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Review: Wolverine - The Best There Is #7

Posted by anthony r on July 4th, 2011
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wolverine-best-there-is.jpgWhat is with this Wolverine comic? Well I guess I haven’t read any of the other issues so I’m bound to be a little lost, but I don’t think it’s even really the story that’s making me feel this, it’s as though I’m reading the wrong comic, and this comic was published as a part of some other Marvel Universe aimed at Gilmore Girl fans which I accidentally picked up thinking it was for Wolverine fans. It starts with one page of reasonable dialogue on why Wolverine is a zombie corpse thing in a tube and then abruptly transforms into some sort of, I dunno, battle of the wits? Is that what this issue is, one long battle of the wits? Because if it is, then I don’t understand the repercussions, and wish that instead it was a battle of Wolverine killing everyone involved.

But Wolverine may not exist here! Why does Beast care what Kevin Federline looks like? Why am I reading a Wolverine comic so 12-year-old-boy-focused on Cyclops’ and Emma Frost’s sex life? Why is Wolverine talking about 12-year-old-boy-butts!? How are 12-year-old boy readers supposed to feel when they read Dazzler saying you should not want the ass of a twelve year old boy “unless you’re a runway model?” I’m not sure who this comic book is even written for, after all. But I think writer Charlie Huston imagines some “hip” crowd of young X-Men readers who also read Phonogram or some other “hip” comics coming into this and feeling right at home because, hey, it may be X-Men but at least they all talk like trashy TV characters.

wolverinebestthereis.jpgAt least this issue sort of looks cool. I know Juan Jose Ryp has some experience making erotic comics, but somehow every attempt at making Emma look sexy fails. Still, and against all odds, Ryp’s other strengths come into play when he draws someone’s head getting cut off (which doesn’t make the comic feel anymore like a Wolverine comic than it already didn’t). And maybe in the last six issues Ryp did get to draw a lot of fight scenes. I hear the last six issues has been Wolverine just fighting other guys with healing factors, which… at least sounds more like a Wolverine comic. But here, he’s mostly drawing people in robes, in the nude, or in their new outfits, because truly this is a comic about fashion. Or at least a comic obsessed with fashion.

A certain fashion of writing which has become popular with some age-group (involving a lot fast-talking and wittiness); a certain fashion of sexiness in the superhero genre (which means just almost talking about sex while always showing some weird iteration of it); and even the very literal fashion of Wolverine’s outfit and haircut (as he comes dangerously close to looking like Justin Timberlake in the we-already-said-we-hate-this leather outfit from the X-Men movies).

But the comic fails to be fashionable, it only succeeds in letting you know that the author himself is painfully aware of the fashions surrounding him, or some amount of them. And further, that Marvel cannot produce a superhero comic which fits this idea of fashionability in whatever distorted manner this comic imagined it would.

Anthony R is a regular contributor for YouBentMyWookie.com. You can find more of his writing, art and music over at his blog anthonyrodriquez.wordpress.com

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