Wolverine Week-23-in-Review: Changing Policy

Just when I think this week’s Wolverine Week-in-Review is ready, something new crops up…

The latest delay comes from the sudden need to change hosting companies and to finally establish the website on Wolverine Files.com, instead of my personal website of TypingMonkeys.com. For complete details, please see the most recent Wolverine Files Update (XXXVIII)…

So this week’s announcement concerning a slight change (or perhaps, more accurately, a clarification) in Wolverine Files’ policy is published much later in the weekend than I had intended. In any event, please note the following …

  • Wolverine Files is a Wolverine site, first and foremost. So while I will cover Wolverine’s son, Daken, for the time being, I no longer feel obliged to detail Daken’s cameo appearances, such as the single panel appearance in ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ #596. It’s hard enough tracking down every Wolverine appearance, so if others want to add those appearances in the comments below, please feel free.
  • I’ve mentioned my fervent belief in the past that Wolverine is in too many books, such as the FIFTY-ONE APPEARANCES over a recent six-week span. So while I will continue to chronicle Wolverine’s countless cover appearances and single panel flashback cameos, I, for one, will no longer be buying them. I know this doesn’t impact the site or you, but I simply will not financially support these gratuitous appearances anymore. So, again, if I have miss anything, please note my omissions in the comments below.

Movie Update: With ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ petering out at the box office, I will be running updates on Monday nights when the weekend tallies have become official.

TV Update: Friday night featured a brand new and intriguing ‘Wolverine and the X-Men’ episode, “Past Discretion”, dealing with Wolverine’s past (episode details)…

Comic Strip Update: Wolverine guest stars in the ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ comic strip. And you can read them all at the Houston Chronicle, Wolverine’s appearance starting June 1st…

As for comics this past week (June 3, 2009), Wolverine appeared in only FOUR TITLES.

Jrpbsp wrote up an extensive recap and review for ‘Wolverine: Revolver’ #1, and as usual, I will give my curmudgeonly impressions for the rest of the Wolverine docket…

Ultimatum #4 (preview | thread)
“A Time to Die”
Writer: Jeph Loeb
Artist: David Finch

This series has been a disaster (in more ways than one)  from the word go.  And this issue is no exception.

Since I don’t read ‘Ultimate Spider-Man’ or ‘Ultimate Fantastic Four’, I have no idea what is going on as the story has suddenly jumped from previous issue’s finale without explanation.

Further, the relationship between Wolverine and Kitty Pryde seems to be tied more to the 616 universe instead of the Ultimate universe.

Only one issue to go, and I hope, frankly, that Wolverine does not survive so I won’t be forced to continue enduring this universe…

Dark Avengers #5 (preview | thread)
Writer: Brian Michael David Bendis
Art: Mike Deodato

While I have thoroughly enjoyed this Dark Reign storyline, you know you’re in trouble when the writer takes to Twitter to defend his handling of Norman Osborn and the press.

So it would seem that I am not the only one not buying the Norman Osborn manipulating the media.

Norman Osborn is the Green Goblin. If you wanted to finesse this properly, then Marvel should have used the events of One More Day/Brand New Day to wipe everyone’s memories of Norman Osborn as the Green Goblin as well.

Seems like a rather appropriate turn of events when dealing with the devil…

Astonishing Tales #5 (details | thread)
“Lowtown Showdown”
Writer: C.B. Cebulski
Artist: Kenneth Rocafort

Were I not a Wolverine completist, this is one of the titles I would be dropping…

UPDATE: I should mention that Wolverine does not appear in ‘Dark Avengers’ #5 and that while Daken does appear, it’s not a substantial appearance…

What do you think? Feel free to share your opinion in the comments below OR join in on the fun in the Wolverine Files Forums

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  1. In Bendis’ defense he was attacked over his Ultimate Spider-man books as well. And they were the best selling Ultimate comic books on the market. I came to the conclusion that there are fans who accept change and fans who will hate a comic no matter how well written it is.

    Unless Stan Lee himself pops up and defends the book, I believe every single book that is created from now until the end of time will be picked apart , analyzed, and trashed talked by people with nothing better to do.

  2. One hopes you are not suggesting that a clearly gifted writer like Brian Bendis is not allowed to be criticized.

    We all have writers and books that we like and dislike. In this instance, I found a writer who I very much admire to have overreached on a key plot point.

    I don’t expect everyone to agree with me, but I do think I have the right to express that opinion.

  3. Instead of rehashing what I’ve already stated, I’ll simply point you towards the following post: http://forums.wolverinefiles.com/single/?p=188450&t=1774316

  4. DiG, you and Voltaire…everyone has a right to express their opinion in an open society.

  5. I’m not so in love with Bendis that I think he is perfect . Neither am I suggesting that no one is allowed to a difference of point of view.

    However that aside. I am mainly going to point to Ace’s thread and have his own words speak for my own. Please don’t assume what I said as a personal attack.

    ~Gabe

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