Dangerous Games is a collection of seven Wolverine one-shot comics, each one a standalone story that anyone can read and follow whether you're familiar with Wolverine or not. Unfortunately, despite their accessibility most of the stories are garbage! It's strange that the quality of the stories are so bad given the talent involved like Gregg Hurwitz, Rick Remender and Chris Yost.
In each story, Wolverine is attacked by some bad guys, he waits until it's near the end of the story, then SNICKT - repeat x 6. Has anyone read Si Spurrier's comics? This guy is now among my most disliked comics writers. He is the pits. Numbercruncher was awful, I'm trudging my way through X-Men: Legacy (four attempts to get through a six-issue book but I will not be beaten!), and his contribution to this book, featuring fox-hunting English stereotypes, was a trial to read and by far the worst story in a bunch of bad stories.
Mike Carey provided the only respite with his story Firebreak where Wolverine was temporarily blinded and helped a family escape a forest fire with his nose. The story is framed by the family, whose husband and wife are going through marital troubles (he cheated), who then have to escape the fire headed their way, and then they encounter Wolverine. The meeting of real world and Marvel is a potent one and seeing ordinary people getting dragged into a superhero's world is an interesting story to read. That Wolverine was vulnerable and being hunted by HYDRA only heightened the tension and excitement. Firebreak was a really excellent story.
There were moments in the story where Wolverine and Trance were held captive that were decent. Wolverine's trying to psyche a terrified Trance into busting him free by telling her all the ways he can be killed and prove that he's not invulnerable. They are pretty extreme deaths but then nothing about Wolverine is moderate!
Dangerous Games underlines the difficulty Marvel has of putting out good solo books for Wolverine. He's a great, enormously popular character but he's so hard to get right on his own. While accessible to lay readers, Dangerous Games is a helluva boring book, especially for long-time readers of the character. Mike Carey's story is the one standout but it's not really worth seeking out just to read it.
I used to be a Marvel fanboy but I've been off the sauce in the last couple of years. I got this at my local library, keen to pick up with a character I read for years. BIG mistake. This book is a collection of formulaic one shot comics. In each story somebody annoys Wolverine so he dismembers them in the most graphic manner each artist can muster. How does he get away with it exactly? Don't they have forensics in the Marvel universe? And why would anybody want to read (or for that matter write) a comic about such a wholly unsympathetic character? He's not even an interesting anti hero or a lovable villian. The stories present Wolverine as the nastiest man alive and yet he is he hero because.... actually by the end I wanted the bad guys to win. In one story he saves a family from a fire, which is heroic, but why does he have to be such a gruff old git whilst doing it? For comic readers who remember the Rob Leifeld era of Marvel comics when the good guys were as nasty as the bad guys and guns reigned supreme , let me sum this up in a sentence: this collection is more predictable, formulaic, aggressive and down right unpleasant then even Rob Leifeld at the height of his nonsense. And that's saying something! Avoid. And the cover sucks too.
Wolverine is so the man and if all the other x-men bore you then look no further.
This book is just Wolverine on his own, being awesome, tearing everyone to shreds.
The art is amazing too which is actually the reason I like to read comics. I hear people complaining about a lack of story etc but if I wanted an epic story I would read a book or watch a really good film.
For me comics/graphic novels are a fun light read where I don't have to pay too much attention and I can enjoy the art and the character and chill.
Dangerous games is perfect for that. And I reccomend it to any wolverine fans!