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.
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
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.
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.