Thursday, January 3, 2013

Review: Wolverine and the X-Men Alpha & Omega

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Wolverine and the X-Men Alpha & Omega collects the Alpha & Omega mini-series that is set between the first and second volumes of this series.

Quentin Quire is once again creating mischief and chaos at the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning. This time he will go against Wolverine in an misguided attempt to prove himself to be the top telepath at the school.

How is it?

Brian Wood brings us a cool Holodeck type story where Quentin Quire (Kid Omega) traps Wolverine (Alpha dog) and Armor in a fictional reality that he was (almost) absolute control over. The plot is made clear form the get go, there is no deceit or misdirection. Its all Quentin's fault. He gets in over his head while trying to prove he's the top dog when it comes to telepathy at the school, and ends up putting his teacher an colleague in peril.

Basicly Quentin creates a whole new world inside his mind and drags Wolverine and Armor into it. Predictably things get out of control and a mindless Wolverine is left wondering the school slashing at everything and everyone he encounters while searching Quire to end this madness. At the same time the new world is starting to loose coherence and things get difficult for Wolverine and Armor

Welcome to Quentin's world

Alpha & Omega is all about character development. Quentin Quire is expanded beyond the rebel super-powered boy he's known to be, to a multidimensional insecure teenage boy with enough power to screw with everyone at the school that you'll love to get to know.

In the art department Mark Brooks and Roland Boschi do a great job. They continue the trademark art style of this series with good results. The cartoonish feel fits Brian Wood's plots like a glove. Character designs and facial expressions are very expressive and convey emotion very well. Colors are vibrant and almost alive with a rich palette and the panels are very fluid and dynamic.

I quite like this type of approach to sequential art. While its not very detailed and, probably, only works due to the humorous feel of the story, its very easy to follow and you can "see" the movement from panel to panel instantly.

Knock Knock


Verdict?

The story is very good. Its engaging and it builds on Quentin Quire's character. He is turning into a really interesting character. The art is good and complements the story well.

My only complaint is that this book is a bit expensive (my book costed around 17€ + shipping) for only 112 pages. If this isn't a deterrent for your, then get it. Its great fun.



Don't forget to check out the reviews of Volume 1 and Volume 2 of Wolverine and the X-Men series.



Publisher: Marvel Comics
Year: 2012
Pages: 112
Authors: Brian Wood, Mark Brooks, Roland Boschi
ISBN0785164006

3 comments:

  1. Desisti de comprar ongoings americanas. Neste momento apenas Astonishing X-Men porque ainda não está conspurcado pela "cronologia Marvel". Quando isso acontecer... acabo também com isso.
    Agora da Marvel só tenho comprado clássicos e os grandes crossvers para não me perder no dia em que queira re-iniciar alguma série!
    ;)

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  2. "Desisti de comprar ongoings americanas." Estava a referir-me à Marvel apenas.
    ;)

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    1. Viva Nuno,

      De tempo a tempo apercem umas pérolas perdidas no meio da confusão da Marvel e DC que merecem ser lidas.

      Concordo contigo, não sigo nem a Marvel (à muito) nem a DC (desde o Blackest Night), no entanto compro vários reprints dos 80 e 90, principalmente porque eram os livros que lia quando era miudo e apetece-me reler.

      Mas este título, tal como o Captain Britain and the MI13, são as duas excepções dos últimos (muitos) anos. São originais e inovadores e deixam (tanto quando os poderes editoriais permitem) a continuidade de lado.

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