I had an itch to revisit this one since the latest film version of Logan’s adventures, The Wolverine, is inspired by and loosely based on it. (Check o...moreI had an itch to revisit this one since the latest film version of Logan’s adventures, The Wolverine, is inspired by and loosely based on it. (Check out my review of the movie on Shelf Inflicted.)
While Logan is off in the wilderness dealing with a rogue grizzly and some dumb-ass hunters, his girlfriend Mariko returns to Japan with no explanation. Logan follows her to Tokyo where he is shocked to learn that Mariko’s missing father Shingen has returned and set up an arranged marriage for her which she was honor bound to go through with. When Logan goes to see her, Shingen tricks him dishonoring himself in front of Mariko and nearly kills him in the process.
Ashamed and heartsick, Logan finds himself in a rebound relationship with a female assassin named Yukio who is being pursued by a gang of deadly ninjas called The Hand. Logan tries to get a crime lord off Yukio’s back without realizing that he’s still caught up in a scheme of Shingen’s.
The legend goes that Chris Claremont and Frank Miller had a long car ride together when traveling to some event, and the two cooked up a story that would broaden the character of a mutant Canadian ex-secret agent turned X-Men with a bloodlust and a bad attitude into something more. This mini-series helped Wolverine go from being a minor supporting player as a bloodthirsty X-Man to one of the most popular (and overexposed) members of the Marvel universe.
The story holds up pretty well for being over 30 years old at this point and while some of the cheesy tough guy exposition that Logan spouts seems like it came from a bad detective novel at times, there’s a lot of moments here that would become iconic for the character including his oft quoted line, “I’m the best there is at what I do, but what I do isn’t very nice.”(less)
Let’s see… America gets invaded by a coalition of rogue nations who have built up a small army of super humans, and they’re led by a pissed off radica...moreLet’s see… America gets invaded by a coalition of rogue nations who have built up a small army of super humans, and they’re led by a pissed off radical Muslim. It’s almost like Mark Millar is just a pen name for Glenn Beck.
I kid, I kid. Actually all the set-up work in the previous volume Gods & Monsters pays off nicely here. With a couple of the Ultimates apparently dead, one locked up for being crazy town banana pants, another arrested for being a traitor who led a deadly attack on a fellow team member’s family, and the entire world angry at the US for using the team to disarm a Middle Eastern country, it’s the perfect time for an all out attack on the US. Almost as if someone had orchestrated all these events…
This one is big on the super powered action and the scale is epic. Millar does a nice job of creating an atmosphere of doom and defeat so that it’s extra sweet when the good guys start fighting back. The Oh-Hell-Yeah! moments come fast and furious then.
This one has some fairly disturbing moments of violence and is definitely geared towards adults and not the kids.(less)
The first meeting of Batman and Joker should be much bigger than this story. And the book is very misleading because only the first half is a Joker st...moreThe first meeting of Batman and Joker should be much bigger than this story. And the book is very misleading because only the first half is a Joker story.(less)