Review – Wolverine and the X-Men #9 (AvX)

Writer: Jason Aaron
Pencils: Chris Bachalo
Colors: Chris Bachalo
Inks: Tim Townsend, Jamie Mendoza, Al Vey
Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
Published by: Marvel Comics

The Phoenix Force is coming and everyone is gearing up, for Wolverine this means sucking up the past and doing his best to stop the damage he saw before from ever coming up again. As the story kicks off, Wolverine is happily recovering with Beast after their injuries over the past issues, unfortunately it’s all cancelled out as a signal comes in that Beast hoped to never hear from again. When it hits they move into action and prepare themselves and the headmasters of the school for their darkest hours to come.

The issue itself is an improvement on the back story we’ve seen lately, it goes into the timeline of AvX instead of weeks or months before the whole thing boiled down. Captain America is recruiting people to join his force to approach the X-Men to take Hope away and Wolverine and Beast are called into action by Cap. It’s still prequel material but it moves fast enough that by the end of the issue we’re into present day AvX storyline and it doesnt’ feel like a rush job at all, in fact it gives heavy insight into how the Phoenix Force impacts all the of new mutant generation as well.

The Phoenix is a mysterious power but what ties does it have to all of these new mutants, why are they reacting so strongly to the energy even so far away? There’s a lot of questions opening up in these side stories and Wolverine and the X-Men #9 has some of the most interesting bits so far, even going so far as to introduce an old acquaintance to the fold in the form of the Shi’ar who is quite familiar with the X-Men. It’s all on the line now and readers will just have to wait until the next installments roll out to see how this first impact in space goes down for Beast, Thor and others in the Secret Avengers.

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★½ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

The Night of the Owls is almost here, Scott Snyder talks

Gotham is about to become a battlefield for Batman and his friends against the Court of Owls and their dark allies. The Night of Owl’s crossover launches into action for DC this week.

The Talons are eager to act upon the will of the Court and the fate of the city is in the balance, a lost group who once reigned over the city is striving to take it back into their dark hands with this round of killers who will stop at nothing to meet the will of their masters. Who will rule the city after it’s all said and done? We have to read on in this new saga to find out.

Scott Snyder was available for DC to grab for comment on this new crossover for the Batman world.

“Night of the Owls is here, and it’s about time.”

I think that’s what a lot us on team Batman have been feeling these last few days. Because for us, this is the moment – the moment we’ve been excitedly working on and building towards for months. This is it, and now it’s really here! This is the night when the Court of Owls makes its move, sending close to 60 Talons out into the skies of Gotham, each with a deadly mission designed to help bring the city to its knees. Of course, the missions will also bring the Talons crashing into conflict with almost every member of the Bat-family, and even though this whole story takes place on one single night, for many of Gotham’s heroes, these clashes will have terrifying consequences that linger long after Gotham’s fate is decided.

“Night of the Owls is here, and it’s about time.”

There’s another reason that phrase sticks with me, though. And that’s because the story itself is about time, about history. For one thing, with every Talon having come from a different era of Gotham’s past, they’ll be plenty of glimpses literally and figuratively into Gotham’s history, with a lot of shocking secrets from the past being revealed. Basically, the story is about Gotham’s dark past being brought to to bear against the heroes of the present – about the evil from decades, even centuries of corruption emerging from the shadows to crush the spirit of the city – and the Bat-family – once and for all, in one single night, now.

So here’s hoping you’ll feel the same way we do…

“Night of the Owls is here, and it’s about time.”

Let the war for Gotham’s soul begin.

For those wondering, the series kicks off in Batman #8 and Nightwing #8 this week, the story will spiral from there into the rest of the Batman releases as the story goes full-blown in May. It’s an epic event so don’t get caught playing catch up on this series.

DC Zero Hour sale approaches (4/14/12 – 4/16/12)

Looking for a discount weekend to catch up on your inventory? DC Comics has a deal for you then, this weekend for 3 days they’ll be kicking off a massive Zero Hour saga sale through their comiXology storefront for 99 cents per issue! All 70 books and limited series issues will be on sale so that you’re able to bundle the complete experience at a massive discounted rate. For a comic that pulls the heroes of the world together against a common enemy we’ll see them rise to new heights to save time and space from crumbling around them.

Check out the comiXology link to get started, keep in mind this sale will not be active until tomorrow. We’re giving you a heads up though so you’re prepared and not catching this on Monday with a huge sigh of disbelief.

Link: DC Zero Hour @ comiXology