Can’t get enough of Wolverine? Marvel (along with Vivendi/Universal) recently launched a fourth X-Men animated series focusing on Wolverine. Unlike the movie, X-Men Origins: Wolverine starring Hugh Jackman which came out last Friday, the series will focus on Wolverine trying to rebuild the X-Men after the mansion is bombed and Professor X and Jean Grey are missing.
After checking out the first four episodes that Univeral sent out, I’m happy to report that the series is quite similar to the 90s animated series where the and stories were much more adult and comic book-like compared to the other childish interpretations of superhero cartoons at that time.
Character-wise, besides Wolverine, the show features Storm, Beast, Cyclops, Rogue, Shadowcat, Nightcrawler as the main crew with more mutants appearing later in the season, including Gambit.
The first season’s plot focuses on Wolverine attempting to reunite the X-Men with Beast’s help after the Mutant Response Division starts to detain mutants. Cyclops returns to the team but is unable to lead them due to his depression while Rogue joins the Brotherhood of Mutants instead. We’re also introduced to Emma Frost who is able to locate a comatose Professor X who is being cared for by Magneto (seriously). Professor X contacts Wolverine from the future and tells him that he needs to lead the X-Men in order to prevent a Human/Mutant war which could cause the world the fall in control of the Sentinels.
You can catch the first season on YTV and Teletoon while the second season will premiere later this year. THe first volume of Season One can also be purchased here.