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5.0 out of 5 stars Wolves and demons, 12 July 2011
This review is from: Wolverine: Enemy Of The State Ultimate Collection TPB (Graphic Novel Pb) (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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