By Ben Morse
MARVEL UNIVERSE VS. WOLVERINE, the four-issue limited series written by Jonathan Maberry with art by Laurence Campbell and Lee Loughridge, has been nominated in the category of Best Graphic Novel for the 2011 Bram Stoker Awards, honoring achievement in the field of horror fiction.
Maberry, who has won multiple Stoker awards for his prose work, appreciates what this recognition means.
“The Bram Stoker Awards are the Oscars of the horror [business],” he underscores. “It’s a real treat to have the Stokers acknowledge what—on the surface—appears to be a super hero comic. But that’s not what MARVEL UNIVERSE VS. WOLVERINE is; we set out to write a horror comic and that’s what hit the comic shops. It’s a damn scary story, and that’s what ultimately attracted the voting members of the Horror Writers Association.”
MARVEL UNIVERSE VS. WOLVERINE serves as a prelude to the post-apocalyptic nightmare scenario set up in 2010’s MARVEL UNIVERSE VS. THE PUNISHER by Maberry, Goran Parlov and Loughridge.
“MARVEL UNIVERSE VS. WOLVERINE is but one chapter in a tapestry of stories that began with MARVEL UNIVERSE VS. THE PUNISHER,” says Marvel Editor in Chief, Axel Alonso. “When a genetic plague divides the world into two camps—predator and prey—how Marvel’s grea
Though the landscape may seem bleak for the Marvel heroes, Maberry notes that didn’t make the project any less enjoyable on his end and that it had a positive message weaved in.
“MARVEL UNIVERSE VS. WOLVERINE was an incredible amount of fun to write,” he says. “[It] is not a downbeat story about the fall of mankind. It’s actually a story about the power of hope—the spark that keeps people from giving up even when it all looks hopeless.
“The creative team on [MARVEL UNIVERSE VS. WOLVERINE] was wonderful. Laurence Campbell has a talent for crafting compelling images without a lot of fuss and distraction. He gets right to the heart of the scene and picks images and angles that reveal more than any script could contain. And Lee Loughridge’s colors gave each panel a cinematic feel. Movie directors pray to have such color and lighting in what they shoot.”
While the next step for the MARVEL UNIVERSE VS. WOLVERINE team will be the Bram Stoker Awards on March 31, don’t rule out a return trip to their old stomping grounds in the future.
“We deliberately left an opening at the end of MARVEL UNIVERSE VS. WOLVERINE in case we want to go in and tell another story,” Maberry reveals. “And there are a lot of other stories to tell.”