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AVX tie-in! Wolverine is torn between two teams! Cyclops comes to the Jean Grey School to extend an olive branch, but will Wolverine's X-Men join their estranged ex-teammates against the Avengers? Plus: Iceman vs. Red Hulk! Kid Gladiator goes after the Avengers single-handedly! The Shi'ar Death Commandos take on the Phoenix! Collecting: Wolverine and the X-Men 9-13 AVX tie-in! Wolverine is torn between two teams! Cyclops comes to the Jean Grey School to extend an olive branch, but will Wolverine's X-Men join their estranged ex-teammates against the Avengers? Plus: Iceman vs. Red Hulk! Kid Gladiator goes after the Avengers single-handedly! The Shi'ar Death Commandos take on the Phoenix! Collecting: Wolverine and the X-Men 9-13


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AVX tie-in! Wolverine is torn between two teams! Cyclops comes to the Jean Grey School to extend an olive branch, but will Wolverine's X-Men join their estranged ex-teammates against the Avengers? Plus: Iceman vs. Red Hulk! Kid Gladiator goes after the Avengers single-handedly! The Shi'ar Death Commandos take on the Phoenix! Collecting: Wolverine and the X-Men 9-13 AVX tie-in! Wolverine is torn between two teams! Cyclops comes to the Jean Grey School to extend an olive branch, but will Wolverine's X-Men join their estranged ex-teammates against the Avengers? Plus: Iceman vs. Red Hulk! Kid Gladiator goes after the Avengers single-handedly! The Shi'ar Death Commandos take on the Phoenix! Collecting: Wolverine and the X-Men 9-13

30 review for Wolverine and the X-Men by Jason Aaron, Vol. 3

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    3.5 stars Well, it's rare that my friends an I all agree on anything about comics, but the AvX event brought us all together! It was hideous. And it was everywhere for a while. Wolverine and the X-men was, unfortunately, no exception. But you've gotta give Arron props for not letting it totally ruin this volume. Sure, there's a lot of bloated crap between the X-men & the Avengers, but this title managed not to make me heave the entire contents of my stomach into the nearest toilet. Aaron somehow ma 3.5 stars Well, it's rare that my friends an I all agree on anything about comics, but the AvX event brought us all together! It was hideous. And it was everywhere for a while. Wolverine and the X-men was, unfortunately, no exception. But you've gotta give Arron props for not letting it totally ruin this volume. Sure, there's a lot of bloated crap between the X-men & the Avengers, but this title managed not to make me heave the entire contents of my stomach into the nearest toilet. Aaron somehow manages to retain some of the humor of the usually lighthearted title, while still pressing forward with this craptastic event. If you've read any of the other AvX tie-ins, you know what it's about. If not, then the easiest way to describe it is by saying it's just another poor excuse to have mash-ups between all the characters in the Marvel universe. For example: Iceman vs Red Hulk! Aaron also manages to show the inner struggle Wolverine is having by being (basically) the go-to guy to put an end to Hope if she goes rogue. However, the choppiness towards the end (due to crossover madness) makes this one a bit hard to follow. 2 stars for AvX. 5 stars for Aaron's formidable effort not to write crap. I think 3.5 stars is a fair rating for this volume.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    When I was younger, a local TV station would air movies in the afternoon, which was fine, but they cut the movie down to an hour in order to fit it into the allotted time frame. As a result, you had characters who came out of nowhere, plot lines that just died, and dialogue that made no sense whatsoever. This was my training ground for reading big Marvel crossover events. This volume is part of the AvX mega-storyline in which the Avengers go toe-to-toe with the X-men for control of Hope, a mutant When I was younger, a local TV station would air movies in the afternoon, which was fine, but they cut the movie down to an hour in order to fit it into the allotted time frame. As a result, you had characters who came out of nowhere, plot lines that just died, and dialogue that made no sense whatsoever. This was my training ground for reading big Marvel crossover events. This volume is part of the AvX mega-storyline in which the Avengers go toe-to-toe with the X-men for control of Hope, a mutant, who will soon bond with the fast approaching Phoenix Force. The Avengers want to prevent the Phoenix Force from reaching Earth, but certain X-men welcome it, as it would usher in a new golden age for mutants. Wolverine is caught in the middle. Throw in the Shi’ar Death Commandos, who want to kill the Phoenix host and Warbird, who likes to draw pretty pictures with crayons and you have the gist of it. Was that so hard? Trying to piece this puzzle together based on a single volume is difficult. You have jumps in continuity (Weren’t we taking a trip to the moon). Fights that take place in one panel (This is just cruel). Some of the X-men suddenly are using red colored dialogue and they now have glowing eyes (Did the pollen index go up?) It wasn’t until I started the next volume in this series that the latter was explained. Damn these crossover events! Stuff I couldn’t fit into the main body of the review because I’m lazy Department: Doop, (he’s green and looks like a booger with eyes) is now the receptionist at the X-School. Why? His dialogue, which most people can’t understand, is about as indecipherable as the Rosetta Stone. Creepy Toad is now the school janitor. Wolverine (“You have five minutes, Slim”) and Cyclops have a heated debate which stretches over pages. Just what this comic needs.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Artemy

