Saturday, October 16, 2021

Andy Richardson:

Addicted to Comics

Wolverine to fight the Hulk? When a termination order isn’t fully executed, S.H.I.E.L.D. calls in the hirsute loner to finish the job. Meanwhile, a new Marvel Must Have collects a Spider-Man and Black Cat team-up.


Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk

Battles between the Hulk and Wolverine have always been greatly entertaining, so it was inevitable that Marvel would bring that longtime grudge match over to its Ultimate line of books.

The Hulk apparently survived S.H.I.E.L.D.’s attempt to execute him six months earlier, so Nick Fury employs a killing machine – Wolverine – to finish the job. Traveling to Tibet, Logan meets up with the Hulk, but what he finds is something entirely different than he expected. Has the Hulk… mellowed?

Told largely in flashback – the series begins with Wolverine sporting a pretty severe battle wound – this miniseries is noteworthy as the first comic book work of writer Damon Lindelof, co-creator of television’s Lost. Leinil Francis Yu draws the bloody encounter.







Marvel Must Haves: Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do

Writer Kevin Smith (best-known for successful movies like “Clerks” and runs on Daredevil and Green Arrow) and artist Terry Dodson (best-known for drawing beautiful women) teamed up on this series, publishing three issues that ended with a shocking cliffhanger…and then didn’t finish it.

A couple of years later, they finally found the time in their busy schedules to wrap it up, long after most who bought the original issues could even remember what happened. It made sense, then, to collect those three comics here, in which a mutant killer with the power to give people drug overdoses with his mind meets up with Felicia Hardy—the Black Cat—and Spider-Man. Can the pair work together, or will their past come between them?

The collection also includes a brief preview of the fourth issue of the series. Smith’s snappy dialogue and Dodson’s gorgeous art make it worth the wait.





Andy Richardson is a freelance writer and editor who has been reading and writing about comics for far longer than he can believe at this point. Andy can be reached via e-mail at Please use “ComicBase” as your subject line.

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