Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Pasqual Ferry, Pepe Larraz, Salva Espin
Release Date: May 29, 2013

Wolverine-and-the-X-Men_30-674x1024Alright Hellfire Saga…BRING IT!

Jason Aaron is setting up the Hellfire Saga with this prelude issue #30, and boy does he set it up well. This won’t be the most talked about X-Men book of the week, but the quality level is right up there and the tension it builds for the upcoming arc is palpable. The Jean Grey School is backed into a corner in this issue, with the Hellfire Academy seizing an upper hand to start off this arc. The dynamic between the two “schools” is fantastic, and I am very excited to see these two in the steel cage match of the education sector of the Marvel U. Aaron writes these characters extremely well and plot threads from many months prior are weaving their way into this arc masterfully. There is a huge amount of tension in this issue, and it hits all the right notes as a prelude issue. The pacing is spot on, characterization excellent, curve balls are aplenty, and the story is straight up enjoyable. Wolverine and the X-Men #30 is another win for Jason Aaron.

Pasqual Ferry, Pepe Larraz & Salva Espin team up for visuals that match the script brilliantly. The trio did a great job of matching the tone of the book that has been set by Ramon Perez and Nick Bradshaw, and their art will act as a great bridge into Bradshaw’s upcoming arc. The layouts are interesting and dynamic, and the colours by James Campbell give this comic a huge amount of energy. It is a vibrant issue that is easy on the eyes and fun to read, and you can’t ask for much more than that.

Wolverine and the X-Men #30 is a prelude issue, but it performs the task of kicking off the Hellfire Saga admirably. This series is firing on all cylinders and this arc is primed to be one of the best in the title’s existence and should not be missed by X-Men fans.

Verdict: 9.0/10


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