Alas, Doctor Rot is back. And he looks like a complete prat. Logan agrees with me. The X-Men eats flees with me. Whilst the rest of the Marvel Universe listens to 'Take That'. Or maybe something sung by Writer: Cullen Bunn; Artist: Paul Pelletier; and Publisher: Marvel Comics in April 2012. Because they do sound similar.

So what’s the STORY morning glory?
Part two of 'Rot' reminds me never to look a gift horse in the mouth. It just might bite my face off and then spit out the brains.

  • Well, I am sorry to say that Wolverine is in very deep doo-doo at the moment. The police are searching for him because he has been identified as a suspect associated to a string of murders. And worst of all, he knows who is behind it. Doctor Rot.
  • Therefore, whilst the detectives associated with his case interview people affiliated with Logan, like the teachers at the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning, and his ex-girlfriend, Melita Garner. Logan himself follows a trail right to Dr Rot's front door, care of Rott's Dad and a couple of Hillbillies with very discernible attributes.
  • However, Logan's confrontation with the Hillbillies does not pan out too well for him at all. Because he is strangely overpowered and then strapped by Rot's request.
  • Sh*t.

To be continued...  

What is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
I found Doctor Rot's closing remarks to this story like something out of the 'Rocky Horror Picture Show'...

'I'm going to help you. I'm going to remind you who you are. After all, you are part of my family now. Or you soon will be'.

Half of me thought he would end this sentence with 'Lets do the Time Warp Again!'. Wouldn't that be great?

What was the BEST thing about this issue?
I really enjoyed the dual strand detective vibe this tale had. One strand was dedicated to the police's search for Wolverine. Whilst the other strand was dedicated to Wolverines search for Doctor Rot. 

Very simple. Very nice to read. And very synchronistic in tone.

What was the WORST thing about this issue?
I was not too keen on how Wolverine was overpowered so easily when he first encountered Baylee Ann, Charlie, and that scrawny looking one with the knives. It was as if he rushed into things too quickly, without really thinking about what could happen to him.

Not like Logan at all, huh? Or maybe it is?

What was the most CREATIVE thing about this issue?
STORY: For me, the highlight to this tale was the section where Wolverine spoke to Rot's Dad. In many ways it reminded me of a seventies horror flick, where a detective of some kind goes into a decrepit house and finds something he was not expecting at all. Alternate and conventional at the same time. Class mix.

ART: Paul Pelletier really stepped up the gore stakes in this issue I can tell you. I particularly liked the scene where Rot's Dad's head was carved out, plus the way Wolverines eye protruded out a bit when he was on the mend during his battle with 'the cousins'. Bold yet daring. You've got to love it.

If you had to CAST TWO CHARACTERS in this comic book, who would they be and why?
BAYLEE ANN: Now for this pretty piece of trailer trash, you need an actress that is physically appealing but vacant behind the eyes. What about Kristanna Loken? She did just this in 'Terminator 3'.

SCRAWNY LOOKING SOD: Just have a look at Billy Bob Thornton. And tell me that he does not look like a man who would carry around knives and bear a grudge.

If this issue had a MOVIE TAG LINE, what would it be?
If You Go Down In The Wood's Today Wolverine With Cut You In Half. If You Go Down In The Wood's Today Doctor Rot With Give You A Bath

Now Die. 

If this issue were a MOVIE, an OBJECT, or a piece of MUSIC, what would that be and why? 
Again with this current creative team, I am getting a seventies flavour to their work, tinged with an eighties attitude about their vibrancy. Therefore, I feel that the David Christie song 'Saddle Up' appropriate somehow.


FINAL thoughts...
Yes. This is the type of story I just love within a solo series like this one. It manages to nod at continuity, spin a yarn, and entertain to boot. Heck, I wished that Detective Comics could be more like this comic book you know! As with every turn of the page this bold yet adventurous tale is presented in a way that is both intriguing and encapsulating at the same time.

Bravo Cullen and Paul. You have a new fan.

MARKS out of 10? 9