Wolverine and the X-Men #1

Wolverine and the X-Men #1

Writer: Jason Latour Artist: Mahmud A. Asrar Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: March 5, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 1
6.9Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

WELCOME TO THE JEAN GREY SCHOOL OF HIGHER LEARNING! The ALL NEW MARVEL NOW smash hit series schools with Jason Latour (WINTER SOLDIER) and Mahmud Asrar (X-MEN) leading the charge with drama, action and homework(?)! World-famous X-Men Wolverine, Storm, and a star-studded faculty must educate the next generation all-powerful, but inexperienced mutants! But with their own lives steeped in deadly enemies and personal crises, how can the X-Men guide and educate-let alone defend-the school? At the Jean Grey School, you never know who will enroll...or who will lead the class! And what mysterious organization waits in the shadows to destroy Wolverine's mutant sanctuary? These questions and more are answered in the All-New Marvel Now sure-to-be-smash, WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN #1!

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - MJ Feuerborn Mar 3, 2014

    For a first issue, Wolverine and the X-Men #1 does exactly what it's asked to do: introduce a book to new readers, and introduce a new creative team's collaborative ability to fans of the last volume still on for the ride. It does an excellent job with both, even if there's a few things the team have to iron out as they move forward. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Geeked Out Nation - Mike Okeke Mar 6, 2014

    Nevertheless, Wolverine and the X-Men #1 is a great comic book which honours the series which came before it but has its eyes set on its own future very firmly. With great art and good character focus this is a book which may not have a problem in quickly establishing its own personality. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Mar 7, 2014

    The original Wolverine and the X-Men run comes to an end last week, and the new one, with a different creative team, launches this week already. The new series does a good job following the previous one's footsteps, and I really like the tone already. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Mar 3, 2014

    We may have seen the end of the previous volume and some of the students graduating but the story's not over just yet. Jason LaTour takes over and while changes the vibe of the series a little, is still retaining the overall feel. Addressing some of the plot lines created before makes for a smooth transition as well. Mahmud Asrar's art fits nicely with the tone of the book. He dives right in and puts his mark on the characters and settings. There will be some interesting explorations with some of the characters so you'll want to enroll for another semester (or volume) of this series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Refueled - jsarrow Mar 5, 2014

    The narration in the beginning of the book slightly gives away where the series will be heading and who will be heading there but as they say it's not about the destination, it's about the journey and my only hope is that the journey is a good one. Wolverine's new mannerisms mixed with his old make him somewhat of a role model so it will definitely be exciting to see what he is now willing to do or not willing to do if the journey calls for it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Herotaku - Jamal Melancon Mar 6, 2014

    Ultimately, artist Mahmud Asrar and colorist Israel Silva deliver fantastic visuals that readers' eyes will just be feasting on. Jason Latour keeps up the vibe of the previous Wolverine & The X-Men run, balancing the laugh and cry moments effortlessly. At the end of the day, a significant amount of readers' enjoyment is going to depend on just how X-Men savy they are, but that doesn't stop the new creative team on this title from keeping the series interesting, even if the main idea is predictable. The team's execution is what really works. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ScienceFiction.com - Stuart Conover Mar 8, 2014

    Speaking of The Phoenix, that is our cliffhanger as it almost seems like we're being thrown right into that story even though it feels too soon. A ruse? We'll have to find out starting next issue! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Mar 8, 2014

    The art is quite good, and the story is ok - but it's all setup with not much meat on the bones. The potential is there, but the story needs some tightening up - it seems to be flailing in too many directions right now. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We The Nerdy - Randy Z. Ochoa Mar 12, 2014

    This is a great first issue that follows in the footsteps of what came before but quickly sets it own path. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Multiversity Comics - James Johnston Mar 7, 2014

    Basically, if you enjoyed the last volume, you should feel mostly at home. If you didn't read the last volume, then I'd spend a few hours on Wikipedia first. Trust me. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Mar 3, 2014

