Punchy wrote:I liked this a lot, it was a little slight maybe, but Aaron has Wolverine's voice down very well, the art was fantastic, and the set-up is interesting.
Plus, I'm gay for Maverick.
I think you guys are letting outside influences affect your review, who cares if it's there to tie into the movie or if there are 2 other unrelated Wolverine titles?
As long as it's good.
Review to come at the weekend, during a chocolate haze.
If it's good yeah. But there's nothing here and when he got to the facility and there were movie vats laying all over the place it became painfully clear what this book is all about. I have no doubt that Aaron will give us a good story, but I would have rather had a double size issue that had a point for existing.
Problems with the book aren't just outside factors though. There are 28 pages of story here that could have easily been told in 5 or 6. I have no clue who Maverick is, so seeing him did little to nothing for me.
And regardless of how you feel about the outside influences, there are four ongoing Wolverine titles now. That is glut and it is stupid. We are sure to get more minis and one shots as well, especially next month. I would have been much happier with a larger format book that contained all the titles.
Marvel doesn't believe that format will work though and will point their finger to Spider-Man Family when they make their case. But that book has to compete with Amazing (x3 + a month), Ultimate, Marvel Adventures, and what ever mini-series/one shots they want to produce. It is more expensive and has reprints in it. Imagine how well the same book would sell for a dollar more, if it had all those other titles in it and competed against nothing.
No, when you already have three ongoing titles, the fourth one needs to rock your world, or else it is just glut. They pulled it off with Avengers, DC has the right idea with Superman, but this was unneeded, ultimately inconsiquential (and we already have a Wolvie book like that, it's called origins)... this book is obviously about cash and I can't hate Aaron for taking it, but I can hate Marvel for allowing it or even worse encouraging it.
It's not bad, it is just not rock em sock em great and unfortunately for it, that is what it needed to do. If I were scoring it based on solely outside influences it would probably get a 2. It is well crafted, just less than substantive and seems to be non-essential, in this market and at it's price point, that is a bad thing. My official review won't discuss price point, because that should not hold back a book and is also a topic that has been discussed to death, but to be a very obvious gimmick towards the movie audience marketed solely to the comic fan, it is a very disappointing project. Marvel should bank on the movie and this isn't necessarily a bad way to do it... but they should have a picture of the cover on every Wolverine Origins poster, they should be putting the comic locator number in every trailer. If not, then it should rock just like Fraction's Iron Man does.
Pull list: Afterlife with Archie, Bodies, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Coffin Hill, Dead Boy Detectives, The Fade Out, The Goon, Harley Quinn, Hinterkind, Iron Fist: The Living Weapon,The Maxx Maximized, Miracleman, Ms. Marvel, Multiversity, Rasputin, Rocket Raccoon, Sandman: Overture, Silver Surfer, The Walking Dead, Wonder Woman