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Review: "Wolverine: Weapon X" #1

In Comic Reviews on April 10, 2009 at 8:00 am

Wolverine: Weapon X #1Wolverine: Weapon X #1

Writer: Jason Aaron

Artist: Ron Garney

Colors: Jason Keith

Covers: Ron Garney, Adam Kubert, Justin Ponsor, Olivier Coipel, Alan Davis, Mark Farmer, Rob Schwager (Phew!  Can it please be less variant cover time now?)

He’s the best there is at what he does!  And he does is…pretty much the same thing he usually does.

With his evil son Daken taking over the main Wolverine title, Marvel opted to give Wolverine another title, because he doesn’t have any exposure.  Honestly, when was the last time you saw this guy anywhere?  Not like he has two other solo books, an animated series and an upcoming solo flick, right?

The premiere arc of “Wolverine: Weapon X” has Wolverine meeting up with former Weapon X member and current retiree Maverick, and discovering that someone has acquired the plans from the Weapon X project and is making a bunch of Weapon X’s.  So, Wolverine decides that he needs to investigate the situation, find out who is behind it, and sway them to use their powers for good.

Nah, just kidding.  He’s going to kill them.

Its pretty routine Wolverine action, but there is a considerable increase in the amount of violence.  Wolverine cuts off a man’s arm before we even see his face, and has rammed a gun up another guy’s ass before the bottom of the next page.  This is clearly not the kid friendly Wolverine of the cartoons, and he’s even sporting his black on gray X-Force uniform (sans mask in this title), which is a good sign.  The blue and yellow costume is fine when he’s with the X-Men, but not good for the sneaking around murder machine that Wolverine really is deep down inside.

All in all, this first issue isn’t terrible, but its pretty obviously still a Wolverine series.  The character remains true to itself, and the writer’s have a pretty good handle on the character’s history.  Despite all this, I believe there could be potential for something really great here, as long as they aren’t afraid to actually explore and experiment.  Wolverine has been Wolverine for as long as we can remember; isn’t it time someone reinvented the wheel and brought a new level to this character?

Final Grade: B A typical first issue . Nothing really happens, but nothing can really be expected to happen.  I’ll give it a little longer before deciding whether or not to drop it.



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Review: "Batman: Battle For The Cowl" #2

In Comic Reviews on April 10, 2009 at 12:44 am

Batman: Battle For The Cowl #2 (Of 3)Batman: Battle For The Cowl #2 (Of 3)

Writer/Artist: Tony Daniel

Inks: Sandu Florea

Colors: Ian Hannin

The second issue of Battle For The Cowl is here, but can we really say anything more about this series?  It picks up right where the second one left off, with a mysterious second Batman showing up and being identified with a less than shocking reveal (hint: its exactly who you think it is), and the majority of the issue is comprised of this Batman fighting with Tim, while Black Mask’s soldiers attack GCPD and Dick gets all sad and vindictive in the Batcave.

And that’s it.  Nothing really happens in this issue.  Yeah, there’s that last page, but c’mon.  You really think anything serious is going to come of that?  Because this is the second issue of the three part mini, there’s not a lot to happen here, and as a result we’re left with a lot of unresolved threads and lackluster action.  And how is it that Tim, who just bested Lady Shiva in the last issue of his own series, got his ass handed to him so readily in this issue?  And wasn’t Damien trained by the freaking League of Assassins?  There’s a lot of out of character moments and a lot of non exciting action, but hey, the Birds of Prey show up halfway through for their obligatory one panel appearance.  Oh, Batgirl and Spoiler on that cover?  Hope you enjoyed that, because they’re nowhere to be found in this issue.  And wasn’t Wildcat supposed to show up?  Where’s he so far?

There’s basically a whole lot of nothing in this issue, and with only one issue left to wrap it up, there’s a lot of concern as to whether or not the changes this series promises to bring about will be worthwhile.  Besides, I think we all know who’s going to wind up in the cowl at the end, don’t we?

Final Grade: D.  Here’s hoping #3 can pull a turn around.