Sunday, January 27, 2008

Mark Millar back on Wolverine - blogger hints at vague promise. May prove overly optimistic.

Y'know, I've dropped the odd dark hint here and there that I reckon Marvel's upcoming Wolverine mini-series by BKV and Eduardo Risso is a bit of a waste of time and talent, that it looks like yet another re-write of the original Chris Claremont/Frank Miller mini-series. Material that was far from being either creator's best work anyway.

Then imagine my surprise when I read this interview with Mark Millar, and thought, hey, this sounds pretty good. It's one part Eastwood's UNFORGIVEN to one part Alan Moore's unproduced TWILIGHT OF THE SUPERHEROES pitch. Out of these two influences, Millar may actually do something new with a character I've written off as moribund since 1984. That's nearly 25 years, people! Shit!

Wolverine, jumping the shark in '84. Happy days!


Dan McDaid said...

Nah, Wolverine was still reasonably cool for a while after this (and I think the Buscema work - which I've always liked - was yet to come). Wolverine *really* jumped the shark during the 90s ('course, you could say the same for just about every major comic character - Superman, Batman, Spidey, Iron Man, Daredevil...) when Magneto stole all his adamantium and he started chillaxing with Jubilee. I remember one particularly pointless, campy scene (beautifully rendered by Adam Kubert) where Wolvie had his bone claws popped and there was a butterfly sitting on one of 'em. Zen bullshit.

Hey, whatever happened to Jubilee?

Martin said...

Sounds pretty cool. Loads of crazy ideas. I especially liked the part about Hawkeye being a washed-out drug dealer. Good, clean fun for the family...

Mark said...

In '84, the X-Men were pretty over for me. Paul Smith had gone, after bringing me back from being driven off by Cockrum's less than glorious coda on the title, and I appreciated JR JR more than I actually liked him.

Claremont was already starting to repeat himself, and he'd put Kitty Pryde right in the centre of bloody everything, UNCANNY, NEW MUTANTS, even every bloody annual. To me, she was the Scrappy Doo of the X-Men, so when this came out, I just thought "oh great, now she's ruined Wolverine, too. Sod this. I'm off".

And I still attest that the character of Kitty Pryde was only ever interesting in Joss Whedon's ASTONISHING.

Dan McDaid said...

"And I still attest that the character of Kitty Pryde was only ever interesting in Joss Whedon's ASTONISHING."

She was certainly a lot less creepy.

I had kind of a weird relationship with the X-Men when I was a kid, cos I only got the reprints of things like Spider-Man, Secret Wars etc. So I'd get the X-Men/New Mutants etc. in little bitesize chunks. They were fascinatingly strange to me: Magneto running around in that *fabulous* lilac uniform, Prof X dying, Rachel Summers as Phoenix, Ilyana being some kind of devil-woman... and Kitty Pryde with her dragon. Weird, cool stuff (Didn't hurt that it was all rendered by Paul Smith or JR jr either).

I don't like them much at all now though. Thanks, the nineties.

Mark said...

The day I knew I'd left the X-Men behind? When Claremont/Davis' EXCALIBUR #1 came out, and after years of following Alan Davis' work on Captain Britain, I just thought "this is crap", and gave up simultaneously on that title, and UNCANNY, which was drawn at the time by Marc Silvestri, when he was really good.

Kitty Pryde was in Excalibur, too. Hey, I've just realised - Kitty Pryde even soured my relationship with Alan Davis' work! Is there nothing she can't ruin?!

Silvestri's good now, reverred as an originator in his own slick school (Finch, Turner, etc), but back then, he was more than a stylist. He had grit, too. And he cared for the basics, anatomy, storytelling, which he's kinda quit. Anyway, Claremont was re-using tropes from Alan Moore's Captain Britain run in both titles, poorly, and I just walked away.

Didn't go back until Morrison and Quitely.