Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Ominous--Marvel Universe VS Wolverine #1
I finally picked up a copy of this despite it being out for a bit, and enjoyed it a fair amount.
First off, a warning: You kind of need to have read Marvel Universe VS The Punisher to be able to fully understand this prequel-of-sorts. It isn't absolutely necessary, but it helps in regards to getting the maximum amount of enjoyment out of this comic.
Anyways, this tale takes place in an alternate continuity where a virus of sorts causes people to turn into flesh-hungry monsters, and in this series we see things through Wolverine's eyes. As this is a prequel to the Punisher series which took place after all the mayhem, it is interesting to see things as they actively develop into a full-blown catastrophic situation. Writer Jonathan Maberry does a good job writing Wolverine and its interesting to see points made about how heroes always overcome every big world-ending threat so its odd that this one time they can't when faced with a simple illness. There is also arguably an interesting parallel in a scene where it is discussed how the illness evolves people into monsters and how we the reader know of the X-Men as evolutionary steps forward--making one wonder if Maberry is making an allusion to how some think of mutants as monsters just as how the virus makes people actual beasts.
4 out of 5 stars.