The Best There Is At What He Does

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The concluding panel of Uncanny X-Men 132

Short and feisty, the claw-wielding killing machine from the Great White North started small in the pages of the Incredible Hulk (a joint creation by Len Wein, Herb Trimpe and John Romita Sr). When the ailing X-Men comic book was revived by Wein and artist Dave Cockrum, Wolverine was introduced and a legend was born. Cockrum fleshed out Wolverine, but it was during John Byrne’s run as co-writer and artist that he saw a rise in popularity during a violent outburst (colored in all red) that made the book sales soar. A fan favorite character, Wolverine evoked the gritty attitude of the “man’s man” 70’s and 80’s action heroes.

Wolverine.jpgLater, Chris Claremont and Frank Miller would add distinguishing characteristics to the Wolverine in a four part solo adventure set in Japan, making him a blend of rugged bruiser and a noble warrior.  There have been many additions and revisions since, but this remains the boiler plate for the Wolverine.

Sideshow Collectibles has developed a Sixth Scale Figure of Wolverine that is every bit as mean-looking and deadly as the comic book mutant.

Every X-Men fan knows what that means. Joining our growing Marvel Sixth Scale figure collection, is the Sideshow Collectibles mutant hero, Wolverine!

marvel-wolverine-sixth-scale-silo-1001761Ok, so while he may not actually be laced with adamantium, Logan is more than ready to let the claws come out. Meticulously crafted on an all-new muscular body design with two pairs of beefy arms, multiple swap-out hands, and a full range of articulation. Fitted in a fantastically tailored tactical version of his classic brown and tan costume, ol’ Canucklehead comes with both masked and unmasked head sculpts, each channeling his unbridled berserker rage. To further honor his impressive legacy, we’ve also included the legendary Muramasa blade, a key weapon from Wolverine mythos.

So what are you waiting for, Bub? If you’re looking for the ultimate Wolverine, let there be no doubt – he’s the best there is!

The Wolverine Sixth Scale Figure specially features:

  • Unique Wolverine body with over 25 points of articulation
  • Masked portrait
  • Unmasked Logan portrait with separate pulled back cowl
  • Two (2) pairs of interchangeable aesthetic arms including:
    – Neutral pose
    – Flexed pose
  • Left and right gauntlets
  • Four (4) pairs of hands including:
    – Fists with extended claws
    – Fists
    – Grip hands
    – Gesture hands
  • Left and right boots
    Detailed fabric costume inspired by Wolverine’s brown and tan appearance
  • Exclusive Muramasa blade with scabbard

Constructed in 1/6 scale, the Wolverine figure has a Sept-November ship date.

The Wolverine 2013-full trailer

Wolverine_Byrne_BW I’ve been a big fan of Wolverine since I was a teen. A mean little scrapper with a temper, I saw a kindred spirit. Of course he made it look cool while I got time outs. It’s hard to imagine that once upon a time Wolverine was unpopular enough with X-Men readers that he narrowly missed the ax that caught Thunderbird. He blossomed into a fan favorite after Chris Claremont and John Byrne developed the character into an animalistic hombre. As the monthly comic garnered acclaim and awards, it also became decidedly violent and bloody. Wolverine’s infamous ‘all red’ killing sprees pulled in new readers and continue to make the mutant a major star on the racks (though he does ebb and flow these days).
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Of course things really came together for wolverine when Claremont teamed up with young Frank Miller on a four-part solo adventure set in Japan that added another facet to the character. Whereas he was simply a tough killing machine before, a tragic lone samurai was shown to be lurking beneath the steel-like tough guy veneer. Forever the outsider, Logan wandered the world looking for peace and found only bloodshed.
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In film, the unlikely Broadway darling Hugh Jackman has embodied the character of Wolverine so well that even after two lackluster outings, fans are still willing to give him another go. The latest movie is said to take great inspiration from the Claremont/Miller series and even introduces some new ideas such as an emotionally tortured and distraught Wolverine seeking an end to his suffering only to find a real purpose, at the expense of his remarkable healing factor.

What’s particularly interesting to me is how they have recreated some key moments from the Miller comic such as the bar room brawl (seen here).

