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Marvel Milestones: Wolverine, X-Men, and Tuk: Caveboy

Posted: Friday, May 13, 2005
By: Michael Deeley

Writers: Chris Claremont, Joe Simon, and Jack Kirby
Artists: Sal Buscema, Walt Simonson, Rick Leonardi, Whlice Portracio, Joe Simon, and Jack Kirby

Price: $3.99 USD
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Reprinting stories from: Marvel Comics Presents #1, Uncanny X-Men #201, and Captain America Comics #1-2

Since Marvel revived their Milestones series, Iíve suspected it was used primarily as a marketing tool. Issue #1 included stories about Iron Man and Captain America; two characters whose series were just relaunched. Issue #2 tied into that monthís debut of "Toxin" and a new Hercules mini-series. This, the third issue, makes no bones about its purpose. The inside front cover lists books where these and similar stories can be found. For a sampler, $4 is steep. For a collection of rarely-seen quality comics, itís not bad.

Reprinted here is the Wolverine story from Marvel Comics Presents #1. Itís the beginning of a serial being collected in Marvel Comics Presents: Wolverine Vol. 1. Canuckle-head goes to the city of Madripoor for the first time. His purpose can only be discovered by reading the book. Uncanny X-men #201 presents the first appearance of Cable (as a baby). Cyclops and Storm battle for leadership of the X-Men. This issue is representative of EVERY FRIKKINí X-COMIC CLAREMONT WROTE IN THE 80s! It will be included in the upcoming Essential X-men Vol. 6. Finally, an odd bit of Golden Age goodness with two stories about Tuk the Cave Boy. Tuk is the orphaned child of advanced humans in pre-historic times. When his foster Neanderthal guardian dies, Tuk sets out to find his ďGod-people.Ē He soon teams up with Tamir, another fully evolved human. Together they fight monsters, rescue a princess, and find the city of Atlantis. Not bad for a fantasy adventure series, but it kind of sucks the title character becomes a sidekick in his first story.

The quality of the reprints is top-notch. No blurred lines or faded colors. The stories are entertaining. My biggest complaint is the lack of creator credits on the Wolverine story. I can only assume, from Marvelís solicitation, it was written by Claremont and penciled by Buscema.

So, will I be buying any of the collections that include these stories? No. Iím not a Wolverine fan, Iíve already read the X-Men comics collected in Essential Vol. 6, and I canít afford the Marvel Masterworks: Golden Age Captain America. But as a comic, I was entertained. Iíd say I got my moneyís worth, and thatís the least I ask.

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