In Wolverine and the X-Men’ #3, I felt that the series was really struggling to get us involved in this whole future Phoenix and Apocalypse mess that may or may not happen in the future. In the latest issue we’re still watching the time travelers try to have their way with the X-Men though as always when it comes to time travelers there may be an ulterior motivation behind their actions.
So with Faithful John attacking the school to get to Evan and prevent him from becoming Apocalypse, it would appear that he is also trying to get students to follow his lead and do the same. At least one of them might be listening as well. Not only that but with the Bamfs under his control it would appear that he might have an upper hand. Of course, Fantomax finaly comes out of the wood work and wants to help keep him safe in The World and I suspect that may draw this entire already too long plot out another couple of issues.
On the other side of the world it would appear that Quentin Quire has found his way to Scott Summer’s not so secret since everyone but S.H.I.E.L.D. seems to be able to find it base. We find this out right off the bat as he seems to be having his way with all of the women there. Well, that is what the Cuckoos are letting him run through in his own mental fantasy world so they can see why hes there. While this is happening, we do find out that he and Wolverine have come to an agreement of what is happening here so maybe all of this training is paying off.
The two, quite a distance from one another, are realizing that the mystery man from the future, Edan Younge’s plans for him and the Phoenix can’t exist if Evan doesn’t turn into Apocalypse so killing him now doesn’t add up. Some other plot seems to be at play here that we are just unaware of. The problem is the clues we’re getting are too few and far between and almost slap us in the face without giving us any closure or real insight as to what is happening.
At leat we know that the ‘Uncanny X-Men’ are getting dragged into this just as they have been into the ‘All-New X-Men’s business. I wonder if we’re about to see these books start coming together again and one or two of the existing runs come to a close by the end of the year.
The art is the true saving grace of the issue and even with that I have a complaint. While I’m sure Latour will be able to write us an amazing closure our journey there is only being saved by what Asrar is putting to paper. While the battle scenes look great and most of the characters are top notch quite a few of them, Quire included, look younger than they have in recent years. I almost feel we’re getting regressed versions of a few of them. Again, the art looks great I just don’t feel a few of them look right.
I really hope this series starts to pay off in the next issue.
‘WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN’ #4
Writer: Jason Latour
Artist: Mahmud Asrar