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The Wolverine strikes July 2013.

Personally, I’d love to see a 1950’s Wolverine film starring Humphrey Bogart where he investigates a mystery, drinks, talks a lot then in the final scene unexpectedly pops claws out his hands and slaughters a bunch of gangsters.

That would be something… wouldn’t it?
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Wolverine sequel takes shape

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Via MTV’s SplashPage: http://splashpage.mtv.com/2010/10/18/wolverine-2-darren-aronofsky/

“Black Swan” director Darren Aronofsky’s attachment to “X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2” remains likely but uncertain, and until an official announcement is made, Aronofsky Alerts remain in full effect on the “Wolverine” front. And according to the latest alert, the director isn’t just inching closer to a deal — he’s closer to a start date and a shooting location as well.

Deadline reports that Aronofsky’s deal with 20th Century Fox is “close enough that discussion has turned to shooting the sound stage portions of the film in New York so the filmmaker and Hugh Jackman don’t have to inconvenience their families.”

When New York filming is complete, the production would head to Japan to shoot the rest of the sequel, reportedly based on the “Wolverine” comics created by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller.

Additionally, Fox is eyeing a March start date for the “Wolverine” sequel. The studio’s intention is to leave Aronofsky’s schedule clear enough “to open ‘Black Swan’ and be available for the inevitable award season obligations.” Indeed, Aronofsky’s latest film has already generated award buzz, with lead actress Natalie Portman considered a virtual lock for an Academy Award nomination.

With shooting dates and locations reportedly lining up all in an effort to accommodate Aronofsky’s schedule, it seems that it’s just a matter of time before the director officially digs his claws into the “X-Men” franchise. In the meantime, keep it locked into Splash Page for the latest Aronofsky Alerts as they’re made available.

As soon as a week after it opened, Hugh Jackman (see my previous article here: https://dailypop.wordpress.com/2009/08/13/wolverine-2/) was talking about a second Wolverine film, this time closely based om the Frank Miller/Chris Claremont min-series set in Japan. Reportedly, the studio made a lot of demands on the first Wolverine film leading to a Spider-Man 3 situation with characters such as Deadpool shoe-horned into the cast. While X-Men: Origins- Wolverine was a relative success in the cinema it was less popular with fans who were more than a little irked by the kitchen sink approach and over-the-top ending.

The filmmakers are hoping for a much more straight-forward and controllable movie the second time around. Hiring the creative team of Aronofsky (the Fountain, Requiem for a Dream) and Christopher McQuarrie (Way of the Gun, The Usual Suspects) could signal a fantastic movie that Wolverine fans have been waiting for. With the X-Men: First Class movie set to land in 2012, 20th Century Fox no doubt has its collective fingers crossed that the mutants will prove profitable again, leading to a revival of the X-Men franchise.

Wolverine 2 has no release date at present.

Wolverine and the X-Men released on DVD

Wolverine And The X-men: The Complete Series is now out on DVD and Blu-ray. Series writer Greg Johnson speaks on the insanely awesome yet unfortunately short-lived series as well as his upcoming projects, GI Joe: Renegades and Thor: Tales of Asgard.

For the better part of nearly two decades, Greg Johnson has been a writer on some of the best shows ever including the best ever series to come out of the Transformers franchise in Beast Wars. Johnson was a staple writer at Marvel Animation having scripted such hit movies as Ultimate Avengers, Ultimate Avengers II, Doctor Strange, and Planet Hulk. Johnson was also the writer of the next Marvel animated movie release, Thor: Tales of Asgard due out early next year. Recently I got the chance to catch up with Greg about the Wolverine and The X-men animated series. For reasons that are still not completely clear, the show that was an apparent runaway hit for the NickToons network will not be returning for a second season as previously thought. As unfortunate as that is, Johnson was gracious enough to answer questions about the series which is now collected in full on Blu-ray and DVD.

Jeffrey Harris: Even though we likely won’t be seeing another season of Wolverine And The X-Men, are you and the team satisfied with the epic story you got to tell over the course of 26 episodes?

