Wolverine and the X-Men: Final Crisis Trilogy – DVD Review

This box set is titled “Final Crisis Trilogy” But the episodes themselves are called Foresight (Parts 1-3). If you’re a comic fan the word Crisis is pretty much synonymous with the DC Universe. I’ll let you come to your own conclusion as to why Marvel chose to bite that title.

Wolverine and the X-Men is a solid addition to the multiple cartoon series that have starred everyone’s favorite mutants. What I really like about this show is that it takes many classic elements from the comics – Sentinels, The Hellfire Club, Jean Grey and the Phoenix force, etc. – and blends them all together into an original story. It allows the writers to pull characters from any generation of the comic and blend them together in new and interesting way.

This volume brings us the final three episodes of the season. If you haven’t seen the whole series you’ll probably be pretty lost. In the future Master Mold is getting closer to destroying all the mutants and in the present the Hellfire Club is getting closer to unleashing the Phoenix Force from Jean Grey. Only through perseverance and great tenacity do Wolverine and his fellow mutants have a chance of saving the world.

The voice acting is solid across the board and the animation is great too. It’s refreshing to see that there are still hand drawn cartoons still being produced. Though, I don’t understand why they decided to give Master Mold a female voice and make her look like Danger. If you’ve read Joss Whedon’s run on Astonishing X-Men you’ll know who Danger is.

What else is really great about this show is that the seasons 26 episodes comprise one complete story and ends with a great cliffhanger for a second season. After seeing what these writers can do with the X-Men world, I’m excited to see what they’ll do next.

The episodes are presented in widescreen 1.78:1. Sound is Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. For the most part this is a very well animated show and these episodes look really good on this disc.

Commentary with Craig Kyle, Greg Johnson and Chris Yost: These are actually pretty entertaining commentaries. As well as providing the usual insight you expect from a good commentary these guys also crack a lot of jokes at their own show’s expense.

Trailer

If you’re an X-Men fan, this is a pretty solid series, though it is kinda lame that they released the whole season over 6 volumes. I imagine that a complete series will probably be coming shortly. I say wait it out and pick the whole series all at once.


Marvel and Lionsgate presentWolverine and the X-Men: Final Crisis Trilogy. Created by Craig Kyle and Greg Johnson. Written by Greg Johnson. Starring Steve Blum, Jim Ward, Nolan North, Fred Tatasciore and Kari Wahlgren. 66 minutes on 1 disc. Released on DVD: August 15, 2010.

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