Marvel Universe vs. Wolverine Hardcover – Nov 30 2011
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About the Author
Jonathan Maberry is the New York Times bestselling, and two-time Bram Stoker winning author of the Joe Ledger series of Novels, Patient Zero (St. Martins Minotaur, 2009), The Dragon Factory (St. Martins Minotaur, 2010) and King of Plagues (St. Martins Minotaur, 2011); The Wolfman (Tor Books 2010); Rot & Ruin (Simon & Shuster, October 2010) and Dust & Decay (Simon & Shuster 2011).
His nonfiction works include Zombie CSU: Forensics of the Living Dead (Citadel 2008); They Bite! Endless Cravings of Supernatural Predators (Citadel 2009); The Cryptopedia: A Dictionary of the Weird, Strange, and Downright Bizarre (Citadel 2007) and Wanted Undead or Alive: Vampire Hunters and Other Kickass Enemies of Evil (Citadel 2010).
His work for Marvel Comics includes issues of The Punisher, Marvel Zombies Return, The Black Panther and Doomwar.
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As for the story, this is as simple as it gets. Wolverine needs to find a cure for a virus that's turning people into zombies, and he has to kill a lot of people trying to find it. Maberry nails Logan's character. The dialogue, both internal and external, are spot on. The plot moves at a fast pace, with simplistic story telling. Wolverine discovers a clue about the cure, zombies try to stop him, he kills them. Repeat.
Ultimately this a forgettable read. Sure, there is some gruesome killing scenes involving our favorite clawed Canadian, readers looking for a deeper story will be left unsatisfied. If you're looking for an easy to read action-oriented story, this is for you. For those looking for a deeper read, check out Wolverine: Enemy of the State or Wolverine: Old Man Logan.
We discover the origins of the plague, find out who started the ball rolling on the apocalypse, and see the team of scientists, made up of Reed Richards, Hank Pym and Hank McCoy, who are searching frantically for a cure. But they're up against it when Hulk becomes one of the infected and only Wolverine can stop him... snickt!
The book is mostly Wolverine hacking his way through familiar faces who have turned evil and it quickly gets repetitive. That said, in the Punisher book Hulk and Thor (two extremely powerful characters) were dismissed at the start with a few lines of explanation because there was no way Frank Castle could take either down.
But in this book Hulk and Wolverine battle in a pretty good fight. Suffice it to say, the question "can Wolverine regrow severed limbs?" is answered. Also, Hulk takes a pretty heavy well-placed punch that made me wonder why Wolverine never did that in any of his previous encounters with the green giant (though maybe he has, I haven't read all of Hulk's comics!).
Laurence Campbell's artwork is very dark and, for me, wasn't as good as Goran Parlov's in the last book. Campbell favours too much black ink on the page which can make it difficult to discern what's happening.
This is a much shorter book than the previous one and doesn't really add much to the existing story; it's just too forgettable and pointless. What happened to Frank after the last book though is an interesting question, it's a shame Jonathan Maberry didn't write that book instead.
The story is too short. Yes. But most of the writing is good, most of the dialogue is natural, and most of the confrontations are portrayed in such a way that you can imagine the parts they leave out. It just should have been drawn out (pun intended) in every way. There were a lot of scenes to explore that just ended abruptly.
I will say that three superheroes who stand against this tide of evil make an excellent team. They pretty much hate each other, want to be on their own, yet make the most likely team to survive this horrific world. I wish there had been more of a storyline involving these three questing together. You'll see when reading it. I won't ruin anything. Suffice it to say that one is a maniac, one is a perfect hunter, and one is the best humanity has to offer.
You will enjoy this story. It puts Marvel characters in situations they really cannot overcome. Great book, if short. The art varies by page. It's not excellent, but good enough to get the story across.
Buy it. If you have a Kindle, be aware that many of the frames are hard to read on the 7" Fire HD.