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X-Men: Wolverine / Gambit [Hardcover]

Jeph Loeb , Tim Sale

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Nov. 25 2009 X-Men
The feral X-Man and the ragin' Cajun - as interpreted by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, the award-winning creators of Daredevil: Yellow, Superman: For All Seasons, and Batman: Dark Victory! Warrior. Ronin. Soldier. Mutant. Logan knows little of his past, save that it was fraught with pain and loss. Today, Wolverine is an X-Man - using his animal-keen senses, accelerated healing factor, and razor-sharp claws to help protect a world that fears and hates mutants! Always an outsider, Gambit was shunned as a youth because of his strange, burning-red eyes. Eventually, Remy LeBeau realized he was a mutant, possessed of the ability to charge inanimate objects with explosively released biokinetic energy. A reformed thief and charming scoundrel, the ragin' Cajun always has a card up his sleeve! Now, these two outlaw heroes have been drawn together by a string of brutal slayings that may mark the return of the 19th-century serial killer called Jack the Ripper! Is it merely coincidence that finds Remy and Logan in London, or does one of these enigmatic outsiders have an ulterior motive? Collects Wolverine/Gambit: Victims #1-4.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (Nov. 25 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785138021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785138020
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 18.1 x 26.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 458 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #287,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Premise Sept. 8 2010
By Dannis the Mannis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
First of all, I want to point out the fact that I'm a huge fan of the Loeb/Sale creative team, which is really what drove me to buy this very limited series. That said, this was a huge disappointment.

I'll admit wholeheartedly that I'm really not a Wolverine fan. For me, this should have just starred Gambit (and I'm not even a big fan of him either) and maybe put in some small guest appearances from other X-Men, similar to how Loeb tossed the Fantastic Four into "Daredevil: Yellow" or how a number of Batman's villains pop in "Dark Victory" as mercenaries. Loeb did a great job on everything involving Gambit, and the beginning of the series showed promise because of it. It literally went downhill when Wolverine was introduced into the story.

So the premise here is that five women have been butchered in London by a killer whose style brings back thoughts of Jack the Ripper. Gambit, having known the last victim, flies out to London to investigate, where he discovers that the victims all had traces of bone in their stab wounds. It is not long before he finds Wolverine in a dark alley with blood on his claws... and out of respect for his friend, he is willing to give him the benefit of the doubt - no matter how small it is.

To explain exactly why I hated the story would be spoiling it, even though the pay-off is so so very small and disappointing. But suffice it to say that once Wolverine is introduced, we begin to follow two completely different perspectives, which only serve to interrupt the plot-flow, and maybe try in a halfhearted effort, to justify Wolverine's involvement. Even though we're pretty sure Wolverine isn't the one who's been killing those women, we really aren't given much evidence to explain why he has blood on his claws.

Another major gripe I have is the coloring. Gregory Wright has fun with low-contrast gradients... but we don't. When someone manages to upset the incredible drawings of Tim Sale's caliber, then it's a wonder why he was ever involved. Maybe it's a personal preference of mine to have high-contrast coloring with stark gradients to compliment Tim Sale's usage of black, but the coloring here is so bland and assuming of some of the worst art in the 90s. Wright did go on to improve (he provided the coloring for the Loeb/Sale DC works that would follow up to the end of the 90s), but this is just hard to get over.

If I were to take my own advice on this one, it would be to only buy this if you are a collector of the Loeb/Sale team like I am. Bottom line is, this creative team could have done so much better.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable July 7 2012
By Ed. Mireles - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I'm a huge fan of the x-men and Loeb's work, especially when he collaborates with Sale. I like how they come up with some interesting detective-esque stories and focus on characterization instead of mindless action. For that this story is kinda short (only 4 issues) I feel like they did a great job with what they were given. I look forward to seeing them two work on a nother x-men related story.
4.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat predictable, poor coloring April 30 2013
By munjey86 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I love Loeb/Sale together. However, this story seemed extremely bland for the characters that were involved. I guess I was expecting a little more of some type of slug-fest or deeper insight into the characters, but it was something else entirely. The characters seemed out of place for the setting and the coloring job took away from Tim Sale's beautiful ink work.

I still enjoyed reading it, but I just can't bring myself to give it 5 stars.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best storylines of it's day! Dec 11 2009
By N. Wagner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I remember when I was a teenager saving my lunch money from school, then going to the comic book shop to pick up the issues to this trade Paperback. It brings back a lot of memories, and reminds me of how Marvel USED to have good writers. The storyline reads like a modern "Jack the Ripper" tail, only it features Wolverine as the prime suspect, and Gambit as the man to bring him in. Though the artwork is not as amazing as today's, it was the whole storyline that brought you in, along with the characterizations of Wolverine and Gambit.

This series came out in two previous trade paperbacks, but they were quickly off the market and hard to find. Now, Marvel has put the Wolverine/Gambit Victims series in a lovely hardcover trade paperback, and it's available again! I suggest anyone who's a fan of Wolverine or the "Ragin' Cajun" Gambit to pick up this trade, before Marvel makes it go away, again.

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