Comic Review: Wolverine and the X-Men #27AU
Writer: Matt Kindt
Penciller: Paco Medina
Inker: Juan Vlasco
Colourists: David Curiel and Rachelle Rosenberg
Letterer: Virtual Calligraphy’s Clayton Cowles
Previously, in Wolverine and the X-Men: Hank Pym created an artificial intelligence which gained sentience and tried to kill all organic life on the planet numerous times; its name was Ultron. Although it was defeated at every turn by the Avengers, the worry persisted that Ultron would eventually gain enough power to win once and for all. That has happened – and the remaining superheroes must live in an Age of Ultron.
After discovering that Ultron was in fact attacking the heroes from the future, Nick Fury took a team through the timestream using Doctor Doom’s time platform to stop the robot once and for all. Wolverine and Sue Storm, however, decided to use the platform to travel back in time instead, and murder Hank Pym before he ever creates Ultron in the first place.
Let’s forget for a moment how daft the whole idea of travelling back in time and killing Hank Pym is, or I’ll end up ranting for an entire page and not actually referencing this issue at all. We’re here to talk about this issue of Wolverine and the X-Men, which I wouldn’t even be reviewing if it wasn’t for the fact that it’s technically part of a series I regularly review; if I sound bitter, it’s because this issue doesn’t star Wolverine and the X-Men, it’s just Wolverine and Sue Storm, and it’s also not very good.
I’ve not read anything Matt Kindt has written, but I’ve been assured that he’s better than this random tie-in issue would suggest. The story here is forced to tie into the overall Age of Ultron story, but doesn’t manage to tell any story of substance for the most part and just feels extremely needless. Apparently, halfway through their journey in Age of Ultron #6, Sue and Wolvie’s conveniently stolen flying car ran out of battery, and now they have to break into a SHIELD facility to find a replacement. Along the way, Wolverine wrecks the timeline even more than going back in time to kill Hank Pym would, and Sue Storm rediscovers her sense of purpose.
Not only is the story entirely pointless, it almost contradicts the main series; in Age of Ultron #6, Sue Storm almost stops Wolverine from killing Pym, and has second thoughts. This issue deals with her getting over said second thoughts, so that she can have Pym killed with a clear conscience. See the conflict here? Add in a silly plot where Wolvie creates adamantium plated Brood, and I’m at the point of wishing I hadn’t bothered reading this at all.
The saving grace for this issue is Paco Medina’s artwork, which is expressive, clear, and just well done overall. His contributions to Avenging Spider-Man lately have been excellent, and this issue is no exception; unfortunately about 1/3 of the issue is devoted to flashbacks to silver age issues of Fantastic Four, so we don’t get half as much of his art as I’d have liked to see at all.
Don’t let this issue of Wolverine and the X-Men put you off the main series – it has nothing to do with it, and is nowhere near the level of quality. I’ve read some poor tie-ins for the Age of Ultron event, like last week’s Ultron #1AU issue, but only this one has reached wall-headbutting levels of stupidity. Thankfully, the artwork is great, but that’s nowhere near enough to save this issue from being unneeded, and just silly.
GO Rating: 2/5