Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artists: Scot Kolins, Studio F(c)
The conclusion to Marvel Team-Up is a serious mess, but it is a fun mess. The story opens with Captain America and Wolverine meeting in a diner. Wolverine does his Agent Cooper impression while Cap looks unimpressed. The purpose of this meeting is to exchange information, and here's where I learned Wolverine was a New Avenger rather than frequent guest star. Robert Kirkman in an interview said that he wanted MTU to be the reader's one-stop continuity corner, and to that extent, he has succeeded.
What's funny is I used to like Wolverine. That was before he became Wolverine. Kind of like giving Fonzie his own show. Nowadays I can take him or leave him. This issue, I'll leave him. His conversation with Cap confuses, and their nasty attitude toward each other grates on the reader's patience. Originally, Cap was supposed to have known Logan as a Canadian Commando from World War II, but Marvel dropped those early plans of Claremont and Byrne. The animosity is sometimes a little implausible. The old Wolverine I knew would probably have thought that Cap overpaying for the pie that they haven't eaten as they fly out the door to be a pretty classy act.
The story proper picks up when Kirkman turns his attention to Moon Knight and Spidey encountering the Ringmaster, who has gained grand power. This sort of puts the whole Dr. Light fiasco into perspective. A loser villain even if greatly enhanced is still a loser villain. It's not a question of if somebody will pluck this turkey but who and when. I'm not all that crazy about Kirkman's choice, but that's because I don't particularly like the character he puts into motion; it is a plausible choice.
Kirkman's Moon Knight excels. He's the spitting image of the way Batman used to be characterized. Doubt me? Check out Dark Detective or Blood of the Demon and see if Moon Knight does not blend well. All and all an issue worth reading but still a mess where the payoffs don't necessarily warrant the previous set ups.
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