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Wolverine: Evolution Premiere HC: Evolution Premiere Hardcover – 14 Nov 2007

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics; 01 edition (14 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785122559
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785122555
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,608,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Here we have a title that tries quite hard to be important and overshoots the runway...
Basically, the story focuses on what could be the final clash between Wolverine and Sabretooth. Sabretooth being my favourite Marvel character, and the rivalry between these characters also being my favourite, I felt it my duty to buy this book (having only glanced at Wolverine Issue 55 in the past).
Well, where to begin? Bianchi's art would probably be the best place to start, it's nothing short of gorgeous and beautifully detailed, making each fight between these characters (and of course there are a lot of those throughout this book) as exhilarating as the next. And the dialogue itself is not that bad either, or at least, both Wolverine and Sabretooth remain in character. However if you are keeping up with any other X-men titles, the problems with the writing become glaringly obvious pretty quickly.
The book opens with Wolverine challenging Sabretooth at the X-mansion. If you have been following the X-men storyline however, this makes little sense. Yes, Sabretooth was being held at the mansion for a while (as seen in X-men: Supernovas), but never living comfortably as he's shown here. Well, maybe the X-men gave him a break? We can only speculate. However small this mistake may be, it's a prime example of how Loeb seems to be making things up as he goes along.
So the book focuses mainly on Wolverine's amalgam of memories and flashbacks, and where Sabretooth ties in with all this. Somehow we are presented with the fact that, since it's been established that the two are not related that perhaps they are descended from a species of wolf men. Personally though, I'd always considered Sabretooth to be more closely linked with wild cats, his name being the first clue.
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Jeph Loeb is a talented writer, and the pace of this story is pretty good, the characterization is also very good. However, the plot is all over the place. Sabretooth gets involved in the story at a point he is an unwilling member of the X-men, however this story doesn't fit with X-men stories that came out around the same time. minor point I know. Also it establishes the fact that wolverine is not a mutant but a different species entirely, as is sabretooth, wolfesbane, feral, thorn, sasquatch and any x-men related character that is a bit hairy and has claws. Also many of these characters were depowered and were no longer mutants after the events of house of M. something that the writer attempts to explain at least. Still despite being a continuity breaking story the pacing and action are all well handles, and it is an entertaining read. The art is fantastic.
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I dont wish to use this review as a critique on other reviews of this book, but to be quite frank, some of the gripes about this book are completley unjustified. There are a few confusing moments, (sabretooth at the mansion in particular), but if your willing to overlook these and go with the flow the story provides so much insight into wolverines origin/evolution that this is essential reading. As an X-Men reader of 20 years, i'm sick and tired of just being given half truths and explanations for Wolverine, but this actually feels like it's got some substance. This isnt the greatest comic i've read, the art is often confusing and misleading, the dialogue patchy, but the sheer amount of 'wow' moments deserves the 4 stars.
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HASH(0x93421f90) out of 5 stars Disappointing 27 Nov. 2007
By N. Durham - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Jeph Loeb's hyped return to Marvel has been pretty disappointing. Case in point, his arc on Wolverine. Wolverine: Evolution finds Marvel's most popular mutant going toe to toe with who else? His old foe Sabretooth that's who. While any other time the combination of Loeb, Wolverine, and a bloody battle with Sabretooth sounds like a win-win situation for all, Evolution ends up being, well, pretty boring. Once we get to the main event, Evolution becomes a predictable and pretty underwhelming Wolvie VS Sabretooth story that goes nowhere. Not to mention that the dialogue is lame, and the plot itself is so far beneath nearly anything that Loeb has crafted for Marvel before that you'll be wondering just what went wrong here. The bright spot of Wovlerine: Evolution is the excellent artwork from newcomer Simone Bianchi, who is destined to be one of the next, big name artists in comics today. I'd go so far as to recommend Wolverine: Evolution just to check out Bianchi's art, which you definitely should. Other than that though, Wolverine: Evolution is worth a look for Wolvie and/or Loeb fans, but all others are better off leaving this on the shelf.
HASH(0x93421fe4) out of 5 stars Claw vs. Tooth with everything on the line? 3 May 2015
By Luquillo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Wolverine is on a personal mission he will see to the end. He wants his arch-nemesis Sabretooth dead, and as far as he's concerned not even the X-Men are going to stand in his way despite Sabretooth being under their protection. Wolverine breaks into the X-Mansion and picks a fight with him that leads into the woods beginning the possible end to their years long blood feud. -summary

Wolverine vs. Sabretooth is a feud that kicked off in comics back in the 80's during the X-Men crossover The Mutant Massacre. According to their history they had fought off panel before that (which was told in a flashback in Wolverine # 10 much later). During The Mutant Massacre, Sabretooth's alliance with the Marauders reignited their blood feud. This rivalry was very big back in the 80's and early 90's and it can be argued that it had a higher level of interest than even Spider-Man vs. Venom, although I would take Spider-Man's conflict over these two any time. The point is, Wolverine vs. Sabretooth in any form sold books which has made it one of Marvel's most popular rivalries of all time. Wolverine: Evolution written by Jeph Loeb brings this feud full circle and at the same time, provides more background of things we didn't know expanding on the bigger picture. It appears that Wolverine and Sabretooth's battle has been going on for at least 100 years, and not only did they not have control over their hatred for each other but this thing is a lot bigger than those two. This TPB collects Wolverine 50 - 55.

