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Jason Aaron is an Eisner and Harvey Award nominated comic book writer best known for the critically acclaimed crime series Scalped for Vertigo Comics and series such as Wolverine, Thor God of Thunder, Punisher MAX, Ghost Rider and Wolverine & the X-Men for Marvel Comics. He was born in Alabama but currently resides in Kansas City.
Jason Aaron's writing for Marvel has dipped considerably over the last year or so, probably because he's been given a ton of books to write and some very short deadlines. On top of 2 Wolverine series, he's writing the new Hulk series, he wrote "X-Men Schism", and put the finishing touches to his indie masterpiece "Scalped". It feels like he's stretched when you read this book because it's short on inspiration or interest.
It's your average Wolverine story: Logan goes somewhere, fights a whole bunch of people, snikt happens, and then he finishes with a cold beer in hand. In this book Logan goes to Japan and fights ninjas, a new Silver Samurai emerges, more blood is shed, Logan wins, and whaddayaknow he winds up with a beer in a bar.
The book is really dull and ranks among the weakest of Aaron's Wolverine books so far. Even the closing story just seems to be any excuse for a brawl as Logan beats up Sabretooth because it's his birthday.
You'll like this if lots of fighting is all you're looking for in a comic book, but for most people who have read this author's generally high-quality books before will find this a disappointing read. "Wolverine Fights a Buncha Ninjas" should be the title and the synopsis of this dreary book.
Wolverine returns to Japan to find the Yakuza gangsters and ninjas of the underworld group known as the Hand at war. The son of the Silver Samurai is dating Wolverine's adopted daughter. And Sabertooth and Mystique have hatched a plot to take over an asian assassin empire.
Wolverine satisfyingly hacks his way through an army of ninjas to save his daughter. Writer Jason Aaron even manages to develop several aspects of Wolverine's character between panels of disemboweling. Aaron explores the dual nature in Wolverine: his berserker instinct may keep him alive but when Wolverine loses control his loved ones are often hurt.
The art in this collection is more of a mixed bag. The five issues are chopped into twenty chapters. Different combinations of artists in a very short span of pages was a visual roller coaster. For instance, in chapter 8, artist Billy Tan draws a brutally realistic Wolverine / Sabertooth battle. Tan's Wolverine is fantastically detailed down to individual hairs on Logan's chin. A couple pages later in chapter 9, Steve Sanders delivers a much differently proportioned Wolverine. And while equally detailed, Sanders' Wolverine seems to draw more inspiration from animation than does Tan's Wolverine. While each of the artists presented here is very talented, the rapid fire switching between artists has a jarring, disruptive effect.
The bonus gallery at the back of the novel does contain an interesting exchange that shows the design process for the new Silver Samurai. It is a fascinating glimpse into the collaborative process of character creation. Ideas are sketched and proposed, rejected and revised until the final product that appears in the comic.Read more ›
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This comic is just bad. Whatever the plot was supposed to be, you end up with Wolverine killing a lot of ninjas and yakuzas. Except for some nice artwork of a few pages by Andy Kubert, the rest of it is very bad. The artwork keeps changing every few pages, switching between bad to worse artists and then you end up with Steve Dillon's expressionless artwork to round off this comic.
Don't buy this.
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