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Wolverine by Jason Aaron: The Complete Collection Volume 1 Paperback – December 17, 2013
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- Publisher : Marvel; First Edition (December 17, 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 392 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0785185410
- ISBN-13 : 978-0785185413
- Reading age : 15 years and up
- Grade level : 10 and up
- Item Weight : 1.45 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.75 x 0.75 x 10.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,252,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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To this actual collection, I will not spend too much time on story and art specifics as these have been reviewed over and over in their smaller collection form. Jason Aaron does a wonderful job writing the Wolverine, one of the most popular characters in all the Marvel Universe. I was hesitant about this collection as Wolverine is all over the place in so many other books and stories I enjoy, like his adventures with the X-Men, Avengers, and Marvel events. Aaron gets more to what makes this killer with a heart tick and shows there is more to him than meets the eye. We do not just get to see Wolverine one upping every one, going on feral frenzy, or get horrible mauled so that the limits of his healing factor get pushed, although we do get all that stuff, but Aaron gives more to Wolverine's history and psyche. The stories are very brutal and have a lot of graphic violence to them, these are more mature tales. A wolverine story rarely is a happy one. Aaron does all this with the aid of some really good gritty artists like Ron Garney, Adam Kubert, Howard Chaykin, and Stephen Segovia.
This volume has a bunch of scattershot issues of Wolverine as Aaron was still proving himself to Marvel and the fans, but the end has the beginning of his Weapon X series that continues on into the next volume. The collection has a one-shot story that Aaron did as a contest winner in the early 2000's and is oddly placed at the end of this collection. It shows how trouble always manages to follow Wolverine wherever he goes and everyone pays the price.
The next story is another one-shot where Wolverine is being held in a hole in a secure facility while men take shifts unloading a machine gun into him to keep him down there. Wolverine picks the man he feels the most vulnerable and plays some mind games. Really cool story showing how cunning Wolverine can be.
The next is a four parter where Wolverine has been tasked to hunt down and kill Mystique. This proves to be more challenging than one would think as Mystique is extremely crafty and knows how to get by. Aaron plays out a dual narrative with following Wolverine's hunt in the present and telling a tale in the past when Wolverine and Mystique first met in the 1920's. Both are really good and paced effectively.
The following story is another four parter with the X-Men heading to San Francisco, Wolverine goes to Chinatown to check up on some old business. This one plays out like the previous Mystique story in that there is the present story and flashes back to show how Wolverine made mistakes to lead him to his current predicament. Another fun tale.
Then there is a two parter that showcases Wolverine's busy life and how exhausting it all is. Fellow Avenger member Spider-Man confronts him about it and why is he being so self destructive by running himself ragged.
The final story arc is a five parter that has a ruthless corporation getting the old Weapon X formulas and methods, the way Wolverine got his skeleton coated in the adamantium metal and killer training, and making their own adamantium soldiers. This story is the weakest as it drags from it's length and Aaron focuses more on action and Wolverine being more ruthless as oppose to the other stories in this big collection.
Aaron's run on Wolverine kicks off nicely here as he explores just how rough it has been for the man called Logan, the mutant killer known as the Wolverine. He looks at how the years of killing have affected him and how having that healing factor is not as great as it would seem as he has had to feel so many stab wounds, gun shots, explosions, etc, and the regrowing of his body and organs is not a pleasant experience. Pretty heavy and graphic tales with a nice amount of fun and action thrown in make this a great ride for one of the best of the best.
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In this we see Wolverine's connections to the Chinese mob and how he faces leadership.
We see how good a fighter he is and he deals with a character for him his healing factor isn't a concern.
We see how wolverine deals with extended captivity
We see how his relationship with Mystique
We see how he handles getting his memories back
and finally how Jason Aaron got his job.
It shows areas of Wolverine that are fascinating and fleshes out his character beautifully. Very much worth a read if you like Wolverine and want to see him away from less interesting X-Men.