Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Wolverine #69 Review

Written by Mark Millar
Art by Steve Mcniven

When I saw this cover, I thought for a moment that I had missed the last issue where we deal with Spider-Bitch and her attacking Hawkeye after killing the Kingpin.

It seems I didn't miss any issues and Millar simply glosses over that confrontation by having Logan drive in, grab Hawkeye and the two then leave town with Spider-Bitch's men in hot pursuit.

I was actually a bit disappointed with how quickly the whole Spider-Bitch thing was swept under the rug and Logan gripping the wheel and damning Hawkeye / Spider-Bitch for 'making him do this' at the end of the last issue was a really great moment for me and I was expecting some follow up, not a quick dash and grab to sweep that plot under the rug.

Despite my disappointment over the opening of the issue, the remainder was quite enjoyable as Hawkeye and Logan, fleeing Spider-Bitch's new army, which were formerly Kingpin's men, are swallowed up by the Earth as the Moloids collapse the ground beneath them all.

The image Logan, and we, see as the he wakes up was quite shocking and I was thinking the same thing Logan was when I saw it - that Hawkeye was getting eaten by Moloids. As it turns out, we were both wrong and, upon closer inspection, it was one of Spider-Bitch's men getting eaten and Hawkeye was relatively fine over in the Spider-Mobile. It is revealed that the Moloids slaughtered the entire group of Spider-Bitch goons as Logan and Hawkeye use the Spider-Mobile to climb the walls out of the pit.

From here, we catch glimpses of different parts of the mid-west as the two travel across the ruined America. One of the oddities we see is the giant corpse of Loki crushed by the Baxter Building. The only thing I can't figure out is how the Baxter Building got to Electroville, which, according to the map given, is west of Mount Rushmore and nowhere near New York, where the Baxter Building should be...

Other interesting tidbits included a Venom symbiote travelling about in South Dakota, Mount Rushmore having a giant skull (mabye Red Skull?) carved into it and dinosaurs roaming the midwest, all imported from the Savage Land and let loose when people didn't want them anymore.

The issue ends with Logan reaching his breaking point in a small bar in Iowa. He clearly doesn't want to be the man he used to be, but one of the patrons agitates him to such a degree that he's ready to pop his claws into the man's skull if he says one more word. This leads to him rushing out of the bar before he does something he regrets with Hawkeye chasing after him. Clint asks Logan just what the hell happened to him and Logan finally agrees to tell him, leaving us hanging on the edge of our seats.

Verdict - Check It. Delays hurt the book and the sweeping of Spider-Bitch's story under the rug really hurt the opening of the book, but, once I got back into it, it was still just as entertaining as always. However, I'm giving it a Check It as I feel it's best to simply trade wait this one out and enjoy the story from start to finish without the delays.

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