Going “All In” With Wolverine And The X-Men On The Wednesday Run – February 22, 2012

Wolverine and The X-men“One hundred quatloos on the newcomers!”

Oh man – I’ve waited, like, a loooong time to say that. And by “loooong time” I mean “weeks”. It’s probably been a good few months since I last uttered those words (I just love that particular Triskelion quote so much) a favourite original Star Trek television series line of dialogue for the few of you that don’t know. Go on. Look it up. Q-u-a-t-l-o-o-s.

“One hundred quatloos on the newcomers!” … at the casino; …amidst a business-oriented request for quotation; …in a battle of domestic chore duties between newlyweds; …when making sports disagreements between pals – interesting.

It never fails to amaze me just how many real life situations actually call for that particular sci-fi statement. Today marks an entirely new scenario: with the weekly Wednesday Run to the local comic book shop still before me, the “quatloo” quote is, now, perhaps more apt than any other time before. Here’s why: Wolverine & The X-Men #6

Wolverine and The X-menWolverine & The X-Men #6

Written by: Jason Aaron

Illustrated by: Nick Bradshaw

Published by: Marvel Comics

Wolverine, the headmaster of a mutie-school? Wolverine, the guy with the adamentium blades protruding from his fists? Wolverine, the short, cigar-smoking Canuck with the obnoxiously thick sideburns and a distinct penchant for trouble who calls people “bub”? Wolverine, in charge of a group of kids in a…sort of…responsible-teacher-parental-figure-type position?

Man, I’d say that goes against type. That it just couldn’t be done. That it’s all wrong – an idea doomed to fail.

Well, some editor put “one hundred quatloos” on writer Jason Aaron’s brave – if seemingly foolish – idea. And we readers cashed in. Big time!

Wolverine & The X-Men (think superheroes meets Hogwarts) has been one of the most fun monthly reads I’ve ever had, and this issue (#6) kicks the school-time hi-jinx into another gear. In order to fund the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning (‘cos, you know, someone’s got to pay for the repairs to the quad after what happened last issue), Headmaster Wolverine and precocious (and problematic) student, Kid Omega, head to an intergalactic casino to win them some do-re-me.

My “quatloos” are on the newcomers. And this book!

Hey! Think you’ve got what it takes to apply to this educational institution? Then make the Wednesday Run today ‘cos the faculty is looking for mutie students just like you. Check out the class program list by visiting: www.jeangreyschool.com or follow the school’s whimsical updates: @JeanGreySchool

A degree at the Jean Grey School for Higher Education tells potential employers that you can handle anything. After all, they are the best there is at what they do.

Every Wednesday, JP makes the after-work run to his local downtown comic book shop. Comics arrive on Wednesdays you see and JP, fearful that the latest issue will sell out, rushes out to purchase his copy. This regular, weekly column will highlight a particularly interesting release, written in short order, of course, because JP has to get his – before someone else does!

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