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 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.
- 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!
Marvel Comics and Wizard World‘s latest edition is this weekend’s Wolverine And The X-Men #1, drawn by author and artist David Mack. VIP attendees at Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con, April 4-6 at America’s Center, will receive a free copy of the limited-edition book at registration.
Mack is scheduled to be on site at the event to sign copies (autograph fees may apply). Leading professional comic grader CGC will also be on hand to accept books for grading and Signature Series.
The colored version of Wolverine And The X-Men #1 will be limited to 3,000 copies and provided free at registration to all Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con VIP attendees, including any celebrity VIP packages.
Mack’s Wolverine And The X-Men #1 follows the first three entries, Miracleman #1 and Miracleman #2, both drawn by Eisner Award Hall of Famer Neal Adams for Wizard World Portland Comic Con and New Orleans Comic Con, respectively, and Wolverine #1, illustrated by noted cover artist Greg Horn, for Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con and Daredevil #1 by Michael Golden for Wizard World Louisville Comic Con.
Welcome to the Jean Grey School Of Higher Learning!
It’s Monday and that means a brand new episode of Graphic Policy Radio which mixes comics and politics. The show airs live at 10pm ET. Up this week, we discuss a few different items:
- Ms. Marvel debuted to lots of coverage and praise. We finally get to discuss the first issue of Marvel‘s new series and hero.
- Wolverine and the X-Men ended, and a new series has debuted as well. We discuss how the series wrapped up.
- We also discuss this weekend’s controversy which involved an unfortunate promotion for a new comic convention.
We’ll discuss the above and more! We want to hear from you though. Call into the show at (619) 768-2952 or send us your response on Twitter, @graphicpolicy.
So listen in when the show airs at 10pm ET and join in on the discussion!
This March, the smash-hit series begins a new semester in Wolverine and the X-Men #1 – from critically acclaimed creators Jason Latour and Mahmud Asrar!
Summer School is in session as world-famous mutants Wolverine, Storm, and more must educate and train the Marvel Universe’s next generation of X-Men! All-powerful inexperience mutants with the power to level cities. What could go wrong? Plus with Fantomex and Quentin Quire joining the staff – the Jean Grey School is in for a wild ride!
But with X-Men’s own lives riddled with deadly enemies and personal crises, how can they hope guide the next generation, when they can barely defend them! A new enemy lurks in the shadows, ready to strike at the heart of the Jean Grey School. And this new organization will test the faculty and students of the JGS like never before!
If you thought the inaugural year of the Jean Grey School was crazy – you ain’t seen nothing yet! The X-Men of tomorrow have faced dangers unlike any other, but they’re not ready for what comes next.
WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN #1 (JAN140682)
Written by JASON LATOUR
Art by MAHMUD ASRAR
Variant Cover by MARK BROOKS (JAN140683)
Animal Variant by JENNY PARKS (JAN140684)
FOC –02/10/14 On-Sale -03/05/14
It’s Monday and that means a brand new episode of Graphic Policy Radio which mixes comics and politics. It’s a review episode as we catch up on some of the hottest news and discuss the latest releases. The show airs LIVE tonight at 10pm ET.
On tap for this week:
- Paul Dini‘s discussion to Kevin Smith about marketing to girls
- Image Comics’ Velvet
- Wolverine and the X-Men
- Young Avengers
- BOOM!’s Imagine Agents and more!
So join us this week by calling in with your opinions at (619) 768-2952 and Tweet us your thoughts @graphicpolicy.
But, most importantly listen in LIVE!
This Monday night is a brand new LIVE episode of Graphic Policy Radio mixing comic books and politics. Up this week, we have a review episode where we chat about some of the latest releases and hottest comic releases.
On tap to be discussed this week:
- Pretty Deadly
- Wolverine and the X-Men
- Rat Queens
- And More!
We want to hear what you think, so call us when we’re on the air live, (619) 768-2952, or Tweet us your thoughts @graphicpolicy. You can listen in live here.
It’s Monday night and we have a new episode of Graphic Policy Radio at an earlier time!
Tonight’s episode is coming to you live at 9pm ET. You can listen in and join in the conversation by calling in with your opinions.
This week we have lots to discuss:
- News rocked the comic world as a high profile creator was accused of being a jackass and treating women poorly
- We’ll talk about the cancellation of Young Avengers and Wolverine & the X-Men
- We’ll review comics such as Sandman: Overture, Pretty Deadly, Three and more!
So join us by listening in, but we want to hear from you!
Call us at (619) 768-2952 with your thoughts or Tweet them to us @graphicpolicy.
Marvel has released a first look at Wolverine & The X-Men #39, from blockbuster writer Jason Aaron and red-hot artist Pepe Larraz! The effects of the critically acclaimed Battle of the Atom continues to send shockwaves through the mutant community. The X-Men have discovered that S.H.I.E.L.D. has secretly been amassing its own army of mutant-hunting Sentinels! Now, Wolverine must enlist the aid of an unlikely ally in his quest to shut them down once and for all – the man called Cyclops! It’s Wolverine and Cyclops vs. an army of Sentinels! And when the dust settles, who will be left standing? It all comes to a head this December in Wolverine & The X-Men #39!
WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN 39 (OCT130727)
Written by JASON AARON
Art by PEPE LARRAZ
Cover by NICK BRADSHAW
FOC – 11/18/13, ON-SALE – 12/11/13
Folks have had a chance to check out new comic releases, what’d everyone get? If you haven’t gone, what do you plan to get this week?
Around the Tubes
Bleeding Cool – Kevin Feige Confirms That Black Panther Is “Absolutely In Development” – Wasn’t this already known?
The Beat – Daredevil to End with Issue 36 – Well this is depressing.
The Beat – The Legal View: Court refuses new hearing for the Kirby family – That’s not a good sign.
Around the Tubes Reviews
Comic Vine – Aquaman #24
CBR – Batman: The Dark Knight #24
Comic Vine – Clone #11
ICv2 – The Cute Girl Network
Comic Vine – Daredevil #32
Comic Vine – Indestructible Hulk #14
Comic Vine – Iron Man #17
Comic Vine – Justice League #24
Comic Vine – Larfleeze #4
Comic Vine – Pretty Deadly #1
Comic Vine – Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #5
Comic Vine – Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #28
Comic Vine – Uncanny Avengers #13
Comic Vine – Velvet #1
Comic Vine – Venom #42
Talking Comics – Wolverine and the X-Men #37