The ninth issue of WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN maintains the level of momentum that we've seen throughout the series thus far; yet rather than continuing forward with the Sabretooth storyline; the book transitions into the latest Marvel event: Avengers vs. X-Men.
How is it that Jason Aaron is able to keep things light and humorous, bout addressing some more serious issues? When Captain America arrives at the Jean Grey School of Higher Learning, he's on a mission: to bring Wolverine to fight alongside the Avengers against Cyclops. Although I am sure you can guess who Logan sides with, I won't ruin it for you. The thing that really stood out to me was just how conflicted Logan was. A lot of things are addressed in this issue. First, why did Logan keep such a distance from Hope? Aaron doesn't use a lot of internal dialogue to express Logan's feelings in this issue; instead, he chooses his words wisely and uses them sparingly; which makes sense since Wolverine is a man of few words. But it's clear in this issue that he is conflicted. While he recognizes that most of mutant kind sees Hope as a Messiah and pivotal to the survival of their species; he also recognizes that she will very likely be the next vessel for the Phoenix Force.
Captain America asks that Logan choose a side, and he does definitively in this issue. Yet you can sense he does feel some guilt and remorse.
This is yet another great issue by Chris Bachalo and Jason Aaron.
I am a huge fan of Bachalo's work, and in my opinion it is certainly welcome in this issue. It's a beautiful and really captures the tone of Aaron's writing. I really enjoyed it. Jason Aaron also delivers a fantastic book that not only addresses what the status of where the school will be during the Avengers vs. X-Men event, but it also focuses on some Young Mutants we haven't yet seen a lot of in the series; namely, Idie.
The scene where Idie talks to Wolverine is certainly one of my favorites. The dialogue between them is not only very sweet, but it's a great interaction between a student and her teacher. In every scene in this issue, Aaron really makes the reader care about the school and the students. This is another great issue of WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN, and is a pretty good jumping on point for new readers. For those following the AVENGERS VS. X-MEN event, this issue will definitely give you a perspective on what side Wolverine and his students choose.