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Wolverine: First Class - To Russia, With Love (Wolverine Marvel Comics)
"TO ME, MY X-MEN You must immediately pursue Wolverine into Canada He has defected back to Alpha Flight - and taken Kitty Pryde with him " Then, the Soviet Super Soldiers have kidnapped Kitty's flame, Colossus, and she and Wolverine must brave the dangers of Russia's irradiated Forbidden Zone to save him Collects Wolverine: First Class #5-8, and Uncanny X-Men #139-140.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published February 4th 2009 by Marvel
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This volume is more of the same as the first. It is a little unusual how the stories seem to be aimed at younger readers, then they throw a dark story with a sad ending at you as well. I guess they want to mostly keep it light but throw a more serious story in from time to time too. The Alpha Flight story was the more serious one, then a bit of a silly one, then a 2 part story that takes place in Russia. I like it, but some, if not most, would find the stories a little too trite.
Nice compilation of Xmen shorts, centering around Wolverine and intersecting with Kitty Pryde, Piotr the Russian Colossus, Power Pack and the Canadian Alpha Flight team. Includes an old nugget penned back in the day--didn't know that Nightcrawler was part of the original uncanny Xmen!
I like the variety the collection of stories offer. Even the art is distinct from story to story. It is interesting to me how the various Wolverine graphic novels I have read take a different angle on him, but there is a lot of core history and characteristics that unite them.
I feel almost the same about this volume as I did about volume 1. The Canada story and the Russia story are both solid, all-ages fun. Nothing really stand-out, but entertaining enough. Like your least favorite episodes of your favorite TV show. But the other story--Wolverine babysitting four teenage girls while trying to watch a hockey game--manages to be really sweet and touching (in a teen-drama kind of way.)
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