Wolverine vs. the X-Men

Wolverine vs. the X-Men
Wolverine vs the X-Men review
  • North American Publisher / ISBN: Marvel - 978-0-7851-4786-2
  • Release date: 2011
  • UPC: 9780785147862
  • Contains adult content?: no
  • Does this pass the Bechdel test?: no
  • Positive minority portrayal?: no
  • CATEGORIES: Superhero

In Wolverine Goes to Hell, our favourite feral scrapper did just that, while demons from hell were let loose in his body to kill as many of those he loved or cared for as possible. This possessed Wolverine had a set-to with the X-Men, and now while back in control of his faculties, the demons aren’t giving up easily, and the X-Men are none too pleased either.

That grudge match, however, is put on hold for a chapter with some impressive gritty art from Jefte Palo, who’s not quite as appealing when it comes to the more character based elements of the story. Jason Aaron’s disturbing tale contrasts darkness and light and two forms of feast.

He’s even better on the battle with the X-Men. Some of those who helped out in the previous volume are still on hand, and with Emma Frost, Magneto and Namor even more of the most arrogant and sarcastic beings on Marvel’s roster turn up. Aaron supplies some fine dialogue between them as two simultaneous battles occur, both superbly drawn by Daniel Acuña. On the physical level there’s the battle between the possessed Wolverine and anyone brave enough to stand in his way, and on the cerebral level Wolverine in all his assorted identities is attempting to rid his mind of the demons.

The book and the comics it collects are both titled Wolverine, so the eventual outcome was never in doubt. Along the way, though, Aaron throws in an amusing look into the compartments of Wolverine’s mind, and among them is the surprising element that ensures his salvation. This is much better than the highly fêted previous volume, with more depth and more surprises, particularly a brilliantly-conceived assassination.

Wolverine’s Revenge continues his search for the people who set events in motion, and it’s collected with all Aaron’s work on this Wolverine series in Wolverine Goes to Hell Omnibus, or alternatively with the previous story in the third Wolverine by Jason Aaron: The Complete Collection.