Review: Wolverine & The X-Men # 25
"lost all intellect…feral beast"
Strangely, that is not a reflection of the titular character. Instead, that comes from the recap page regarding the status of fan-favorite Broo. At the end of issue 24, Idie was by Broo’s bedside when he awoke and promptly dove at her, snarling.
Issue 25 opens with absolutely no acknowledging of this event. Instead we see an odd encounter between two people, versions of the same, discussing their roles in time and make mention a “Logan family reunion.” Oh, and “Savage Land.” Cut to a widespread shot of Wolverine standing in front of a class in the Savage Land, calling himself “Professor.” Take a second to process that.
We find out that the plan here is that in order to pass the class, the students have to keep up with Wolverine and make it to the pick-up zone. They must learn to do so together. As this explanation is going on, no mention is made but a keen eye will recognize that Idie has Broo with her on a leash and he is just as feral as we left him. Eventually the book addresses his state and presence with a flashback of Wolverine talking to Beast. It’s an odd choice given how beloved the character has become combined with the end of last issue. It is almost as if Aaron needs to address it, but has more invested in the newest plot.
The students are overrun by dinosaurs, lose track of their Professor and find they need, very quickly, to pull together. The story concludes by catching up with the unconventional teacher, and the reader is not the only one who seems to have found him.
It feels like, once again, Aaron is taking the Saturday Morning Cartoon approach to the plotting. That is in no way meant to discredit. Instead, it more summarizes these kinds of stories as told with a “characters get into hijinks” way but done effectively, maintaining a lighter tone while layering in elements of real emotional connection between the audience and those within the story.
Perez is fantastic on art. If you are unfamiliar with his work, look into the adapted Jim Henson story “A Tale of Sand” as well as Ramon Perez’s work on the most recent John Carter series published by Marvel. His art style is very pleasant to look at and while his renditions of a few students seems a bit loose based on what has come before, it is an adjustment we should be happy to make considering the complete product. Hopefully this story has a bit more quality throughout, than did the previous.