They’re baaaack.

Wolverine and the X-Men

Wolverine and the X-Men. Cyclops has always complained about the temperature in those unstable-molecule suits.

Well, I’m psyched, aren’t you? It’s been about five years since we last saw the X-Men in animated form. And when we last left them they were in a bit of disarray. The cast of X-Men: Evolution had exploded, the focus was lost, and the WB had had enough. The series was canceled nine episodes into their 5th season near the end of 2003, leaving much of the recent events unresolved.

But this Friday the 23rd on Nicktoons Network the gang is coming together once more. Wolverine and the X-Men will make its US debut at 8:00pm with a one-hour premier. And when I said the gang is all here, I really meant it. Boyd Kirkland, Craig Kyle, Chris Yost, and Greg Johnson, the creative force behind X-Men: Evolution are all back to give it another shot.

Things are a little different this time. After three successful films it could be assumed that Americans and the rest of the world are vaguely familiar with the X-Men. This series, you’ll find, capitalizes on that from the get-go, foregoing the endless origin episodes and blasting you (literally) head-first into a storyline that would make for a pretty good cross-over event if it were being told in comic book form. When the series does need to weave in origin stories, you’ll notice that no matter what the plot is being advanced in some form.

The biggest twist on the X-Men dynamic is that Wolverine does indeed assume a leadership role in the X-Men. But you’ll find he doesn’t do it all that willingly.  Many of your old favorites return and some disappear off the map completely. There are also a few new faces on the team that will please some longtime X-Men fans.

We’ve got 26 episodes to look forward to in season one, and another 26 are already in preproduction for season two. So we’re going to have a lot to talk about soon.

And the best part about it? No Spyke. Or X-23. At least not yet.

Here’s hoping!



3 Responses to “They’re baaaack.”

  1. dillonmania Says:

    Bah, you say it’s been five years, but we’ve been watching the show since September 😛

    Apparently it is back on YTV again, and I can’t quite figure out why.

  2. gokitalo Says:

    They’re trying to confuse you with their mind games, Lia! “Covered with scoorrrpionnns…”

    I haven’t been this excited about an X-Men cartoon since, well, the 90s X-Men series. Got my TiVo set and everything. Sure, I could watch it online now, but sometimes the wait makes it even more satisfying.

  3. spiffyithaca Says:

    I’ll have to program my DVR as well Goki-O, because this does sound promising, and hell, it has Emma Frost and Nightcrawler, which is always good.

    Looking forward to this. Good coverage rob!

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