Greg Johnson: In the sense that we got to tell the story we set out to tell, yes. Back in the beginning of development, we were a little unsure how this kind of episodic, continuity-driven series would be received. Both from a production company, network, and viewer perspective. We got the greenlight shortly before Avi Arad left Marvel, and at any time in the early stages, someone could have decided they’d rather have stand alone stories. Fortunately, either everyone loved what Craig Kyle, Josh Fine, and I were doing, or no one was paying attention. So, whether you hate us for it or love us, this is the series we had in mind from the get-go.

Jeffrey Harris: In writing an animated series based on comics, how much research and research materials goes into the process for a show like Wolverine and The X-men?

Greg Johnson: I read stacks of books and character bios, but I mostly depended on the amazing knowledge of Chris Yost, Craig Kyle, and Josh Fine, all of whom would contribute bits and pieces of X-History and little-known characters that I was unaware of. And being huge fans themselves, they were also a good barometer on how other fans would react to some of the liberties we took in order to include certain storylines or characters in the series. If they thought it wouldn’t tick too many people off, then that was good enough for me.

Full interview here:

http://www.411mania.com/movies/columns/157362/411mania-Interviews:–Greg-Johnson.htm


Wolverine and the X-Men was a favorite of mine. Shown on an obscure Nickelodeon channel and released in single DVDs, many missed out on this series. A cartoon that is set both in the present and in a future overcome by Sentinels, Wolverine and the X-Men is well worth a look. Finally released as a box set DVD, I’m hoping it will finally find its audience.

The 411Mania interview offers some great insight behind the scenes of many Marvel Animation projects including Planet Hulk and the upcoming Thor: Tales of Asgard animated DVD.

There’s also a glimpse of the upcoming GI Joe series!

Quick Review: Wolverine: Noir

Quick Review: Wolverine: Noir

In 2009, Marvel unleashed a set of high concept mini-series that took their most popular characters and placed them in an unfamiliar world. So far eight minis have been released with a ninth currently still in publication. I’m still beside myself that these books did not get more attention when they were out but fans were in a different state of mind over crossovers and what-not. Each of the Marvel Noir books has been a surprise for me and a cinematic experience that borders on brilliance. I was shocked by the brutality of David Hine(now assigned to Detective Comics)’s Spider-Man and I’m still trying to wrap my head around Fred Van Lente’s take on the X-Men. This goes beyond the DC series of Elseworld books that took characters and tied them to seemingly random concepts (here’s Batman as a pirate, here’s Superman as a British superhero) and instead uses the trappings of a specific genre to craft a compelling character study of superheroes.

It’s all so wonderful and makes some tired concepts new again. The best example of this is a character that is in almost as many monthly books as Deadpool, Wolverine.

Writer Stuart Moore captures the mood and character of Wolverine in such a unique way that it tales you by surprise at first. Whereas most of the other Marvel Noir books are riffs on the characters placed in a different genre that leave the reader looking for innovations and liberties that the creative team has taken, Wolverine: Noir is more of a meditation on who/what Wolverine is. If that sounds too abstract, it might be. I remember reading early reviews from frustrated fans saying ‘where are the claws?? Why isn’t he a mutant?’ etc and I can understand their confusion but… Stuart Moore is writing a much deeper story. The art by C.P. Smith (of the Invaders) is phenomenal and perfectly conveys the sordid rough-hewn world seen through the sharp divide of venetian blinds brilliantly mimicked by the spaces between Wolverine’s knife blades.

A drunken detective in the Bowery of New York City, Jim Howlett sits and stares at his simpleton partner simply called Dog and thinks about killing him. A beautiful Japanese woman named Mariko enters their office asking for protection for herself and her father. Laying a sizeable amount of money on the pair of deadbeat detectives, she never explains what her business is or why she should need protection. It’s obviously a set-up of some kind but Jim (Wolverine) is far too haunted by his past to give it a closer look. When Dog enters a dangerous hotel owned by the mysterious Victor Creed and goes missing, Jim ruminates on his history with Dog.

