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Wolverine: Weapon X #12

Posted: Tuesday, April 6, 2010
By: Paul Brian McCoy

Jason Aaron
Ron Garney (p), Jason Keith (colors)
Marvel Comics
Editor's Note: Wolverine: Weapon X #12 arrives in stores tomorrow, April 7.

"Tomorrow Dies Today, Part 2"

When this series first started, I wasn't that impressed.

Don't get me wrong. Every issue of this comic has been strong, but when it was starting out, I really didn't feel like there was anything new being done with the character. I even suggested that Wolverine was worn out as a character and could only have fresh and interesting things done with him in settings outside of regular continuity, where the creative teams could really just cut loose free of worry about how it might effect the rest of the Marvel Universe.

I take it all back.

Well, almost all. Every issue of this comic is still strong, but over the past three or four months, they've gotten stronger and stronger, with each issue better than the one that came before.

And this one is no different.

Aaron demonstrates that not only does he have an almost instinctual understanding of Logan's personality and motivations, but every single guest-star is pitch-perfectly written as well. Last issue it was Steve Rogers, and this issue Aaron changes it up and gives us some Bucky Barnes instead.

This shouldn't really be a surprise, given that the cover has been solicited for a while now, and it's revealed in the preview pages available around the web, but I was still expecting this to be an old-school Cap team-up, given Steve Rogers' history with Deathlok.

Remember, it was in 1983's Captain America #286 that Deathlok was brought back into the mainstream Marvel Universe. It was that storyline that cemented Deathlok as the broken and twisted alternate version (symbolically) of Captain America from a broken and twisted alternate future. Luther Manning could have been like Cap if his world hadn't been so corrupted.

This is one of the things that no other representation of Deathlok has really captured since then. Particularly his long-running series during the 1990s. Oh, it had its moments, but it was always missing the darker flavors of the original character. And when they brought Manning back at the end of the series, it was an atrocity. Awful. Just awful.

Joe Casey's Deathlok (1999-2000) was much better, but failed to catch on. The current Marvel Knights series is also better than the Nineties version, but only by a little.

It's really only with these issues by Jason Aaron that we've really gotten to see a solid take on the original concept, without mucking about with it in ways that don't add anything to the character. And the pacing is excellent, as this month we're given a brief glimpse into the inside of Deathlok's head--beyond the cyborg hunt/kill commands.

With the rest of the comic, Aaron again excels at pacing and structure, as every scene leads smoothly and organically into the next, with information revealed in small bits and action carrying the narrative forward effortlessly.

Garney and Keith also continue to provide a distinctive and decidedly appropriate look for the series. The sketch-like quality of the colors over pencils suits the characters and story, providing a sense of texture that can sometimes be glossed over with inks.

Not to knock inkers, but this just looks so good, I don't want or need another layer of distance between the art and my eyes.

If that makes any sense.

So, a good book keeps getting better and it couldn't be more perfectly illustrated. The threat is epic, the plot is intricate, and the characters are bad-ass. What more could you want in a Wolverine story?







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