    Normally, Wolverine and the X-Men is a solid Jason Aaron series from the time when he was still putting in the effort into writing his Marvel books. This particular volume, however, is not a good example of that, because midway through the story it gets hijacked by the abysmal Avengers vs X-Men crossover. It's not Aaron's fault, but he had to tie his series into that senseless, meaningless beat-em-up mess, and the result is not great. Granted, Aaron still tried to squeeze as much out of a bad si Normally, Wolverine and the X-Men is a solid Jason Aaron series from the time when he was still putting in the effort into writing his Marvel books. This particular volume, however, is not a good example of that, because midway through the story it gets hijacked by the abysmal Avengers vs X-Men crossover. It's not Aaron's fault, but he had to tie his series into that senseless, meaningless beat-em-up mess, and the result is not great. Granted, Aaron still tried to squeeze as much out of a bad situation as possible by giving certain characters some genuine moments, but the overall story was still a disjointed mess. It also didn't help that Chris Bachalo's artwork was at his absolute worst here, completely unintelligible and near-impossible to follow. On the other hand, Nick Bradshaw's art on two out of five issues collected here was gorgeous as always, and was a breath of fresh air after Bachalo's muddy scribbles. Overall, a disappointing volume.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Goddammit, I hate “Avengers Vs. X-Men” so much! Like a black hole of shit, it’s managed to suck in one of the Marvel U’s brightest stars and cover it in its crap. That means this once charming series now has that awful “AVX” logo on it and the funny, creative stories are replaced with the soulless tedium of superheroes beating on each other. It’s soooooo horrendously boring. Most of the book is taken up with both side’s leaders, Captain America and Cyclops, approaching Wolverine to join their ra Goddammit, I hate “Avengers Vs. X-Men” so much! Like a black hole of shit, it’s managed to suck in one of the Marvel U’s brightest stars and cover it in its crap. That means this once charming series now has that awful “AVX” logo on it and the funny, creative stories are replaced with the soulless tedium of superheroes beating on each other. It’s soooooo horrendously boring. Most of the book is taken up with both side’s leaders, Captain America and Cyclops, approaching Wolverine to join their ranks. Phoenix is on its way (again) and the last time it appeared, Logan had to kill it so they’re expecting it to play out the same way again. Having read “Avengers Vs. X-Men”, the main story arc, I know Logan doesn’t play nearly as big a role as its made out in this book so reading this with Cyclops/Cap both stating their boring cases, page after page, was immensely dull. Then there’s some arbitrary fighting, and that’s basically the book for 4 of the 5 issues. The final issue unexpectedly and brilliantly delves into the backstory of a character who’s remained on the periphery of this series – Warbird, Kid Gladiator’s Shi’Ar Elite body guard. She’s an unlikely choice to be the focus in the midst of a group made up of colourful personalities but Jason Aaron does a fine job giving her a personality, an intriguing backstory, and detail on the Shi’Ar homeworld. Beautifully drawn by Nick Bradshaw who is quickly becoming the best artist in this series, outshining Chis Bachalo’s freewheeling kinetic style. In keeping with the series’ tone, this book has moments of levity and humour in between the overly serious, incredibly overbearing (overboring?) AVX storyline. But the event manages to derail the series’ playful and interesting story threads to the side so Aaron and co. are forced to address it constantly. Some nice moments and a decent final issue aside, “Vol 3” is an unfortunate victim of Marvel’s latest godawful event. Here’s hoping normal service resumes soon.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    God, I hate AvX. It's a shame that Wolverine and the X-Men had to get tangled up in it, but there was really no way around that. This series in particular is very tied up in the events of the main AvX series, which makes this really hard to follow unless you've read the main series recently. I read it recently enough that I was basically able to follow along, but it's a major weakness. That said, Aaron does his best with what he has to work with. And believe it or not, the various positions actu God, I hate AvX. It's a shame that Wolverine and the X-Men had to get tangled up in it, but there was really no way around that. This series in particular is very tied up in the events of the main AvX series, which makes this really hard to follow unless you've read the main series recently. I read it recently enough that I was basically able to follow along, but it's a major weakness. That said, Aaron does his best with what he has to work with. And believe it or not, the various positions actually make a bit more sense here than they did in AvX itself. I still wonder why Cap didn't think it was important to talk to Rachel, former Phoenix host, though.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    My review will be spotty as I'm reading this interleaved with the rest of the Avengers vs. X-Men event books. Glad to see Aaron doesn't lose his touch on this book - still with the comedic touches, and softening up some of the characters who could use a little softening. The confrontation between Scott and Logan reads much more heartfelt than the mainline story - still a bit posture-y, but not terribly obvious or repetitive. Aaron seems to get Scott and Logan's motivations better than most, and d My review will be spotty as I'm reading this interleaved with the rest of the Avengers vs. X-Men event books. Glad to see Aaron doesn't lose his touch on this book - still with the comedic touches, and softening up some of the characters who could use a little softening. The confrontation between Scott and Logan reads much more heartfelt than the mainline story - still a bit posture-y, but not terribly obvious or repetitive. Aaron seems to get Scott and Logan's motivations better than most, and does a good job of illustrating them both with this outreach buy Scott - each trying hard to show they understand each other. It's also interesting to see Aaron is the only writer so far who has asked an all-too-important question: if the Phoenix just destroys worlds, why hasn't it just done so with Earth on all the previous occasions? The fighting is a little pedestrian, but it's better than that in much of the rest of the event by virtue of the art and Aaron's touches of humour. Rachel Summers' internal struggle is well thought out, and Warbird's horror at what she used to be (and how it affected her upbringing) is fascinating. Frankly though, one of the funniest moments is Kid Gladiator trying to pick up Thor's hammer. So is this book better without the AvX storyline? Probably. OTOH, Aaron does the second-best job (next to Kieron Gillen) at handling the forced premise and making it work for his book and characters. I'm less frustrated with the event in reading Aaron's contributions here. Good solid writing and great art.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nicolo

