Wolverine Week-in-Review: First Class & New Avengers

Aside from Wolverine: Origins #31 (see review), Wolverine appeared in two other titles this past week (December 24, 2008). I also missed an appearance from last week courtesy of Comusiv’s keen eye…

Wolverine: First Class #10 coverWolverine: First Class #10 (preview)
“The Pack, Part 1”
Writer: Fred Van Lente
Artist: Francis Portela

Regular readers of this site know that I really like this series and Fred Van Lente’s writing in particular.

But this issue just does not work for me.

It’s not bad.

It’s just not nearly as good or as witty as previous issues have been.

It’s based on a single premise — a very cool premise — but that premise is not enough to carry the issue.

And since this is a two-parter, my guess is that it won’t carry next issue either.

New Avengers #48 coverNew Avengers #48 (preview)
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils: Billy Tan
Inks Matt Banning

The first half of this issue is Brian Bendis at this best.

Very quiet. Very personal. Very effective.

But he throws in a twist that to my mind is unnecessary and smells of deus ex machina.

As a result the powerful ending feels rather manipulated. Which is a shame, for it would have been even more powerful without the twist.

Mighty Avengers #20 (preview)
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils: Lee Weeks, Jim Cheung & Carlo Pagulayan
Inks: Lee Weeks, Jim Cheung & Jeffrey Huet

Missed from last week, eagle-eye Wolverine Files reader Comusiv caught the barely noticeable background flashback Wolverine cameo. Took me two full reads to find it myself!

And finally, Wolverine did not appear at all, thankfully, in the truly dreadful Ultimatum #2

Facebook comments:

  1. Hopefully Friday will be better. I really didn’t like the cover to First Class.

    I’m looking forward to the next issue of Old Man Logan.

  2. Hey preview for Wolverine is up
    http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=1739&disp=table
    Looks pretty nasty, I have high hopes

    Yeah new Avengers was good and I too felt the twist ending was off.
    But at least this was not a pointless Secret Invasion like the last 7 months of Avengers.

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