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Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine Hardcover – August 10, 2011
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So it's a time travel story with two of Marvel's best loved characters, the chatty and pun-ny web slinger teamed up with the angry monosyllabic Canuck with an almighty chip on his shoulder, having at each other as they try to figure out what's going on.
I think if you approach this book as simply a fun, sometimes even funny, story with lots of interesting visuals and some excellent back-and-forths between Spiderman and Wolverine, you'll get more out of it. It's not really a straight story nor one with a particularly interesting explanation or resolution. Spidey sums it all up in the end by saying "sometimes stuff just happens...". And that's what this book is, stuff that happens.
But it's entertaining stuff at least. Jason Aaron's grittiness and sobriety is missing thanks to having to adopt Peter Parker's genial outlook on life and he's got his voice down perfect, as he does Logan's. To be honest, the story felt a bit overlong once you realised what was happening, but it never became unbearable. Adam Kubert's artwork is fantastic throughout, as always.
A fun romp teaming up two mis-matched but still endearing characters and setting them loose into a bizarre, but interesting, story. A decent read but by no means essential.
If any of that sounds good to you, you'll enjoy the cumbersomely titled Astonishing Spider-Man and Wolverine by Jason Aaron and Adam Kubert. If you are a newer (teen or older) reader looking for a stand-alone adventure with versions of the leads that you'll recognize from other media but that won't require a long-box worth of backstory, try this collection. Aaron brings his superhero A-game (not as good as his creator-owned - Scalped Vol. 1: Indian Country - A-game, but still darn good); Kubert is a consummate professional who can really deliver on the big scenes (even if I found his art a little sketchy in the smaller moments, especially later in the book).
Will Astonishing Spider-Man and Wolverine change you, the universe or even its characters forever? No. But it's a well-executed, fun book full of what people love superhero comics for.
Have you ever read something and right from jump you are thinking "I don't know about this" only to love by the time it is over? That is exactly what happened to me when I picked this up, at first I wasn't into it but by the time it was over I was a little sad I had to stop reading. I have read this many times since it was first released and each time I love it. This is while being a six issue miniseries really epic, especially from an emotional stand point. The characters here go through a lot and our two leads go through so much more, especially with each other.
We start out with Spider-Man and Wolverine millions of years in the past with no idea how they got there. They live in different areas of the place they are in with Peter trying to figure everything out while dreaming about some woman. Logan on the other hand seems like he has given up hope. But just as the event that lead to the death of the dinosaurs is upon them they are now traveling from time period to period. They have no idea how this is happening but it seems to have something to do with some diamonds, and why is Parker still seeing this woman?
This is one of those books that you will either really like or really hate from what I can tell. Like I said earlier at first I thought this wasn't going to be for me but I was wrong. I really enjoyed this story and wanted to know how all of this happened just as much as our two heroes. The mystery behind that was interesting but in all honesty it was really the relationship between Peter and Logan and how it progressed that really hooked me. Everyone knows that these two never really got along and for most of this book that remains.Read more ›
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I've literally just closed this book after finishing the story, and felt compelled to share the joy this book brought me. Read morePublished on January 5, 2014 by Heath T. Holland
This was one very wild ride. Logan and Spiderman just timejumpin' all over. I really,really enjoyed every single page of this. Read morePublished on November 2, 2013 by clinton smith
probably one of the best ever. 2 completely opposite characters that work extremely well together. Jason Aaron writes them perfectly. Kubert nails the look.Published on January 7, 2013 by Gavin_Khariot
I've been reading through Jason Aaron's Wolverine, and though it tends to be pretty good and solid, it rarely gets amazing.
This book is amazing. Read more
Long story short, this 6 issue mini-series reads like a high-quality cartoon show, and is in no way similar to the excellent first 24 issues of "Astonishing X-men". Read morePublished on July 16, 2012 by ravl13
Rather mediocre. It gets points for Kubert's art, which is generally always good. Aaron is certainly capable of good work, so I don't think he's really to blame for why the story... Read morePublished on April 9, 2012 by William Kendall