Thursday 7 January 2016

Comics Wrap-Up - How Many Roads Must A Man Walk Down...

Graphic Novels

Wolverine: Enemy of the State (UK - US) collects Wolverine: Enemy of the State Vol 1 and 2 (I know, just accept it.) Spearheaded by the fabulous Mark Millar, this tells the story of a Wolverine brainwashed by Hydra and sent out as a weapon against SHIELD and the other superheroes.

It's pretty great, in all honesty; sharp, modern lines, mixed with the odd bit of graphic violence, every bad-guy agency you can think of (Hydra, The Hand, AIM...) and cameos from an array of the Marvel Universe's best and brightest, (Captain America, The Fantastic Four, Daredevil, and a major role for Elektra - it's worth it just to see her wearing a SHIELD baseball cap.)

The book covers Wolverine (2003 run) #20-32. It's Wolverine #32: Prisoner Number Zero (UK - US,) completely standalone and nothing to do with the story arc, that stands out.

Put simply, Wolverine #32 (UK - US) is a work of art. A holocaust ghost story, told largely in silhouette, Logan never utters a word. It's stunning - a true masterpiece.

Single Issues

This week I also dived into Wolverine: The End #3 (UK - US) and #5 (UK - US) - why no #4? Because I bought them at a used comic stall, and they didn't have #4. That's why.

These feature what is commonly known in the Marvel world as Old Man Logan. Yes folks, these are set in the future, where Wolverine's famous side-burns are a fetching shade of pure white.

Due to the now pretty complicated time-lines in the Marvel Universe, I advise you (as with pretty much all comics) to just accept things and not try too hard to figure out what's going on. You'll actually understand more if you're not trying to; I know how that sounds, but trust me.

Of, the two issues, #3 (UK - US) was, in my opinion, the better. The artwork in both is stunning, but the flow of #3 was just more... impressive somehow. And there are fight sequences in there that play out like a beautiful dance - I know this is a cliché, but they took my breath away.

Other Stuff

Unfortunately, I was reminded this week that not all fans of comics and graphic novels are supportive of others - particularly if those others happen to be women.

Narrow-minded people really irritate me. But I hope I conducted myself well in my response.

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