Poor Wolverine. Every time he teams-up with someone, something always seems to go wrong. The last time he teamed-up with Electra, he was possessed by external forces. And the last time he teamed-up with Spiderman, he was helping him put on his tights. Oh? I wonder what they'll get up to the next time they meet. Lets ask the Writer: Zeb Wells; the Artist: Joe Madureira; and the Publisher: Marvel Comics, in May, 2013.

Using GENERAL terms, answer the following 4 questions about this STORY entitled 'The Arbiters'.
  • WHAT'S THE MAIN THRUST OF THIS TALE: Once he can calm himself down after a confrontation he has with the Avengers, Wolverine joins forces with Elektra on an adventure relating to Wilson Fisk and a missing Bullseye. 
  • ARE THE MAIN OBJECTIVES ACHIEVED: No. Not really. Yet a re-clarification is made.
  • ANYTHING ELSE HAPPEN: Spiderman has a one on one with Logan, whilst Wilson has a war of words with a Hand 'mob-boss'.
  • HOW DOES THIS STORY END: With the Arbiters ready for arbitration.

All in all, what is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
I loved reading that scene where Spiderman and Logan were having a tête-à-tête, especially that part where...

SPIDERMAN: I just thought you might want to talk. About that time you wanted to slaughter a surrendered enemy right in front of us all. Think it was about a couple of hours ago or something.
LOGAN: It happens. Sorry if I gave you nightmares.
SPIDERMAN: Just wanted to hear your take on it. I know when I mess up...
LOGAN: Who said I messed up?
SPIDERMAN: Oh, come on man. Save that tough guy shtick for your x-meetings or whatever. I know that wasn't you out there. And I know you hate yourself every time... I'm sorry. I can't talk to you with your 'Phantom of the Opera' stuff going on.

[Spiderman then reaches out to Logan's face, and tries to peel off a part of his costume stuck to his skin]

SPIDERMAN: It's healing to your face!
LOGAN: Get offa me!

Ha! That Spiderman is one hell of a guy, isn't he? Very down to Earth.

What are the BEST bits about this issue?
(+) Joe Madureira's artwork on this book is f*cking fantastic. It was like watching a live-action manga-animation brought to the pages of the four colour funnies. It was bold. It was expressive. It had depth. It was... it was... errrrr... out of this blooming world!
(+) Another thing about this comic that was f*cking fantastic, was the one and only web-head himself, Spiderman. Admittedly. His presence so far is very jovial in tone. But for the life of me, he just propelled this adventure into infamy and beyond with this unpretentious manner. 
(+) Seeing the Hand getting on Wilson's nerves ready did make my day. In my eyes it was like one bully picking on another bully because they knew they were in a position to do so. Ha!
(+) Presently I'm sitting on the fence where the actual story is concerned. It seems like your bog standard action-adventure, yet it does show the promise of being something much-much more than the sum of its parts.
(+) Cameos. Cameos. Cameos. You've got to love all of the cameos strewn throughout this entire tale. The Avengers. Lady Bullseye. Whoever that guy was on fire. Excreta. Excreta. Excreta. Class in a can. Say no more.

What are the WORST bits about this issue?
(-) The only thing about this yarn I wasn't too keen on; was how Electra never told Wolverine what their mission together actually was, until they both eventually ran into Lady Bullseye and Kingpin sometime later. I mean, why not, huh? Why couldn't she pull him over to one side and say to him 'Hey! We're here to help the Kingpin, no kill him'? Is that too much to ask?

Choose TWO CHARACTERS out of this comic book, and then compare them to two ANIMALS.
A SPIDER AS SPIDER MAN: Well, what did you expect me to say? A poxy monkey?

A WOLVERINE AS WOLVERINE: Please read the previous answer, and replace the words 'poxy monkey' with the words 'seven ton killer whale with a baseball hat on'. I thank you.

What QUOTE would be appropriate to sum-up this story?
'Life is either a great adventure or nothing' -- Helen Keller

What SONG, THEME-TUNE, or MELODY, would complement this tale, as well as add and extra dimension to it by default?
'YES SIR, I CAN BOOGIE' BY 'BACCARA': No. Don't fret; dear readers. I haven't lost my marbles yet. I just feel that this song and this story both share a similar earthly yet bold vibe in execution. Let's dance!!!!

Now at the beginning of this adventure we see Wolverine pissed off with the Avengers because they wouldn't let him kill the man-monster who burned off his face. But I wonder why, huh? Why did this man-monster burn off Wolverine face in the first place? Could it be because...

  • Wolverine slept with his Mother -- Possible. Yet sordid.
  • Charcoal supplies were running low, and suddenly Logan walked into view -- Ouch! Talk about bad timing.
  • Someone told Wolverine to kiss his ass, without realising it was burning at the time -- Oops!
  • A couple of months ago this vile villain placed a bet in Vegas that he would be able to do this within a year -- Worth a shot. 
  • It beats going to a tanning salon -- Harsh. But true.
  • Logan didn't believe he literally meant he was on fire -- Naughty-Naughty.
  • There was nothing worth watching on the television, so... -- WHOOOOOM!!!!!

Anyway. That's enough of my stuff and nonsense for this month, folks. All I have left to say is that this instalment of 'Savage Wolverine' was a bloody good read. The art was out of this world. The story was intriguing yet silly. And by in large I can't wait to see what going to happen next month.

Nuff said.