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Y'know, I wanted to hate this series...
on September 18, 2009
I'm an old-school X-Men fan. I remember when Wolverine was a 5'4" ugly, hairy little man that no one on the team could stand. But, he was still part of the team. It was with great annoyance that I watched Wolverine take up larger and larger space in what was supposed to be a team book.
Then came the movies. Loved Hugh Jackman and his portrayal. Like clockwork, though, Wolverine starts taking more precedence in the sequels until we get to X3: Wolverine guest starring the X-Men.
When they announced "Wolverine and the X-Men", I thought "at least they're up front about it." Really, I didn't care to watch the rest of the X-Men play second string to Wolverine yet again. It was purely by chance that I saw one of the first episodes on TV and decided, grudgingly, "this thing ain't bad". Then I started to actually enjoy it.
Yes, it's got tons of Wolverine. About 1 in 5 episodes are either completely Wolverine solo episodes (i.e. no other X-Men) or close enough not to matter (token tag along who does little). Naturally, he can't be the runt he is in the comics, but at least he's shorter than one or two characters. (Can't have the star be shorter than the ladies, can we?) He's nigh infallible, the one who even the bad guys fear, greatest X-Man who ever lived, blah, blah, blah. Big freakin' hypocrite too. Scolds Cyclops like an overbearing dad for taking off on his own in one episode, which directly followed an episode where Wolverine took off on his own (but that's okay, 'cause he's the tortured loner). Sounds like I kinda hate it after all, don't it?
Despite all that, there's good storytelling going on here. Some entertaining takes on established characters and storylines, multiple plot lines evolving through the episodes. Some of the un-clawed X-Men suffer from a lack of personality (Storm for one) or pretty basic thin ones (most everyone else). I forgive that a lot 'cause my favourite X-Man Cyclops got a whole episode to himself with only a little Wolverine at the end (woo-hoo!). Actually, Cyclops and Emma don't fare too badly, and get some development of their own.
In the end, I guess for me it ended up more than the sum of its parts. I can pick apart a dozen little things that bug me, but in the final analysis it's a fun watch and I really enjoy it.