I said this a while back in one of the LTC threads, but will say it again: Wolverine and the X-Men #1 has to be my favorite single issue in a long time. I honestly thought I was going to stick with New Mutants as my only X-book, but WatXM #1 was just perfect and made me want to dive in to other X-books like Uncanny X-Men and X-Men Legacy. It wasn't a dark book, which the X-books tend to be. It was light enough to be funny and entertaining. Plus, the end did sell that it is going to be more than just fun and games. The art also worked with this tone. Bachalo's work is especially great in capturing Logan, Kitty, Husk, and the students. Can't wait for issue 2 tomorrow and hope the series maintains this quality.
High points of issue 1:
-The panoramic shots of the school at the beginning and end of the issue. It has come a long way from being, well, rubble.
-Logan's monologue before he encountered the school board reps, especially the scene where he says "Wish me luck, Jeannie" as he passes by the statue of Jean (I want a close-up of that statue!).
-I actually like how Kitty looks in this issue. Gotta say it again. It fits her.
-Husk telling the students to shut up in her class.
-Idie's comments. I didn't realize she was this messed up from glancing through the Regenesis one-shot. I thought she will be mentored by Wolverine in later issues (like how he took Kitty under his wing) but think Kitty might be mentoring her since the signs point to Kid Omega be Logan's apprentice.
-The Danger Room being the entire school.
-The tour of the school and trying to convince the board reps to not shut it down blowing up in Logan and Kitty's faces.
-The school's faculty/staff/students list at the end of the book. Simple and awesome.
-The school's syllabus that was also at the end. Best part of the book that had me laughing with glee.