Sunday, April 12, 2015

Comics Rant: Wolverine #3

Wolverine #3
Written By Chris Claremont
Pencils By Frank Miller
Inks By Josef Rubenstein
Colors By Glynis Wein

Beer,Danger and loose women. Clearly, these are things that our boy Hugh Jack…..I mean Wolverine is all about. Oh, and saving people every once in awhile. But mainly killing people then breaking out the “I’m an X-Man” the moment the authorities (Midnighter?) show up. But this issue was good for what I was. Moving the tale along to set us up for the fourth an final issue of this awesome 1980’s Marvel mini-series.

Wolverine and Yukio are walking or stumbling drunk around Japan. Yukio decides that she wants a little fun. But hey, what she considers fun is her and Wolverine laying down on the train track of the Bullet Train that runs over 200 miles per hour.
That’s got to be about the same as drinking and driving them jumping on the highway and then turning the lights off at midnight in the dead of winter. What I guess I’m trying to say is this is a fucking bad idea.  For the first time I’ve ever seen it, Wolverine gets so wasted that he falls asleep. That’s when the Hand shows up!

Yukio takes down the Hand with short order. Shingen is going to be pissed. Hell, even Yukio knows that. The plans was for her to get Wolverine so damn drunk that he passes out, (Which he does.) and let the Hand sneak up on him and kill him once and for all. But Yukio decides that after all she really does have feelings for Wolverine and that her love for him has signed her death warrant as she keeps the Hand from killing him. Talk about a change of heart. That Wolverine is one hairy lovable lug. Kind of like me. Minus the claws of unbreakable steel or friends who can shoot beams out of their eyes. But hey, take away and we’re pretty much the same. Pretty much.

Yukio goes after Shingen to settle the score once and for all. Wolverine then has a Chris Claremont inner dialogue to come to the conclusion that what makes him a man is that he keeps trying.  He’s more man than animal because he can make a mistake and learn and grow and find his own faults and become the hero he needs to be. And because the editor isn’t a fucking moron and Jim Shooter probably had the final say over the script, Chris Claremont actuality connects with the reader. Sadly it would pretty much be the last time because he pretty much at that point used artsit like Paul Smith, John Romita Jr. and John Byrne to make him look better than he truly was.

Big showdown coming next issue and if Frank Miller has anything thing to say about it (and he does) people will die, hearts will be broken and paychecks will  be collected then continued to get because the trade has been in print for forever and a day.

-Tash Moore

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