Wolverine and the X-Men #31

by Tori B. on June 13, 2013

Welcome to the Hellfire Academy, students. As Quentin goes into the depths of the Hellfire Academy in hopes to save fellow students, we get a glimpse of the villainous education system.
Writer: Jason Aaron | Artists: Nick Bradshaw, Walden Wong, & Laura Martin
Cover: Bradshaw & Morry Hollowell| Publisher: Marvel
 Schools are apparently the hot trend for mutants right now. Ever since Logan thought he could have his own school, and has done fairly reasonably (up until now), it seems like others are giving it a try—from seasoned veterans at the New Xavier School to the much talked about Hellfire Academy, which while the faculty are comprised of adults, the club’s inner circle is run by frighteningly disturbing children.
For the first part of an arc titled “The Hellfire Saga” it’s a little slow moving, considering we even had a prologue issue prior. Though slow moving, it’s still very much entertaining, Aaron seems to have this wonderful way of adding light humour into his stories, as to not overwhelm the reader with drama or bore them with an introduction to a newer addition the story. The first of this five-part arc is merely an introduction to the Hellfire Academy, its staff and students.
It’s an interesting faculty that has been thrown together and what is more intriguing is having the curiosity of how the Hellfire Club managed to get them all together in the first place, mind it seems like most of them seem to have something against the X-Men anyways, so that honestly could be reason enough; it usually is. We’re taken through the halls of the Academy primarily with Quentin as the reader’s guide as he asks the hard hitting questions and being the general nuisance that he is. It certainly seems like a cool school to be at, (I personally enjoy the idea of seeing more of Mystique as a headmistress—given her great track record with children), and while it also seems like an idea that can die fast, or is on the road to disaster (with that many villains how could it not), it should be interesting enough to sustain a couple of issues.
Personally I’m far more interested in the Inner Circle and the faculty at this point, and beyond the students that came from the Jean Grey School, maybe Aaron needs to work on having cooler mutant students. When your students have codenames like Snot, Infestation, and Mudbug, it’s kind of hard to set them up for success, even a little.
Bradshaw also returns as the artist, and he has an uncanny ability to make everyone look a lot cooler than they should be. Those Hellfire uniforms are actually pretty cool.
I’m not entirely sure how I feel about the arc so far; I love the Hellfire Club, I love majority of the characters, but I’m not yet feeling incredibly moved by the plot, it’s light, which is what I normally enjoy from the series, but when dealing with the Hellfire Club I suppose I was expecting bigger dramatics. Maybe I’m asking too much to start with.

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