Comic Book Review: Wolverine #1000

Cover Art for Wolverine #1000

Stories by Various Writers
Artwork by Various Artists

In a Nutshell

At first glance, Wolverine #1000 didn’t make much sense for both longtime and new fans of Marvel Comics’ finest wild boy character. That’s because Wolvie’s own title series is a long way from a millennial issue. But why would they call this issue #1000? Well, this is basically a giant-sized anthology made up of five short stories about the guy who’s simply the best there is at what he does. What’s more, the materials in this comicbook come from up-and-coming writers and artists in the industry. Here’s a quick rundown on what’s in store for you when you grab this issue:

Last Ride of the Devil’s Brigade

Story: Rick Spears
Art: Timothy Green
Colors: Veronica Gandini

Wolverine is the only survivor among a team of WWII soldiers who were sent to destroy a Nazi secret base that has been working on Hitler’s version of a super soldier program. Wolvie’s idea of ensuring a safe landing for himself is, for me, the most interesting part of the story. By commandeering an enemy plane on flight, Wolverine is able to continue with the mission. The problem is he’s no longer the only one with claws. Mixing science and the occult arts, the Nazi successfully created a ferocious werewolf that can very well match Wolvie’s own animalistic nature. Surprise appearance from Nick Fury is also amusing. Timothy Green did a great job in rendering the action panels.

Legend of the Crimson Falls

Story: Jimmy Palmiotti
Art: Rafa Garres

Here we see Wolverine taking a break from the hustle and bustle of what he does best. He goes to a favorite hideaway on the Adirondack Mountains where he feels at peace and at home. But this time, the place that Wolverine considers to be his sanctuary is going through some changes. For one, a huge construction project is underway. But what really rattles The Ol’ Canucklehead’s cage is the string of gruesome murders that occurred in this remote area in New York State. Next thing you know, Wolverine is putting his animal-keen senses to good use as he tracks who’s behind the killings.

Adamantium Claws

Story: Sarah Cross
Art: Joao Lemos
Colors: Chris Chuckry

Personally, I find this as the best story in this comicbook issue. A quiet and self-conscious teenage girl chronicles all her daily activities in her diary. She reveals that her biggest hero is the mutant superhero known as Wolverine. She’s so into Logan such that she activates her own set of ‘adamantium’ claws using sticks and pens and soda straws whenever she finds herself in a pickle. And whenever someone says bad things about her, our girl also knows how to use sarcastic and snappy retorts just like Wolvie.

Then one night, she meets a guy who looks a lot like X-man Wolverine. Of course, the man (who’s actually Logan) denied that he’s Wolverine, but he nevertheless invites the young girl for coffee. Little did the girl know that she’s in a once-in-a-lifetime superhero encounter that few fanboys and fangirls ever get to enjoy. Needless to say, the girl’s life will never be the same again after she learns the true identity of the man who invited her for coffee. This story written by Sarah Cross is both cute and intelligent. It’s a real departure from Wolverine’s bloodthirsty nature.

Development Hell

Story: Mark Simmons
Art: Mike Ryan
Inks: Victor Olazaba
Colors: Martha Martinez

Of all the stories featured in Wolverine #1000, I find this to be the least interesting. I think Mark Simmons wanted Development Hell to be humorous, but the story fails to convey that kind of mood. Here we see Wolverine trapped in Mojoverse and he’s playing a part in some manufactured television program. Talk about being a TV star against your will. But as Wolverine is the best there is at what he does, he eventually escapes Mojo’s twisted world – using only a few sniffs and snikts, plus an overused one-liner.

Last Men Standing

Story: Vince Hernandez
Art: Luke Ross
Colors: Guru EFX

Another square-shooting installment of Wolverine in action during WWII, Last Men Standing is a good read. Wolverine is a new addition to a battle-hardened platoon of American soldiers defending a position in the Ardennes Forrest. Needless to say, our man needs to prove his worth and earn the trust of his new comrades. To make things more complicated, Wolverine’s mysterious origins add to his being an outcast within his own outfit. Luckily – and against his officer’s orders, Logan gets a chance to lead a successful assault against a group of Nazi soldiers. All of a sudden, The Ol’ Canucklehead gets on everyone’s good side.

The best part of this story is the artwork by Luke Ross who did impressive pencils on the landscape and gears and equipment of the period, his shadowing techniques make the drawings pop out of the panels.

