Thursday, February 20, 2014

Amazing X-Men #4
Written By Jason Aaron
Art by Ed McGuinness and Dexter Vines
Review by Booster Cola

     Without a healing factor will Wolverine meet his demise to snow!? I can safely tell you that he does not. What really happens, is a fun romp through Heaven(ish) and Hell, with your pal Nightcrawler. Whether Kurt is actually alive or just a weird-bamfing imp zombie, this book oozes fun. If you are familiar with Jason Aaron's Wolverine and the X-Men, then you know what to expect with all of the team's antics and bizarre mishaps. The road so far...

     Nightcrawler crawled out of Hell at the beginning of this arc to swashbuckle some buccaneers in the seas of Heaven against Azazel. With the news of Nightcrawler's possible livelihood; Wolverine, Storm, Beast, Iceman, Firestar, and Northstar head out to find their friend. Apparently, Azazel is being a huge dick. With his army of evil bamfs, he leads a campaign to take over Heaven. This issue however, shows the path of our heroes after they split. Beast and Storm remain on Nightcrawler's ship and Kurt tries to un-brainwash Beast. Wolverine and Northstar get stranded off the boat on Heaven's snow land in spandex. Firestar and Iceman get the short end of the stick, stuck in Hell with Demons and bamfs. Firestar goes super-nova and burns the demons back into their pits defending the dehydrating Iceman, before Kurt eventually saves them. Kurt arrives just in time to save Wolverine from frost bite. The moment they have is extremely touching because of their past developed friendship. The bro-love is tangible. With everyone together, Nightcrawler leads our team against Azazel. 

     Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness bring their A-game to this book. The wackiness that we expect from Aaron is pushed to the limit as we see the origins of the bamfs and more of the other-world that are team is enveloped. Ed McGuinness and Dexter Vines are also amazing on this issue (see above image of Firestar and Wolverine). The popping action pieces with the extreme bamf-ing across the book make this issue a must buy. It delivers on all fronts.

If you're itching for an X-Men book that is both engaging and fun, check out Amazing X-Men. There is a lot of heart in this book with Kurt's return and his interactions with past friends and loves. The other x-titles should take note to the formula this team utilizes. I give Amazing X-Men #4, a 5 out of 5.

This book gets five EXTREME Beast faces, out of five.

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