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  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: MARVEL - US (23 Dec. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785189033
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785189039
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 2.5 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Temple Phoenix on 30 Dec. 2014
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It's not news to anybody at this point that Wolverine was far and away the most popular character to emerge from the X-Men series - since his debut in the mid-seventies he's grown to be a ubiquitous presence in the Marvel Universe, whether on page or on screen. Just look - his Epic Collection precedes the first X-Men one by a month. Of course, some modern readers might argue that he has become OVERexposed, diluted by his vast number of appearances. With that it mind, it's wonderful to return to 1988 and the start of his first-ever solo ongoing series, so that we can remind ourselves just why he became the most popular character of the modern age.

This volume collects both the introductory ten-part series from Marvel Comics Presents, as well as the first sixteen issues of the Wolverine series itself. Together, they take Wolvie out on his own (at this point in the comics, the X-Men were scattered around the world, having faked their own deaths), as he finds a new life in the lawless south-east Asian island of Madripoor.

Taking on the pseudonym of 'Patch' and attempting to conceal his mutant nature from the raucous locals, he finds himself caught up in the local criminal turf wars as well as taking part in some rather more esoteric adventures. In these pages you will meet crime lords Roche, Tyger Tiger and Nguyen Ngoc Coy, brutal enforcers Roughouse and Bloodsport, a visiting Hulk (in his Joe Fixit persona), ex-Spider-Woman-turned-private-eye Jessica Drew, ancient demon Ba'al, lethal mutant Silver Samurai and more.

The stories are nearly all penned by mutant maestro Chris Claremont, although Peter David scripts the concluding six-parter, and likewise are drawn by Marvel legend John Buscema, with a guest spot from Gene Colan.
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By L. V. Moon on 26 Jun. 2015
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Great book! Classic stories! Superb value! Great format!
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Madripoor Magic 25 Dec. 2014
By Stephen V. Kempton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This 504 page Monster sized edition Epic Collection of Wolverine is one of the best yet and holds together really well as a different vision for the character, It features Chris Claremont at the top of his game doing some of the best writing of his career. Claremont's creation of Madripoor is brilliant . Madripoor is the perfect back drop for these stories. Every story-line in this collection either takes place in Madripoor or begin or ends there. Towards the end of the volume Peter David comes in to write 7 stories which come close to matching Claremont's tone. Big John Buscema the penciler has had many excellent runs through out his Marvel History: Avengers, Thor, Silver Surfer and Conan. But a case should be made for his work here on Wolverine. Excellent work is featured here inked by himself and three of the best Inkers to ever work: Klaus Janson, Al Williamson and Bill Sienkiewicz. Gene Colan pencils a single story.

Now before I get into the meat of the review I must comment on the editorial decision to make this the Volume One of Wolverines Epic Collection. This decision simply makes no sense and goes against everything they have set up in other Epic Collections. The Moon Knight volume simply has EVERY Moon Knight appearance since his creation. In the recent Captain America Volume One they included three stories which appeared prior to his solo run in Tales Of Suspense. Wolverine was created in 1974 this volume starts in 1988. How is it Volume number #1 ? Shouldn't volume One include Hulk #181 and #182( his first appearance). Plus at least a portion of Giant Size X-Men #1. Or how about the Claremont & Frank Miller Mini-series or the follow up Wolverine & Kitty Pryde six issue series? Or even Marvel team-Up #117 where he co-headlined ? If they just would have called it Volume #2 I would have shut up.

But don't let my rant keep you from buying this book. Because what you do get is excellent and is one of the most cohesive Epic Collections so far produced. My only other complainant is when Claremont left the book he seems to have taken the page numbers with him. So even though this is a 504 page collection the page numbering only goes up to Page 335.