    When it was being published monthly, Wolverine and the X-Men was one of the best books out there, almost side by side with Rick Remender's Uncanny X-Force for this reader. Part of it success could be attributed to the strong writing and deft handling of teen characters by writer Jason Aaron, and the rotating art team of Chris Bachalo and Nick Bradshaw. Now those artist couldn't be more different, veteran Bachalo utilized a thicker line and made for more expressive figures, while the relative new When it was being published monthly, Wolverine and the X-Men was one of the best books out there, almost side by side with Rick Remender's Uncanny X-Force for this reader. Part of it success could be attributed to the strong writing and deft handling of teen characters by writer Jason Aaron, and the rotating art team of Chris Bachalo and Nick Bradshaw. Now those artist couldn't be more different, veteran Bachalo utilized a thicker line and made for more expressive figures, while the relative newcomer Bradshaw had a finer line and crisper details to his. Bachalo handled the first arc and Bradshaw the second. Now, the first arc was one of the best drawn Aaron stories, but Bradshaw made his arc his breakthrough work and place himself into the consciousness of X-fans everywhere. This third volume is essentially a Bachalo arc in the time of war (AvX), but the lone Bradshaw chapter made this reader wish that there was more of it in this collection. This volume ties into AvX and that hijacked the direction of this book, which was a shame. Still there are a few gems and that one that shines the brightest is the solo secret Warbird origin story illustrated by Bradshaw. That chapter alone rated five stars for this reader.

  8. 4 out of 5

    RG

    I felt like the overall story jumps around too much. The artwork by Bachalo is still very good and suits the story however, too many characters and too many plotlines which dont have the greatest linear direction.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gavin

    This 3rd Volume of the new series is heavily involved with the Avengers vs. X-Men storyline. Since Wolverine is a member of both teams, kinda puts him in a very tough spot. The philosophical arguments between Cyclops and he, and then he and Cap are interesting, and give the story some serious gravitas. Oh and there's a LOT of fighting...interesting for sure, but you can tell this is meant to fit into the bigger event than to stand alone as it's own part of this series. Funny how in this one, Cycl This 3rd Volume of the new series is heavily involved with the Avengers vs. X-Men storyline. Since Wolverine is a member of both teams, kinda puts him in a very tough spot. The philosophical arguments between Cyclops and he, and then he and Cap are interesting, and give the story some serious gravitas. Oh and there's a LOT of fighting...interesting for sure, but you can tell this is meant to fit into the bigger event than to stand alone as it's own part of this series. Funny how in this one, Cyclops seems like the nutjob, and Wolverine seems like more of a voice of reason than anyone else in the battle for Hope and to keep the Dark Phoenix at bay. Always cool to see other characters cross over.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ma'Belle

    I'm sure this book would have been just as great as the last if it hadn't been forced into the AVX crossover bullshit. A few milliseconds of character development/power evolution aside, it was just a drawn out chase and replaying of the exact same ethical dilemma I've already read in other books with the same characters. I.e., should hosts of the Phoenix be killed before they're allowed to wipe out worlds? But isn't this the exact same problem X-Force just faced when they decided to let Genesis I'm sure this book would have been just as great as the last if it hadn't been forced into the AVX crossover bullshit. A few milliseconds of character development/power evolution aside, it was just a drawn out chase and replaying of the exact same ethical dilemma I've already read in other books with the same characters. I.e., should hosts of the Phoenix be killed before they're allowed to wipe out worlds? But isn't this the exact same problem X-Force just faced when they decided to let Genesis (potential Apocalypse) live and go to the Jean Grey School? Anyway, this might have earned 2 stars, but I dropped it to one because I hate when the big bosses at the Big Two fuck up good things with overhyped events.

