Aug 15 2012
This comic features Wolverine battling his demons, figuratively and otherwise. Then again, don’t ALL Wolverine comics feature that?
I knew I was bound to pull out a Wolverine comic of some shape or form (was secretly hoping I could wax joyously about Daken and his Dark Wolverine run, which I reluctantly admit I loved) but I am so relieved this comic came out when I reached in because I happen to think it is one of the better minimalist Wolverine stories out there. I say minimalist, because the book is light on text, and heavy on symbolism and style. Hell, even the concept is awesome.
Some guy Wolverine fought with during WWII named Lieutenant Warren got blown up in Hiroshima (as did Wolverine, for all of you who don’t know) but Wolverine survived thinking Warren had died there. But Warren is a mutant, just like Wolvie, and Warren can’t be killed. Add in a woman Wolverine loves and an epic battle in the snow with a regenerating skeleton and you have an idea how dope this book gets.
I recommend this book to anyone with a claw fetish and personal demons.
Oh, and Warren rips out Wolverine’s heart and eats it, bringing himself even more power. I am pretty sure the battle may be a metaphor for his guilt involving his lady love from the time, Atsuko. But it also could be literal, too. That is what I love about comics. The best ones tend to mean different things to different people.
I also adore the ending of this book, when Wolverine gets presented with a question from the spirit of Atsuko. I won’t ruin it for you, but I couldn’t either way, because the book ends and even WE as the reader are never given a clear cut clue into what he chose. Which makes the ending even more powerful.
Do we go numb, or do we choose to keep suffering, just so we can feel? How would YOU answer?
100 Bullets #55
I see this cover, and not only know it as one of my favorite covers of all time, but this is the bear trap issue. Oh God, no….
Of ALL the 100 Bullets issues I could have pulled randomly (my box is by no means in order) the fact that I pulled this one may be the most cathartic of all for me because this issue has stuck with me for years. I see this cover and I just know.
This is the issue when (Spoiler) the Jazz man gets his lower jaw caught in the beat trap, and then it rips his bottom jaw off, and then…..aw, I don’t even wanna talk about it.
This comic is unreal, but the whole series was unreal, and it is IMPOSSIBLE to pick it up here, out of context, and have any idea of what I’m talking about. The whole series is badass, from issue one to issue one hundred. Pick it up and read to issue 55 to see just what I am (kind of) talking about. Very powerful stuff.
And don’t even get me started how 100 Bullets has some of the best comic book covers ever! Every cover is poster worthy.
These are ones I DIDN’T pull, but was secretly hoping I would the entire time.
How is it that I have not talked about this series yet on this site? As fate has proven today, it is not yet time.
Welcome To Hoxford
My adoration for Ben Templesmith is not something I keep secret, and this book about a prison (Spoilers) run by werewolves is f*cking stellar. Pop over here to watch the awesome fan film that Ben Personally thanked me for posting. Wow, that last sentence made me sound like a douche. He thanked me on Twitter for crying out loud. Who am I kidding???
The Pirates of Coney Island
From the art style to the story to the attitude this book oozes, would have loved to gush about this book. Damn sentient comic box wouldn’t allow it.
The Pirates of Coney Island, to me, reads as if it were Scott Pilgrim’s older, punk rock cousin.
Peter Porker the Spectacular Spider Ham
How is it that I pulled no books that hint at just how stupid and insane I am? I know this box is full of them. Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters and shit. No, really.
I got lucky today. I should do this again sometime, though. A follow up. It was fun, and there is no way it would turn out this solid next time.
It was like Russian Roullete and I didn’t get shot. Which means, PLAY AGAIN!
*Loads two bullets this time
Things you will (honestly) see in this pic: The actual accordion from the movie Gummo, which I own, a Dunny I made with a severed finger coming out of its face, a Hollywood slate board from the movie Session 9, a (fake) automatic weapon movie prop, an afro wig, a skull coming out of a turtle’s back, and an original piece of vinyl art from artist Brian Morris. You also see my “Wall O’ Classic Comics!” Wow, how the Hell do I get any work done in this office, it is like a museum for people on acid who like cult films and comic books.
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