Next Wednesday is made for those who’s diet is Wolverine deficient.
Whether your Wolverine is regular or Ultimate universe, Marvel has a Wolverine for you.
To begin, Paul Cornell (Doctor Who, Captain Britain & MI13, Knight & Squire, Demon Knights) and veteran artist Alan Davis merge their talents together to form one giant glob of SNIKTY SNIKTY awesomeness. Wolverine #1 does manage to add a new angle to the Canuck that has been rare previously: mystery. Beginning with some ancient history where Wolverine made a decision that cost a kid his life. And as every decision leads back to the present day for Logan, he won’t be able to escape or slice away the mistakes of the past. Being the best there is at what you do isn’t always everything.
And if that isn’t enough adamantium for you, Ultimate Comics Wolverine #1 has two Wolverines for the price of one.
Primarily starring Jimmy Hudson, Logan’s son and current Wolverine, this new miniseries by Cullen Bunn (Sixth Gun, Helheim, Fearless Defenders), who’s got a load of good work coming out recently, follows Jimmy has he tries to uncover the origins of his birth. The arrival of Jimmy into the Ultimate universe was crazy enough to begin with, now find out who and why he is what he is.
Okay, that’s enough Wolvy for one post.
Not to keep ragging on the snowmabunga from a couple weeks back, but it did cost us the shipment of a new Alan Moore League of Extraordinary Gentlemen story. Until now.
Arriving slightly late, but nonetheless an important read, Nemo: Heart of Ice is the most recent addition to the LoEG universe. This graphic novel edition features a full 52 page story starring Captain Nemo’s daughter, Janni (introduced in LoEG Century), out on a mission to surpass her father’s legacy. Venturing as far South as she can go, Janni is headed to Antarctica in search of valuables beyond belief. But if one things sure it’s that valuables beyond belief will always lure more than one adventurer. In the tradition of Moore’s previous League stories, expect literary references aplenty, always jam-packed in the back of every panel. And if I was a betting man, I’d wager a story set in Antarctica might reference the infamous Lovecraft a time or two.
The word “Best” gets thrown around frequently in the world of comics (commonly by us), but there is one unequivocal “Best” comic being published at Marvel right now, and that is Hawkeye.
Or Hawkguy, if you know him well.
The Seinfeld of comic books, Hawkeye is all about what the emerald archer does on his days off from The Avengers. Like installing cable, holding BBQs, fighting Russian mobsters, and rescuing dogs. Dogs, by the way, who subsequently get named Pizza Dog. Matt Fraction is doing the writing of his career on the series, making each issue a stand-alone story full of action, humor, and plenty of witty repartee. Throw in the female Hawkeye (from Young Avengers), in a constant state of flirtation (did I mention she’s underage?), and you’ve got a duo that rivals and references the likes of Bogart and Bacall. And if none of that sells you, just take a look at the impeccable art by David Aja. Every issue is the best 70s crime movie you’ve never seen thanks to his gritty, minimalist style.
Bro, it’s first six issues in trade, bro. Buy, bro. C’mon.