As time goes on so do the cartoons we grow to love, whether it’d be batman or spider-man, we usually find ourselves seeing new incarnations of our favorite cartoon characters. So it’s no surprised that X-men would be faced with the same fate as it enters its 4th transformation into a cartoon series. Now me being a huge X-men fan and a massive fan of the “X-men Evolution”, series I was quite skeptical entering into this new cartoon, especially to note how it was titled “Wolverine and The X-men”. Now one thing that’s always gotten under my skin is that people look at wolverine
as the poster boy of the x-men, when in reality when I was a child and reading the comics, the x-men were about individuality and ALL the mutants,
not just him. Sure he’s cool and badass but is he the best character? Certainly not, just what can you relate with when it comes to him? So with the massive pop culture appeal behind our friend wolvie I was quite afraid to watch this, and boy am I glad I did. One thing to note is that despite being called “Wolverine and the X-men” the series greatly focuses on all x-men involved and also the story arcs it lays upon itself. The premise is that a mysterious explosion happens at the X-Mansion, causing Wolverine to go under a coma for some time, he wakes up next to his motorcycle and rides off to find the world under siege by the MRD (mutant registration department), he heads to the mansion to find it in ruin but luckily finds Beast in the under levels, Beast explains how the X-men disbanded, professor-x went missing, and how the worlds pretty much gone to shit, so Wolverine decides to take it upon himself to re-establish the X-men. After gaining back some of the members, they team head to Genosia, The mutant sanctuary, where the leader Magneto gives them Professor-x who’s comatose. He comes to Wolverine in a psychic vision to warn him about a future that takes place 20 years later, basically if the X-men don’t stop the upcoming war surging between mutantkind and humans then the world will be overrun by an army of
. Something to praise the series for is that it borrows a lot from X-men lore, not only the characters but arcs from the comics and old TV shows alike. The animation is defiantly inspired by the previous show “X-men Evolution” but also uses art from the “Astonishing X-men” comic series. A very important thing to note is that despite becoming the leader of the X-men Wolverine is not the center point of this series. See his importance is that we sympathize how he must remake something a great man has made, but the best part is that we don’t spend every cracking minute with him, we get to explore other characters such as Cyclops, Bishop, Angel, and also newly added for the first time in an X-men cartoon Emma Frost AKA White Queen. the season gave us two points of view, wolverines as in the present trying to prevent all hell from breaking loose and Professor-X banning a small group of mutants together to fight back the sentinels, in his squad of mutants we’re introduced to such characters as hellion and marrow from the comics. And as the season progressed more comic arcs were introduced along with character interactions that we’ve never really seen before (nightcrawler and Scarlett witch for Instance) and when the season finale comes it leaves you with a sense of closure but also with a new threat on the horizon that you can’t wait to see unravel next. something that really made me happy and i believe it'll make alot of fans is that it treats itself at times as a sequel to the X-men Evolution series (but it certainly isn't) and
SPOILER! (Not One To The Story)
theres a scene taken right out of Ultimate X-men where Magneto took a bunch of a sentinels attacking Genosia and re-program's them to attack humans instead of mutant, a really great nod to the ultimate x-men series
Overall if you love the X-men then you’ll love this series, it’s fun to watch, filled with action (sadly wolverine still doesn’t use his claws to attack people, but we’ll live) and you really get the grasp that these mutants are in danger and sometimes even to themselves. I defiantly recommend this to be sought out and watched, if you’ve followed the X-men so far then having some more adventures with our favorite mutants is only going to put a smile on that face.