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The Essential Wolverine Volume 1 [Paperback]

Archie Goodwin
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1 Mar 1995
Experience Wolverine's battle to keep the feral berserker within in check, while trying to be the best there is at what he does. Special guest appearance by the Incredible Hulk. Collects Wolverine #1-23.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (1 Mar 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785102574
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785102571
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 17.1 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,050,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Largely set in the fictional principality of Madripoor in South East Asia at a time when the X-Men were presumed to be dead.
The opening tale is a good scene setter as Patch (Wolverine in a very thin disguise) takes on a group of bloodthirsty kidnappers. During the first 23 issues here Wolverine gets drawn into an underground war between 2 rival leaders with help from Jessica Drew (ex Spider-Woman), actress Lindsay McCabe and a few other helpful locals.
The main menaces here are Silver Samurai, the vampiric Bloodsport (aka Bloodscream), Roughouse, the demon Ba'al in the Gehanna stone series, Tiger Shark, the ex-Nazi cyborg Geist and Spore the remnant of an ancient disease, there's also an oblique cameo from Sabretooth.
There are a few guest appearances from fellow mutants Karma and Storm, the (grey) Hulk and, very briefly, Daredevil and a new heroine La Bandera who joins Wolverine & his cohorts in an assault against the mad dictator of Tierra Verde.
Throughout the book there is a nice vein of black humour in the writing as Wolverine's savage nature occasionally comes to the fore and although these black & white reprints do lessen the impact of some of the artwork this volume served well to update me on an era that I missed out on first time round.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Essential to Your Life 31 Jan 2004
The first 23 issues of Wolverine are brilliant and the stories range from 1988-1990. They are more complex than most Marvel comics. The issues contain The Silver Samurai, the vampire-like Bloodsport, the big man Roughhouse, ancient Ba'al and the Gehenna Stone, the famous Sabretooth and more. the stories range from 1988-1990
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent summary of apopular character! 7 Jan 2001
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It had to happen sooner or later, arguably Marvel's most popular creation gets his owncompilation. This is an excellent book, giving you a handy single volume reference for all things Wolverine. Obviously if you don't like him too much, you won't like this, also a friend who has the 'Essential X-Men' volumes says there are quite a few cross over issues, but this is inevitable I think, just something to think about when buying this. Also none of the pictures are in colour, which is a shame. My opinion, excellent, but colour would have been nice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wolverine Rocks! 18 Dec 2010
I'll start with the seller. Everything arrived on time, the book was in perfect condition, but like sometimes happens on book like this, I had to glue a part of the cover after reading some of the pages. I'll liked the package and I will certainly order from sun-shine books again.

About the book, I bought this book to know Wolverine, lean more about him, like I did with the 13 Essential Spider man Books So far I'm not disappointed, great book, great hero.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What an Essential volume should be 7 Jan 2007
By mrliteral - Published on Amazon.com
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Having read a couple dozen of Marvel's "Essential" series, I've seen the gamut from excellent to awful. Generally, what makes the comics good are exactly the things you'd expect: good, consistent writing and art, strong characters and a decent supporting cast. (This last feature seems to often be the deciding factor for excellence: it's a reason the Essential Spiderman volumes have been exceptional, while the Silver Surfer was not on the same par.) By these standards, the Essential Wolverine is a top-notch book.

Wolverine is, of course, one of the X-Men, but there came a certain point when he became something more than that. I personally feel that he emerged from being a rather one-dimensional character back in the early `80s during the early issues of the "New" X-Men. In particular, during a storyline around issue 130, the rest of the team had been defeated by a band of villains known as the Hellfire Club, but Wolverine, a character who seemed to be the least powerful, came back to rescue his teammates. He did so in a violent manner, with little qualms about killing or maiming, making him a distinct contrast to many other heroes. Later, Frank Miller gave Wolverine even more of an edge in a mini-series and added the first person narration that was rare at the time but is now commonly associated with this superhero.

Not all team characters can stand on their own in their own book, but, as this book shows, Wolverine can. It helps that this volume features a roster of Marvel all-stars: Chris Claremont, John Byrne, Peter David, John Buscema, Archie Goodwin and Klaus Janson (no third-stringers in this bunch). The stories start off during a period when the X-Men had faked their own deaths, and Wolverine goes off to the fictional principality of Madripoor, an East Asian city-state somewhat akin to Singapore. It also bears more than a passing resemblance to the Casablanca of movie fame, a city filled with various lowlifes and people seeking refuge from other places.