  11. 5 out of 5

    47Time

    Gee, thank you for that confusing art, Bachalo. The more dynamic the scene, the more the angle is skewed to make everything as muddled as possible. I wish there were no fights in this arc, but it's X-Men, so... The Phoenix Force has returned and is destroying one world after another on its way to Earth. The Avengers and the X-Men believe that Hope is going to be its next host and the two teams don't agree on how to handle this. The Shi'Ar also have protocols to deal with this event and they won't Gee, thank you for that confusing art, Bachalo. The more dynamic the scene, the more the angle is skewed to make everything as muddled as possible. I wish there were no fights in this arc, but it's X-Men, so... The Phoenix Force has returned and is destroying one world after another on its way to Earth. The Avengers and the X-Men believe that Hope is going to be its next host and the two teams don't agree on how to handle this. The Shi'Ar also have protocols to deal with this event and they won't shy away from killing the potential host to save the universe from the Phoenix Force. The chase is on. (view spoiler)[Some of Wolverine's X-Men join Cyclops to search for Hope. Wolverine finds Hope first and sticks by her side on the off-chance he has to kill her like he did Jean Grey. He hesitates when the Phoenix Force manifests in Hope. The Phoenix Force choose five mutants to be its host and they are changing the world, but there is still opposition from the heroes. The X-Men and Avengers beat each other senseless while still focused on Hope. I think. The artwork isn't very clear on this. The Shi'Ar attack with Gladiator leading them and they bring with them a new penciller, thank God. The Phoenix Five make short work of Gladiator, while his son is kept safely away from the battle by his guardian. This saves the boy's life. (hide spoiler)]

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mario

    This review originally appeared on my blog, Shared Universe Reviews. One of the big problems with modern superhero comics is that titles are often interrupted, almost on an annual basis, with the latest crossover event. For the uninitiated, crossovers are the summer blockbusters of comic books. The stories are often the product of a company’s top writer, top artists, top colourist, top everything else and it’s usually a pretty addition to any of the contributor’s body of work. Crossovers often This review originally appeared on my blog, Shared Universe Reviews. One of the big problems with modern superhero comics is that titles are often interrupted, almost on an annual basis, with the latest crossover event. For the uninitiated, crossovers are the summer blockbusters of comic books. The stories are often the product of a company’s top writer, top artists, top colourist, top everything else and it’s usually a pretty addition to any of the contributor’s body of work. Crossovers often involve a company’s most famous and beloved characters fighting one other and to be quite honest, few of them even work as a sustained narrative and even less of those are any good. One exemplary exception to this is Final Crisis but that’s a blog post for another time. The biggest problem I have with crossovers is that they take far too much space for what they’re worth. For stories that are one dimensional, they sure find a way to seep into every other comic on the stands making those comics, even the very good ones, nothing but a dreary mess. This is relevant to Jason Aaron’s tenure on Wolverine and the X-men because after the first 8 issues that introduced us to the school and the casts, Marvel editors deemed it necessary to give us ten tie-in issues to their Avengers vs. X-men crossover. That’s ridiculous! It’s even more ridiculous when you consider that the crossover itself is only twelve issues long. I’ve read Avengers vs. X-men and I can’t say it’s a comic I’d like to read more of if I didn’t have to so when it’s invading the very same comic that brought me so much joy, I start to worry. Who's fighting who and for what reason? Find out in another comic! As expected the third and fourth volumes of Wolverine and the X-men wasn’t as good as the first two. Not only did I have to suffer somebody else’s story invading the great little comic Aaron’s given us, but it’s not even given to me in a coherent way. The crossover is mostly just one on one fights between a member of the Avengers and someone of the X-men. Most of the AVX pages in Wolverine and the X-men are composed of static images of different fight scenes. There’s nearly no narrative element other than the caption boxes Aaron inserts to try and give it some weight and meaning. What saves these issues is that Aaron keeps the story rolling by intercutting these mandatory AVX scenes with what’s happening at the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning. The momentum is cut by half but things are still happening. The fact remains that in order to fully understand and enjoy the AVX portions (if that’s even possible), you would have to read both titles concurrently or, at the very least, read AVX first. Aaron and his team of artists actually make some worthwhile comics. The art is good all around but it’s not as great a quality as it was in the earlier volumes. Bachalo’s art looks rushed in some parts of volume 3 and Bradshaw doesn’t contribute any issues to volume 4. Jorge Molina steps in on art duties and he gets the job done. Hi style is nowhere as detailed or energetic as Bachalo or Bradshaw but the characters are all recognizable. I’m not a big fan of his style though and his characters often look stiff. It was nice to have at least one issue drawn by one of the regular artists on the title. Issue #17 is drawn by Mike Allred and that’s always a treat especially because the issue featured Doop, a character he co-created with Peter Milligan in the pages of X-force. Despite the fact that Avengers vs. X-men got in the way, volumes 3 and 4 of Wolverine and the X-men are good comics. Some long time questions are answered (what does Doop do, exactly?) and Aaron gives us a good look at the challenges of being a teacher a school for mutants (quasi mental breakdowns and all). We also get some nice character development for the villains he introduced in X-men: Schism, the new Hellfire Club. Warbird, an alien bodyguard from the Shi’ar Empire, also gets to have a spotlight issue amidst the superhero fights scenes of AVX. I have to admit, the fact that Aaron is able to juggle his shared universe responsibilities by featuring bits of the storyline from AVX as well as continuing to write the most entertaining superhero books on the stand is an impressive feat. It’s too bad he had to write about AVX at all. Here’s hoping the next volume tightens up the focus on the Jean Grey school and captures the magic of the first eight issues.