What's Cool

  • Adamantium Claws by Sarah Cross and Joao Lemos is a great brilliant read. It shows a little known side of Wolverine in the eyes of a shy highschool fangirl.
  • All of the featured stories in this comicbook issue revolve around simple subject matters, thus easy to read. You do not have to be a longtime fan to understand each tale.
  • Artwork by Luke Ross in Last Men Standing is a feast for the eyes.

What's Crap

  • All five stories have to be crammed in a 72-page comic book issue. So, don’t be surprised if you get that hurried feeling while getting through each feature.
  • Two of the stories pit Wolverine against werewolves and two features also set him off in WWII, making this anthology issue a little bit uninspired.

The Bottom Line

I don’t exactly feel that Wolverine #1000 is a must-buy comicbook. But if you are a longtime fan of the baddest superhero from Marvel Comics, then you shouldn’t miss this one. Besides, this 72-page giant issue is made up of finished stories, so it’s a good weekend read that won’t require you to buy subsequent issues. Last and most important, this comic book showcases the work of some of the most promising comics writers and artists. Giving them a chance to present their work will essentially benefit the industry as a whole.

Weekly Comic Book Review (Nov. 4): Batman Confidential #50, Iron Man Thor #1, IZombie #7 and More

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This week, Batman Confidential hits issue #50. Iron Man and Thor are set for a team-up. plus, IZombie and Marvel Comics mini-series on the Wizard of Oz start a new arc. Here are my top comic book picks for the week.

Batman Confidential #50

A fellow fan asked me why I’m adding this issue in my weekly comic book review list. Well, first of all, this is an anniversary issue of a long-running Batman comic series. Here, we see a young Bruce Wayne right on the tail of a serial killer in an obscure village in China, where he will eventually find an adversary that once fought the Justice League. The main story also brings readers back to that scene in Identity Crisis where the Dark Knight was mindwiped.

Batman Confidential #50

Secondly, it features a bonus Silver Age material where readers can see Batman and the Justice League facing off with an alien vampire who sucks moisture, rather than blood from victims. I love classic comics and the co-feature really made my day.

Iron Man Thor #1

Iron Man Thor #1

In this issue, we find Thor and his fellow Asgardians cleaning up the ruins of their home city in the aftermath of Siege. Iron Man and, along with other mortals, were also there to help the citizens of Asgard. All of a sudden, Commander Rogers— formerly known as Captain America—called on Iron Man to investigate an incident in Russia, which turned out to be a trap set by Crimson Dynamo. However, the most interesting part of the issue becomes apparent when Ulik of the Trolls appears right in the middle of Asgard and challenges the God of Thunder.

So far, the opening round for the storyline scripted by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning is very impressive. An Iron Man-Thor team up versus two of the oldest villains in Marvel Comics is definitely something to look forward to. Plus, pencil work by Scott Eaton is simply fantastic.

Ozma of Oz #1

Ozma of Oz #1

This is the third Marvel Comics mini-series based on the classic novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. In Ozma of Oz, Dorothy Gale—the lead character in the classic novel—is back. But this time, she’s not using tornado-express to get to Oz (like in the classic version), rather her trip back is set off by an ill-fated ocean voyage. While hopelessly stuck at sea, Dorothy befriends Bill, a talking hen, and their adventures are just about to start.

Just like in the first two series, comic book readers can expect Ozma of Oz to be replete with sharp and witty dialogue. Apart from the enjoyable storyline, the striking art by Skottie Young is also a treat.

IZombie #7

iZombie #7

This is the starting issue for the Vampires Suck story arc. Life for our beloved characters Gwen, Ellie, and Spot seemed to have dwindled down to normal. Gwen is busy digging holes with her cemetery buddies, Ellie is taking some pointers from Amon, and Spot is shopping around in a comic book shop. But things get complicated when the brain that Gwen munched on belonged to someone who knew her in the past. Plus, the two monster hunters find themselves in a big mess this time. Cover and interior art by Michael Allred is marvelous as usual.

Namor First Mutant #3

Namor First Mutant #3

Atlantis is under siege by ocean-dwelling vampires. As ruler, Namor has but one chance to drive their foes away. But there’s a catch—the powerful spell that will be used against the bloodsuckers requires blood of an Atlantean king to be sacrificed if it were to work. Accompanied by elite guards of Atlantis, Namor leads an attack into the hidden vampire lair, where the spell must be casted. But something that lurks in the darkest regions of the deep has been waiting for the raiding party. The big surprise could be a big blow to the young Atlantean ruler, not only in terms of their battle plan, but maybe more so for Namor’s personal resolve.