Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Wolverine and the X-Men #33 (HERE BE SPOILERS!)

This issue may just be the best one of this series.  Reading it, I realized that my main complaint with this series is that Aaron has always treated the students' emotions as cute, dismissing them as the sort of hormone-driven sentiments that adults find ridiculous but that teenagers find consuming.  For the first time, though, he presents those emotions as legitimate and, in fact, vital, from Quentin's willingness to sacrifice himself to save Idie to Idie's realization that she wants to find love before she dies, in effect deciding that she doesn't want to be consumed by hate.  When you add to those moments Toad refusing to fight Paige as she tries to kill him and Kade acting like a teenager for the first time, you get the most emotionally honest issue of this series.  I look forward to the teachers finally finding Idie and Quentin and realizing how different they are after this experience.  If they can acknowledge that -- and treat them better than they have so far -- the School might just be redeemed as something other than a factory churning out emotionally damaged and neglected children.

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