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.

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Marvelous Women

Last year Marvel acknowledged their female readership with three titles highlighting talented female writers and artists and showcasing their roster of superheroines.

Girl Comics may have a cringe-inducing name, but the content is solid. It’s an anthology similar to Strange Tales, written and illustrated by women in comics. The result is a bit unfocused, but there are some tales including Valerie D’Orazio and Nikki Cook ‘s take on the Punisher, a fun Wolverine and Jubilee story from Marjorie Liu and Sara Pichelli, and Kitty Pryde’s 21st birthday by Carla Speed McNeil and Ronda Pattison. Pages are also dedicated to important women in Marvel’s history giving the work added depth.

Heralds is a standalone story written by Kathryn Immonen which starts with Cyclops setting up a girl’s night out for Emma Frost. The banter between her and She-Hulk, Agent Abigail Brand, Hellcat, Valkyrie, and Monica Rambeau is terrific (and can Patsy Walker: Hellcat get a series already?) and feels more like what Girl Comics should have been. In addition to fun dialogue, there’s some great action involving Johnny Storm’s ex-girlfriend and former herald of Galactus, Frankie Raye – but it’s a little continuity-heavy so feel free to lean on Wikipedia to bone up on who she is: Nova (Frankie Raye).

Marvel Her-Oes is the lightest of the three, with teenaged Janet van Dyne (The Wasp) struggling to fit in even before an accident at her father’s lab gives her superpowers. Little does she know that her best friend Jennifer Walters is hiding a big green secret of her own. A confrontation with Namora puts superpowers in the forefront, but also attracts unwanted attention from outside forces.

5 Things You Don’t Know About Wolverine

Wolverine1. He’s short.
Wolverine is 5’3″ making him one of Marvel’s shorter superheroes. Based on this, former Monkee Davy Jones would be a better fit to play Wolverine instead of 6’2½” Hugh Jackman.

2. He’s heavy.
That cool unbreakable Adamantium skeleton puts Wolverine around the 300 lb. mark.

3. He was a member of the Fantastic Four.
Wolverine, Ghost Rider, Spider-Man, and the Hulk became the New Fantastic Four for a 3-issue run (FF 347-349) back in 1990. The arc is too complex to explain, but it involved Skrulls, Mole Man, and The Punisher.

4. He fought alongside Captain America in WWII.
Logan, pre-Adamantium and pre-Wolverine, teamed up with Cap to fight ninjas. It’s the first time the two heroes met and they saved the life of a very young Black Widow (UXM 268).

5. He’s met Captain Kirk and Captain Picard.
A 1996 one-shot brings the X-men to Kirk’s Enterprise (where Spock neck pinches Wolverine) and 1998’s Planet X was a novel set in the Next Generation Era (Wolverine hangs out with Worf).

We have many Wolverine and X-men graphic novels in the system. Check them out.

Covered

wolverineI’ve been following Covered for a few weeks now and while it was initially disappointing, some of the newer posts have been really impressive.

The idea behind Covered is that indie artists are covering classic comic covers. At first it was a little too faithful, but Renee French rocked Havok and Wolverine: Meltdown and Richard Sala’s take on Batman 197 made me happy that we own so many cool Richard Sala books.

One of the newer posts, is Jeffrey Brown’s version of Uncanny X-Men 211 — which reminded me that Jeffrey Brown doesn’t get enough love.

We own 2 Jeffrey Brown books. Incredible Change-Bots — which seems to parody the Transformers until you realize that it’s actually a sweet story.

We also own Bighead which is absolutely hilarious and everyone should read.

Example:
bighead