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YES!!! After years and years of anticipation it is finally here!!! The mother of all Wolverine comics. The one where we get to find out what exactly makes Logan tick and what really did happen at the Weapon X project. We didn’t even have to wait 60 years for this book to come out, because the wonderful folks at Marvel have even created a time machine to travel to the future and bring this piece of gold back in time to us. Fuck you Action Comics and Detective Comics we beat you again! First with Deadpool, now with Wolverine. It’s amazing that comics 60 years from now are only five bucks and the stories are still pretty shitty.
What we have here is a collection of eight stand alone Wolverine stories. Six new ones and two recycled from previous comics. We have Logan going after some guy in the Hand, I think. Wolverine playing his role of leader of the Black Dragons to try and take out the Yellow Claw, a story that uses Logan as a surgeon, one where he gives words to live by to a fat guy he drinks with, helping a little girl find her daddy, a dynamic team-up with Spidey, dream sequence of a distant past or an Ultimate universe, and a silent story about Weapon X. Nothing really stood out to me. We didn’t add anything new to make the character more interesting or didn’t shed light in the character’s past.
The story that stuck out the most to me was the team up with Spider-man by Zeb Wells. It actually felt like I was reading a Wolverine story from back in the day. The others were just so bland and forgettable that they aren’t even worthy of talking about. But I guess for the sake of the review and all……David Finch’s art was a nice addition, but they story made little sense. The stupid bar buddy idea was a ridiculous situation where Wolverine takes an insecure nerd out that show him life is about going for it and getting laid in the process. This is Wolverine old as fucking dirt and a samurai and those are his words of advice?!!! I would like to see a follow up to the Yellow Claw story, but maybe just as a one shot. Worst There IS was a little hard to believe, but I guess it had a cute ending. The silent comic was a waste of time, unless Stephen Segovia is just trying to get hired at Marvel and using this as his portfolio piece. The Todd Dezago bit reminded me why I quit reading comics in the 90s and the Jeph Loeb story had some nice visuals, but was just nonsense.
I’m not sure what Marvel was trying to do with this. Other than cash in on the Deadpool Team up mild success. This could have been a solid story about an old man Logan that lost his way in the future……oh wait, fuck that idea we got Mark Millar working on that, let’s make this a X-men Unlimited type of adventure. People love that stuff, that’s why the series was canceled twice! It’s a definite pass, unless you are a Wolverine completist and damn it… I happen to be one. D+