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Wolverine: Enemy Of The State Volume 1 HC: Enemy of the State v. 1 (Wolverine (Mass)) Hardcover – 11 May 2005

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (11 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785118152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785118152
  • Product Dimensions: 27.1 x 17.4 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,654,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Bentley VINE VOICE on 1 Jun. 2005
Format: Hardcover
Reading this story I was most reminded of the opening of Die Another Day in which James Bond is captured by the bad guys and considered a possible traitor by M, forcing him to escape by brutal means. That is the initial premise in this book, too, except that Wolverine is a traitor, having been brainwashed by terrorists.
The rest of the story sees Wolverine taking on the top Marvel superheroes in some big, brash action scenes. It sounds like a fanboy dream. And it is.
Mark Millar is making a name for himself for writing comics as if they were blockbuster movies and he excels himself here. John Romita Jr is one of the best comic book artists of today and he knocks this one out of the ballpark. The only shame is that there are no proper character moments, this is a linear rollercoaster ride of a story that goes at a 100 mph.
I would heartily recommend this to others, and while you're at it, check out Millar's take on Spiderman, which is pretty special too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 July 2011
Format: Paperback
This book collects the 13 issue run Mark Millar did with John Romita Jnr on Wolverine a few years ago. Wolverine is captured and brainwashed by a terrorist organisation, part ninja, part Nazi, called Hydra led by an undying evil witch and a terrifying assassin called the Gorgon. With Wolverine on their side, they begin picking off heroes and villains to turn them to their cause of complete destruction of the world. It's not a spoiler to say Wolvey overcomes the brainwashing eventually and becomes a good guy once again and the second book has him squaring off against Hydra, the Gorgon, and a powerful hero turned evil.

The series is fast paced and exciting with Wolverine hunting down heroes, breaking into SHIELD HQ the Triskelion, and creating havoc wherever he goes. The Gorgon is a fantastically spooky villain. He looks manga-esque and is Japanese in origin though you don't find out exactly how he came to be until the second book. He's truly scary though and his final battle with Wolverine is very Greek mythology-like.

I like John Romita Jnr's artwork sometimes, here it's adequate but nothing that you're going to go crazy over. At times he makes the heroes look a bit too cartoonish which is a bit off-putting.

Millar's storytelling and hyper-violence are the stars of the show here. His writing makes reading the book that much better and interesting than the average comic book writer could manage.

The 13th issue, a standalone one-shot comic, has Wolverine as a POW in a WW2 concentration camp, driving Nazi officers to insanity with his healing factor. He has no dialogue but this was still a haunting issue that closes out a fantastic volume memorably.

I loved reading this book, both as a fan of Wolverine and as a fan of Mark Millar, and thought Millar and co. did a great job rendering a brilliant character in an epic story. Wonderful read, highly recommended to all fans of superhero comics.
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Format: Paperback
Wolverine: Enemy of the state is everything I want a wolverine story to be. It is action packed with a surprising amount of depth.
Wolverine has been taken over by HYDRA. And he has been given the difficult job of attacking some of Marvels main superheroes, including the Fantastic Four, Daredevil and the X-Men. The sort of job only wolverine could do. The story is well delivered and has the right ratio of story line and action. The artwork, whilst nothing fancy, matches the tone of the book well. The introduction of new mutant super villain Gorgon is handled well, and makes him a very interesting character. This is one of Mark Millar's finest works.
However, the 12 issue story of Wolverine being taken over by Hydra is pushed out of the spotlight by the single issue at the back. Wolverine is in a Nazi concentration camp. The commandant tries to have him executed. It goes exactly how you think it would go.
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By Mr BD TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 Mar. 2015
Format: Paperback
I have a large collection of the Wolverine comics, as they tend to be the grittier stories with a darker side than the rest. This one however just went a bit too far.
I know it's a comic and complete fantasy, but killing superheroes and bringing them back from the dead to serve a darker power? And then getting through that? Adding a whole load of other abilities to Wolverine - teleportation - really? Part of the attraction of this character is the no-nonsense way he struggles through and the moral stance he (sometimes inadvertently) takes. This just wasn't the character I recognise from so many other stories.
I read Old man Logan and loved the story - the back of the collection mentioned this one, so I thought it also worth a shot.
I have several works by Mark Millar and they have all been wonderful, but this one isn't staying in my bookcase a moment longer.
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By bennybetteridge on 3 Sept. 2011
Format: Paperback
What can I say? I stayed away from this story for too long! I ignored it at first because I'm a bit of an art snob and wasn't too keen on the illustrations but eventually went for it as for my love of Millar and Wolverine, and i'm glad I did, its absolutely amazing, This should of been the movie they made, it even comes across as a massive blockbuster. I've read it about five times and each time I fall in love with it again. oh and once you get into it the illustrations are actually really good. I've decided to be a bit more lenient after this and finally started reading Sandman as well.. I've been missing out on so much!
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