11th Sep2019

Wolverine Wednesday #28

by Ian Wells

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Dead Man Logan #10

Writer: Ed Brisson | Artist: Mike Henderson |  Colourist: Nolan Woodard | Letters: Cory Petit

After a couple of issues of scene setting for Logan’s return to The Wastelands we get an action heavy issue. This is a smart move by Brisson as it gets the metaphorical adrenaline pumping in reading terms. With only two issues left now you feel we are going to get a climatic conclusion and some emotional wrap up. After ten issues I think it is safe to say that for future re-reads this maxi series can stand on its own. It doesn’t need to rely on the success and nostalgia of Mark Millar’s original ‘Old Man Logan’ story. Across this series Brisson has stayed true to that but also added a lot of fresh new elements to give it its own feel. One of those elements set up last issues, pays off in this issue and you really didn’t need a crystal ball to see it coming. With that aforementioned adrenaline shot in our arms you have to stop and think about two elements also set up last issue that will get no further exploration. Without spoiling the plot the fate of Forge’s sanctuary and the new Antman reach a climax in this issue. With regards to both of those plot points they were nice teases which respected the previous work and played into the new narrative and served their purpose to the story without them needing to be anymore. The best piece of writing in this issue is the fact Brisson ties it into Weapon X #16. That comic is nearly over a year old. As soon as I read this issue I remembered that issue. It all fits perfectly. I wonder of Brisson had any influence on Pak putting that plot thread into Weapon X or if Brisson read it and liked it and therefore worked it into his story. There was a time when Marvel got backlash for over saturating Wolverine. But when he is sued right like in this situation it works. It is also a rewarding experience for people that were reading both titles. All the pieces matter! Dead Man Logan has been the perfect example of writer and artist in full synchronicity. Sure there might be some behind the scenes crap we are not privy to but when it comes to what is in the final comic it is a perfect combination. You have to throw Woodard and Petit into that combination as well. All have contributed in telling a well plotted story where all the elements play off and compliment each other. Over the course of my reviews for the ten issues so far of Dead Man Logan I have continuously praised Henderson’s take on Logan as well as his handling of action scenes and clear and concise differences in his settings. This week I want to shift my focus to his renditions of other characters. Kicking off with Bruce jnr Hulk. I really like the take Henderson has gone for in his depiction. Last time we saw this character he was a baby wrapped in a blanket. The transition in his growth feels very natural. Even though we have been away from the timeline for a while and Bruce Jr is obviously strong like his Dad, Henderson hasn’t immediately gone for the ‘hulking’ (excise the pun) appearance. He very much conveys the feeling of a vulnerable child despite his size and intelligence. While he is big and imposing for his age, he isn’t muscle bound. You can see around the joints like ankles and such that he has puppy fat. Its good attention to detail. I also love his portrayal of Dani Cage. It really makes me want to see this character grow up in current continuity. It just seems nothing is being done with her, can anyone fill me in? The way Henderson draws her coupled with the way she is written makes he come across as cool and calm even in the face of adventure. Very much giving off Han Solo-esque vibes thanks to Henderson’s on point facial expressions of sly grins and winning smiles Going back to his realistic aging of Bruce he does the same thing with Forge. Rather than just adding grey hair to an established character he has aged him well. Taking away the costume helps, if you didn’t know it was Forge it would take a few seconds for facial recognition and that’s what it would be like seeing someone X amount of years in the future. Ten issues down, with two to go. Its going to be some ending!

Major X #0

Writer/Artist: Rob Liefeld | Inkers: Rob Liefeld, Adelso Corona & Cory Hamscher | Colourist: Romulo Fajardo Jr. | Letters: Joe Sabino

Reprint Credits: Plot/Art: Rob Liefeld | Script: Eric Stephenson | Inks: Norm Rapmund

I decided to review this comic for two reasons. Firstly it has very tenuous links to Wolverine, so it’s my territory. Secondly I wanted to defend Rob Liefeld. Not that he needs it, bit people give him a lot of crap. I myself have been guilty of this. So this is a chance to set the record straight and hopefully let readers know if Major X is for them or not. For the uninitiated Rob Liefeld basically became a short hand way of saying 90′s comics sucked. In the early 90′s Liefeld worked on New Mutants, then X-Force creating Cable and Deadpool along the way. He was the one of the driving forces in founding Image Comics. As a founding member he became a superstar but his most famous Image creation along with other Image series all had the same criticism thrown at them. In a nutshell, art over story and continuously delayed. At this point I can’t stress enough that Liefeld has more talent in the little finger of his none drawing hand than I will ever have. This zero issue is a reprint of Wolverine #154-#155 with new opening and closing scenes tying into the new Major X on going. When I read the solicitations for this comic I had a vague recollection of those issues of Wolverine from the early 2000′s. I remember them being action heavy with a hectic plot involving Wolverine, Deadpool, Siryn and some villain who has never been seen since. It seems Leifeld pretty much has carte blanche on Major X. After all it is an X related title not affected by Hickman’s House of X, Powers of X and impending reboot. I always saw these two issues of Wolverine as fill in issues between creative teams. But reading a Q ‘n’ A at the back of this issue Leifeld always intended the villainous group The Watchtower to be a bigger force. Like I said at the outset the links in the new material have very tenuous links to the two Wolverine issues. Spoil we learn the origin of Major X’s sword! Now with hindsight it would be reasonable to say Liefeld has matured as a creator and has a very good relationship with Marvel so Major X very much has the feel of a passion project. It makes sense from a sales point of view that Marvel will let Liefeld have pretty much free reign on this. After Deadpool 2 last year Deadpool and Cable have never been more popular, Wolverine has made some appearances in the early issues of Major X and I’m sure other Liefeld creations will be popping up along the way. We are now in a time where comic book fans look back in 90′s era comics with fondness and Liefeld was a big art of that. So this series is pulling in two audiences. The Major X series is only a six issue mini but with the scope of the story and the relation between creator and publisher I have to think there will be more stories revolving around the character. If you haven’t read the two Wolverine issues printed here this comic is well worth picking up to check out some prime Liefeld. We are treated to the whole plethora of Liefeld trademarks. Dynamic splash pages, well choreographed fights and even landscape pages. I wouldn’t recommend this zero issue for Wolverine completists. Apart from the reprinted material there is no Wolverine on the page. I would say though that was enough in here that gives me a slight inclination of checking out the Major X trade when it drops.

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