Friday, January 30, 2015

Booknote: Wolverine Classic, Volume 4

Archie Goodwin, Wolverine Classic, Volume 4. New York: Marvel, 2006. ISBN: 0785120548.

Wolverine continues his solo adventures. This time he travels to a fictional small Latin American nation, Tierra Verde. Tierra Verde is ruled by Felix Guillermo Caridad, a tin pot dictator with delusions of grandeur. Caridad has Geist, an ex-Nazi scientist and cyborg, as an advisor. Geist is using a tainted form of cocaine to experiment on subjects in hopes of creating a national superhero for Caridad and Tierra Verde. Caridad is not expecting Wolverine nor local revolutionary leader and mutant La Bandera, whose ability is the power to inspire others and draw energy from them, to interfere.

This collection, written by Archie Goodwin and illustrated by John Byrne, collects issues 17-23 of the series. It's a take on U.S. interventions in Latin America; Caridad does enjoy some CIA support, so if you remember those days, you will appreciate the details in this story. The comic can seem a bit silly at times, or a little dated, but it is still good fun to read. It has a fast pace, and the colorful art is good as well. I liked this quick, entertaining read.

I am giving it 3 out 5 stars.

I borrowed this one from my local public library.

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