  13. 5 out of 5

    William Thomas

    As an X-baby from the 80's, the last 10 years or so of these books has made me extremely miserable. I think that with each year, and with each crisis, the writers and architects behind them justify the action less an less with story and make it glaringly obvious that they want to lead the sales for the next 6 months or so. When Schism came to pass, I thought we would have some issues settled and each of the teams could flesh itself out for a bit and find a footing. I was wrong. But Aaron's WATXM As an X-baby from the 80's, the last 10 years or so of these books has made me extremely miserable. I think that with each year, and with each crisis, the writers and architects behind them justify the action less an less with story and make it glaringly obvious that they want to lead the sales for the next 6 months or so. When Schism came to pass, I thought we would have some issues settled and each of the teams could flesh itself out for a bit and find a footing. I was wrong. But Aaron's WATXM was the book out of Schism that I thought had enormous potential and that I felt really good about. There's even Bachalo on art chores to make it even more like the original Generation-X book. And I really loved the first 5 issues. The second volume floundered and now here we are at what is inevitably the tie-ins to the completely unnecessary Avengers vs X-Men 12 issue (12?! Really?!) crossover and although we get two heartfelt issues in this volume, the rest just becomes a muddled montage of unnecessary super fights. What can you really get out of a 2 page fight between Red Hulk and Iceman? Nothing. It just fills the time. That's what the tie-ins to AVX are, filler. Disappointing at best. Aaron- I know they're running you ragged. But there's too much gold here for you to mine to just gloss over everything and leave out all the substance. If you can't get to the heart of the book, hand it off to someone else. Grade: C

  14. 4 out of 5

    GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)

    AvX. Soooooooo boring. While I enjoyed the main AvX series (mostly), I am over the big hyped crossover events. Cash grabs and they mostly just annoy the hell outta me. I wish the big marvel events would just stick to their own series instead of forcing me to read titles that I am not normally a part of. Anyways... Nothing to see here, move along.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Michael Church

    First issue is great. Artwork continues to hold up and you see how Logan has to split his time between his teams and his past and present. You can tell this is ramping up to be intense and Logan is ready for it. One particularly great moment happens between Idie and Logan, something we haven't gotten for a while. They're a great duo and it's one of those rare moments when Logan is totally humanized where you see that he's a good guy wanting to make it a better world for these kids. Motives set, First issue is great. Artwork continues to hold up and you see how Logan has to split his time between his teams and his past and present. You can tell this is ramping up to be intense and Logan is ready for it. One particularly great moment happens between Idie and Logan, something we haven't gotten for a while. They're a great duo and it's one of those rare moments when Logan is totally humanized where you see that he's a good guy wanting to make it a better world for these kids. Motives set, action can commence. From there, it's really all side story and not quite as active as the main AvX storyline. It's all solid, and Bachalo's art really makes this book stand out above the rest. The stories are average, but it gives some nice little spotlights to some other characters. Again, it's amazing seeing Wolverine going through the steps to become this generation's Charles Xavier. That said, there are some less than perfect moments. For example, the issue with Logan and Hope was solid and had some high points, but the fact that the two of them took out the entire team hunting Hope in just a few panels really fell flat for me. On one hand, I get that it's supposed to reflect just how powerful Hope is, but on the other it seemed like a bunch of hype in the other issues for something without much payoff. Still, a solid read and the Jean Grey School will keep this book in my top 5 for quite awhile (until Bachalo switches books...I'm not looking forward to this new artist after AvX is over...).

