Sunday, February 19, 2012
Wolverine: The Best There Is: Contagion HC
What a pleasant surprise! I picked this up from the library, after passing on it because of the odd art and the $3.99 price tag. I knew Madcap appeared in it, and he’s always intrigued me, but other than that, I didn’t know much about this series. It’s actually pretty strong!
Wolverine gets wrapped up with some sickos, all with healing factors, who basically spend three or four issues torturing the hell out of him. The entire time, Logan is displaying that uber-confidence and charisma that makes him the best tough guy in comics. You just KNOW Wolverine is going to get loose at some point, and when that happens, you KNOW someone is going to get hurt.
A series is only as good as its villains, and Charlie Huston has assembled some doozies. This collection of psychos all take great pleasure in hurting Wolvie, and it does get might disturbing. (The book more than earns the Mature Readers label). But for me, I can deal with a lot if there is comeuppance. And Huston delivers. These villains might be good at what they do, but we see in the last issue of the collection why Wolverine is the best there is. And it’s a lot of fun watching him get his revenge.
Juan Jose Ryp is an Avatar artist, I believe (you can tell by the cross-hatching), and I’m not usually a big fan of that style. But it works perfectly in this story. Ryp’s Geoff Darrow-level of detail is perfect for the blood and viscera that sells the horror of Wolvie’s predicament. He draws pretty ladies too, so when White Queen shows up, she dominates her pages. He does a nice job with the other X-folks too; his hyper-detailed style works well on the Beast especially.