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Wolverine: Triumphs and Tragedies [Paperback]

Chris Claremont , Larry Hama
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Oct 1995
A series of graphic-novel adventures featuring the X-Man Wolverine and his deadliest enemies, including the savage Sabretooth, the evil Lord Shingen, the sinister Silver Samurai, the vicious Viper and the vindictive Weapon Alpha - and the crushing power of the Hand.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Boxtree Ltd (Oct 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752201085
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752201085
  • Product Dimensions: 39.1 x 25.4 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,575,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book, bub ! 12 Jun 2001
I've been an X-Men (and especially a Wolverine) fan since the late 80's. Unfortunately, I was never able to find the now classic "Wolverine" mini-series. Not until this book came along. This is really the first comic where the authors explore the human side of the man called Logan. Always considered an animal which thinks with his claws instead of his head, now we see the popular X-man beaten in battle, have his heart broken - only to come back triumphant. This book is a must for all Wolverine fans but I recommend it to those who want to find out what makes this little Canadian tick.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "It's not about winning or losing..." 2 Aug 2011
By T Fegan
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`Wolverine' collects issues #1 - 4 of Wolverine and issues #172 - 173 of the Uncanny X-Men.

In the first story Wolverine travels to Japan to reunite with his lover Mariko Yashida, who has mysteriously not responded to his letters and phone calls. Upon arriving Wolverine finds himself battling against Japanese crime factions and assassins in order to liberate Mariko from the clutches of her villainous father Shingen. Wolverine's two love interests Mariko and Yukio are a great inclusion to the story. While Mariko represents Wolverine's human side, Yukio represents his animalistic side. Wolverine knows that in order to be with Mariko he must attempt to change, whereas Yukio accepts his seemingly true animalistic nature. This causes immense inner turmoil within Wolverine as he struggles to choose between embracing the beast within or attempting to retain some remnants of his humanity. It is very hard not to feel sympathetic for Wolverine as he is a man who loses control of his temper at ill-timed moments but who is afraid to change ultimately for fear of failure and rejection.

The two Uncanny X-Men issues follow directly on from the previous Wolverine story. In this story the X-Men travel to Japan to assist Wolverine in taking care of some final business. These two issues also give a brief look at some of the X-Men's own problems they were dealing with at the time. Cyclops was struggling to cope with the loss of Jean Grey and Storm was having trouble controlling her powers. Storm's story is undeniably interesting but ultimately appears to be simply an excuse to give Storm a new outfit and haircut.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mmmm, it's OK 10 Nov 2013
Thirty years on from purchasing multiple copies of the original four issues that comprise this 1982 Frank Miller/Chris Claremont mini-series, this solo Wolverine tale is a good attempt at delving into Marvel's 2nd most popular character but it ultimately falls short in establishing Logan-san as an archetypal hero in the same mold as Batman or Spider-Man.

The loss of a parent/guardian or parents, in the case of Batman, are the most powerful motivations in a hero's psyche. Spider-Man is driven by feelings of guilt and Batman driven by vengeance. Wolverine only has his amnesiac past , his berserker rages and his in-built Adamantium claws that can cut through almost anything to attract the attentions of readers.

In one scene in this story, Wolverine restores the loose pebbles in an ornamental garden back to a state of order, a metaphor for his own rage driven, chaotic temperament; it doesn't quite work. It tries to be a profound Lone Wolf & Cub moment but doesn't pull it off too convincingly.

Another weak point here is the villain, Lord Shingen. Despite Wolvie being drugged on their first encounter, this sadistic and surprisingly skilled fighter defeats Wolverine in both of their encounters, with Wolverine resolving the final stalemate in a none too noble manner.

Writer Chris Claremont returned to this plot line in the X-Men comic itself a little later, circa issues 170 -172.

There are positives, though - Frank Miller's pencil art (inked by Joe Rubinstein: not Miller's best inker. That'd be longtime Daredevil collaborator, Klaus Janson). The opening scene tracking the careless bear hunter is fantastic and er,, the original comic covers, especially #1, are all terrific!

If you're coming to this from seeing 2013's The Wolverine, this story and artwork will seem a little unusual but this is decent Wolverine fare. It's not brilliant, hence my 3*** rating, but it's good enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great - but don't buy this edition! 1 Jun 2013
Great stuff. The definitive Wolverine story!

But for just a few quid more you can buy this http://www.amazon.co.uk/Definitive-Wolverine-The-Stan-Lee/dp/1846534097/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370120610&sr=8-1&keywords=definitive+wolverine

It includes all 4 issues of the Miller/Claremont story plus loads of other classic Wolverine stories so it MUCH better value for money :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC 14 Mar 2013
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Claremont and Miller's full on back story for the man called Logan.
I got this in my teens and it holds up well even today. Also features 2 parts from following xmen issues that tied up this story arc.
Miller's influence is very present in the script and direction of the story. The hard boiled characterization could be straight out of Sin City. Claremont's deft touch with dialogue works well and he's not overshadowed by the slam bam artwork.
Joe Rubenstein's inks add a nice dimension to the look of the book. His contribution shouldn't be overlooked.
If you like Ninja's- BUY THIS BOOK.
If you like chop-sockey- BUY THIS BOOK.
If you like Wolverine- BUY THIS BOOK.
Hugh Jackman's favourite Wolverine story and the inspiration for the upcoming Wolverine movie. A true classic that has stood the test of time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good value for money. item in excellent condition. well pleased.
Published 5 days ago by Damien Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Wolverine Tale
For me, I really loved the artwork of Frank Miller, along with Chris Claremont writing. I really got back into this comic book saga after purchasing this in the Panini Marvel... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amateur Guitarist
5.0 out of 5 stars A bona fide classic
Had the original issues when I was younger, great piece of nostalgia, or if you have never read it and are a fan of Wolverine more than worth a read
Published 10 months ago by Gail Green
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
This is a real classic. It really gets to the heart of Wolverine as a character and uses him brilliantly to explore the theme of the battle between feral nature and the rational,... Read more
Published 17 months ago by William Axtell
2.0 out of 5 stars Overrated
I have been getting into comic books recently mainly Iron Man, Daredevil and Batman. I've been buying all the classics for them and have enjoyed them immensely. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Louis
2.0 out of 5 stars Overrated "classic"
Logan heads to Japan to be with his love, Mariko, only to find she's been married off by her drug lord father to a rich and powerful, but abusive, husband. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Sam Quixote
2.0 out of 5 stars It's so-so
The artwork is quite good, if a little inconsistant and maybe a bit empty.There are some pages that have great work, other's that just don't. Read more
Published on 17 Jun 2009 by D. Blakley
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
This book along with the dark phoenix saga, is a must for any Marvel comic fan.

The art work is rich and the arch of the story is compelling. Read more
Published on 21 Feb 2008 by S. E. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Woverine at his Best!
I am a big Wolverine fan and found this book an excellent way to get a bit of depth to the character that we all know and love. Read more
Published on 6 July 2004
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