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Wolverine #42

Posted: Tuesday, May 30, 2006
By: Martijn Form



Writer: Marc Guggenheim
Artist: Humberto Ramos (p), Carlos Alberto Cruz Cuevas (i)

Publisher: Marvel Comics


Plot: Civil War tie in: Wolverine goes after Nitro, the man responsible for the Stamford massacre.

Comments: I picked up this book just because of Humberto Ramos and not because of the character Wolverine. I know Wolverine is very popular, but he never got me going, really. I will tell you why: Wolverine is just like the Hulk; he's a monster and not so much of a hero. A hero is someone you can look up to, someone who is responsible and does noble actions. Yes, comic book heroes can and should be inspiring in our daily lives, to show us the good, the bad and the evil. Spider-Man is an excellent example of a hero struggling to do good in this world..., well, the Marvel world. But if Spider-Man was real like Santa Claus is, he would do the same thing in our world. Thank God Wolverine is just a comic character living in the pages made of paper. Although both monsters, Wolverine and Hulk are dissimilar in the sense that one cannot help but be a monster.

A man can struggle to not become a killer and monster, but Wolverine has his choice, and he chooses to be a animal. A wild animal is no hero in my book, because he needs to kill. And kill. And kill. Maybe killing is inevitable when you got deadly knives as fists, but Wolverine can choose not to use his kitchen knives and instead fight barehanded, but he doesnít.

So now you're asking, "why did you pick up this book ass#$%^, if it isnít you cup of cappuccino?" Again, for one reason: Humberto Ramos. When he first drew Spider-Man, I was outraged. How can Marvel let a guy with such a style render our beloved Spider-Man. It really took me several years and some TPB buying to fall in love with this guy. It wasnít love at first sight, but when it hit me, it took me rock hard. Humberto Ramos did a super job with the Dark Horse series Revelations. If you missed that one, buy the trade or stop reading comics because the art in that book is amazing.

The artist doesnít disappoint in Wolverine #42, and colorist Edgar Delgado deserves special attention. The importance of colorists are a bit overlooked, but make no mistake: they can make or break a good book. The different scenes in Wolverine #42 have top notch coloring. They remarkably convey mood, setting, time of day, and emotion.

The brutality of Wolverine is presented in the first pages. You would think Wolverine could handle this with more care, but NOOOO! Well, at least a very nice fire scene is provided. Throughout the issue, Wolverine is also the man who wants to do the right thing, despite all his friends tell him. He is a real loner who isnít meant to be a part of any team, X-Men or the New Avengers. He isnít a team player and the last pages shows us how lonely this beloved mutant is.

Final Word: For any fan of Humberto Ramos or Wolverine, this issue is money well spent.



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