Jim can still hear the preachings of his overbearing father, whose readings on Man’s struggle to overcome his baser animal nature cut to the bone. All of the pieces if the puzzle from Jenkin’s Origin story are there, Dog the brutish son of the estate manservant, the innocent romantic attraction to the red-haired Rose and Jim’s awkward steps to adulthood. Added to this is the Irish gardener Smitty who teaches James the code of the samurai and the art of knife fighting that he learned while stationed overseas during the Great War. Though he is trained in the katana, Jim is mostly attracted to a pair of short blades that are held in each hand like claws. Smitty acknowledges the value of sword fighting, but feels that the short knives demand that conflict be closer and more intimate which appeals to his bruiser ‘Irish’ nature. All of these elements combine to create a man who struggles against what he is to be something finer, something noble. Raised into a world of privilege, James was constantly shamed by his father, entranced by the teachings of the world by Smitty and frustrated by his love for Rose.  Despite his struggles to be someone greater than he is, a tragic event in his past clings to him like an anchor dragging him to the depths of the human soul.

This version of Wolverine goes to greater lengths to connect the Little Lord Fontleroy version of Logan that was presented in Paul Jenkins’ Origin series, the brutal savage of Claremont and Byrne’s X-Men and the Frank Miller tragic samurai than the monthly comics could ever be bothered to. Presenting Wolverine as a tragic figure drinking his way to the bottom of a bottle, lamenting his past and terrified of his baser nature is a truly magnificent way to look at the character and Moore is a genius for thinking of it. The noir look of the story is brilliantly grim. I lost track of how many times I saw Wolverine beaten to a bloody mess in four issues.

Wolverine: Noir is a cripplingly sad story about the descent of a human being into the realm of animal rage. In short, it could be the best Wolverine comic I have ever read.

Buy Wolverine: Noir at Amazon.com

Rick Remender helms new X-Force to face the coming of Apocalypse

The latest version of X-Force is a wetworks team sanctioned by Cyclops to do the work that the regular X-Men could not stomach. After the recent revelation of the team’s violent missions, the team is set for some major changes including the announcement of the new creative team of Rick Remender of Frankencastle and artist Jerome Opeña of Vengeance of the Moon Knight. Remender recently gave some of the details at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo.

Marvel.com has reported the writer’s announcement:

“They have no business operating,” Remender says of the new Wolverine-lead team. “They should be defunct. They’re breaking some rules by reforming, breaking some trust. They also have a different outlook on how they proceed with the missions and who knows about the missions. There is a co-captain system set up at first to ensure no one person has control over such a lethal force. There are members of the team who want to do the right thing but have a difficult time with the current modus operandi. However, the deliberation is cut short as the threat they are facing is revealed to be the return of Apocalypse.”

The new X-Force team has a network of people looking out for Apocalypse’s rise and could be faced with the moral quandary of being able to execute the immortal villain as an infant.

“One of the members of the team has had operatives hunting for signs of the return of En Sabah Nur for years,” Remender shares. “We open as the operative discovers what he’s been seeking. Turns out when the rest of the world is celebrating the defeat of a tyrant, humanity entering a new ‘Heroic Age’ is the first big signpost of the Age of Apocalypse. X-Force is reformed with one objective: kill Apocalypse. Their existence must be kept a total secret as no one knows who the new Four Horsemen are, or if the X-Men have been infiltrated already. No one can be trusted. The tension is high and the threat level couldn’t be greater.”

Speaking of Apocalypse, Remender studied the character’s long history dating back to his first appearance in 1986’s X-FACTOR #5 in preparation for this story.

“I take what I like and focus in, building on the better ideas with my own take on the character’s natural next step, natural motivation in response to the current world stage,” he explains. “I think the character has been handled well throughout the years, but I’m personally a big fan of the Louise and Walt Simonson version [from the original X-FACTOR series]. But I’ve read all of his appearances and have a list of the points that seem the strongest, the things I’ll be focusing on. We’ve also developed a lot of new stuff around past continuity, fleshing out concepts that were hinted at or mentioned, [like] a certain society [returning] in a new form. It’s important to be mindful of [whom] the character is and what he has done but not allow it to hinder creativity. With these new pages and designs Jerome Opeña is sending in I feel confident we’ve done that.”

