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Underrated: Wolverine Stories

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Wolverine Stories.


I’ve mentioned a couple of times in the past, both at Graphic Policy and Ramblings Of A Comics Fan that were it not for Wolverine then there is a very good chance I would never have picked up a comic book. Whether it was X-Men: The Animated Series, Wolverine Unleashed #8 or even just regular old Wolverine #118, the one common thread that brought me in to each of these things was the clawed Canadian mutant.  Over time I would  come to realize that Wolverine is so much more than just a violent claw-fisted mutant, and so this Underrated will (hopefully) shine a light on some of the stories featuring Wolverine that may not be thought of as highly as others. With Logan hitting theaters, I felt that now would be a good time to look at some of Wolverine’s more underrated stories.

Tales such as The Japan Adventure, Weapon X and Old Man Logan are thought of in many ways as classic stories, and while some of the tales he’s featured in are somewhat terrible, there are some very underrated gems out there, and these are the ones I wanted to look at today, focusing on a handful of my favourites.

A few things before we start; firstly, these comics are all currently being published in an ongoing series. Secondly, I’ve got eclectic taste so these may not be for everybody so be prepared for some potentially foolish claims. Thirdly, this isn’t a complete, or inclusive, list and it is completely subjective.

  • Not Dead Yet (Wolverine Vol. 2 #119-123)
    This is quite possibly one of my favourite Wolverine stories. Written by Warren Ellis and drawn by Leinil Francis Yu, the story is set during the time Wolverine had no adamantium in his body, it is told both in the present and the past by use of flashbacks. Wolverine is being hunted by one of the best, a man who has planned for years to be able to take down the nearly unkillable Canadian mutant with adamantium bones, but what he doesn’t know is that Wolverine‘s bones are no longer coated with the metal, and Logan is suddenly much more vulnerable than he used to be.  I keep coming back to this story every few years, and I have mentioned it several times on this blog, too.  It’s available in trade paperback format, and I highly suggest you pick it up.
  • Bloodlust (Wolverine: Bloodlust one shot)
    A one shot by Alan Davis, this is an absolutely beautifully constructed comic that explores the internal conflict of Wolverine‘s soul;  a recurring theme in many of the comics he has appeared in. Davis asks whether Logan is more of a man or beast at his very core, and delves deeply into Wolverine’s psyche to do so. But the question isn’t as simple as it first seems, and Alan Davis is at his very best here when he combines Logan‘s internal dialogue with the backdrop on the final few pages. For a more detailed review you can check out this link, but suffice it to say that this is easily one one my most treasured comic book stories.
  •  Wolverine #43
    I reviewed this when I reread it [a few years] or so ago (the curious can find that here) for another feature. Although it wasn’t as great as I remembered it being, this is still a really interesting story as we get to see Wolverine engage with his more noble animal side when confronting a run of the mill, all too believable, villain.
  • Wolverine And The X-Men Volume #1 (collects issues #1-4)
    Although there are numerous story arcs within the first full volume of this series, and I feel that I could honestly include the entire forty two issues from the first series, if you’re going to read the entire series then you should start here. Another Jason Aaron story, with numerous talented artists, this series was one of the best on the racks every week during it’s original run. Juxtaposing brilliantly with the equally amazing Uncanny X-Force by Rick Remender, this series focused on the one X-Man least suited to running a school does exactly that, frequently with disastrously hilarious results. There’s a lot more heart in this series than you’d initially expect, and it’s well worth tracking down the entire run.
  • The Apocalypse Solution (Uncanny X-Force #1-#6)
    Rick Remender
    opens his seminal run on Uncanny X-Force (and if you can read the whole run, please do) with a story that finds X-Force, led by Wolverine, tasked to take out the reborn Apocalypse. This is the story that sets the tone for the entire series, and without giving anything away, is absolutely worth your time. Gritty, dark, and violent, this is a series that deals with the dark underbelly of the X-Men, and shows just how far they’re willing to go to protect mutant kind.

There we have it – a mere handful of underrated Wolverine stories. There are so many more stories featuring the Canadian mutant that are worth reading, so there’s a good chance there will be a second (or third) part to this list eventually. In the mean time, Underrated will return to highlight more comic book related stuff  that either gets ignored despite it’s high quality, or maybe isn’t quite as bad as we tend to think it is.

Until next time!

Underrated: Wolverine Stories

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Wolverine Stories.


I’ve mentioned a couple of times in the past, both at Graphic Policy and Ramblings Of A Comics Fan that were it not for Wolverine then there is a very good chance I would never have picked up a comic book. Whether it was X-Men: The Animated Series, Wolverine Unleashed #8 or even just regular old Wolverine #118, the one common thread that brought me in to each of these things was the clawed Canadian mutant.  Over time I would  come to realize that Wolverine is so much more than just a violent claw-fisted mutant, and so this Underrated will (hopefully) shine a light on some of the stories featuring Wolverine that may not be thought of as highly as others. With Logan hitting theaters, I felt that now would be a good time to look at some of Wolverine’s more underrated stories.