Wolverine has a connection with Madripoor going back years and feels quite comfortable in this seedy town. He adopts an alias of Patch (which fools less people than he thinks) and gets involved in various capers, starting with the theft of an evil sword. This introduces some of the major supporting characters, particularly Jessica Drew (the former Spiderwoman turned private eye) and her partner, ex-actress Lindsay McCabe. This caper also gets Wolverine tangled up with old enemy Silver Samurai, but not in a fully adversarial way.

Other stories get more characters introduced, particularly the various crime lords of Madripoor and the coldly pragmatic Prince. Probably the most interesting foe in this volume is Roughhouse who starts off as a simple tough guy villain but develops into someone far more interesting by the final issue. Most of the stories span over several issues, with the last two taking six and seven issues respectively.

As stated earlier, the Essentials volumes vary in quality, but this book is one of the best. With great characters and storytelling, this volume easily rates five stars and, if you enjoy comic books, this is one really fits the definition of "essential."
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5.0 out of 5 stars The stories are strong enough 14 Dec 2001
By Benjamin Denes - Published on Amazon.com
I know many have complained about the format this book is in (cheaper paper stock and the black/white issue) but I felt that my enjoyment of the stories inside wasn't troubled by the lack of colour at all. Even though the original books had been in colour, 'Essential's black and white gives it an almost 'Sin City' feel, making the gritty stories of Wolverines first issues in his own series all the more grittier. As for the paper stock, if getting all these issues in one book for less than 20 bucks means cheaper paper, then sign me up. All around, this book is a great read for Logan fans and a fantastic bargain for the collector.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Essential Wolverine. 27 Oct 2013
By SJ Cain - Published on Amazon.com
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The more books I send like this to my son, the better. He is a real lover and collector of these books.
5.0 out of 5 stars What Essentials Should Be: True Wolverine Noir 9 Dec 2012
By mckennal1851 - Published on Amazon.com
I grew up on this stuff. I literally grew up on Wolverine and my favorite artists were Byrne, Cockrum, and Buscema, so that is very nearly comic heaven in one book for me. But if this volume doesn't carry those associations for you, well then you get here the first classic run of Chris Claremont's vision of a stand-alone Wolverine, you get classic Buscema which now that's he's long passed carries on great significance, and you get noir extravagance that tests our disbelief (come on, Wolverine wearing a patch makes former friends not recognize him - but it's as classic and now laughable device as Clark Kent's glasses - Wolverine's patch is up there approaching Superman's glasses now) followed by Goodwin's more captivating prose and more complex storylines. You get to see Wolverine as the outright killer strangely mixed with morals and a code of honor as well as a Wolverine that interplays with Dardevil, third-world political machinations, and even the Celestials. It makes for a rather heady volume. What I actually found most interesting is just how different artists can look in different circumstances. This is the first essentials volume I purchased because I actually prefer Buscema in black and white. I was first introduced to Big John in the Savage Sword of Conan black and white oversized mags, so this seemed like a wonderfully natural return for me. But then seeing him inked by Klaus Janson, Al Williamson, and then Bill Sienkiewicz was quite an experience. It gave a whole new tonality to the artwork that I didn't appreciate or understand as a child. And Byrne was at times barely recognizable when inked by Klaus Janson (who had his own style very heavily influenced, I believe, by Frank Miller - or sometimes I wonder if it was vice versa). I do not appreciate, however, Nghia Lam and Jason Rodriguez covers; they look like Yugio gone mad at the Marvel bullpen, but, if that's your thing, more power to you; people like me can go back to the glossy-covered trade paperback versions of the collected Wolverine run if this offends us. These are hardnosed stories, the collection includes a Hulk story that many comics writers and artists still go back to for fun and inspiration today, and I just can't say how much this collection is the first one that made me believe that black and white on pulp paper for full price is worth it. This entire production is truly reminiscent of what noir should be, which is what I think these folks had in mind to begin with. (And don't miss the Casablanca riffs; I didn't get those when I was a kid, either. Lol.) Anyway, this is all very well done, and I'm going to throw a cliche but wholeheartedly meant "Excelsior!" out there on this one.
5.0 out of 5 stars Logan gets his own series 24 Jun 2012
By D. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
It was a gas to read these issues when they originally came out, as Wolverine is my favorite Marvel character. If you feel the same way about the fiesty Canadian, or simply want a good collection of Marvel stories about one of its increasingly iconic characters, then buy this book. You won't regret it.
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