Review by: Metamorphic

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Avg Rating: 4.0
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Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Adam Kubert
Colorist: Jason Keith
Letterer: Jared Fletcher
Cover: Adam Kubert

Size: 0 pages
Price: 3.99

And so they part.

This mini has a lot going for it. The writer is very well loved. The artists (while continuously changing) are top notch. And, of course, you have the X-Men themselves… or perhaps more specifically two of the most popular X-Men.

The problem for me is, it just doesn’t gel. There’s too much that I find…well, to put it bluntly, stupid.

The Wolvie/Cyke fight should be uber cool and it almost is… until you remember there’s a Sentinel bearing down on them. Who would follow two guys who don’t have enough common sense to fight the GIANT KILLER ROBOT before they fight one another. (Yeah, yeah, I know they were fighting over the detonator. Still feels like a stretch to me.)

Then there’s the issue of this “kinder, gentler Wolvie.” It just feels off. I mean, I understand his point of view. I can see where it might be coming from. But I don’t buy it coming from Wolverine. It feels forced, flat and false.

(On the bright side, nice to see Cyclops stepping up. I often found him too flip-floppy in his opinions and attitudes.)

But the worst offender to me is what I previously called – and will continue to call – the Hellfire Kids. They don’t make much of an appearance here, but when they do, it just reminded me of how stupid I find the idea. And it’s not like I hate the idea of evil kids in general. It’s just the idea of this group of kids being a threat to the X-men at all is just too goofy. Even more so when you see them rendered by Kubert; they are indeed kids. Maybe the X-Men need to do a crossover with Dora the Explorer.

Honestly, the Hellfire Kids make me feel as though this is an inside joke; like Marvel is saying “people will buy anything with an X in the title.” And you got me, Marvel. But only for this mini. Yep, I hate the Hellfire Kids that much.

But I’m not trying to hate. I’ve admitted before I’m a DC guy, but I grew up on Marvel and would love to return. But this series isn’t bringing me back. And since it’s the set up for the future, I see no reason to return for a while yet.

Story: 1 - Poor
Art: 1 - Poor

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