This is the first issue for Cullen Bunn, the new writer for this series. Here, Wolverine is taking on Dr. Rot, an insane villain from Jason Aaron’s run. Dr. Rot was introduced in Wolverine Weapon X: Insane in the Brain, where the villain took over a mental institute and cut people’s brains out to create a telepathic weapon. It’s good, twisted fun and the paperback shouldn’t be too hard to find – check it out if it sounds interesting to you. How does this issue stack up?
Well, it’s too early to tell, but this issue isn’t all that promising. While the villain doesn’t show up in this issue, he doesn’t seem nearly as insane as he was in the original story. So far, it’s just another story where Wolverine starts losing control and he’s fighting against someone who is trying to use him. There’s some decent action, but it’s nothing special. The scenes in the school, while decent, don’t help make this issue feel any different. The artwork isn’t bad, but there are too many panels without a proper background.
I’m not sure what else to say about this one. It’s not horrible, but it’s nothing special either. I can’t recommend it, but I won’t say don’t buy it either. My recommendation – wait and see.
Other comics I read this week include Secret Avengers 26, Astonishing X-Men 49, FF 17, Mass Effect Homeworlds 1 (of 4) and X-Men Legacy 265.
Secret Avengers 26 was great. It’s Thor, Valkyrie, Captain Britain, Vision, Miss Marvel, War Machine, Protector and Beast vs. The Phoenix Force in space. They’re trying to stop, or at least delay the cosmic entity which is heading for Earth and destroying every planet on the way. Good stuff.
Astonishing X-Men 49 was great as well. As always, Marjorie Liu focuses on the characters more than anything else, and that’s the highlight of the issue. Still, there’s plenty of action to go around. The X-Men fight the returned Marauders, however they might not be the arc’s true villain. If there is any problem it’s that maybe there was almost too much time spent on Northstar and Kyle.
FF 17 was hilarious. Peter Parker has to deal with the Human Torch as a party animal roommate. This issue wouldn’t feel out of place in Amazing Spider-Man, but it fits the FF series just fine as a one-off issue. Definitely worth checking out.
Mass Effect Homeworlds 1 was just ok. There was nothing special about this issue and this is coming from a major Mass Effect fan. Not sure what else to say.
X-Men Legacy 265 was good, but it’s not without problems. The final conversation between Mimick and Weapon Omega was a little too sappy. No other complaints.