By Mark Millar (writer), Steve McNiven (pencils), Dexter Vines (inks), Morry Hollowell and Christina Strain (colors)

The first things that’ll come to your mind after reading this issue is: That cover was really misleading. Who did Peter Parker “pork” to get a daughter like that? And, wow… nice outfit.

I’m not going to ruin anything for you, but this is the future story of the Marvel Universe that only Mark Millar could tell. The book reeks of his ability to shock, charm, and entertain you on an almost effortless level. The odd part is, thus far, Logan’s been nothing but a “Negative Nancy”. He’s an old, defeated dog who broods about his business and avoids confrontation. But I suppose the fun part is waiting for the proverbial “pot to boil” and see him unleash hell down the line. If it doesn’t happen, color me surprised. But you know what? I think keeping him restrained is not only a challenge to the character, but to the Millar, himself.

If you’re expecting a ton of Wolverine goodness, forget it. Hawkeye does most of the heavy lifting (even driving), and for a blind man, that’s pretty impressive. But if you think that’s all silliness, wait till you see what he does in the middle of the issue – it’s hands down, one of the funniest and most memorable moments in comics that I’ve read all year. Millar has a knack for that between this book and Kick-Ass (and if you read issue #3 of that series, you know what I’m referring to).

Steve McNiven and his creative team are again at the top of their game, handing us some beautiful pedestrian moments and plenty of striking imagery. It’d be easy to play this story close to Earth X (design-wise), but thanks to the color palette and more “dirty” design work, that’s been completely avoided. McNiven creates a color cast of misfits of all shapes and sizes and its this uniqueness that sets him apart from other artists of his caliber. The details he puts into his panel work will have your eyes scouring for easter eggs and clues of this strange world. This comic is fun, and in the end, that’s all we readers really want. (Grade: A-)

– J. Montes

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