X-Men, Volume 4
by Various Directors
Review by Charles Mohapel
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment DVD ISBN/ITEM#: B002DYKPFQ
Date: 17 September 2009 List Price $23.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Cathal J. Dodd ... Logan / Wolverine
Cedric Smith ... Professor Charles Xavier
Norm Spencer ... Cyclops
George Buza ... Beast
Lenore Zann ... Rogue
Catherine Disher ... Jean Grey
Alyson Court ... Jubilee
Chris Potter ... Gambit
Alison Sealy-Smith ... Storm
Proteus (Parts 1 & 2) gives us a little backstory on Moira MacTaggert and her son Kevin -- Proteus. Proteus escapes from Muir Island in search of the deadbeat father who abandoned him upon discovering his mutant abilities. How ironic considering that his father is an arrogant politician championing the very family values he so evidently lacks.
I quite enjoyed Sanctuary (Parts 1 & 2), the story of Magneto's decision "If you can't beat them, leave them behind on Earth". After creating Asteroid M, a sanctuary in outer space where all mutants are welcome, even the X-Men, he is betrayed by Fabian Cortez, a younger power hungry rival who then blames the X-Men for murdering Magneto.
In Beyond Good And Evil (Parts 1 to 4) the ancient mutant Apocalypse tricks Cable and steals his time travel device to go back in time to prevent the destruction of his Lazarus Chamber. Worst of all he plans on using all the psychics that Mister Sinister has kidnapped for him in order to destroy all time as we know it in order to create a new universe where he will reign supreme.
Not surprisingly Wolverine acts like the living incarnation of Ebenezer Scrooge himself in Have Yourself a Morlock Little X-Mas. To me this was a completely expected but quite enjoyable change of pace.
The Lotus and the Steel sees Wolverine returning to rural Japan in search of peace and tranquility, but Silver Samurai and his motorcycle riding thugs have different plans for the quiet village that is home to Wolverine.
In Love in Vain, Rogue reunites with her first boyfriend, Cody, only to discover that he is the pawn for an alien race called "the Family". What methods does one use to get rid of a bunch of spacefaring talking bipedal cockroaches with an attitude?
Secrets, Not Long Buried begins with Scott "Cyclops" Summers going to Skull Mesa, a small town in the western US to visit Dr. Prescott an old friend. What he has blundered into is the Children of the Shadow, a militant, mutant-only, anti-human hate group, but their leader is so brutal that anyone who doesn't obey his orders without question is immediately punished.
In Xavier Remembers, Professor Xavier suffers a slight concussion, leaving his powerful psychic mind open to manipulation and possession by the Shadow King who then traps Xavier's mind on the Astral Plane. Upon discovering this fact Jean Grey manages to trap Shadow King back on the Astral Plane, allowing Professor Xavier to regain complete control of his body. Not one of my favorite episodes.
The story of Family Ties begins with the backstory of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, the twin offspring of Magneto kept from him by their mother Magda. After the High Evolutionary and his "New Men" kidnap Beast, Wolverin, "Quicksilve, and Scarlet Witch, Magneto and the rest of the X-Men must team up in order to defeat the High Evolutionary.
Normally at this time I'd be commenting on the special or bonus features, but there aren't any beyond the promo spots. Then again, I didn't expect any bonus features so in this case, I'm not disappointed.
All in all, X-Men, Volume 4 was quite enjoyable and helps build toward collecting the entire set.