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Wolverine: Enemy of the State Paperback – June 25, 2008
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As a character, Wolverine is overused. He's also underwritten. Most writers have a hard time bringing out the qualities in the character that make him interesting. Mark Millar has no such problems here as he presents a character most know as a hero in the role of a villain.
You can read the plot in the item description, but know that it merely scratches the surface of this tale (which would make a great movie, by the way). When Wolverine goes rogue, some of Marvel's finest are out to take him down. It's a task that is a daunting as it is messy, and the various outcomes will leave your head spinning.
This is great stuff from Millar and artist John Romita, Jr.. If you are a Wolverine fan and haven't read this yet, you can't waste another minute.
The first half (Wolverine under control) was not too strong. There was no real sense of urgency or trepidation on the part of SHIELD as Wolverine tears an apparant bloody swath through the Marvel Universe. The reader gets some idea from statistics reported by agents, but only a few actual fights with mainstream heroes are shown. Some superflous sub-plots invovling the power struggles among the villains of the piece that didn't seem to account for much of an impact other than to add a few pages to fill out an issue.
The second half is a bit more cohesive story-wise as Wolverine tracks down the Hydra/Hand leadership and bases of operation to disrupt their plans and exact his revenge for the part he was forced to play and some of those he was forced to kill along the way.
Great art by John Romita, JR, that is worth the price.
I won't give anything away here, but the story involves Wolverine, that lovable killing machine, doing what he does best against a whole lot of people who have done him wrong. It is brutal (though not as brutal as the first part), and it will go down in the history of the character as one of the best storylines involving him. That's not hyperbole. Read both parts and then say differently.
In case you hadn't noticed, the cover is an homage to Jim Steranko, one of comic's best creators. Normally such a move would be meant to distract readers from a subpar plot. Here it is an homage in the finest sense of the word. It is done out of respect, and it is thoroughly fitting based upon the story.
Wolverine is an overused, overhyped character. Few writers do him well. Few writers give him any depth. While there may not be much depth to the character here (at least not when compared to what Chris Claremont did with him), there is one bang-up job of a story that is pure action through and through.
The "Wolverine: Enemy Of The State" epic is one of the most thoroughly enjoyable, fast-paced, no-holds barred superhero stories I've read in quite a while. Too often nowadays these big story arcs seem to wrap up in a hurry and have a weak ending -- such is NOT the case here: Mark Millar built up the tension, sustained the action and kept the pace just right, from beginning to end. Job well done. Here, Wolverine breaks free of the mind control that Hydra trapped him with, and is thus set loose to slice and dice to his heart's desire. Plenty of zombie ninja bite the dust, and Logan once again reasserts his butt-kicking bona fides. If you're looking for a good, simple, slam-bang superhero story, this is a darn good choice. (ReadThatAgain!)