The first arc is from Marvel Comics presents #1 to #10 "Save The Tiger" is a ten part story-line formed of 8 page segments. It is an outstanding job of World Building by Claremont who creates this seedy East Indian Island, It is mix of Terry and the Pirates and Casablanca with a lot of respectful homage given to those great old Adventure strips. O'Donnell is blonde version of Rick from Casablanca but is named after Modesty Blaise's creator Peter O'Donnell. He runs the " Princess Bar" . Princess was Willie Garvin's pet name for Modesty. John Buscema does breakdown pencils and Klaus Janson does the rest of the art, finishing the pencils and inking.

The plot involves Logan trying to save the beautiful Tyger(the not so bad Crime-lord of Madripoor) from Roche (the really bad Crime-lord of Madripoor). Roche has working for him the beautiful life-force sucking Sapphire Styx and from Master Of Kung-Fu Razorfist. It should be noted that this story takes place after the Fall Of The Mutants storyline in which all the X-Men including Logan are in hiding so the world thinks them dead. So Wolverine never wears a mask except for a smear of grease paint . He wears an all black costume and towards the very end of the story sports an eye-patch and start calling himself "Patch". This is an excellent first story which sets things nicely for the entire rest of the book.

Long before Save The Tiger 10 parter is finished Wolverine is given his own book which runs simultaneously. Claremont and Buscema are the announced team with Buscema returning to full pencils with Al Williamson on-board as the inker. The first story-line in the regular book is a three parter about a Black Blade that possess it's owner. This story transplants Jessica Drew and Lindsey McCabe frm Claremont's canceled Spider-Woman book to Madripoor.
Also finding a new home is the Silver Samurai. Kluaus Janson returns to ink the middle issue in the arc. Another great story.

Next we get the a five page new story from Marvel Age Annual #4. This was done to catch new readers up to speed and plug the new Wolverine book. As such, I think it belongs before the Black Blade story. Irregardless it adds little to the worth of the collection but is nice for a complete collection.

Wolverine #4 to #6 is another three parter and is my favorite of the collection. This is mostly due to the beautiful art from Buscema and Williamson and the now giant supporting cast. New bad guy is General Coy who is eager to take over Madripoor's crime world. He is accompanied by his unwilling niece Karma from the New Mutants. It has some great new underlings working for Coy: Roughouse and Bloodsport . Also new is Patch's new ally the Black Pilot Archie Corrigan. Corrigan is named after Archie Goodwin who wrote the best years of the comic strip Secret Agent Corrigan . It should be noted that Archie Goodwin's partner on Secret Agent Corrigan was the talented Al Williamson who inked this saga.

Wolverine #7 & #8 are two parter starring Mr. Fixit. Wolverine #7 is really a linking issue in that starts the Mr. Fixit story but also goes back and ties up a lot of loose ends from the previous arc which ended on a cliff hanger. Mr Fixit for those of you not around then is the Hulk, now colored Grey again, as a LosVegas Enforcer in Peter David's then current run. These are a change of pace story which is pretty light heart-ed and a rare humorous story from Claremont.

Wolverine #9 is a one shot very dark story from Peter David and guest artist Gene Colan. This is a story set before Wolverine was an X-Men and is told in a bar in Madripoor. Wolverine #10 is Claremon's last and also a one shot. It also a flashback story with Sabretooth and introducing Silver Fox the love interest for Wolverine who would be featured in the first Wolverine movie. Bill Sienkiewicz takes over as John Buscema's new inker.

The book closes with Peter David's six part Gehenna Stone Affair which ran in Wolverine #11 to #16. The book went to twice a month as I assume did Claremont's X-men book. Claremont was also writing New Mutants and Excaliber so something had to give. The book remains pretty faithful to Claremont's vision with his supporting cast from Madripoor all appearing. After Saphire Styx and Bloodsport I just wish that Peter David would have stayed away from Vampire like villains. Still not a bad closing arc.

We get lots of back matter including a couple articles from Marvel Age, Original art, Art from Various collection covers and even some fanzine covers. Plus sprinkled in are over a dozen full page pin-ups from big name artists in the Wolverine Gallery. These appeared in solo book and are found in proximity to the original issues they appeared in.

