Well that's the most fun I've had reading an X-Men comic in an age. Wolverine And The X-Men #1.
It smacks of everything from Lobdell's Generation X, to Claremont's X-Men in Australia, to Peter David's early X-Factor. Headmaster Wolverine and Headmistress Kitty Pryde taking school inspectors around the new Jean Grey School For Higher Learning. Beautifully structured leading us to Hank McCoy in the ever decreasing hope that he will manage to smooth everything, as events escalate and pressure mounts.
And naturally, McCoy doesn't solve the situation, indeed he makes it worse.
This is a incredibly detailed comic, the cartoony iconic images of Bachalo, matched by a bouncy irreverent script that is funny, silly, yet laying down some foreshadowing of bad things to come. It's bloody lovely.
It's also 28 pages of story for $3.99 with some extra bumf at the back, laying out the structire of the school with just as much wit as the rest of the comic.
Here are my top five favourite bits of the book;
Paige Guthrie has her own techniques for dealing with a rowdy class.
Yes, Toad is the janitor. And doesn't even have a bed.
There's a Danger Room in the boys' toilet.
Quentin Quire treats detention like a crime against humanity.
And Idie really shouldn't be allowed to talk to school inspectors on her own.
So… what do you think?
Comics courtesy of Orbital Comics, London, are all very Hallowe'en this weekend, with John Watkiss talking about working on The Walking Dead TV show on Friday 5pm, a signing with Mike and Laura Allred on Saturday 2pm, a Bret Ewins/Alan McKenzie signing on Sunday 2pm and a Halloween costume parade and competition from Noon on Monday!