    This relaunch sets a new status quo for the Jean Grey School. Latour gets a lot of introductory work out of the way here while still providing a fairly entertaining issue. Hopefully, he doesn't place so much emphasis on Quentin Quire and Wolverine that we lose sight of the other students because from what we've seen they are ripe for new, interesting stories. Asrar is a good fit for the X-Men and as he draws this cast more and more, he'll surely improves the small inconsistencies. Both Latour and Asrar are working from a great base here. We'll see if providing even more Phoenix-related mythology to the X-Universe is for the best, though. Read Full Review

  • 6.4
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Mar 5, 2014

    The potential is certainly still there for another quality run, But so far Latour's Wolverine and the X-Men is trapped t deeply in the shadow of Aaron's. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Derek Baker Mar 6, 2014

    Wolverine and The X-Men has seen better days. The new #1 will alienate both longtime readers and new ones, so this issue will satisfy no one. There are some positives to take from this, but its not enough. Issue 2 will really need to impress if Marvel expects anybody to stick with this series. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Mar 8, 2014

    Wolverine and the X-Men #1 isn't a bad comic, but it has no business being a number one and readers will know it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Mar 9, 2014

    In terms of art, Mahmud Asrar is a perfect fit. He's makes this book look great with his ability to add character to each an every member of this cast, as well as portray action and character moments equally as well. He has just a dash of a manga to his art, which fits the tone of this issue perfectly. Plus, it's always nice to see when an artist not only draws the interiors, but the cover as well. It gives the book a consistent visual consistency that doesn't always exist in monthly books. Although this first issue can be confusing, I'll be sticking with it for the next few issues to see if Latour can get me to feel for these “new-to-me” characters. I have a feeling I'll still need to read the prior series though to understand these characters better, which is both good and bad. The good is that I'll finally catch up on a highly regarded series, the bad is that this first issue wasn't able to do so on it's own. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher Mar 12, 2014

    Wolverine and the X-men #1 establishes a new course for the Jean Grey Institute. However, that new course is poorly defined and even more poorly executed. Putting Kid Omega in charge and recruiting Fantomex make for some entertaining and colorful moments, but it's hard to take those ideas seriously. And maybe that's the point. Wolverine is essentially reinforcing his status as being an under-qualified headmaster and he's doing too good a job. There are a number of flaws in the first part of this new course, but few of these flaws are so egregious that they can't be addressed in later issues. And despite these flaws, this issue provides a fairly smooth transition, at least in terms of theme and vision, from one era of Wolverine and the X-men to the other. The Jean Grey Institute is still in a state of self-imposed anarchy. It's chaotic and hard to follow at times. But like watching wannabe stars fail at American Idol auditions, it's still entertaining. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Mar 4, 2014

    Mahmud Asrar's art is just as uneven as Latour's story. Some of the panels look great. The work within the school is crisp, clean and slick. The lines are solid, the inks heavy, and it's good smash mouth comic art. Then, when Wolverine steps into the picture, everything changes. Wolverine looks awful, as though he's been flattened or he's the bastard son of Hammerhead. Nothing works in that entire section. Asrar's work here is not terrible, just lacking in consistency. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Mar 5, 2014

    "Wolverine and the X-Men" in its last incarnation was one of my favorite ongoing titles from Marvel, and at the moment the new "Wolverine and the X-Men" #1 suffers in comparison. Hopefully future issues will step away a bit more from the same basic cast and situations that were part of Aaron's run, letting Latour and Asrar develop their own voice and take on the title. Right now it's feeling just a little off, but I feel like improvement could be just around the corner. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Booked - Scorpio Moon Mar 6, 2014

    This is without a doubt the least valid renumbering I've seen in Marvel NOW! so far, and Wolverine coming around to Scott's way of thinking is just one more example of how "Killable" is the worst thing to happen to the character since I came back to reading comics. It's one step forward/two steps back for Wolverine, meanwhile his team book continues to be good in theory, but atrocious in practice. Instead of any kind of middle ground, we just have two extremes. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Mar 8, 2014

    Latour needs to find his own voice and his own style for this series. Focusing on a watered down Quentin Quire isn't going to help. Read Full Review

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