I read this material when it first came out and thought it was a strange take on Wolverine. Re-reading now after reading all the classic comics strips like Terry & The Pirates, Johny Hazard, Modesty Blaise, Secret Agent Corrigan and the like, I now appreciate it a lot more and think it is an outstanding run on Wolverine.

My Highest Recommendation.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Wolverine expands his legacy in street brawler series 9 Mar. 2015
By Dan Pace - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is one of the larger Epic Collections, filling out 504 pages. I struggled with the ratings for this one. Growing up, I loved Wolverine and was very excited for him to get his own series, but I had grown up on the John Byrne Wolverine and was expecting him to act like a super-hero. I wasn't familiar with comics in the 50s, but now that I've read several collections from that time period, this title is most similar to something out of the Atlas era, or Alex Raymond's Flash Gordon or Terry and the Pirates, with a bit more brutality. I also didn't get all the original issues and had long-since abandoned X-men, so I wasn't familiar with the backstory going into this: namely that the world once again thought the X-men dead and Wolverine was now in the south Asian fictional port of Madripoor, which was near Singapore (and modeled loosely on it). After an eye injury, he dons a patch and becomes known as... Patch! Of course, no one recognizes his signature hairdo. The first thing I would've done is cut the hair. Maybe he has a Samson complex, who knows!

Now that I've read it as an adult cover-to-cover, and read Golden Age fare such as Prince Valiant, Yellow Claw and the titles I mentioned earlier, I have a better appreciation for what Chris Claremont and John Buscema were trying to do here. If it was some other character from Marvel, this is a very entertaining set of stories and a very fleshed out setting in Madripoor with an engaging supporting cast.

The stories are grouped into three longer-running stories and two stand alone tales. The first story appeared in Marvel Comics Presents 1-10 and has Patch and company taking on a crimelord in Lowtown. He faces numerous mercenaries along with the lifeforce vampiress Sapphire Styx and Razorfist. The second story revolves around the Prince of Madripoor, General Nguyen Ngoc Coy and new supporting castmembers Archie Corrigan, Karma from New Mutants, Jessica Drew and Lindsey McCabe, both from Spiderwoman. Silver Samurai and Hulk (Joe Fix-it) also guest-star. They face Bloodsport and Roughouse. Following this set of stories, is a solo tale illustrated by Gene Colan (the only issue not drawn by John Buscema) and a solo tale with Sabertooth, showing the origin of their blood feud. The last six issues are the Gehenna Stone Affair, written by Peter David, where Wolverine puts on the costume to battle a demon called Ba'al and his vampire cult. Besides numerous pin-ups throughout, there are also a couple of articles on the series from the insider magazine, Marvel Age.

The reproduction is again, top-notch. John Buscema is one of my favorite artists, although, I don't think this is his best work in his career, the art is still a strong point here. The inking is used to convey added mystery and grit throughout the run. There is a lot of fine line work through all the inkers within this volume and they are reproduced here impeccably. My one complaint is with the reproduction for #14-15. Many pages look to be blurry scans. Page 6 from #15 is especially notable. I don't have these original issues so I can't compare to see if there was some defect with the original printing or original inking. The credits page says Bill Sienkiewicz, but the style seems to shift on a few pages to thicker brush work. Possibly he was experimenting?

The colors here and in the original series use mostly a muted palette. There were four different colorists on the series, but they all seemed to use a similar controlled palette for most of the series.

I think your enjoyment will really stem for how much spandex super-heroics you're expecting. If you don't mind a story with pirates and drug gangs with a few super-baddies tossed in, then you'll really enjoy this one. If you want to see Logan pop his claws every page and wear his Wolvie togs, then you may be disappointed. Highly recommended.
0 of 8 people found the following review helpful
and the artwork is terrible. The stories are good 19 Feb. 2015
By Paula - Published on Amazon.com
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This series is a bit overrated, and the artwork is terrible. The stories are good, however, with the highlight being an appearance by Mr. Fixit.
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