I hope you had a nice Father's Day yesterday! It also turned out to be the Summer Solstice yesterday, although there wasn't much Sunnage that day.
Regardless, with me tightening the budget, trade reviews are becoming the thing to do, so let's do it!
Wolverine: Enemy of the State
by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. (issue 32 with Kaare Andrews)
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: "Enemy of the State" is a 12-issue thriller (Wolverine #'s 20-31) with the Hand, Hydra, and S.H.I.E.L.D. waging war against each other, and Wolverine, along with the Fantastic Four, Spidey, Elektra, Daredevil, a few sharks, and the X-Men tangled all up in there. It is pretty epic. The last issue is Millar's take on Wolverine in a Nazi concentration camp.
WHAT I LIKED: Soooooo much fanservice! Check it out!
It's Wolverine making his own sushi! Don't forget the wasabi dude!
Wolverine handling the X-Jet!
Wolverine palling around with his old buddies the Sentinels!
Millar knows how to write for the fans! Every page is some kind of glorious splash, or double-page spread, or a beautiful plot twist that you never saw coming. It is so fun to get lost in the yarn that Millar spins.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: Well, this isn't something that I myself didn't like, but some people might not like how death-oriented this is, and some people might call the story, um, dumb. I don't think it's dumb; the plot is actually really intricate and if you miss a step, you're pretty screwed. It's just that there's a LOT of fighting in here!
EXTRAS?: Introduction by Garth Ennis, outtroduction by Mark Millar. A few sketches by Romita Jr., along with a variant cover gallery. This is 13 issues for 29.99, but I still don't see myself paying for it, since it's just a softcover. Meh.
FINAL THOUGHTS: If you're into action/thrillers, you do not wanna pass this up. Knowing Mark Millar, he was probably a little late on the single issues, but now that it's all in a handy dandy trade paperback, you don't have to worry about that! This is such a fun roller coaster of a book to ride; I tried to portion out the reading, but I couldn't let this book go!