations and whatnot. Weirdly enough, Rachel believed Hope should offer herself to the Phoenix and I say it's weird because she herself knew what that experience entail firsthand and I can't believe she thought it was the wise to put the poor girl (her niece, I suppose) through the same insufferable ordeal. I guess Rachel believes as much as Scott does that the Phoenix Force will save the mutant race from extinction. So, these things happened and I was left confounded right after finishing because I barely understand everything.

There was also that sidestory about Death Commandos from the Shi'ar and Kid Gladiator joining in the battle (AGAIN, much to his bodyguard Warbird's chagrin). Jesus fuck, I hope the next installments are actually connected together so my review won't be this short and insubstantial.

In a nutshell...

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