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    It was kind of a hot mess, artistically and plot wise, until the last two issues where Aaron finally amped up the emotion and made me care about the characters--as opposed to the "AvX" crossover. And if there's one thing I learned, it's that when Jason Aaron wants you to care about a character you WILL care about said character. Unfortunately,though, he was too busy balancing the mess that was the "AvX" crossover and didn't hit his emotional stride until the last two issues of the collection. Al It was kind of a hot mess, artistically and plot wise, until the last two issues where Aaron finally amped up the emotion and made me care about the characters--as opposed to the "AvX" crossover. And if there's one thing I learned, it's that when Jason Aaron wants you to care about a character you WILL care about said character. Unfortunately,though, he was too busy balancing the mess that was the "AvX" crossover and didn't hit his emotional stride until the last two issues of the collection. Also, Chris Bachalo's art produces instant anxiety. My zoloft intake shoots through the roof with his anime esq, read everything diagonally story-telling. It's not my taste--anxiety, that is. Thankfully, Nick Bradshaw shows up and brings me back to the 90's with his simple, yet engrossing, storytelling. There's just something about his art that reminds me of the classic "X-Men Adventures" cartoon that I can't resist. Nostalgia: The Opium of the Masses Overall, a decent volume, if only for the last two issues and Bradshaw's artwork.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kris

    This is the problem with reading a title that's part of an "event" (Avengers vs. X-Men, in this case) without having access to the main "event" book - all of the sudden there are multiple (5?) Phoenixes and I have no idea what happened to cause that. It's like having a favorite character that died several years ago, and now you're reading a comic book and suddenly that character is just there, no explanation as to how he's back or what's going on. I actually gave this book 5 stars to begin with, This is the problem with reading a title that's part of an "event" (Avengers vs. X-Men, in this case) without having access to the main "event" book - all of the sudden there are multiple (5?) Phoenixes and I have no idea what happened to cause that. It's like having a favorite character that died several years ago, and now you're reading a comic book and suddenly that character is just there, no explanation as to how he's back or what's going on. I actually gave this book 5 stars to begin with, but that "suddenly 5 Phoenixes" thing really got to me and I had to mark it off for that. Otherwise a really good book that deals with the whole Schism issue on a huge scale.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    Not much I can write that other people haven't. The biggest flaw is that within those middle chapters where the story is hindered by A vs. X, the stories just sort of jump around through time and become randomly episodic. The big travesty is that those pretty Bradshaw issues are impacted most. He is so much better at illustrating and telling a story than Bachalo. Now I have to wade through another rotation of artists until Bradshaw draws a couple more issues. Hopefully they will be written bette Not much I can write that other people haven't. The biggest flaw is that within those middle chapters where the story is hindered by A vs. X, the stories just sort of jump around through time and become randomly episodic. The big travesty is that those pretty Bradshaw issues are impacted most. He is so much better at illustrating and telling a story than Bachalo. Now I have to wade through another rotation of artists until Bradshaw draws a couple more issues. Hopefully they will be written better. Could these issues have been done without the crossover? Would it still make sense if they skipped it?

  19. 4 out of 5

    Stefan Fergus

    This is a fun series. I enjoy the sense of humour (despite initially being unsure about it). This book, and a very good addition to the story, giving us more background and development of the characters and their relationships. That being said, this takes place right in the middle of the AvX, Phoenix Force debacle/Event. This means we see exactly why Marvel's mega-Events bug me. True, I read the AvX mini-series, but even then it was a little jarring to see the story and the characters' place with This is a fun series. I enjoy the sense of humour (despite initially being unsure about it). This book, and a very good addition to the story, giving us more background and development of the characters and their relationships. That being said, this takes place right in the middle of the AvX, Phoenix Force debacle/Event. This means we see exactly why Marvel's mega-Events bug me. True, I read the AvX mini-series, but even then it was a little jarring to see the story and the characters' place within it jump around so much. Nevertheless, a good book. I'll be reading the next volume very soon.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    The good thing about this Avengers vs X-Men is that Aaron is terrifically writing a conflicted Wolverine, who hates Cyclops, doesn't want to fight in front of the students, and doesn't want a repeat of Jean's death, among other feeling a and issues. That plus aside, the best part of this volume is the Warbird-centric issue at the end. The students, for the most part, aren't as three-dimensional as the teachers in this series, but this issue does a great service to this newer minor character by sh The good thing about this Avengers vs X-Men is that Aaron is terrifically writing a conflicted Wolverine, who hates Cyclops, doesn't want to fight in front of the students, and doesn't want a repeat of Jean's death, among other feeling a and issues. That plus aside, the best part of this volume is the Warbird-centric issue at the end. The students, for the most part, aren't as three-dimensional as the teachers in this series, but this issue does a great service to this newer minor character by shining the spotlight on her.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mitchell

