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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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on 31 January 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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on 7 January 2001
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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on 10 March 2015
Shame it's not colour
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on 18 December 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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