‘Wolverine: Best There Is’ #5 Open Thread

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Writers: Charles Huston
Art: Juan Jose Ryp

From Marvel: “CONTAGION, CHAPTER FIVE – LOOKING FOR A WAY OUT: Contagion and his bloodthirsty posse have thrown everything and the kitchen sink at Wolverine, yet still her stands. Now it’s time for him to teach the ‘Unkillables’ a thing or two about pain. And when he’s through with them, he’s got something special planned for their leader. ”

On sale April 6, 2011.

You know a comic book is bad when even the characters in the story start to complain about how stupid the plot is.

For a writer, that should be an alarm bell that your story has gone awry.

Wolverine #7 Open Thread

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Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Daniel Acuna

From Marvel: “WOLVERINE VS. THE X-MEN CONTINUES! On the outside, an enraged Logan is fighting for his life against the combined might of both Namor and Magneto, while on the inside he’s battling to stop a horde of demons from burning him out of his own mind. And now some of his closest friends, including Storm, Rogue and Kitty Pryde, look to stage the most improbable of rescue missions. Powerhouses JASON AARON and DANIEL ACUÑA tear it up as Wolverine’s battle against his literal demons rages on!”

On sale March 30, 2011.

Last month I suggested that no one writes a better first issue of a series than Jason Aaron.

I think we can safely say that no one writes a better second issue either.

Wolverine and Jubilee #3 Open Thread

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Writer: Kathryn Immonen
Art: Phil Noto

From Marvel: “When Jubilee’s pursuer turns up in the dead of night, there’s a debt that needs to be paid and the hidden costs? Killer. Wolverine has always promised to be there for Jubilee but with her held hostage as collateral in a place where not even Fedex delivers, he’s going to have to play along to try to get her back. Wolverine is headed into a dangerous Siberian dead zone to do a job that no one else can or will do to retrieve a package that defies description. And Jubilee is about to come face to face with the man responsible. ”

On sale March 23, 2011.

Not as strong as the first two issues, but Immonen and Noto are still putting out top-notch work.

We get more plot this time around, so I have high hopes for next month’s finale.

Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine #5 Open Thread

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Writer: Jason Aaron
Pencils: Adam Kubert
Digital Inks: Mike Roslan

From Marvel: “Meet Czar and Big Murder. They’ve kicked Spider-Man and Wolverine’s butts throughout time, working for the mystery villain who’s been running this whole scheme. And he’s winning. But will it matter when, SPOILER ALERT, the Phoenix Force steps in? Don’t miss the penultimate chapter of Jason Aaron (WOLVERINE) and Adam Kubert’s (X-MEN) modern-day masterpiece!”

On sale March 23, 2010.

Nearly three months since the last issue.

And as I’ve said before, when I have to wait that long for an issue, the series better be spectacular. Or in this case, astonishing.

Unfortunately, I still find the villains to be rather two-bit and silly.

And while there is comedy, it just doesn’t work for me this time around. There has been so much build up of emotions that the silliness just seems out of place.

Anyone else?

‘5 Ronin’ #1 Open Thread

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Writer: Peter Milligan
Art: Tomm Coker

From Marvel: “5 Books, 5 Heroes—1 unforgettable story of heroes pushed to their limits. It is 17th century Japan, a time and place of violent upheaval, wandering Ronin, and mysterious Geisha. Into this strange and dangerous world come Wolverine, Pyslocke, Punisher, Hulk and Deadpool. Five of Marvel’s greatest heroes…as you’ve never seen them before. Each has been wronged by a powerful tyrant. Each has taken a solemn vow…of vengeance!”

On sale March 2, 2011.

Being a fan of ‘Vagabond’ (the life of Miyamoto Musashi) and ‘Lone Wolf and Cub’, I was intrigued by this project. And while there is an interesting twist along the way, I don’t know when and if this alternate tale of Logan will be completed, as the Hulk takes center stage in the next issue.

So count me intrigued, but feeling left somewhat incomplete.

‘Wolverine/Hercules: Myths, Monsters & Mutants’ #1 Open Thread

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Writers: Frank Tieri
Art: Juan Roman Cano Santacruz

From Marvel: “Gritty scribe Frank Tieri and artist Juan Santacruz bring two of Marvel’s toughest heroes together for an all new limited series, featuring covers by the legendary Joe Jusko! Matsuo—the man who killed Yuriko—is back from the dead and has one mission—kill Wolverine. But when he recruits two deadly foes of Hercules, the Olympian joins forces with Logan to show Matsuo just what it means to battle the best there is at what they do.”