With such a dark and secretive missions, Remender promises that his new group will still sport the black-themed duds fans might be familiar with from the current X-FORCE.

“It defines their purpose a bit, reminds them of the business at hand,” says the writer of the darker outfits. “These are heroes, people who want to see their actions make the world a better place. However, they’re also stained. A band that has been forced to make hard choices in the past, choices that called for hard resolutions. They’re like Johnny Cash; the men in black wear it as an external representation of the stains they’ve absorbed for the good of the common man, and so that other heroes can keep a squeaky clean conscience.”

The X-Men Movie Manifesto

With Marvel Entertainment and Sony stealing much of the attention with their Avengers and Spider-Man related projects, it seems like 20th Century Fox’s X-Men films have gotten forgotten in the mix. X-Men movie producer Lauren Shuler Donner recently spilled the beans on three X-Men related projects that are in production to remind fans that the merry mutants are very much still alive and kicking.

Empire Magazinehas all the details, here are some keynotes…

302019-deadpool5iy_largeDeadpool: “I want to ignore the version of Deadpool that we saw in Wolverine and just start over again. Reboot it. Because this guy talks, obviously, and to muzzle him would be insane.” Donner promises it will be a “dark, snarky, very funny movie.”

“It’s going to be a dark, snarky, very funny movie. It’s the hardest story to tell, I think. There’s no clear cut villain – though you do have great baddies from the comic-books like Black Tom, Slayback, Blind Al and the Weasel. Blind Al is this blind woman in his house, who he abuses and mocks… it’s terrible. But you find out that she was a convict who did something terrible and he saved her from execution. So he lets her live in his house and she looks after him, but they both torture each other. Anyway, there are good stories and we’re figuring out which ones to incorporate.

“We’re right in the thick of talking to writers right now, and hopefully by November we’ll have decided who’s going to do it. We need someone really imaginative because we want to do some really innovative, ambitious stuff. Ryan’s mentioned this in an interview already but there are parts where he’s going to break the fourth wall and talk directly to the audience in the cinema. We have to work out how to do that. I don’t know that Fox will agree with all our decisions, but we’ll see!”

One of the most popular characters in modern comics, Deadpool could work wonders for 20th Century Fox if he is properly adapted into the film world. Just think of the Punisher crossed with Spider-Man and Wolverine and you may come close to the level of appeal that this wise-cracking mercenary has. With the ability to heal from any wound, kill anyone he is paid to and break the fourth wall at any time, Deadpool is one of those characters that either works for you or he doesn’t.

Everyone has their favorites, but personally, I think that Daniel Way and Victor Gischler are doing a bang-up job right now and their comics (Deadpool and Merc with a Mouth respectively) should serve as a barometer on this project.

x-men #1X-Men: First Class: Still in the scripting stage, this film featuring a young Cyclops amongst a group of new students at Professor X’s school looks to be Harry Potter meets X-Men. While that may sound terrible to some it must sound like a sure bet to the studio. Properly done, it can work. Another major problem here is that I don’t think that Patrick Stewart is involved and how do you recast Professor X?

“Harry Potter is a bit of a role model for us, absolutely. But we want it to be like the recent, darker Potters. It should not be a kiddie movie – we’re in the X-Men world so you can’t suddenly change the tone. The First Class comics are really fun – they’re funnier than any other comics I’ve read. Basically in each one the kids are fighting strange villains, sometimes it’s aliens, sometimes it’s monsters. I want to get a flavour of that world. Occasionally the kids will be in class, but more often they’ll be off on adventures. Which Professor X isn’t too happy about! There’s nothing more interesting than a bad kid, and this is full of naughty children. Cyclops, for example – he’s a tough kid that bobbed from foster home to foster home, until he ends up at the school and becomes the leader. There’s also still an element of friction between the mutants and the outside world. Remember that this will be set way back before anyone knew mutants existed.

“Right now the script is not done -we’re not where we want to be yet. We have to be careful that we don’t tread on familiar territory, that people don’t say, “Oh, I’ve seen that, been there.” But (screenwriter) Josh Schwartz has a great young pulse and he’s doing an amazing job bringing the characters to life. We want to make this a franchise, following these kids at the school, so the casting of the child actors will be all-important.”

