By: Jason Aaron (Writer), Ramon Pérez (Artist), Laura Martin (Colorist)
The Story: Dog, Wolverine’s half-brother, beat the seven tars out of Wolverine as he explains just how he got this way and why he is doing just that.
The Review: Did anyone, in the readers, mind you, actually believe in the potential of Dog, a character created by Bill Jemas and Paul Jenkins in the Wolverine: Origins limited series? Did anyone really see a character that was originally created as a trick to the readers to make us believe originally that he was Wolverine has an actual potential as a big-shot villain? It seems that Jason Aaron firmly believes so, as this issue is solely based on him and what sort of character he is.
First shown to us as a mere boy unloved by his drunkard of a father, Dog is shown here as a space and time traveler that has gathered a whole bunch of futuristic and efficient weapons, mastering them in order to bring the pain to his half-brother. While the jump from 19th century man to time warrior is a little bit much, I have to admit that he is an entertaining character, as absurd as he is. Seeing him explain his motivations while beating Wolverine through the use of several gadgets and other technological doodads is pretty fun. Sure, his motivations are not particularly sound, but he is amusing in his mannerism and his actions, which makes him a much better villain than the Hellfire club so far in this series.
However, giving the whole issue to Wolverine and his half-brother is a bit disappointing, as the book’s true stars, from the very start, were the students. Quentin quire, Broo, Genesis, Idie and the others always were the most interesting characters here, ripe with potentials to evolve throughout the series. Putting them in such a cliff-hanger in the latest issue only to have to wait two months before seeing the result is kind of unsatisfactory, to say the least. However, the last page and the promise of Dog to Wolverine promise something rather exciting for the next issue for Aaron to capitalize on. Let’s see if he can do just that.
What we can see in this issue, however, is Ramon Pérez attempt at bringing excitement to the book with his art. In the most parts, he succeeds, bringing a sense of energy in the action scenes with the postures and the sense of movement he renders in his characters. If there is a weakness here, it would lie in the backgrounds, which are mostly lifeless. There are close to no details in them, save for some leaves here and there, except in the big final spread, which I have to admit looks really cool. The true star of this whole issue, however, would be Laura Martin with her absolutely amazing colors. She does not do anything out of the ordinary in the actions scenes, but in the flashbacks she does show her expertise. Focusing on very light colors to bring some kind of nostalgia and a vast plethora of emotions through Dog and his environment, Laura Martin turns these pages into visual pleasure.
The Conclusion: While this issue feature a character that is inherently silly and unsolicited, it still manages to bring in some fun with the action scenes and some of its concepts. What make this a bit better; however, are Ramon Pérez and the very talented Laura Martin on the art.
Hugo Robberts Larivière
Some Musing: So, the Astonishing Spider-Man/Wolverine mini-series was cannon all along? Considering the ending and the use of time crystals here, it is fun to see Jason Aaron continues this, even if it is only with Dog.