On sale March 2, 2011.

I admit that I wasn’t a big fan of Frank Tieri during his ‘Wolverine’ run — so this miniseries debut caught me by surprise.

There is a delightful nod towards the ‘first’ meeting between Wolverine and Hercules at The Sign of the Lion Bar (Marvel Treasury Edition #26 back in 1980), and Hercules is a hoot throughout.

It remains to be seen whether the Matsu’o Tsurayaba storyline will live up to expectations, but for now, I am willing to give Tieri the benefit of the doubt…

‘Wolverine: The Best There Is’ #4 Open Thread

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Writers: Charles Huston
Art: Juan Jose Ryp

From Marvel: “It’s been a long night for Logan. Tortured by a sadist with three-thousand years experience in the art, his life force consumed and his soul flayed, it’s all enough to make Wolverine kind of, well, grumpy. But the worst is yet to come…as Logan discovers Contagion’s master plan. It’s a doozy and it will change the way you look at Wolverine.”

On sale March 2, 2011.

Not to repeat myself, but this really is the biggest piece of crap I’ve read in a long time.

I mean, seriously.

Anyone else care to pile on?

Wolverine WrapUp (02/16): Generation X-Force

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Writer: Rick Remender
Pencils: Esad Ribic
Inks: John Lucas

From Marvel: “They come in waves, an army of time displaced Deathlok troopers made from Earth’s greatest warriors; Captain America, Spider-Man, Elektra, Cyclops, Venom, The Thing, Bullseye–all soldiers in the army of Deathlok. All operating under one directive: Fantomex must die! The hottest book on the stands just gets hotter as fan favorite writer Rick Remender (Punisher, Fear Agent) is joined by superstar artist Esad Ribic (Wolverine, Loki)!”

In stores February 16, 2011.

Having not read the last story arc due to the fact that I am still missing issue #2, I can’t speak to the epilogue at play here, but I can say that the Deathloks here are pretty cool.

One wonders, however, if they’ll be tied to the Deathloks that appeared in ‘Wolverine: Weapon X’ a few months back…

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Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artists: Salvador Espin with Scott Koblish

From Marvel: “Dust settles over the rubble of Tokyo. What emerges, for better or worse, will define the next generation of mutantkind. PLUS, as the survivors return to Utopia, there is a reckoning between Wolverine and Teon. One way or the other, it’s another unforgettable issue of Generation Hope.”

In stores February 16, 2011.

Great cover, and the story inside isn’t too bad.

Unfortunately the Teon on the cover and the Teon inside bear little resemblance…

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Major probable/possible Wolverine appearances for this week (02/23/11)…
-Astonishing X-Men #36 (preview): The next arc by Daniel Way begins…
-Avengers #10 (preview): The Avengers in the Danger Room…
-Fantastic Four #589 (preview): Wolverine attends the funeral of Johnny Storm…
-Uncanny X-Men #533 (preview): Quarantine continues…
-X-Men #8 (preview): Wolverine vs. the Lizard People…

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Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis #5 Open Thread

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Writer: Warren Ellis
Artist: Kaare Andrews

From Marvel: “The truth behind the mutant babies of Karere township is discovered — an innocent man who might also doom the town, if not the whole of Africa, by accident. The X-Men have to put themselves between two armies to save a mutant who might not be worth saving…”

In stores February 16, 2011.

Warren Ellis and Kaare Andrews wrap up their ‘Astonishing X-Men’ run with another fun, action-filled issue.

And several awesome Wolverine moments.

Next stop: Daniel Way.

Wolverine and Jubilee #2 Open Thread

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Writer: Kathryn Immonen
Art: Phil Noto

From Marvel: “Undead teenagers, can’t live with ‘em, can’t shoot ‘em…because they’re undead. Wolverine may be taking on his roughest mission yet as he tries to kick some sense into Jubilee and boy, does she fight back! In his version of Upward Bound, X-Men style, he’s hauled her halfway around the world to get her away from whoever or whatever is trying to frame her for mass murder. But this town’s got a problem that’s going to take their combined efforts to combat, and Jubilee’s pursuer is hot on their trail.”

On sale February 16, 2011.

This miniseries continues to impress me.

Another very strong issue with terrific interplay between Wolverine and Jubilee.

Best line? “I can’t feel my ass.”

Heh.

Anyone else enjoying this as much as I am?