Welcome to the Jean Grey School for Higher LearningWolverine and the X-Men
is an ongoing Marvel comic series, written by Jason Aaron, that began in 2011, running for 42 issues. It loosely mimics the concept of the animated series of the same name.
After the events of Schism tore Wolverine and Cyclops apart, Wolverine left the mutant island of Utopia to return to the ruins of the school in Westchester. Taking several of the X-Men with him to act as teachers for new students, Wolverine rebuilt the school, with himself and Kitty Pryde as the heads. He named it The Jean Grey School for Higher Learning, as both a homage to (the yet again deceased) Jean Grey as well as a huge middle finger to Scott Summers.
The series switches between a focus on a handful of the teachers (Wolverine, Kitty Pryde, Beast, Iceman, Rachel Grey, later Storm) and the students. The main cast of students includes:
Joining after Avengers vs. X-Men:
Kade Killgore, a psychopathic 12 year old, leads the newly revitalized Hellfire Club, and is the main villain of the series. Basically everything that happens ever is his fault (with the exception of Avengers vs X-Men, as far as we know anyway).
This series provides examples of:
- Academy of Adventure: The series in a nuthsell.
- Academy of Evil: The Hellfire Academy
- Attention Whore: Oh, Quentin
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: The Hellfire Club is trying this on Quentin in Issue 32.
- Born Unlucky: Trevor
- Bound and Gagged: Not exclusive to this series, but Quentin gets tied up a lot
- The Chew Toy: Trevor and Toad.
- Class Clown: Quentin
- Class Trip: A recent arc involved the main students taking a field trip to the Savage Land.
- The Jean Grey School website has an entire list of special events including field trips to places like Asgard, Stark Industries, and "Headmaster Logan's 'favorite sushi joint in the whole Eastern hemisphere'".
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Toad managed to take down Sauron and Mondo with ease to free Quentin.
- Deadpan Snarker: Quentin again. Even under torture.
- Distaff Counterpart: Mondo of the Hellfire Academy is aptly described by Quentin as "Mojo with boobs."
- Everybody Hates Mathematics: Bobby literally teaches a class called "Algebra Sucks: I Know, But You Still Have To Learn It"
- Extraverted Nerd: Quentin
- Face-Heel Turn: Husk defects to the Hellfire Academy. Although is is attributed to her apparent molting problem ever since the book started.
- Glob goes over to the Hellfire Club during the Savage Lands trip.
- So do Idie and Quentin in Issue #29 and 30. Although both of them have different reasons. In Idie's case, it's so she can kill whoever shot Broo and in Quentin's case the instructors automatically assume he's a traitor at the first sign, given he's got a very rebellious nature. He uses it to his advantage to go help Idie.
- Fan Disservice: Idie, a 14-year-old girl, dressing up as the Black Queen of the Hellfire Club.◊
- Five-Man Band
- Future Badass: Everyone but especially Eye-Boy who goes on to become Eye-Man, who directs actions of both X-Men and Avengers from a floating sentinel's head in space and capable of Free-Fall Fight from orbit with science vampires. Did we mention his Cool Guns? Future Badass indeed.
- Genre Savvy: Quentin
- "You act like you've never been trapped in a prehistoric jungle before. Learn your history. It's practically an X-Men Rite of passage."
- "Look around, Jean Grey. This is the X-Men. If there's one thing we do more often than time travel and come back from the dead... it's randomly hook up with each other."
- "Have you ever heard of a super hero wedding that wasn't crashed by aliens or... I don't know... six-breasted, two-headed, Amazon women wearing nothing but thongs?" (Technically not from this series, but a good example nonetheless)
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Iara has some serious anger management issues.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: Toad goes from villain to working for the X-men to betraying them for Hellfire and now looking to go back.
- High School Dance: What high school series would be complete without a school dance to celebrate before the probable end of the world?
- Hormone-Addled Teenager: In Issue #33: Big Bad Kade Kilgore succumbs to puberty at the most inopportune moment possible after getting Idie into the Black Queen outfit.
- Hot Teacher: Kind of comes with the territory.
- I Am a Monster: Idie says this a lot.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Maria Hill comes off as being paranoid and unrepentant in issue #38, but just about everything she said is true. She has been taking steps with a liaison officer but neither of the X-Men teams work with her (they don't know she's Mystique), the X-Men fight each other more than enemies, they make Death Is Cheap, they violate the rules of Time Travel, and one of their own who had gone rogue did pull the trigger on the weapons they had and caused a hell of a lot of problems. They're only argument is about SHIELD having Sentinels, which being the director is something she should have control over and investigate.
- Magikarp Power: Trevor
- Mischief for Punishment: Xavier points out that getting detention isn't really a punishment for Quentin so much as it is a cry for attention, and punishes him by nominating him for class president instead.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Toad is working for the Hellfire Club, partly because of this and the other half is because he's Defecting for Love.
- Nausea Fuel: Snot, one of the students at the Hellfire Academy, is this incarnate. His powers are basically super-sneezing and snot that's adhesive. He can't shut it off either and apparently killed a walrus just by sneezing in its direction.
- Nerds Love Tough Schoolwork: Broo at least before he gets shot.
- New Transfer Student: Iara, Jia and Trevor
- During AvX a bunch of the students from Utopia came to the school too.
- In a way, Broo and Kubark probably count too, since they're aliens.
- The Quincy Punk: Quentin fits this trope pretty well, although there's a lot more to him than that.
- Rebellious Spirit: Quentin
- Royal Brat: Kubark fits this to a T.
- Sanity Slippage: Husk's Face-Heel Turn is implied to be because of her molting problem having an effect on her sanity. At the Hellfire Academy she's the lunch lady and the librarian and spends all her time screaming at the students while ripping off her skin. She even considers her shedding a priority at this point and wonders how long before she'll shed down to her soul.
- The Spartan Way: The Shi'ar Boarding Academy appears to be like this.
- Spontaneous Weapon Creation: Quentin makes a Psychic Shotgun and a pair of Handguns in contrast to Psylocke and Pixie's blades.
- Student and Master Team: Wolverine and Quentin, when they went to Planet Sin.
- Student Council President: Quentin Quire was elected president, surprising approximately zero readers (although the circumstances were a little less predictable).
- Superhero School
- Teen Genius: Quentin thinks ten million "brilliant" thoughts per second.
- Too Kinky to Torture: Quentin, when he's tortured by the Hellfire Academy.
- Tragic Hero: Potentially Evan and Idie.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour: A big reason Wolverine decided to open the school was to stop the kids from being soldiers and having to kill.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Trevor
- Young Entrepreneur: Kade Killgore. He set up a school for villains just so in the future he'd have more sentinels to sell.