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I guess I don't get it
on April 28, 2013
Clearly I'm missing something, based on the critical and popular reception of this book. I remember when this collection first came out, but I was more interested in Spider-Man and Daredevil at the time, so I never read it until Amazon put it on sale for $1.99. I don't feel like I overpaid, but I don't feel like I got a bargain either.
The story is fine. It's nice to see another side of Wolverine, although I never figured out why he was so in love with this Japanese chick. Maybe there's more background in other Wolverine/X-Men comics; I don't know. I never felt particularly invested in the character, and it never felt to me like he was ever in any real danger. That's the problem with having a character with a super-healing ability and an unbreakable skeleton: there's a lot of "Boy, it's a good thing I'm invulnerable, or that would have killed me!" The other thing I never understand about these stories is why Wolverine can take on 20 trained Hand assassins but a single old guy with a sword almost kills him. Is the old guy really *that* much better than these guys who have done nothing but trained to kill their entire lives? How does that happen? The Hand are like the redshirts of the Marvel universe: they exist to be dispatched quickly and easily. I feel a little bad for them.
The art is mediocre. I know Frank Miller is supposed to be some kind of artistic genius (and I liked the minimalist style he applied to Daredevil and Bat Man: Year One), but his drawings here seem rushed and amateurish. A female Japanese assassin who I guess is supposed to look exotic just looks weird. The layout and coloring is typical for an 80s mass market comic book, which is to say not great.
Overall, a decent read, but there's much more interesting stuff out there.