Wolverine by Jason Aaron Omnibus Volume 1 Hardcover – Oct 26 2011
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Jason Aaron was named by Wizard Magazine as the best comic book writer of both 2008 and 2009 for his work on such titles as WOLVERINE WEAPON X, BLACK PANTHER and GHOST RIDER for Marvel Comics, along with his Eisner-Award-nominated series SCALPED for DC/Vertigo. He is also co-creator of the Eisner-nominated mini-series THE OTHER SIDE for Vertigo and current writer on WOLVERINE, ASTONISHING SPIDER-MAN & WOLVERINE and PUNISHER MAX, all for Marvel.
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At times, the book feels rather uneven, largely due to the nonlinear assembly of the stories within its covers. The weakest moments are Aaron's stories that try to go too "big" with Wolverine, trying to make him feel more epic than the story calls for. The most egregious examples of these being two stories from the Weapon X series involving time traveling Deathlok robots eliminating people before they become threats to the Roxxon corporation (Logan feels like a bit of an afterthought in this narrative, and the ending doesn't really make a lot of sense) and a bizarre story set in Dunwich Sanatorium that pits our hero against Dr. Rotwell (who feels more like he belongs in Tom Six's Human Centipede universe than he does in the Marvel timeline).
But when the stories work... boy do they WORK. The best moments in this collection tend to be "small" ones, focusing on Wolverine as a man rather than a superhero. Aaron makes a point of drawing on the fact that Logan has been around for over a century, telling tales about our favorite furry Canadian in 1920s Kansas City, San Francisco's Chinatown in the 1950s, and even that one time he took Captain America out for a night of epic drinking. Aaron's dialogue showcases that Wolverine is a lot smarter, a lot deeper, than many have made him over the years; Aaron makes him a character who is genuinely interesting.
I came to the book and its contents rather late, having first read Aaron's work in Wolverine & The X-Men before tracking down this volume. You can see some of the stuff Aaron had in mind for Wolverine's later adventures starting to form in these stories, and that in itself makes me glad to have picked it up. But, ultimately, I loved reading the issues where Aaron was exploring the relationships between Wolverine and his friends. You can see Aaron figuring out just what kind of a person Wolverine is with these exchanges, and it's really lovely to watch it all unfold. They're all great, but my personal favorite was the one-shot where Logan receives a lot of advice about his new relationship from just about every major Marvel woman he's teamed up with.
This book isn't perfect, but it adds up to a sum greater than its parts. Generally, it presents several original and interesting perspectives on a character who has often felt generic and overexposed. I enjoyed the hell out of it, and I expect I'll continue to do so for several years to come.
And that's exactly what this Omnibus is, pure fun.
Jason Aaron takes Logan and drags him through almost every genre and emotion possible: there's love, action, vengeance, humor, gore, floating-brains, time-travel, and more! Regardless of your interest level in the actual story content, Aaron's amazing writing ability cannot be denied as apparent in his current ongoing Wolverine title. His Wolverine feels natural and true to the character, UNLIKE the countless forced interpretations Logan has endured.
I found myself disfavoring the majority of the art. Either the lines are too loose and lack detail or the inks are too flat. There are a handful of gorgeous-looking issues but "generic" would best define the overall impression from the art.
What Aaron's Wolverine Omnibus lacks in depth, is made up for in the form of a wild journey only Wolverine is suited for. This book will not sway the minds of those who are already tired of the Canadian's hack-and-slash methods, but can certainly provide quality entertainment for the current Wolverine fan.
With Stories like Manifest Destiny, The Adamantium Men, Insane in The Brain and Tomorrow Dies Today this omnibus is well worth the Amazon price. "The Ademantium Men" specifically stands out as a highlight for me. The concept for the five issue arc is essentially "What if someone started Weapon X back up?" A Corporate Entity gets their hands on The old Weapon X files and starts up layering soldier's bones with Ademantium again. Wolverine takes this personally and sets out to get to the bottom of it. imagine his surprise when he finds out these corporate mercenaries have also emulated his claws in their new Living Weapons. But with Lasers!
As a whole Jason Aaron's work on Wolverine is phenomenal. He is definitely a writer to keep your eyes on, and I have recently placed him in a short list of creators whose products I will purchase unconditionally. I hope others will take the chance with this as it is truly a fantastic read and hopefully people stick with it into the next omnibus (yet to be printed) because it only gets better when Wolverine goes to hell.
There's a bout with Mystique, a battle with magical kung-fu fighters in Chinatown, a melee with a group of "Adamantium Men", a mindbending trip to an asylum, and a Terminator homage that brings Dethlok back to light.
All five of these stories display various aspects of what makes Wolverine a great character, putting him through everything and anything that could tear him apart limb from limb, and then sending him even further. Padded out by several single issue stories, this collection is perfect for any fan of the furry Canadian or of Jason Aaron.
The $60 asking price is well worth this intro into Jason Aaron's insane take on Wolverine. From here readers can head forth into his tenure on the characters main ongoing series beginning with "Wolverine Goes to Hell", which is exactly what it says it is.