|Posted: 23 November 2006 at 10:59pm | IP Logged | 1
I just read JB's Wolverine run for the first time (in its entirety) and I must say I'm impressed! I've always felt Wolverine is a difficult character to write in solo form as he's not the typical leading hero type -- at times he's not very sympathetic and his persona doesn't lend itself easily to carrying a story by himself... (at least for my taste!).
But JB nailed it! I mean this story arc is almost twenty years old but it holds up as well as JB's Namor! It's got fresh exciting villains (Spore, Geist and Caridad)and great supporting characters (Sister Salvation, La Bandera) and takes a fairly one-dimensional character and totally redeems him (Roughhouse). All this and a cool appearance by Tiger Shark and a backstory that involves Kirby's Celestials, Eternals and Deviants! To quote an expression that would have been "in" at the time of its original publication: "Excellent!"
Now I do have a question or two for JB:
1a. Was your stay on Wolverine always intended to be 7 issues or were you planning a longer run?
1b. If you were planning to be on the title longer, would you care to share any memories you still have about possible story ideas? (Okay, I know you seldom give out this info but I had to ask!)
2. Did/do you feel that solo Wolverine stories work best if you can give him a good supporting cast (in this case, La Bandera, Roughouse and Sister Salvation)? (Sorry if I'm doing any mind-reading here but I see some similarities between your takes on Wolverine and Namor -- both are headstrong, arrogant, and maybe not the brightest of protagonists to carry a series on their own shoulders -- I think you stated at some point that that is why you felt the need to give Namor such great supporting characters: the Alexanders, Namorita, Colleen and Misty)?
A Question for Wolverine fans:
3. Did Roughouse ever appear again after JB's run redeemed him into a "good guy"? If so, did he keep any of JB's changes?
Edited by Jeremy Boyd on 24 November 2006 at 12:50pm