The Wolverine is in Theaters this weekend
So, it’s time to go back and rewatch all of the X-men Films.
In the meantime, I thought I’d recommend a few of my favorite Wolverine stories.
First up is The original Wolverine four issue mini series. From what I understand, this mini was supposed to be one of the main influences of the new film. And, at least on the surface, it seems to be. Wolverine versus a bunch of ninjas for the woman he loves.
Wolverine was a character created with little more than a cool looking costume and a mysterious background. This was one of the first stories to really try and fill in that background and make him more than just a bad attitude and claws.
One of my favorite Wolverine stories is Old Man Logan. In a post-apocalyptic, dystopic future United States, Wolverine must drive cross country in the Spider-buggy with a blind Hawkeye for a sidekick.
A truly over the top action story, Logan has to deal with the Inbred Hulk family, Venom as a t-rex and a truly evil President Captain America.
There’s simply no other comic like it.
Finally, Wolverine and the X-men. This brings Wolverine up to how he is now in the comic books. This is a bit mired in continuity so allow me to get you up to speed.
Prior to this book, Cyclops has pretty much given up on Professor X’s ideal of mutants and humans coexisting. Instead of he just wants mutants to be able to live in peace. So he takes all of the mutants to a flying island and trains them to be soldiers and ready for war.
Wolverine disagrees with teaching the kids to be soldiers, instead wanting them to retain some of their innocents. So, he and a few other X-men go back to New York and start a new school: The Jean Grey School for Higher Learning. Wolverine and the X-men is the story of that school and those students.
This is an excellent collection with great artwork; interesting, unique characters; and a truly fun story. This is a Wolverine that has grown far from the berserker he was in that first four issue mini and shows how much he has evolved as a character.
So after the theater, stop by your local library and check out some of the history, and future, of Wolverine.
Then come back and let me know what you thought of it. And if you’ve already read these, what’s your favorite Wolverine story? I’m sure I’ve missed a couple good ones.