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Wolverine And The X-Men - volume one: Hindsight
voice cast: Steve Blum, Fred Tatasciore, Kari Wahlgren, and Danielle Judovits

154 minutes (PG) 2008
Contender DVD Region 2 retail

RATING: 7/10
reviewed by J.C. Hartley
Yet another animated version of Marvel's flagship title.. After an explosive attack on the X-Men's mansion is followed by the disappearance of Charles Xavier and Jean Grey, the X-Men disband. In response to the activities of the quasi-military Mutant Response Division, Wolverine and the Beast attempt to reform the team. Warren Worthington, alias Angel, uses his family's wealth to rebuild the mansion. Shadowcat and Iceman return but Rogue defects to the Brotherhood of Mutants led by Domino and Quicksilver. Old enemy Emma Frost joins the team and tracks Xavier to Magneto's independent mutant state, the island of Genosha. Xavier is in a coma but manages to contact the team telepathically from the future where he has woken up. War between mutants and humans has devastated the planet, which is ruled by marauding mutant-hunting robots the Sentinels. Xavier urges Wolverine to lead the team and try to prevent this version of the future coming to pass.

There are so many versions of the X-Men now it is unlikely that this one would offend many fans of the original comic. In fact there is much that is compatible with at least the spirit of the canon. The stories draw on many of the themes of the series and recycle several of the printed adventures. Some liberties are taken with individual characters and teams but there is nothing that could annoy the hard-core fan as much as X-Men: The Last Stand did. Each episode starts with a 'previously on Wolverine And The X-Men' recap, which gets a bit annoying.

The best episodes are the last two, X-Calibre and Wolverine vs. Hulk, and as these are stories that do not feature the X-Men as a team it may suggest that there is something a little stale about the original format.

Many of the series' favourite characters feature; as well as those already mentioned, Blob, Avalanche, Spiral, Mojo and the Shadow King, among others, play their parts. The animation is traditional and fairly action-packed. This series should suit young fans whether familiar with the mythology or not. Older fans might be diverted for a time.

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