Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Wolverine 68

Story- Clint, not willing to let his daughter be executed by the Kingpin, decides to go save her. Logan refuses to help, stating that he won't get involved in any fights. Clint offers to double Logan's pay and tells him that Logan doesn't have to do anything but drive. Logan reluctantly agrees to the new terms, mainly because of all the good the money will do him and his family. Clint and Logan make the trip to Salt Lake City, the base of power to the new Kingpin of Crime. This is definitely not Wilson Fisk, but a newer, younger model.
The Kingpin has dinosaurs eat Clint's daughter's accomplice's, and promises an even more grisly fate for her. Clint's plan is to use the Spider Buggie's ability to climb walls to bust into the prison his daughter is being held in, without having to fight his way through the entire facility from ground level.
Upon breaking in through an upper floor wall, Clint channels his inner Ronin, and hacks away at the guards holding his daughter, by following the sounds of their voices. He finally breaks out his daughter just as the new Kingpin arrives, where he is promptly beheaded by Clint's daughter. She then smashes Clint in the face with the gun she beheaded the Kingpin with. When Clint questions what she thinks she is doing, she tells him she is taking over the Kingpin's empire and is going to solidify her power base by killing her own father. As she prepares to swing the killing blow down at her helpless father, Logan, who had been observing the situation from another room the whole time in the Spider Buggie, curses Clint for "making him do this". What this means, we'll discover in the next issue.

Overall- This comic book proves to me that when Marvel still wants to, they can produce the types of comic books that made me fall in love with them in the first place all those years ago. As I stated in a previous post, I really like alternate dimension storylines, because anything can happen in them, due to the fact that the writer has the freedom to do whatever he/she wants without messing with continuity.
All in all, this was a very good comic, even though the betrayal of Clint's daughter was heavily foreshadowed earlier in the comic, so it wasn't a total surprise... The next issue should be the turning point in Logan's life. Either he sits in the Spider Buggie and watches Clint's daughter kill Clint, or he disregards his vow of committing no violence and saves Clint's neck.
So far, Mark Millar is going a long way in winning me back as a fan with this very well crafted story. I'd be remiss not to mention the beautiful artwork of Steve McNiven. The visuals look great and the violence, which there is ALOT of, is also very well done. I'd recommend anyone who has tired of Wolverine to give these last three Wolverine comics a shot... You might be as pleasantly surprised as me!

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