Wolverine by Frank MillerWolverine 2:“That’s the furthest along of all the X-Men projects on the boil. It’s actually the story we wanted to use for the first Wolverine film, but [Fox head honcho] Tom Rothman preferred to set the character up with an origin story first. This movie will really focus on the relationship between Wolverine and Mariko, the daughter of a Japanese crime lord, and what happens to him in Japan. We’re very fortunate to have a story mostly outlined for us [from the comic book arc co-written by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller]. And we wanted an A+ writer, so we want to Chris McQuarrie (Valkyrie, The Usual Suspects). He came in and has tightened the story and got really immersed in the whole thing – he’s in Japan in his head!

“We want to make it authentic so I think it’s very likely we’ll be shooting in Japan. Also, by the way, we are looking to have the Japanese Fox executives involved in helping and counselling us, because it’s a different culture and we don’t want to portray the way they speak, dress and act in an inaccurate way. I think it’s likely the characters will speak English rather than Japanese with subtitles.”

Rumor has it that the studio pushed the Origins plot out the door and that Wolverine 2 (based on the Claremont/Miller mini-series) is the film that Donner has wanted to release all along.

X-Men 4 is apparently in early stages as Bryan Singer is interested in returning to the franchise much to the delight of many comic book fans. Most agree that X3 was a disaster due to the lack of Singer’s involvement which I find a bit harsh on __ who, all things considered, did a capable job. It’s not up to par with X2, but it’s serviceable in my opinion. Singer ditched 20th Century Fox’s X-Men franchise in favor of helming the Superman relaunch which is certainly understandable. It’s just a pity that Superman Returns wasn’t that great either.

Hopefully Singer can get the X-Men franchise back on track and remind moviegoers why he was once regarded in the same saintly light that John Favreau enjoys today.

Magneto by Mike DeodatoX-Men Origins: Magneto is also in some kind of early development but far outside the realm of going into pre-production at this time. The concept of a ‘young Magneto’ movie is almost as old as the first X-Men movie. Director Bryan Singer, screenwriter David Goyer and actor Ian McKellen breathed the kind of life that the character of Magneto deserves, I can only hope that a film centering on the supervillain can even come close to touching that level of excellence. With Goyer on board to develop the script, the chances are good.

As a young reader of X-Men comics I remember rolling my eyes that Magneto was involved in so many of the Lee/Kirby issues. It took until Chris Claremont issues that I recognized the real potential that the character had and the gravity of the villain’s role in the X-Universe.

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All of these projects are a long way off, but expect to hear movement on the Wolverine 2 and X-Men: First Class films which Fox is no doubt anxious to get started on.

Wolverine 2?

From MTV Splash:

Late last year, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” star Hugh Jackman began teasing that he’d like to bring Logan to Japan for a live-action adaptation of Frank Miller and Chris Claremont’s fan-favorite story arc that had the Marvel Comics hero learning Eastern philosophy and fighting skills. While the actor offered up a confirmation of sorts prior to “Wolverine” hitting theaters that he was “talking to writers” about going the Japanese route for the sequel, the studio made it official after the film found success at the box office.

During this weekend’s Teen Choice Awards, Jackman devoted part of his acceptance speech (“Wolverine” won the action/adventure film category) to teasing the aforementioned sequel — and Logan’s impending journey to Japan.

“Who knows, maybe Wolverine will use one of these when he heads to Japan,” Jackman told the crowd, holding up the surfboard that served as the award. “See you next time around!”

While I have still not seen the Wolverine film (my fanboy membership card is in danger of being revoked), I have to admit that I am rather stunned that a sequel is being planned after the reception this movie has received. Neither panned nor praised, the funniest thing I have heard said about it is that it is deeply enjoyable if you are 12 years old. That’s not a dig at anyone who saw and enjoyed the movie, just a funny quote.

If the filmmakers are indeed looking toward a sequel it could very well be based loosely on the Frank Miller/Chris Claremont mini-series from 1982. One of the formative comics of my youth, this series is also vital to developing the character that we recognize as Wolverine today.

