Wolverine appeared in only two titles this past week (March 11, 2009).
But he was the centerpiece and editorial subject of Marvel Spotlight: Wolverine that begins with an absolute must-read interview with Daniel Way.
Early on, Way admits, “[Wolverine] is almost a war criminal. And if we had lost WWII, he would have been a war criminal.”
And here is where Daniel Way and I differ.
Morally, Wolverine is a war criminal, period.
I understand his legal distinction, but for me it is all about what one does when no one is looking. Not merely what one can prove.
And for me, it is for exactly that reason that I do not like ‘Wolverine: Origins’.
I, for one, do not believe it was necessary to take Wolverine to these evil depths in order to show off his redemption.
As he notes at the end of the interview, “…Sometimes I’ve done things that have pissed off fans to the extreme, but I’ve gotten their heart pumpin’ again. ‘I made ya look.’ And, that was the point.”
And here I thought it was to make fans say, “Wow.”
Jason Aaron and Christopher Yost are also interviewed and there are some excellent pieces on Barry Windor-Smith’s ‘Weapon X’, ‘First Class’ and ‘Origin’.
Moving onto the reviews themselves…
X-Men Noir #4 (preview)
“The Mutant Hunter”
Writer: Fred Van Lente
Artist: Dennis Calero
I strongly recommend a thorough reread of the first three issues before embarking on this series finale.
Wolverine does appear, but merely plays a supporting role this time around…
Astonishing Tales #2 (preview)
“The Hard Way”
Writer: C.B. Cebulski
Penciler: Kenneth Rocafort
More over-the-top posturing for Wolverine and the Punisher, and the introduction of “Kimora: Agent of the Mysterious Organization Known as The Facility” whose enormous breasts threaten to burst through the fabric of her low-cut uniform.
So depending on your viewpoint, this is either an incredible waste of your money or the greatest comic book of all time…
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