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TGIF: The Best of Wolverine

Get set for X-Men Origins: Wolverine with recommended reading from Paul Cornell, Mike Avon Oeming, Leonard Kirk and more

Wolverine's the best he is at what he does and he'll be back in movie theaters on Friday, May 1 in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine"! Here on Marvel.com, we're celebrating the Canucklehead's return to the silver screen all month long with COMPLETE Wolverine stories in Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited, ever-present updates on the upcoming movie with all the latest photos, videos and more! So sharpen your claws and dig in, True Believers-Marvel.com's the place to be!
By Chris Bramante & Ben Morse The wait is over-"X-Men Origins: Wolverine" has arrived! But before-or after-you see the big screen blockbuster starring Marvel's most madcap mutant, how about doing a little reading? Let us help you out by steering you in the direction of Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited and presenting the favorite Wolvie stories of some of Marvel's top creative and editorial talent! It's Friday, so kick back, relax and enjoy.

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LEONARD KIRK (artist of CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI13): My favorite Wolverine story would have to be the historic limited series [with art] by Frank Miller set in Japan. It was one of the earliest attempts to flesh out the mysterious history of Logan. What's more, [they] managed to wrap it all in a love story mixed with ninjas and samurai. I loved it! MIKE AVON OEMING (writer of ARES): For me the best Wolverine story had to be the [ULTIMATE X-MEN] story [Brian] Bendis wrote about Wolverine having to put down the kid whose only powers were to kill anything around him in a mile radius or something; just amazing, harsh and heartfelt at the same time. But Barry Windsor-Smith's "Weapon X" is visually my favorite. PAUL CORNELL (writer of CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI13): I have huge nostalgia for the X-Men against the Brood on their homeworld, as drawn by Paul Smith. I like Wolverine in the Fang costume too. TOMMY LEE EDWARDS (artist of 1985): One of my favorites was [WOLVERINE: THE JUNGLE ADVENTURE] written by Walter Simonson. His story was so dramatic, and played with so many fun elements, especially the ways in which Wolverine could seem like a god to the


primitive natives of the Savage Land jungle. And Mike Mignola's art was so great at enhancing all of the locations, action, and dinosaur goodness. Just love that stuff. BILL ROSEMANN (Marvel editor): The go-to answer is the instant classic [Chris] Claremont/Miller Wolverine [limited series], but another, more obscure-[though]no less character-revealing story clawed its way into my impressionable mind: 1982's UNCANNY X-MEN ANNUAL #6, in which Logan grants the doomed Rachel van Helsing a release from her curse as only he can. This shocking ending quickly and compellingly demonstrated that Wolverine was not my father's super hero. WELLINTON ALVES (artist of WAR OF KINGS: ASCENSION): When I was a kid, I read SPIDER-MAN VERSUS WOLVERINE, which I loved. It had such great moments of drama. MARC SUMERAK (writer of WEAPON X: FIRST CLASS): I've got a soft spot for UNCANNY X-MEN #205, a real gem of a story by Chris Claremont and Barry Windsor-Smith. It features a wounded Wolverine reduced to his most animalistic state as he tries to navigate a New York City blizzard with only the help of young Katie Power-of POWER

X-MEN #205

PACK fame. To make matters worse, Lady Deathstrike and the Reavers are hot on Wolvie's tail! It's a great little stand alone story with gorgeous art, plenty of claw-slashin' action and even more heart! JOHN BARBER (editor of WOLVERINE): "What's my favorite Wolverine story" is absolutely something I've given some thought to. The original limited series by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller is definitely one of them. The economy of storytelling in that series is amazing-that opening scene, where Wolverine goes into a bar to confront some hunters who'd injured a bear, it's fascinating to me to watch what gets shown and what's in the captions. But on a greater level, that four-issue series set the template not just for Wolverine stories but for solo X-Men stories. It redefines the character in the eyes of both a new or long-time reader in a way that's exciting and true to the nature of the character. Great stuff. "Weapon X" by Barry Windsor-Smith is another one. The storytelling techniques are breathtaking, from the story structure itself, to the use of color, to the way the lettering flows through the panels-and of course, Windsor-Smith's rendering is impeccable. Plus, as far as Wolverine stuff-hey, where'd those claws come from!?! Who's on the other

"Weapon X"

end of the telephone?!? Not just one of the best Wolverine comics, but one of the best Marvel comics, period. But those are real obvious ones. A sometimes-overlooked favorite of mine is "Hold the Tiger," the serial that started in MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #1, by Chris Claremont and John Buscema, with great Klaus Janson inks. It's the first Madripoor story, which I like because it introduced a new kind of Wolverine story. Also, no costume, not even really much "Wolverine" because he was theoretically laying low, plus Razorfist, Tiger Tyger, the Princess Bar, Patch-lots of great stuff, in a violent noir story that I think [is] one of the best examples of that Wolverine-genre. "Enemy of the State" by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. is a more recent favorite. Great tour through the Marvel Universe, with some of the best Elektra stuff since Miller. Incredibly powerful John Romita Jr. pencils. But what gets me is the ending. It's a classic Marvel ending, where the hero wins-by outthinking his opponent-but, as you see in the dénouement, he still loses... And one more that's a little more out there, maybe, but I really KITTY PRYDE & WOLVERINE by Claremont and Al Milgrom. It's not as good as the [original WOLVERINE limited series], but it's still a fun story that's really nicely done. There are some absolutely crazy moments in there, and it gives us some of that Logan-plus-an-innocent that I like a lot of. Of course, I also have a real fondness for the Larry Hama/Marc Silvestri run of the WOLVERINE ongoing-and I kinda like the books I edit these days, but I should probably stop there and get back to editing...
For more Wolverine, check out Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited and our "Wolverine: Required Reading" list. Like gaming? The official "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" video game hits stores May 1! And remember: "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" comes to a theater near you on May 1 visit the official "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" movie site!Check out the official Marvel Shop for everything X-Men!Download episodes of X-Men: Evolutionicon now on iTunes!

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      Some fantastic story choices there.....but I'm surprised no one mentioned "Wolverine: Alone" from the Claremont/Byrne run......or Uncanny #268 (I think) with the team up with Cap!That BWS drawn #205 is probably my personal favourite!


      That has to be my personal choice.Beautiful artwork mixed with the chilling realisation of what possibilities await a marvel universe if The Hairy One had no choice over his actions.Best scene is the double page spread showing you a montage of the heroes taken out by Wolvie.It will never be removed from my mind.