Wolverine Week-19-in-Review: Astonishing FCBD…

We begin the week-in-review with the Thursday box office update that nudges the ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ domestic total to $102.6 million. That ties ‘Wolverine’ with ‘American Pie’ and ‘The Aviator’ as the #392nd domestic grossing film of all time, clawing past ‘Daredevil’ and ‘Mary Poppins’, and burying ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth’.

Up next? ‘Bambi’, ‘Jaws 2′ and Scream’.

The overseas box office has also been updated, upping the worldwide total to $182.3 million. That ties ‘Wolverine’ with ‘Cape Fear’ as the #403rd grossing film of all time worldwide, just ahead of ‘The Longest Yard’, ‘102 Dalmations’ and ‘Aliens’.

As for comics this week (May 6, 2009), Wolverine (and Dark Wolverine) appeared in SEVEN TITLES including two from Free Comic Book Day on Saturday. Jrpbsp and Brian Knippenberg have written up extensive recaps and reviews for three of those titles:

As usual, I will give my impressions for the rest of the Wolverine docket…

Astonishing Tales #4 coverAstonishing Tales #4 (details)
“Die Hard the Hunter”
Writer: C.B. Cebulski
Artist: Kenneth Rocafort

More over-the-top shenanigans from the team of Cebulski and Rocafort.

So if you liked the first three chapters, then you’ll enjoy this installment.

If not, well, it’s more of the same…

And for completeness sake, there is a pseudo-Logan appearance in the back-up “Bobby and Sam in Mojoworld, Chapter Four: Crash Weddings” by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra.

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.Agents of Atlas #4 (preview)
“The Dragon’s Corridor, Part 3/Inside America”
Writer: Jeff Parker
Artist: Gabriel Hardman/Clayton Henry

Final page Wolverine cameo sets up for next issue’s crossover with the New Avengers…

Exiles #2 (preview)
“Long Live the King!”
Writer: Jeff Parker
Artist: Salva Espin

Wolverine’s adamantium skeleton has a return performance…

Deadpool #10 (details | thread)
“Bullseye, Part One: The Shaft”
Writer: Daniel Way
Pencils: Paco Medina
Inks: Juan Vlasco

Dark Wolverine cameos briefly, taking a pass on a rematch with Deadpool…

FCBD 2009: Avengers (preview | thread)
“The Way Things Are…”
Script: Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils: Jim Cheung
Inks: Mark Morales

From last Saturday, this is a very strong issue by Bendis. A terrific blend of the New and Dark Avengers, giving every character a ‘moment’.

Wolverine’s?

“Hey, Cage. How’s your throwing arm?”

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