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X-Men: Volumes Three and Four

The first two volumes of the “X-Men” animated series contained some of the most memorable episodes in the show’s five-year run. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said of Volumes Three and Four. In fact, many of the episodes that appear are nothing more than retreads of previous stories, like the four-part “Dark Phoenix” saga and the two-part “One Man’s Worth,” which plays out like “Days of Future Past: Part Deux.” Throwaway villains like Sauron (“Savage Land, Strange Heart”) and Shadow King (“Xavier Remembers”) also return, even though there are far more interesting baddies in the X-Men universe that have yet to appear. It isn’t all doom and gloom, however, as we do get guest appearances from Dazzler, Iceman, X-Factor, Nightcrawler and Psylocke, as well as some great one-off episodes featuring Wolverine (the cleverly titled “Weapon X, Lies and Video Tape” and “The Lotus and the Steel”). And in keeping with the comics of that time, the two-part “Sanctuary” is a virtual scene-for-scene remake of Chris Claremont’s short-lived, three-issue “X-Men” run. It’s not good enough to rank among the best episodes, but it’s definitely one of the high points of these surprisingly hit-and-miss two-disc sets.

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Wolverine and the X-Men: Heroes Return

It’s been six years since we’ve had an “X-Men” cartoon on the air, and with “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” due in theaters this summer, there couldn’t be a better time to launch a new animated series. Enter “Wolverine and the X-Men,” Marvel’s latest show based on the superhero group that debuted at the end of last year. Combining the look of “X-Men: Evolution” with the storytelling of the popular 90s series, the latest iteration finds Wolverine in charge of the team when Professor Xavier suddenly goes missing. Though Volume One (dubbed “Heroes Return”) only includes the first three episodes, “Wolverine and the X-Men” doesn’t take long to pull you in. All of the familiar characters are there (Cyclops, Jean Grey, Iceman and Beast), as well as a few welcome surprises (Emma Frost, Angel and Forge), while the overarching story of the season promises a clever spin on the “Days of Future Past” storyline. The character designs are solid (even if some of the costumes suck, like Cyclops’ angry rocker look) and the writers seem intent on remaining true to the comic’s long history by reintroducing and reinventing classic stories. It’s hard to imagine this show ever becoming as big of a hit with the fans as the aforementioned “X-Men: The Animated Series,” but based on “Heroes Return” alone, it certainly has the potential.

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