Review: Wolverine: The Amazing Immortal Man & Other Bloody Tales #1

Wolverine: Amazing Immortal Man and Other Bloody Tales coverWolverine: The Amazing Immortal Man & Other Bloody Tales #1
“The Amazing Immortal Man”
Writer: David Lapham
Artist: Johnny Timmons

“The Animal Man”
Writer: David Lapham;
Artists: David Lapham, Stefano Gaudiano

“Coney Island Baby”
Writer: David Lapham;
Pencils: Kelly Goodine; Inks: Paul Neary

David Lapham (of ‘Stray Bullets’ fame) presents three 11-page Wolverine short stories, but before we get to those, let’s acknowledge the awesome cover.

The first story is an enjoyable tale of Logan’s past during the 1930s. He may be aiding and abetting crooks, but at least he has his honor this time around. Thumbs up.

The second story is more offbeat. Not especially good, I must admit, but I appreciate the attempt.

The final tale is less satisfying. It begins as a standard superhero fare and attempts a twist that doesn’t quite work.

All in all, a worthwhile read if, like me, you enjoy glimpses into Wolverine’s earliest escapades.

From Marvel (preview): “Step right up, one and all! But be forewarned, the grisly specimens on display are not intended for the faint of heart or weak of constitution! Steel yourselves for the most astonishing, most awe-inspiring and most revolting of Mother Nature’s rare mistakes! Three — count them, ladies and gentlemen, THREE — stomach-turning tales to terrify and delight are packed into this freak-show menagerie, starring that most tenacious survivor of genetic adversity, that hardy bottom-feeder at the fringes of our civil society…the hirsute, unkillable half-animal…WOOOOLVERINE!” On sale May 14, 2008.

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