Wolverine Week-06-in-Review: X-Men vs. Hulk, Noir, Power Pack

Wolverine appeared in six titles this week (February 4, 2009) if you include the reprint of ‘Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk’ #1. I am also reviewing three appearances from previous weeks that I missed (thanks to everyone for letting me know).

And don’t forget the excellent ‘Wolverine and the X-Men’ animated series continues on NickToons — new episode tonight at 8pm!

Now on with the reviews for Wolverine…

X-Men vs. Hulk #1 coverX-Men vs. Hulk #1 (preview)
“The Making of a Man…”
Writer: Chris Claremont
Penciler: Jheremy Raapack; Inker: Larry Welch

An interesting story by Chris Claremont that takes place between ‘Uncanny X-Men’ #167 and 168, wherein Wolverine sets up a challenge for Colossus — to fight the Hulk.

The artwork by Jheremy Raapack is, at times, most uneven, as is the story.

Nothing horrible, mind you. Just not sure why it was even produced…



Astonishing Tales #1 (preview)
“Madripoor Mix-Up”
Writers: C. B. Cebulski
Penciler: Kenneth Rocafort

Initially presented by Marvel Digital Comics, this eight-page Wolverine/Punisher team-up (Wolverine has seemingly forgiving the Punisher for an earlier run-in) sets up a story arc with Madame Hydra and Predator X.

The art is smashing, but the story reeks of way too much posing and grandstanding….

X-Men Noir #3 coverX-Men Noir #3 (preview)
Writer: Fred Van Lente
Artist: Dennis Calero

Took a reread of the all three issues for me to make heads or tails of this story.

But much like ‘100 Bullets’, it’s definitely worth the time.

Even if all the characters do look the same, again much like ‘100 Bullets’…

Wolverine and Power Pack #4 (preview)
“Alex Power: Master Ninja”
Writers: Marc Sumerak
Artist: Gurihiru

Thankfully the final issue of this miniseries, for like the first three, this one sold out at my store before I could get a copy…

Age of Sentry #5 (preview)
“Saved by the Wail”
Writers: Paul Tobin
Penciler: Bill Galvan; Inker: Terry Pallot

Indescribably stupid cameo can be found on page three of the preview — panel one…

Aside from the aforementioned  ‘Ultimate Wolverine vs Hulk’ #1 reprint (the new cover is merely a reverse reprint of the two-page spread within), I do have three Wolverine appearances I missed from previous weeks…

Amazing Spider-Man Extra #2 (preview)
“Birthday Boy”
Writer: Zeb Wells
Artist: Paolo Rivera

Surprisingly good Wolverine/Spider-Man story, especially since it’s buried in the back of a second-tier Spider-Man comic.

I’m a Wolverine fanatic and even I didn’t know about it until Comusiv pointed it out to me.

Really strong appearance. Do yourself a favor and hunt down a copy….

X-Men Worlds Apart #4 (preview)
Writer: Christopher Yost
Penciler: Diogenes Neves; Inker: Ed Tadeo

Single panel cameo. Ugh.

Eternals #7 (preview)
“Manifest Destiny, Part One”
Writer: Fred Van Lente
Artist: Dennis Calero

Final page cameo setting up for the X-Men crossover in Eternals #8…

What do you think? Feel free to share your opinion in the comments below OR join in on the fun in the Wolverine Files Forums

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11 years ago

I’m totally lost In X-Men Noir, is there a summary someone can point in my direction? I have no clue who the super hero dude is suppose to represent.

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