Tales such as The Japan Adventure, Weapon X and Old Man Logan are thought of in many ways as classic stories, and while some of the tales he’s featured in are somewhat terrible, there are some very underrated gems out there, and these are the ones I wanted to look at today, focusing on a handful of my favourites.

A few things before we start; firstly, these comics are all currently being published in an ongoing series. Secondly, I’ve got eclectic taste so these may not be for everybody so be prepared for some potentially foolish claims. Thirdly, this isn’t a complete, or inclusive, list and it is completely subjective.

  • wolverine-119-coverNot Dead Yet (Wolverine Vol. 2 #119-123)
    This is quite possibly one of my favourite Wolverine stories. Written by Warren Ellis and drawn by Leinil Francis Yu, the story is set during the time Wolverine had no adamantium in his body, it is told both in the present and the past by use of flashbacks. Wolverine is being hunted by one of the best, a man who has planned for years to be able to take down the nearly unkillable Canadian mutant with adamantium bones, but what he doesn’t know is that Wolverine‘s bones are no longer coated with the metal, and Logan is suddenly much more vulnerable than he used to be.  I keep coming back to this story every few years, and I have mentioned it several times on this blog, too.  It’s available in trade paperback format, and I highly suggest you pick it up.
  • Bloodlust (Wolverine: Bloodlust one shot)
    A one shot by Alan Davis, this is an absolutely beautifully constructed comic that explores the internal conflict of Wolverine‘s soul;  a recurring theme in many of the comics he has appeared in. Davis asks whether Logan is more of a man or beast at his very core, and delves deeply into Wolverine’s psyche to do so. But the question isn’t as simple as it first seems, and Alan Davis is at his very best here when he combines Logan‘s internal dialogue with the backdrop on the final few pages. For a more detailed review you can check out this link, but suffice it to say that this is easily one one my most treasured comic book stories.
  •  Wolverine 43Wolverine #43
    I reviewed this when I reread it a year or so ago (the curious can find that here) for a another feature. Although it wasn’t as great as I remembered it being, this is still a really interesting story as we get to see Wolverine engage with his more noble animal side when confronting a run of the mill, all too believable, villain.
  • Wolverine And The X-Men Volume #1 (collects issues #1-4)
    Although there are numerous story arcs within the first full volume of this series, and I feel that I could honestly include the entire forty two issues from the first series, if you’re going to read the entire series then you should start here. Another Jason Aaron story, with numerous talented artists, this series was one of the best on the racks every week during it’s original run. Juxtaposing brilliantly with the equally amazing Uncanny X-Force by Rick Remender, this series focused on the one X-Man least suited to running a school does exactly that, frequently with disastrously hilarious results. There’s a lot more heart in this series than you’d initially expect, and it’s well worth tracking down the entire run.Uncanny_X-Force_Apocalypse_Solution_Vol_1_1.jpg
  • The Apocalypse Solution (Uncanny X-Force #1-#6)
    Rick Remender
    opens his seminal run on Uncanny X-Force (and if you can read the whole run, please do) with a story that finds X-Force, led by Wolverine, tasked to take out the reborn Apocalypse. This is the story that sets the tone for the entire series, and without giving anything away, is absolutely worth your time. Gritty, dark, and violent, this is a series that deals with the dark underbelly of the X-Men, and shows just how far they’re willing to go to protect mutant kind.

There we have it – a mere handful of underrated Wolverine stories. There are so many more stories featuring the Canadian mutant that are worth reading, so there’s a good chance there will be a second (or third) part to this list eventually. In the mean time, Underrated will return to highlight more comic book related stuff  that either gets ignored despite it’s high quality, or maybe isn’t quite as bad as we tend to think it is.

Until next time!

Preview: Vendetta Reaches its Epic Conclusion in Uncanny X-Force#17!

This January, Vendetta reaches its epic conclusion in the pages of Uncanny X-Force#17 – from writer Sam Humphries and artists Harvey Tolibao and Dexter Soy! Classic X-Force villain Stryfe has returned and is determined to exact his revenge upon Cable…by taking from him what he holds most dear: his daughter, Hope!  But rather than killing Hope, Stryfe plans to corrupt her. He’s put Bishop—the man who relentlessly hunted her across time—in Hope’s crosshairs…and the means to end him in her hands. Will Stryfe get his revenge by enabling Hope to get hers? One thing’s for sure: after this, X-Force will never be the same. Don’t miss the senses-shattering conclusion to “Vendetta” this January in Uncanny X-Force#17!