    This one was all over the map. It is basically part of the set up to the latest time the Phoenix was coming to Earth. Luckily it didn't include a reprint of all the silly X-Men versus Avengers pointless battle crap. It did have some small tidbits that were pretty good - Logan with Hank, Logan with Scott, Logan with Hope, Angel figuring out who he was. But in the end there really wasn't much substance to this one. And still too much Avengers on X-Men and X-Men on X-Men pointless and uninteresting This one was all over the map. It is basically part of the set up to the latest time the Phoenix was coming to Earth. Luckily it didn't include a reprint of all the silly X-Men versus Avengers pointless battle crap. It did have some small tidbits that were pretty good - Logan with Hank, Logan with Scott, Logan with Hope, Angel figuring out who he was. But in the end there really wasn't much substance to this one. And still too much Avengers on X-Men and X-Men on X-Men pointless and uninteresting violence.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    This volume starts off as great as what came before it, with some terrific single issues highlighting the place of Wolverine’s school in the AvX crossover. Issues #11-12 weaken a bit, as they end up depending too much on AvX, but then the last issue is great against, thanks to its focus on Warbird, one of many peoples that Aaron introduced to the school. Overall, a pretty great book despite the over-crossover-itis (but not quite as good as the last volumes because of it).

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jacob

    I realize my to-be-read pile is out of control what with my recent vacation and me placing all my (then unread) library books at the top of the pile, but it's very odd how volume 2 and 3 release only some 3 weeks apart. This wasn't as great as I'd hoped because it's a tie in to a big, epic event of which I could care less. Artists Chris Bachalo and Nick Bradshaw trade off drawing duties every other issue. I realize my to-be-read pile is out of control what with my recent vacation and me placing all my (then unread) library books at the top of the pile, but it's very odd how volume 2 and 3 release only some 3 weeks apart. This wasn't as great as I'd hoped because it's a tie in to a big, epic event of which I could care less. Artists Chris Bachalo and Nick Bradshaw trade off drawing duties every other issue.

  24. 5 out of 5

    David

    One of those stories that you can pick up and, even though the arc is well formed, you can jump right in. Without missing a beat, you realise which characters are doing what, who is who in the zoo and understand the different motivations behind certain decisions. A fun adventure, with some serious (for the characters at least) implications.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Bradley

    At least the crossover fights didn't last too long. If there was ever a good case for executive editing, the AvX would have been a good choice. Otherwise, I focused all my attention on the school, and all was right in the world. Quentin is getting cool. Who knew? I'm also loving the others. Poor hank is so overworked. At least the crossover fights didn't last too long. If there was ever a good case for executive editing, the AvX would have been a good choice. Otherwise, I focused all my attention on the school, and all was right in the world. Quentin is getting cool. Who knew? I'm also loving the others. Poor hank is so overworked.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Neil McCrea

    Impressive. Jason Aaron manages to put his goofy take on the X-universe through the requisite mega-crossover grinder, and he never breaks the tone of his series once. That's an achievement. kudos. Impressive. Jason Aaron manages to put his goofy take on the X-universe through the requisite mega-crossover grinder, and he never breaks the tone of his series once. That's an achievement. kudos.

  27. 5 out of 5

    TOBY

    Pretty good just a little hard to follow sometimes just like all comics

  28. 5 out of 5

    Fizzgig76

    Reprints Wolverine and the X-Men (1) #9-13 (June 2012-September 2012). The Phoenix Force is headed to Earth and humanity could be doomed. As the Avengers seek out Hope Summers, the X-Men seek to protect her. Wolverine is an X-Man and Wolverine is an Avenger…and he now must decide where his loyalties are. With Hope as a target, Wolverine realizes he might be forced to kill the Phoenix again. Written by Jason Aaron, Wolverine and the X-Men by Jason Aaron—Volume 3 is a Marvel Comics tie-in to the Av Reprints Wolverine and the X-Men (1) #9-13 (June 2012-September 2012). The Phoenix Force is headed to Earth and humanity could be doomed. As the Avengers seek out Hope Summers, the X-Men seek to protect her. Wolverine is an X-Man and Wolverine is an Avenger…and he now must decide where his loyalties are. With Hope as a target, Wolverine realizes he might be forced to kill the Phoenix again. Written by Jason Aaron, Wolverine and the X-Men by Jason Aaron—Volume 3 is a Marvel Comics tie-in to the Avengers vs. X-Men event series. Following Wolverine and the X-Men by Jason Aaron—Volume 2, the collection features art by Chris Bachalo and Nick Bradshaw. The issues in the collection were also part of Wolverine and the X-Men by Jason Aaron Omnibus and Avengers vs. X-Men Companion. The Schism storyline really soured me to the X-Men. The two X-Men teams, Utopia, Avengers vs. X-Men, and other events kind of blur together after that. While I do like some aspects of Wolverine and the X-Men, it still feels kind of out of place, and since this volume is a tie-in to an event series, the collection as a whole has some issues. Marvel has really stepped away from the coherent event series. The series was either “Part 12 of 20” or a crossover that could be read independently of the series (and didn’t disrupt the flow of the series). Here, you have events from the Avengers vs. X-Men series collapsed into Wolverine and the X-Men and viewers are often forced to just piecemeal what is happening. It feels like a bit of a disservice to readers and especially to people loyally following the Wolverine and the X-Men title. What does work here is many of the characters. Hope and Wolverine kind of leave me numb throughout this collection (I still don’t buy Wolverine as the teacher of the school), and Hope never did have much personality to me especially when you’ve had interesting “Phoenix” characters like Rachel and Jean Grey. It is supporting cast that is fun and the small roles by X-Men and the students (like Paige Gunthrie and Toad having a potential relationship or even the whole Kid Gladiator and Apocalypse storyline). The little touches are the fun touches in a rather meh collection. Wolverine and the X-Men is a rather rocky comic. It feels like it has potential but it is trapped in the confines set-up after years of poor X-Men stories. If X-Men was at its peak when this series was launched, it might have had more direction and focus…but here, it feels a bit like a typical Wolverine money-grab. Wolverine and the X-Men by Jason Aaron—Volume 3 is followed by Wolverine and the X-Men by Jason Aaron—Volume 4.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Matt Graupman