It's no secret around this time Jeph Loeb had been on a slump and the feedback for this story has been mixed. Many point to Loeb's choice of narrative style as the problem as he blurs the line between present and past quite often which screws with the pacing, and the central theme all boils down to Wolverine's memories as he tries to understand what is going on. One name constantly pops up to him and it's Romulus, and he wants answers in which Sabretooth doesn't want to give him because it appears that he's afraid of this person. How can this be? Sabretooth isn't afraid of anyone to the best of Wolverine's knowledge. Loeb's entire story is centered around this with various ideas coming into play pushing the story. Therefore, the main plot is the fight between these two with various things thrown out there as some sort of cool down.

Now if there's anything I like about this story besides the battle is how Loeb pays homage to various story elements in the Wolverine mythos, from Sabretooth murdering Wolverine's lover Silver Fox on to their "first" encounter with Wolverine taking him on at the Hand's request. There is even mention of the Mutant Massacre and this stuff is good reading for those whom followed these storylines over the years. There's also possible background on the origin of mutants as a species, plus we still get to see some of the fall out of M-Day which took place in House of M. Some of my problems with his approach is that the ending becomes far too predictable and the only suspense is how it's going to turn out. Loeb does his best to deliver more than a knock down, drag out fight between the two but it all depends on the reader's digestion of all this. I was satisfied with this for the most part yet it felt bitter sweet though, as the story ends in an all too common way leaving Wolverine with new questions despite getting all of his memories back in House of M.

I'll give this book more credit, and it's because I think casual fans, mainly the action type are going to enjoy this battle. There is so much going on making both Wolverine and Sabretooth really cool characters as they rip each other apart. Sabretooth even breaks Wolverine's neck at one point, and he has to fix himself. This is the way their battle should be portrayed, a brutal trade off between two savage beast.

Simone Bianchi strings together some nice artwork for the most part, and alongside Andrea Silvestri and various colorist, they put together some very nice inks and half tones. It's on the glossy side, somewhat close to the oil painting style at times. The action is very violent with the ending being about as brutal as the thing could have possibly gotten. Some of the backgrounds have nice detailed settings with Japan clearly standing out from Africa. I've heard that the splash pages can be hard to follow. I never had a problem and I been through this many times over the years.

Wolverine: Evolution is far and away from Jeph Loeb returning to form. The story does hit with me but I agree that his writing can be harmful to the pacing; at the same time, flashbacks during battles is nothing really new with Wolverine, however I will admit that it has been done better. I mainly recommend this to Wolverine fans. It's at least a decent read but I don't think it's necessary to follow the Romulus chapter in Wolverine: Origins.

Pros:Bianch's artwork, some cool brutal action

Cons:Pacing issues are the main thing here
HASH(0x9368bc18) out of 5 stars Great read 19 July 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This was a great read. It had everything I like in a Wolverine title. Made me think, had plenty of violence and unexpected characters. Some might feel they were left hanging but who doesn't like a cliff hanger?
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HASH(0x9361ad50) out of 5 stars Beautiful but yet deadly! 9 July 2012
By Rich - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
First off let me say how I have notice that many reviews here gave this 2 to 3 stars due to the act of story telling not so good. But yet I remind you that this is WOLVERINE WERE TALKING ABOUT HERE!!! Who cares about the story telling when it comes to him. If you want great story telling then I would pick up other great novels like Wolverine Origins. When it comes to Sabbertooth and Wolverine all I want to see is NAILS & CLAWS swinging at each other and thats exact what the BOOK DISHES OUT! The art work is dark and beautiful. One of the finest art work Ive seen in comics today and there is a personal message behind these 2 warriors who truley despise one another. Also Storm looks beautiful and brought to life! This is heart pounding action from start to finsh. If your a Wolverine fan then this is a must to have but if your just looking for a good story telling read then I'de go somewhere else. You are either gonna love it or hate it. I certainly choose to love it because honestly... whats not to love about this?
HASH(0x934244c8) out of 5 stars I also really loved the supporting characters in this story 7 Dec. 2014
By Daniel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Very interesting story and perspective of Wolverine and his origins. I also really loved the supporting characters in this story. Very well managed and still surprising.
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