UNCANNY X-FORCE #17 (NOV130687)
Written by SAM HUMPHRIES
Art by HARVEY TOLIBAO & DEXTER SOY
Cover by RAMON PEREZ
FOC – 01/06/2014, On-Sale – 01/29/2014

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It’s Mutant vs. Mutant as Vendetta hits Uncanny X-Force and Cable & X-Force!

There’s bad blood brewing amongst the X-Men – and it’s time to settle a score. It’s a brawl of the X-Forces this January as Vendetta comes to Uncanny X-Force and Cable & X-Force from the creative teams of Sam Humphries and Harvey Tolibao and Dennis Hopeless and Angel Unzueta!

For years, the mutant Bishop relentlessly chased Cable and his adopted daughter Hope Summers through time and space on a mission to wipe her out of existence. Though they narrowly escaped with their lives, the scars still remain. Now, the man who has haunted Hope’s dreams has returned to the present – and he’s working with their fellow X-Men?!

Hope is out for blood, and nobody is going to stand in her way, even if she has to take down all of Uncanny X-Force to get it! But as Hope exacts her revenge, a much greater threat closes in from the shadows – and one of the X-Men’s deadliest villains returns!

Can Hope fend off her demons, or is this the beginning of the end for her and X-Force? Find out this as Vendetta begins in Cable & X-Force #18 with subsequent issues shipping weekly throughout January!

CABLE & X-FORCE #18 (PART 1)
Written by DENNIS HOPELESS
Art by ANGEL UNZUETA
Cover by RAMON PEREZ
FOC – 12/16/14 On-Sale – 01/08/14!

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UNCANNY X-FORCE #16 (PART 2)
Written by SAM HUMPHRIES
Art by HARVEY TOLIBAO
Cover by RAMON PEREZ
FOC – 12/23/13 On-Sale – 01/15/14!

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CABLE & X-FORCE #19 (PART 3)
Written by DENNIS HOPELESS
Art by ANGEL UNZUETA
Cover by RAMON PEREZ
FOC – 12/30/14 On-Sale – 01/22/14!

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UNCANNY X-FORCE #17 (PART 4)
Written by SAM HUMPHRIES
Art by HARVEY TOLIBAO
Cover by RAMON PEREZ
FOC – 01/06/14 On-Sale – 01/29/14!

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The weekend, a long weekend, is almost here! What are folks doing? So far what announcement from New York Comic Con has you the most excited?

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CBR – ABC Greenlights “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” For Full Season – Not a shocker.

Kotaku – The New Fables Game Is Cool, But Something’s Off – Don’t care, still want to play it.

 

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Comic Vine – Archer and Armstrong #14

CBR – Astro City #5

Comic Vine – Avengers Arena #16

CBR – Batman #24

Comic Vine – Captain America #12

Comic Vine – Coffin Hill #1

Comic Vine – FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics #4

Comic Vine – The Manhattan Projects #15

Comic Vine – Mars Attacks Judge Dredd #2

Snuggly Oranges – Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels #1

Comic Vine – Red Sonja #4

Comic Vine – Rocket Girl #1

DC Women Kicking Ass – Superman/Wonder Woman #1

Comic Vine – Three #1

Comic Vine – Uncanny X-Force #12

Comic Vine – The Walking Dead #115

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The weekend is almost here and I’ll be spending it at the Small Press Expo which takes place in Rockville, Maryland just outside of Washington DC. If you’re in the area, I highly recommend it.

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Gizmodo – The Only Thing These Superman Coins Will Rescue Is Canada’s Economy – Want…. eh?

Calgary Herald – New musical explores comic code – Interesting.

CBLDF – Tokyo Olympics Emboldens Censors – Boooo!

The Beat – Z2 Comics relaunches with Pope and Haspiel – Congrats!

 

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Comic Vine – Action Comics #23.2

Kotaku – Cyborg 009

Comic Vine – Deadpool #16

Comic Vine – Earth 2 #15.2

Talking Comics – Ghosted #3

Comic Vine – Green Lantern #23.2

Comic Vine – Indestructible Hulk #13

Comic Vine – Infinity: The Hunt #1

Comic Vine  – Justice League #23.2

CBR – Justice League #23.2

Comic Vine – Liberator #3

The Beat – Liberator #3

Comic Vine – The Manhattan Projects #14

Talking Comics – Mighty Avengers #1

ICv2 – Orchid Vol. 3 TP

Comic Vine – Red Sonja #3

Comic Vine – Uncanny X-Force #11

Comic Vine – X-Men #5

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Day one of Gen Con was fantastic. Here’s on to day two!

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New York Times – Dancer Injured During ‘Spider-Man’ Performance – Another one!?

