The great chap that came up with this great tale -- Jock -- isn't named after the well-known strap / cod-piece. Oh no. Instead, he was named after the colloquial name given to a person living in Scotland. Yeah. I'm not grabbing your haggis, pal. If you think I'm frying your Mars bar, just ask the Publisher: Marvel Comics, in October, 2013.

Using GENERAL terms, answer the following 4 questions about this STORY entitled 'Stranded'.
  • WHAT'S THE MAIN THRUST OF THIS TALE: Logan has to keep it together long enough for him to get off a strange and unusual planet he's crash landed on.
  • ANYTHING ELSE HAPPEN: Some kid from Earth is forced to find Logan, and does.  
  • HOW DOES THIS STORY END: With a syringe being handed from one person to another.

All in all, what is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
The paragraph I loved reading the most in this issue was the one where Logan impatiently said to the kid....

'Kid, I'm in no mood for this. I've been drugged, kidnapped, left to find my own ride on a garbage skiff to God knows where, almost burnt to a crisp on reentry, and had to fight off some kinda giant ugly caterpillar -- so cut to the chase'.

Well, not only was Logan's tone very abrupt, but this piece of dialogue also acts as a very pithy plot-recap too.

What are the BEST bits about this issue?
(+) I really did love following Jock's tone and grace in this issue, folks. In no time flat he's set up the basic premise of this arc, and has set in motion what's going to come up next. Good job my friend. Keep on trucking.
(+) Now I'm not quite sure if this was deliberate or not, but I did like the way this adventure started off like 'Planet Hulk' did all those years ago. Nice little touch that was. Throwing Logan off of a spaceship and onto a desolate planet. Ka-Pow!
(+) In my most humble opinion I'd say that Jocks art and Lee's colour pallet really did suit the ambiance this yarn seems to be adhering to. Tranquil. Stark. And sometimes baroque.

What are the WORST bits about this issue?
(-) It took me less than five minutes to read this whole issue. And even then I was taking my time. Hey! I know that this tranquil pace is the type of style this story-line is conforming to. But come on! Five minutes? Tut-tut-tut. That's far too quick for me.

Choose TWO CHARACTERS out of this comic book, and then compare them to WELL KNOWN WOMEN.
HELENA BONHAM CARTER AS WOLVERINE: If you've ever watched 'Fight Club', you know for a fact that Helena has the chops to play it mean and to play it crazy in one fowl swoop. Ha-Yai!!!!!

A GIRL AS A KID: Am I cheating with this comparison by not it giving an actual comparison? If you think so, letters on a postcard please.  

What QUOTE would be appropriate to sum-up this story?
'Zeal without humanity is like a ship without a rudder, liable to be stranded at any moment' -- Owen Feltham

What SONG, THEME-TUNE, or MELODY, would complement this tale, as well as add and extra dimension to it by default?
'MEAN GREEN MOTHER FROM OUTER SPACE' FROM 'THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS': Go on. Just click on the video provided. Because I'm sure that as soon as you hear its funky tone, you'll know where I'm coming from with this lyrical comparison. Trust me. It's baaaaaaad!

Something I've failed to mention up above was the way in which this issue never really explained in detail how Logan ended up hanging off of a spaceship. Not that this was a good or bad thing of course. From my point of view I enjoyed the mystery surrounding this scenario. Still. How do think he end up where he did, huh? Could he have...

  • Pissed off the Hulk, and this was his way of pissing on him in turn.
  • Pressed the wrong button at Avengers H.Q, and mistakenly transported himself to this location.
  • Decided that he had enough with the world of mutants and heroes, so he thought he'd try to make friends with some aliens instead.
  • Caught the wrong flight out of L.A.X.
  • Tried to become an astronaut the hard way.
  • Never saw that giant catapult stationed in his driveway.
  • Got smashed one night at a bar, and...

Anyway. That's enough of my stuff and nonsense for this month, folks. All I have left to say is that this issue of 'Savage Wolverine' was a pretty decent read. The story was set up perfectly. The art suited the story. And the only thing that let it down was that it was very-very quick to the plough through.

Nuff said.

SAVAGE WOLVERINE #9 SAVAGE WOLVERINE #9 Reviewed by David Andrews on October 22, 2013 Rating: 5
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