15 May 2012

WOLVERINE #305

By David Lee Andrews   Posted at  07:30   WOLVERINE

[ CLASH OF THE SALES
A new beginning is suddenly here. It's Wolverine Verses Richard Gere. Or is it Freddy Mercury? Because he does wear a lot of Burberry. Plus he looks very-very queer. Just like Writer: Cullen Bunn; Artist: Paul Pelletier; and Publisher: Marvel Comics in May 2012. Now let's dance baby.

So what’s the STORY morning glory?
Part one of 'Rot' asks a very important question indeed - who is Wolverine?

Now to a young kid living in the Bronx, he's the mutant who killed two people on the street outside of where he lives. To two members of staff working at the Jean Grey School Higher Learning, Kitty and Rachael, he is their headmaster who is wanted by the police. And to Wolverine himself? Hmmm. Don't know.

A plagued man who keeps on blanking out for no apparent reason what so ever? A fighter who beats up shape-shifters at Dunwich Sanatorium to find out the reason why? Or a specimen ready to be controlled again by a masked butcher?

To be continued...

What is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
The running Wolverine commentary was very nice to read in this tale. I especially liked...

'Hard to resist a girl with that much charm and sass. But it has never been that safe for normal folk to live around me. Now... more than ever... I have to be alone'.

Has an almost 'Hard Boiled' detective quality to it, huh?

What was the BEST thing about this issue?
I enjoyed the 'seventies vibe' that this tale is dowsed with, as if it was written back in the day by Marv Wolfman or a writer of that ilk. I just found that this story was very grounded throughout, and had a very nice even and stoic pace to it too. Great.

What was the WORST thing about this issue?
If truth be told there wasn't that much to gripe about with this issue really. Granted, I would have preferred some witty dialogue of some kind. Or maybe a more shocking and bold tale. But by in large this book was pretty solid.  

What was the most CREATIVE thing about this issue?
STORY: Now this issue has been my introduction to Cullen Bunn's style of story. So far, I have to confess, I really do dig it. His stuff seems to have that simple yet nostalgic way of unravelling themselves. Very nice to read overall. 

ART: Paul Pelletier's artwork on this book was just fantastic. Heck, on some level it's even better than what he did on 'The Incredible Hulks', because it has a very 'Alan Davis' quality about its construction and execution.

If you had to CAST TWO CHARACTERS in this comic book, who would they be and why?
WAITRESS: As soon as I saw that pretty waitress give Logan a beer, I thought to myself "Yes. Jaime Pressly please".  Both for me and this role.

SCHOOL KID WITH THE AFRO: OK, I do not know who the girl in the picture actually is. Or if she is even alive or not. Nevertheless, if you do know her, please tell her that she should play this girl I do not know the name of. OK? Much appreciated.

If this issue had a MOVIE TAG LINE, what would it be?
Suffering From Black Outs And Indigestion? Stab Someone Quick. It'll Get Better Soon.

If this issue were a MOVIE, an OBJECT, or a piece of MUSIC, what would that be and why? 
So this tale feels seventies inspired. Entails someone wanting to control someone else's actions. And it has a fight in a rustic house as well. Hmmm. What about the Clint Eastwood film 'Play Misty For Me'? As it does fit on a certain level.




FINAL thoughts...
Generally speaking, I find that it is difficult for a new creative team to do something new on a book, particularly when the last team were so well respected. However, I have to give Kudos to both Cullen and Paul for doing such a great job in this issue, because it looks like it will be a very promising ride from here on in. Marvelous in fact.

MARKS out of 10? 8.5

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