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Wolverine - Volume 1: Hunting Season (Marvel Now) (Wolverine (Marvel) (Quality Paper)) Paperback – 3 Sep 2013
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About the Author
In addition to his work in comics, Paul Cornell is a novelist and a TV writer. He has written Doctor Who for both mediums, famously creating the character Bernice Summerfield, and has since worked extensively in British television on such diverse programs as Robin Hood, Primeval and Casualty. His comics resume includes work on the Marvel titles Wisdom, Captain Britain and MI13, Dark Reign: Young Avengers and Fantastic Four: True Story.
British-born artist Alan Davis took off like a rocket after his humble beginnings at Marvel U.K. Continuing the collaboration with Alan Moore that saw Captain Britain become an enduring critical and fan favorite, the two co-created D.R. and Quinch. Davis broke into U.S. comics with runs on Batman and the Outsiders and Detective Comics. Hired by Marvel U.S. in 1986, Davis launched Excalibur with Chris Claremont, and the book quickly became one of Marvel mutantdom's most unique and humorous titles. When Davis took over as writer, he continued many plot threads from his Captain Britain run. Davis also created the super-hero family ClanDestine, and wrote and drew the DC miniseries JLA: The Nail. After a lengthy arc writing and drawing X-Men, Davis went on to work on the miniseries Killraven, Fantastic Four: The End and a ClanDestine revival. He has also illustrated writer Brian Michael Bendis' Avengers Prime and contributed to the status-quo-changing X-Men: Schism.
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That is not what you get with this Wolverine story.
There is a definite feeling of "tell" and not "show" throughout, the only real emotion I got was Wolverine's aversion to going berserker and not killing. But this is cast aside when the plot demands he "does what he does best", so there is a very inconsistent tone to the story.
SPOILER ALERT He happily kills a father in the first chapter, even though it's pretty obvious the man is possessed, but then decides not to kill his son when he becomes possessed by the same entity? Why? Is a little boy's life more sacred than a grown man's? He tells the boy he had no choice, when he could have easily used a disabling blow rather than slice and dice the poor bloke. It smacks of "Oh, we can't possibly harm the boy, what would the senior management think, let alone the general public, let's draw a line in the sand and not touch the child." Self censorship is actually even worse than if an editor came and demanded changes, which does not seem the case here.
There is also an introduction (to me anyway) of a new group that Wolverine now belongs to/associates with in a bar, but these characters are thinly veiled stereotypes of the back up crew of many a superhero (the Fixer, the Brains, the Geeky One etc.), they don't really seem to serve any purpose other than to show Logan is really just a "regular Joe" when he is not hanging out with the X-Men, The Avengers and all the other superhero groups in the Marvel Universe.
And then there is Nick Fury v.02!Read more ›
An alien gun is possessing people and forcing them to kill - enter Wolverine as he begins slaughtering them in a vague attempt to figure out this new threat. And why is Uatu the Watcher suddenly appearing?
The Marvel NOW! Wolverine series should be way better than this as he's such a popular character, and Paul Cornell's writing it - but for many reasons, it's a very poor book. The enemy is terrible - an invisible being that inhabits people? Hmm... nope. An alien gun? ... nope. No, I'm not interested in any of this so far. But that's the whole book! Like so many Marvel titles these days, the already-anaemic story gets stretched to 6 issues not for narrative purposes but for financial reasons - this book could've been an ok two-parter but 6 issues? It's so boring!
Cornell seems to think Wolverine isn't interesting enough on his own and introduces maybe the most boring backup team seen since Marvel's Agents of SHIELD premiered. Four nondescript middle-aged white people with tablets sitting in a pub are Logan's tech squad, sending him data and doing other dreary computer stuff that's not at all interesting to read. They couldn't have an X-Man like Beast or Doop or any character that's more interesting than a group of nobodies do this stuff?Read more ›
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The first thing he notices as he follows his scent is that Alex smells sick. It seems that someone has taken over the boy's mind. The boy finds Wolverine before he finds Alex and he starts shooting at people from on top of a building. Wolverine climbs up and the two have a chat about his motivations for killing Alex's dad, but not Alex and what it would take to kill Alex. Wolverine knocks the weapon out of Alex's hand and the kid purposefully takes a nosedive off of the building, but Wolverine is there to grab hold of him and cushion his landing. Alex remembers nothing of what happened. However, it isn't long before someone else picks up the weapon and begins shooting.
Luckily Nick Fury Jr. is there to swing in by flying car and knock the guy out. He puts a tracking signal on the weapon just as it takes off. Wolverine got hit by the weapon when the kid was shooting it and there's a piece of it in his shoulder. Logan takes it to Dr. Frankenstein to have a look at and confers with a group of regulars at a bar called Guernica that he sometimes frequents who he hopes can shed some light on the problem. Meanwhile, there is a heist being planned at a chemical company by those who were around when the weapon was first captured, which includes cops and gang bangers.
This is a great comic. It's pretty cool to see Nick Fury Jr. playing a role in this one and it is different in that Wolverine isn't the one possessed by the alien weapon, but rather the humans who touched it are. It also showed the depth of his humanity in his caring of this boy and wanting to help him and when he says how he didn't want to kill his father, but rather that he had no choice. There is also a surprise appearance by the Watcher. Most of the comic are in deep rich blues of the night and day with the bright yellow light to contrast it with of the devastating effect of the weapon. The paneling and drawing are classic Wolverine. Also included are fan mail questions and answers from Paul Cornell as well as a brief chat with him about Wolverine from this comic and ones to come. Overall it is definitely worth a read.