The GeeksverseWolverine and Jubilee #1

Wolverine and Jubilee #1
Published on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 by

Written by: Kathryn Immonen
Art by: Phil Noto
Lettered by: VC's Clayton Cowles
Cover Art: A- Olivier Coipel w/ Morry Hollowell; B- Nimit Malavia
Assistant Editor: Jody Leheup
Editor: Jeanine Schaefer

I was wondering what Marvel was going to do with Jubilee now that they had made her a Vampire and “Curse of the Mutants” was over. I’m still wondering what will happen after this mini-series but at least they didn’t leave her out to dry in the short term.

This issue covers all the bases, which helps establish the status quo. Using Wolverine’s blood, the X-Men have developed a serum that helps Jubilee be somewhat normal. Alot of the Vampire urges are kept at bay. Immonen does an excellant job at having Jubilee explain how it feels and how it affects her.

The other status quo bullets that are hit are how the rest of the mutants on the island feel about Jubilee and what the X-Men brass are doing about her.

The characters from the island chosen, with the exception of Pixie, are a bit odd though. Armor doesn’t seem like the type to go off like she does in this issue. That role would have been better served by Hellion or another young mutant like that. Immonen also missed a great oppotunity to play up the “surrogate daughter” aspect of Jubilee since that is a role that Armor seems to have adopted a little in Astonishing X-Men.

Having Rockslide be the one that wants to befriend her is a bit odd as well. I don’t know much about the character, but it didn’t feel natural that he was the one that stepped up. Immonen does do a very good job with the gym scene though.

I like how Immonen shows Jubilee’s vampire powers without coming out and stating it. Having her leg press Rockslide, which was a well laid out sequance by Noto, and her speed when Pixie teleports, were well done. If these are powers all Vampires have, it just reinforces how badly Gischler dropped the ball in the recent X-Men vs Vampires fight. If this is the result of Jubilee being a former mutant and how her body is reacting to vampirism, it should be interesting.

Immonen does a great job of putting us in the head of Jubilee. How she feels stifled, tempted, and how overbearing the X-Men end up seeming. We know they are just trying to help, but Immonen shows us how Jubilee interprets it. She also does well showing how Jubilee is conflicted and unsure how she feels herself.

Noto’s art is well done. There’s a couple of excellant sequances, the aforementioned gym scene being one of them. Noto’s downside has always been an occasional lack of storytelling. It’s appeared stiff at times in his work. This is no exception as that stiffness in lay out is here, but then so is the strength of Noto’s work. The strength has always been in the faces and expressions.

Wolverine and Jubilee #1 receives
4 out of 5

Immonen’s writing is the strength of this first issue. She does a great job at conveying what it’s like to be Jubilee now.

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