    I get that big crossover events are the bread-and-butter of the Big Two comics companies, DC and Marvel. They garner a lot of attention, pull in non-regular readers, and that translates into mucho dinero. Besides, who doesn’t like seeing heroes pummel each other? Nerdy fanboys like me love debating which good guys would win against one another and crossovers like “Avengers Vs. X-Men” finally give us those answers. The problem with multi-series events is that, unless you buy every issue across ea I get that big crossover events are the bread-and-butter of the Big Two comics companies, DC and Marvel. They garner a lot of attention, pull in non-regular readers, and that translates into mucho dinero. Besides, who doesn’t like seeing heroes pummel each other? Nerdy fanboys like me love debating which good guys would win against one another and crossovers like “Avengers Vs. X-Men” finally give us those answers. The problem with multi-series events is that, unless you buy every issue across each book involved (*cash register noise*), story-wise it always feels choppy and confusing. So - surprise, surprise - the third volume of “Wolverine And The X-Men” feels choppy and confusing. Already split into factions after the events of “X-Men: Schism,” Jason Aaron ups the ante with an even greater threat to the Marvel universe: the return of the destructive Phoenix Force (side note: “Wolverine And The X-Men” has too many reboot-y elements like the new Hellfire Club, the returning Phoenix, etc. and would benefit from some new ideas). At the heart of the conflict is Hope, a teenage girl and the presumptive new host for the powerful entity, which forces not only the X-Men but the Avengers (and the Marvel universe as a whole) to pick sides, particularly Wolverine who is a member of multiple teams. There’s a lot going on and that’s just the short version. I didn’t even get into the Death Commandoes and Warbird and all the other intergalactic shenanigans. Jason Aaron makes a valiant attempt to have it all make sense but there’s only so much one writer can do with limited time. A lot happens “off camera” with characters giving a quick explanation after the fact and some stuff seems to happen out of nowhere, like Cyclops somehow possessing the Phoenix Force (huh?). Again, Chris Bachalo’s art outshines Nick Bradshaw’s and the constant back-and-forth between the two artists can be pretty jarring at times. Regardless, this hot mess is still an upgrade over the second volume of “Wolverine And The X-Men.” I don’t think I’ve ever read a run on a Marvel series that was so all-over-the-map, quality-wise. Admittedly, I don’t read superhero comics as much as I used to so maybe this is actually fairly typical of how those books are nowadays. Who knows? At least I get to look at Chris Bachalo’s beautiful art... well, some of the time.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Judah Radd

    GREAT! These are the kind of tie ins I like; it stands on it’s own separate from the event, it tells a compelling and powerful story, but it also contributes a valuable piece to the overall event. This is great. It was so well written, I was even able to forgive Chris Bachalo’s art (which isn’t exactly my fav.) Warbird came out of nowhere! What an intense character! Although, I must say, I don’t recall the Shi’ar empire being THAT much of a dystopian hellhole. Whatever... still a great read. Jason A GREAT! These are the kind of tie ins I like; it stands on it’s own separate from the event, it tells a compelling and powerful story, but it also contributes a valuable piece to the overall event. This is great. It was so well written, I was even able to forgive Chris Bachalo’s art (which isn’t exactly my fav.) Warbird came out of nowhere! What an intense character! Although, I must say, I don’t recall the Shi’ar empire being THAT much of a dystopian hellhole. Whatever... still a great read. Jason Aaron continues to blow my mind with his Wolverine and the X-Men run. It’s great. He really taps into the internal struggles that make these characters interesting. **fun fact: I bought this TPB pre-owned for $6, and it arrived with Jason Aaron’s signature on the title page!! WIN!!!

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