Back to school with the X-Men

Original five students will join the current Marvel Comics universe this fall
by Matthew Price Published: August 24, 2012

The X-Men and spinoff teams have been prominently featured in Marvel's lineup in the 49 years since the X-Men's introduction, especially since a class of “New Mutants” debuted in 1983.

Since then, the school has welcomed the “Generation X” team, the “New X-Men,” the “Young X-Men” and more. The school has been destroyed and rebuilt multiple times. The most recent revival brought with it a name change. When Wolverine reopened the school in the 2011 series “Wolverine and the X-Men,” he changed the name to honor Jean Grey, who was killed in battle.

The Jean Grey School for Higher Learning is the focus of the ongoing series “Wolverine and the X-Men,” which features Wolverine as the headmaster of the reopened school for mutants. In the comics, the school is at 1407 Graymalkin Lane, Salem Center, in the northeast part of New York's Westchester County.

The first hardcover collection of “Wolverine and the X-Men,” collecting the first four issues, was released in May, featuring Wolverine's battles to get the school open, both against X-Men foes and the local bureaucracy. The second hardcover, collecting issues 5-8, is set for September release. In the second volume, the school is invaded by the alien race known as the Brood, and Wolverine has to go to an intergalactic casino to find the funds to keep the school going.

Despite the school's many travails — and invasions — throughout the years, it's still the starting point for most of Marvel's mutant heroes. And it continues to turn out graduates: August 29's “Wolverine and the X-Men” No. 15 is set to reveal the first graduate of the renamed Jean Grey school.

by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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