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Featured TV on DVD Review: Wolverine and the X-Men: Revelation

May 1st, 2010

Wolverine and the X-Men: Revelation - Buy from Amazon

This fifth volume of Wolverine and the X-Men, Revelation hits the home market this week. As the name suggests, we are starting to learn a lot more about what caused the apocalyptic events Professor X has been dealing with in the future. Since it hasn't been that long since I reviewed the previous release, there's little need to setup the DVD and we can jump right into the episodes found on it, starting with...

  1. Guardian Angel
    Warren Worthington, a.k.a., Angel, has been flying solo rescuing mutants who are being captured by the MRD, but when he learns his father has been working on a "cure" for mutants, he snaps and reveals to the world who he really is. He dad then orders the MRD to capture him, but in the process he's injured and his wings have to be amputated. Unwilling to live his life without them, he makes a deal with an old enemy. A deal that had disastrous consequences.
  2. Breakdown
    Cyclops has a momentary breakdown in battle after seeing Jean Grey, or at least a vision of her. He then enlists the help of Emma Frost to erase the memories of Jean Grey, so that he can finally move on. However, when she begins the process, he discovers the true cause of the explosion that took place in episode one.
  3. Rover
    Following up on the evidence found in Breakdown, Professor X and the rest of the X-men of the future try and figure out the exact date of the explosion that destroyed Genosha. In order to do so, they need to get Master Mold's old memory core. In doing so, they will have to risk a new ally of theirs, Rover. Rover being the Sentinel that Polaris created for them a few episodes earlier. This doesn't sit well with Marrow, who has bonded with Rover in the meantime.
  4. Aces & Eights
    Professor X learns that a battle between humans and mutants started when Magneto's helmet was stolen, so Wolverine sends Nightcrawler to stop whomever the thief was. Turns out it was Gambit. But when Gambit is involved, things are always more complicated then their first appear.
  5. Shades of Grey
    This is episode 23 of 26 from Season One and episodes 24 through 26 are a three-part story and that wraps-up the whole storyline (and sets up a possible season two). Because of that, I really can't say what happens here without entering unacceptable spoiler territory.
As I've said in the past, the main storyarc for Wolverine and the X-Men is so intriguing that the episodes that move it forward are consistently among the best. Stand-alone episodes are usually the weakest. (Although they are also usually also still very strong.) On this DVD, every single episode moves the main storyarc forward, some more than others. The show continues to maintain continuity better than most shows aimed at adults and there are several callbacks, not to mention nods to the source material. Overall, an excellent selection of episodes.

Like the previous releases, all five episodes also have an audio commentary track featuring Craig Kyle, Greg Johnson, and Chris Yost. And like previous audio commentary tracks featuring these three men, there's a huge amount of information presented while the energy level remains high. So high that people are threatened with being fired.

The Verdict

On the one hand, Wolverine and the X-Men is a great show and Revelation is actually a good deal. After all, five episodes with audio commentary tracks for $11 is a better price for what you get than a lot of full season sets. On the other hand, the actual full season set will likely be an even better deal. Call this a rental while you wait.

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