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House Of M #3

Posted: Thursday, July 21, 2005
By: Jason Cornwell



Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artists: Olivier Coipel (p), Tim Townsend (i)

Publisher: Marvel Comics


Plot: As Logan remembers the proper Marvel Universe, he struggles to figure out what the heck has happened to the world around him. He finds himself on a world where the mutant/human tensions have been turned on their head, and none of the people who he turns to for help have any idea that something's wrong with the world around them. However, as the issue ends, Logan finds himself with some unexpected allies.

Comments: I'm probably the hundredth online reviewer to express that I'm not exactly jumping for joy that Wolverine is the centrepiece character of this miniseries. To be perfectly honest though, if the equally overexposed Spider-Man had been given the role, then chances are I'd be a happy camper. So most of my sour grapes stems from the fact that I'm never been a big Wolverine fan. Still, this issue is a perfectly enjoyable, if somewhat predictable exercise as Wolverine realizes that the entire world around him has been changed and that he looks to be the only one who realizes that there's something wrong with this picture. There are some solid bits of action in this issue as Wolverine tries to stay one step ahead of the forces who are looking to slap the leash back around his neck. Also entertaining are the scenes where Logan tries to secure some help, with my personal favourite bit being his attempt to contact Peter Parker. The scene where Logan battles the collection of characters who have been sent to bring him back in was also nicely done, as I'm sure X-fans will enjoy the sequence where Logan is trying to get away from a teleporting Nightcrawler. There are also a couple fun surprises in the final few pages of this issue, as a lower tier Marvel character steps forward to help Logan make a pretty darn cool escape, and while I really want to make some noise about the final page surprise, all I'll say is that it's a cool little moment that almost lives up to the hyperbole that Marvel surrounded this issue with before its release, and that the next issue can't arrive soon enough. Brian Michael Bendis also manages to insert a number a fun little easter eggs into the book for long-time Marvel fanboys, with the newspaper that Logan picks up being a wealth of fun little details that I rather enjoyed, as it managed to open the world up more than even the previous issue.

Olivier Coipel turns in another fine looking issue, and the success of this issue's bits of action are due largely to his ability to convey a real sense of impact. The opening scene where Logan leaps off the Helicarrier is a wonderful looking scene, and the final panel of Logan's hands as he pulls himself up is a lovely little visual moment that nicely captures the Timex watch quality of the character. Now the big visual where Logan gets his first look at the altered reality wasn't as impressive as it could have been, but than again the art does some lovely work on the little details, like the establishing shot of Stark Tower as the sky is full of super-powered entities. The scene where Nightcrawler races after the fleeing Wolverine is also extremely well done, as is the scene where a surprise guest hero helps Logan escape. I'd also be remiss if I didn't mention that the final page image can't help but have the little fanboy inside me doing his little happy dance. Damn cool is the perfect description for that final page.



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