Aside from the dreadful Wolverine: Flies to a Spider one shot (see ‘Hama Meets Tieri” review), Wolverine made appearances in three other issues this week (December 10, 2008). And since we had so much fun last week with the Secret Invasion finale, I thought it might be fun to take a look at Dark Reign #1 despite Wolverine not appearing…
X-Men and Spider-Man #2 (preview)
Writer: Christos Gage
Artist: Mario Alberti
Mario Alberti’s art is simply breathtaking in this clever tale by Christos Gage that fits effortlessly within the classic eighties stories of Mutant Massacre and Kraven’s Last Hunt.
Not to mention Wolverine gets to cut loose in his battle with Sabretooth and the rest of the Marauders.
A most enjoyable diversion marred only by Spider-Man’s dreadful reference to Wolverine’s “adamantium tuchus.”
Astonishing X-Men: Ghost Boxes #2 (preview)
Writer: Warren Ellis
Artist: Kaare Andrews
For me, this is Warren Ellis at his best.
A smart and wry take on established characters in an apocalyptic future.
And you gotta love the art by Kaare Andrews.
What If? Fallen Son (preview)
“What If… Iron Man Had Died'”
Writers: Marc Sumerak
Artist: Trevor Goring
This round of What If tales has been especially weak, and unfortunately for me, Wolverine camoes yet again.
And while Wolverine doesn’t appear in Dark Reign #1 by Brian Bendis and Alex Maleev, we had enough reaction last week in our Secret Invasion #8 Open Thread, that I thought we might want to try it again…
The story itself seems pretty intriguing, with Norman Osborn giving the keys to the kingdom to Dr. Doom, Namor, Emma Frost, a very feminine Loki (when did that happen?!?) and the Hood (which one of these doesn’t belong?). But as mentioned elsewhere, the artwork by Alex Maleev is simply dreadful. Namor looks like a balding, out-of-shape gigolo complete with five o’clock shadow (not to mention his bizarre dialogue). Loki looks like an aging, flabby and eyebrow-less drag queen. Even Norman Osborn is unrecognizeable if not for the dialogue.
So while the issue itself is pretty strong, the artwork is so jarring that I can’t help but think it was done on purpose.
So like last week, please join in on the fun!