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.

Great Graphic Novels for the Summer

Summer time is quickly coming to an end, but before you pack up your sunscreen and beach towels, check out these perfect summer reads:

 

All-New X-Men, Volume 1, by Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen

The original X-Men team members—Cyclops, Beast, Angel, Jean Grey, and Iceman—are brought to the present day by Beast in order to heal a fractured mutant community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All-Star Superman, by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely

As instant classic by comic book legend Grant Morrison.  Superman is dying and spends his remaining days revealing his identity to Lois Lane and preparing humanity for life without Superman.

 

 

 

 

 

Batgirl, volume 1: The Darkest Reflection, by Gail Simone, Ardian Syaf, and Vincente Cifuentes

DC Comics New 52 line reintroduces Barbara Gordon as Batgirl.  Darkest Reflection finds Batgirl dealing with her past as she battles a new villain known as Mirror.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before Watchmen, by Various

The Before Watchmen series delves into the lives of the Watchmen prior to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ perennial classic.  There are a total of four graphic novels by such great creators as Darwyn Cooke, Brian Azzarello, J. Michael Starczynski, Joe Kubert, and Jae Lee.

 

 

 

Cinderella: Fables are Forever, by Chris Roberson and Shawn McManus

A spinoff of Bill Willingham’s Fables, secret agent Cinderella must track down a murderer targeting sorcerers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daredevil, vol 1, by Mark Waid, Paola Rivera, and Marcos Martin

A re-launch of the series finds Matt Murdock dealing with the backlash of past allegations of being Daredevil.  The new series emphasizes action, adventure, and comedy, and is perfect for new fans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Drama, by Raina Telgemeier

This Young Adult graphic novel that focuses on a young girl trying to put on the best middle school musical in history is so engrossing that readers of all ages will be sucked in.  Filled with characters that are instantly recognizable from our school days, Raina Telgemeier once again delivers a wonderful book about the awkward exploits of growing up.

 

 

 

 

 

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Love Fights, Volume 1, by Andi Watson

Alt-comics superstar Andi Watson delivers a wonderful tale of living and dating in a world filled with superheroes.  Though this book is not available in the PBCLS catalog, it can, and should, be ordered via InterLibrary Loan.

 

 

 

 

 

A Matter of Life, by Jeffrey Brown

In this graphic memoir, Jeffrey Brown explores fatherhood, faith, and the meaning of life through whimsical and insightful vignettes.  This touching graphic novel is quickly transcending the medium for a good reason.

 

 

 

 

 

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Scooter Girl, by Chynna Clugston-Major

The big man on campus sees his life turned upside down when a beautiful woman on a Lambretta enters the periphery of his life.  After a series of mishaps and accidents he decides the only way to get his life back on track is to make the woman on the scooter fall in love with him.  Though this book is not available in the PBCLS catalog, it can, and should, be ordered via InterLibrary Loan.

 

 

 

 

Scott Pilgrim Color Hardcover, Volume 1, by Bryan Lee O’Malley

For the first time in color, Scott Pilgrim starts his adventure to win the love of his life, Ramona Flowers, by fighting her seven evil exes.  This poignant, funny, and touching series is currently being re-released in hardcover color editions, so now is the perfect time to join Scott Pilgrim’s precious little life.

 

 

 

 

 

Spider-Men, by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli

Worlds collide as Peter Parker meets the new Ultimate Spider-Man, Miles Morales.  Spider-Men weaves together two distinct, yet familiar, franchises as the classic Spider-Man takes the Ultimate Comics version under his wing.  This story is great for new and old Spidey fans alike.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wonder Woman, Volume 1: Blood, by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang

Part of the New 52 line of DC Comics, Wonder Woman discovers the secret of her past as a new and thrilling history is created for the iconic character.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel, by Madeleine L’Engle and Hope Larson

The graphic novel version of A Wrinkle in Time has found itself on a plethora of must-read lists, and this one is no different.  The classic tale is given new life by Hope Larson’s beautiful illustrations.  The graphic novel is great for fans of the original book, as well as those new to the characters.

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:
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