Thursday, December 10, 2009

Dark Reign The List: Wolverine #1

Writer: Jason Aaron. Pencils: Esad Ribic.

What Happened: We begin the festivities with Norman Osborn deciding that he wants to take over "The World", which was the place mad scientists created the various Weapons, including Weapon X(Wolverine). Noh-Varr(formerly of the Dark Avengers)finds Wolverine and alerts him to the fact that Osborn has set his sights on conquering The World. After alerting Wolvie, Noh-Varr plans on leaving, but Wolvie convinces Noh-Varr to team-up with him(which ups the awesomeness quotient of this comic a thousandfold). Wolvie and Noh-Varr reach The World, and immediately upon entering, Wolvie is brainwashed, and a horde of genetic freaks(and Wolvie)try to attack Noh-Varr. Noh-Varr manages to escape into the ventilation system where he meets with Fantomex(!!!!!!)! I'll tell you right now, there's NO way this comic can possibly score lower then a 8 out of 10! After an initial misunderstanding, Fantomex explains to Noh-Varr that with all of the scientists who formerly ran The World dead, The World has gained sentience and is defending itself from what it perceives as intruders. By this point, Osborn has unleashed an army of zombie-soldiers into The World, so besides the genetic freaks and Wolvie, Noh-Varr and Fantomex have to deal with them as well. After fighting through the hordes of freaks, Fantomex and Noh-Varr reach the brain of The World, where Fantomex instructs Noh-Varr to kiss it(!!!)in order to prove that he is no threat to it. Noh-Varr does, and in response, The World halts the attack from the freaks and frees Wolvie from its mind control. From there, Wolvie, Noh-Varr and Fantomex clean up the rest of Osborn's zombie-soldiers. This issue concludes with Fantomex using a shrink-ray from Dr. Doom to shrink The World down to pocket size to better keep an eye on it. After pocketing The World, Fantomex, Wolvie and Noh-Varr say their good-byes and head their own separate ways.

What I Thought: Hot damn, that was frigging AWESOME!!! Just Noh-Varr being in this comic would have been enough to leave me very happy, but the addition of Fantomex was like a pleasure overload! Although I have to admit that I haven't really enjoyed any of Grant Morrison's DC work, his Marvel work is mind-blowingly good, so for this comic to feature two of Grant's Marvel creations(Fantomex and Noh-Varr), and for Jason Aaron to have done a splendid job with said characters, I couldn't be happier. This is one of those cases where I was expecting nothing before I read this one, and I turned out being VERY pleasantly surprised.

Score: 9 out of 10.Noh-Varr and Fantomex in the same comic acting completely in character?!? Has someone over at Marvel been reading my mind?


  1. With all this X-Man approved material coming out lately, I think someone at Marvel has seriously been reading your blog. While you've got their ear, will you tell them to stop tying all their books into one event? And to fix Spider-Man so that he's cool again? And to stop pretending Iron Man is an interesting character? Thanks, I owe you one.

  2. Huh, maybe someone at Marvel IS reading my blog... Or maybe I am, and always have been BENDIS, pretending to hate my own work, while gauging what comic book fans like and dislike!!! Or I could just be Mickey Mouse. OK, probably not.

    I think it's the calm before the storm... It's almost inevitable that eventually things will fall apart, and Marvel will allow Chris Yost to kill off all of my favorite characters in three panels.

  3. Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

  4. Hey, thanks for the kind words! I will definitely try to continue improving things here at this blog.