Wolverine-Week-38-in-Review: Zombie-Wolverine Returns

(Dark) Wolverine appeared in FIVE TITLES last week (September 16, 2009), plus we catch up on the review of ‘Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Exodus’ from the week before. So without further ado, let’s get to the trio of reviews by our very own jrpbsp

And as usual, I share my curmudgeonly impressions for the rest of the Wolverine docket…

Marvel Zombies Return #3 coverMarvel Zombies Return #3 (details)
Writer: Jonathan Maberry
Artist: Jason Shawn Alexander

Let me start by giving props to Jason Shawn Alexander and his terrific zombie art.

And while not a bad story, I find Jonathan Maberry mining the same old ground that ruined this franchise in the first place, that zombies are somehow redeemable.

Sorry, they are not.

That’s why killing zombies is morally approved by everyone, including the Pope.

From my perspective, either produce a fun, bloody series about Marvel superheroes turned zombie or create a genuinely scary book around the same concept.

But rehashing that some zombies can be “saved” brings along a ton of questions that makes me uneasy.

Does that mean we should forgive the irresistible zombie impulse of killing whole galaxies full of sentient beings? Are some heroes genuinely more heroic than others, able to stave off the uncontrollable zombie hunger? Does it follow, then, that some heroes are less heroic or perhaps, not really heroes at all?

As I have said in weeks past, Marvel Zombies should return to its roots or be allowed to stay dead.

Or undead.

Well, you know what I mean…

Dark Wolverine #78 (preview)
Writers: Daniel Way & Marjorie Liu
Art: Stephen Segovia

To my surprise, I found that I really enjoyed Dark Wolverine, giving credit to Marjorie Liu for a subtle touch that I found lacking in Daniel Way’s usual writing.

Well, the heavy handedness has returned with this issue as does an equally heavy dose of huge American breasts.

The machinations of Daken and Norman Osborn are absurd, risking career-ending exposure for minor gains, and invariably involving scantily-clad women wearing miniskirts.

To which some of you may ask, what’s the problem?

Dark Avengers #9 (preview)
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Art: Mike Deodato

Not much Dark Wolverine, but an astounding issue nonetheless.

This is quickly becoming the core Dark Reign title.

Kudos to the exquisite team of Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Deodato who seem to feed off of each other quite effectively…

Shifting gears to animation, we had another new episode of ‘Wolverine and the X-Men’ this past Friday, Rover, a well-done episode focusing on the future, Marrow and an injured Sentinel. For full details, see the Marvel.com preview

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