ICv2 – Warhammer: Diskwars – Hoping to get a demo of it.

CBR – Vertigo’s “The Unwritten” Relaunches in January with New #1 – Ok then.

The Mary Sue – Gina Carano Wants A Wonder Woman Movie, And She Wants It Done Right – She might be able to pull it off.

 

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Comic Vine – Avengers Arena #13

Comic Vine – Harbinger #15

CBR – Justice League of America #7

Comic Vine – Justice League of America #7

Comic Vine – Nightwing #23

Talking Comics – Saga #13

Talking Comics – Thor: God of Thunder #11

Comic Vine – Uncanny X-Force #10

Comic Vine – Uncanny X-Men #10

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New comic book day has come and gone, what’d everyone get?

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Bleeding Cool – Frank Miller To Meet With Zack Snyder Over Superman-Batman Movie Plans “In The Next Few Days” – Yeah, cause he totally gets the characters.

CBLDF – Using Graphic Novels in Education: American Born Chinese – An awesome new column for this important organization.

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Comic Vine – Animal Man Annual #2

Comic Vine – Batman Annual #2

Comic Vine – Batman, Incorporated #13

Comic Vine – Daredevil #29

Comic Vine – Detective Comics Annual #2

Comic Vine – Fearless Defenders #7

Comic Vine – The Flash Annual #2

Comic Vine – Guardians of the Galaxy #5

Comic Vine – Indestructible Hulk #11

Bleeding Cool – Liberator #2

ICv2 – New Crusaders: Legacy TP

Comic Vine – Red Lanterns #22

Comic Vine – Superman Annual #2

Comic Vine – Tom Strong and the Planet of Peril #1

Comic Vine – Trinity of Sin: Pandora #2

Comic Vine – Uncanny X-Force #9

Comic Vine – Venom #38

CBR – The Wake #3

Comic Vine – The Wake #3

Talking Comics – X-Men #3

Comic Vine – X-Men #3

The Beat – Wednesday’s Review Slate: Skybreaker, Liberator and Tom Strong

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So with new comic book days coming out yesterday, what’d folks get? Did you enjoy Superman Unchained #1? Batman #21? the new American Vampire? Find out what we think later today!

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The Salt Lake Tribune – Superman: Still flying high at 75 Expect a lot of articles like this one this year.

Yahoo – Superman’s 20 Most Un-Super MomentsSome of these are so bad.

 

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Comic Vine – Alpha: Big Time #5

Comic Vine – Astonishing X-Men #63

Comic Vine – Avengers Assemble #16

Comic Vine – The Black Beetle: No Way Out #4

Comic Vine – Deadpool #11

Comic Vine – Demon Knights #21

Comic Vine – Doomsday.1 #2

Comic Vine – Great Pacific #7

Comic Vine – Green Lantern Corps #21

Comic Vine – Guardians of the Galaxy #3

ICv2 – Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix Vols. 1 & 2 TP

Comic Vine – The Manhattan Projects #12

Comic Vine – Masters of the Universe: The Origin of Hordak #1

Comic Vine – Savage Wolverine #6

CBR – Savage Wolverine #6

Comic Vine – Thor: God of Thunder #9

Comic Vine – Ultimate Comics X-Men #27

Comic Vine – Uncanny X-Force #6

Comic Vine – Venom #36

Picks of the Week: X-Men #1 and 9 Other Choices

XMen_1_CoverIt’s a light, but solid week of books with tough competition as to what the pick of the week should be. After much deliberation, I’m going with X-Men #1. Brian Wood is writing this series featuring a line-up of kick-ass women. That’s right, this is the second “X” comic dominated by women. Wood is an amazing writer and to see him take on these iconic characters in Marvel’s new status quo is just too interesting to not make “the” pick of the week.

Here’s the rest of this week’s picks in alphabetical order.

  • X-Men #1 – see above
  • Adventure Time Annual #1 – BOOM!’s Adventure Time series has been amazing and entertaining. More of it? Hells yes!
  • Clive Barker’s Next Testament #1 – Clive Barker taking on religion? Done!
  • Kill Shakespeare: The Tide of Blood #4 – The excellent Shakespeare mash-up series continues. Making me interested in the Bard is impressive.
  • Lost Vegas #3 – The caper in space series has been entertaining and creative so far.
  • Princeless Vol. 2 #3 – One of the best comics out there. Great for kids and adults, the series is funny and has great social commentary.
  • Star Trek #21 – It ties directly into the movie, hopefully the comic will see a boost from fans of the movie.
  • Uncanny X-Force #5 – The other “X” series headlined by women, it’s been some pretty solid action so far.
  • The Wake #1 – Scott Snyder’s new series. Nuff said.
  • The Westwood Witches #1 – A solid indie comic that’s creepy horror at its finest.
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