WOLVERINE WEAPON X #15 REVIEW
WRITER: JASON AARON
PENCILS: Ron Garney
COLORED BY: JASON KEITH
LETTERED BY: NEUROTIC CARTOONIST, INC
COVER BY: Ron Garney
Size: 32 Pages
For whatever reason it may be, the Marvel U is currently under siege – not from Skrulls, super villains or even mystical beings from the Negative Zone… no it is under siege by a battery of books messing with the time stream.
I don’t understand how so many books can suddenly decide to start taking on the time stream (Aaron is doing it both with this arc AND his Astonishing Spider-man & Wolverine story for example) but where every writer usually crumbles when dealing with extreme time traveling is tying the story up and unless they have a major ace up their sleeve (Second Coming for example) writers usually find themselves falling into a pitfall of confusion.
It is this pitfall that Aaron jumped AND cleared, only to stumble and trip backwards into at the last second. The story becomes just a bit too confusing and stuffed with time travelling craziness that the story in the end, just looses it’s way. It will either have you; scratching your head, trying to fathom just what the hell is going on… or it will have you frantically re-reading the comic in the hope of trying to pick up the missing thread.
Someone once told me that a time traveling story is only good if it makes your head hurt and causes you to sit down and rethink every step of the journey, this person was also a bit of an asshole as he then went on to tell me why Back To The Future sucked because the story was overly simplistic. Yeah exactly. To put it simply: Aaron tried to do a big grand story as his last big arc before the name change and while it worked for three issues, it just lost it’s way ever so slightly towards the end.
That’s not to say it’s all-bad. In fact the man has once again shown that he writes the street level characters quite unlike anyone else around for Marvel at the minute. The guy at the very least should be writing a new Heroes for Hire book, because his Luke Cage and Iron Fist have been outstanding. In fact his Spiderman is one of the best around as well, both cocky and witty – the way he plays some of these characters off of each other is outstanding. If anything I think a street level avengers team would be right up his ally New Avengers … c’mon Marvel, I think Bendis has had long enough – let some new blood have a try- we all know he deserves it!
-Josh “Dredd” West