Prior to the Miller/Claremont comic, Wolverine was simply a rabble-rowser with claws. The story goes that on a return flight from a comic book convention Miller and Claremont plotted out the basis of the series utilizing each creators’ interests and strengths; Claremont’s interest in telling a compelling emotional story and Miller’s interest in Japanese culture. The result was a comic that defined the mutant killing machine, transforming him from a two-dimensional thug into a tragic and emotionally tortured character.

To Japan with love

In the 1983 mini-series, Wolverine breaks away from his teammates in the X-Men to travel to Japan where he attempted to win the heart of a refined lady, Mariko Yashida. Attracted to her refined beauty and porcelain fragility, Logan sees something that he can never be… civilized. Unfortunately Yuriko’s father is a crimelord named Shingen. In any normal conditions, Shingen would simply end up as a shredded mess at the end of Wolverine’s claws, but this Logan is striving to be a better man. Fighting on Shingen’s terms means that he risks losing his honor but gaining the respect of a society woman. After being defeated by Shingen (in a fixed battle), Logan encounters the criminal Yukio who is a proud rascal and thief. Wolverine denies the path of Yukio (but not her company, if you know what I mean) and strives to unravel the criminal empire of Shingen Yashida even if it costs him the love and attention of Mariko. One man against the mob, can he accomplish the job and stay a man or will he embrace his inner demons and devolve into an animal?

Sounds like a good movie, doesn’t it?

A romance story wrapped within a kung-fu epic, this 4 part story spilled over into the monthly issues of Uncanny X-Men that followed where readers were shocked to learn that their single Canadian was due to be married. The wedding never happened, of course, and Logan learned to accept that he was not worthy of her love or the acceptance of the normal world. Before this series was released, Wolverine was little more than a supporting character, afterwards he started on the path to superstar superhero.

From the short guy to the leading man

This series is so important in taking a giant leap from the depiction of Wolverine that John Byrne had worked on with Claremont where the hero was a crazed animal an inch away from cutting down anyone in his path given the excuse. Byrne has openly disagreed with the development of the noble yet tragic warrior and I can definitely understand where hew is coming from. However, the series exists and Wolverine is what he is. Moreover the movie version of Wolverine, informed by this sensitive and tragic warrior character-type, has become so popular and will no doubt stay with moviegoers for the duration.

Fifth time’s the charm?

If the 5th outing of Wolverine on film makes it to the screen I will be shocked but if they use the Frank Miller/Chris Claremont story as a basis, it could end up being a real treat for fans of the movies and comics both.

On Amazon:
Wolverine: By Frank Miller and Chris Claremont

Marvel – anime style

An announcement was made at the 2009 San Diego Comic Con that animation studio Madhouse (Tokyo Godfathers) will be adapting several Marvel Comics properties into anime-style versions. Working with cult comics icon Warren Ellis, Madhouse will revise the properties that fans have known for decades through a different vision, creating a brand new version of the successful characters.

Iron Man and Wolverine: anime-style

Iron Man and Wolverine: anime-style

Iron Man trailer

Wolverine trailer

One of the most respected animation studios, Madhouse is responsible for Ninja Scroll, Vampire Hunter D, Trigun, Tokyo Godfathers, and Metropolis, the 2006 Venice Film Festival Official Section Paprika and award-winning The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.

Both films will be released on DVD Spring 2010.

Two addition films will follow, based on the X-Men and Blade.

Wolverine, comedian

One of the funniest series of panels I have seen in ages, thanks to Brain Reed and Luke Ross.

From today’s issue of Ms. Marvel, Wolverine reveals his secondary mutation while entertaining Luke Cage’s baby:

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I should mention that the issue as a whole was also spectacular. I have been on the fence about dropping Ms. Marvel more times than I can count and each time I pick up the new issue I am glad that I did. Writer Brian Reed has maintained this series by keeping it new month-to-month and the latest shift (introducing Moonstone as the new Ms. Marvel) is just brilliant. If you have never picked up this series, you may want to give it a shot, either by picking up the latest issue, in collected form or at the Marvel Comics digital database.