Friday, May 22, 2009

But this one is coming! Preview for Wolverine: first Class #15!

Apologies for not posting much this past week, I was up to my eyeballs with getting a project done, which, as it turns out, has a shaky release date. No worries, it's done, it looks great and I hope that it'll pop up somewhere fun.

Out this coming Wednesday is Wolverine: First Class #15! Written by Peter David, pencilled and inked by me and colored by the great (and hard working) Ulises Arreola, the book centers around Kitty's teenaged desire to meet Thor.

It's a very funny script. You can click on the images below in order to get a better, larger view. It was a little challenging for me; it had a lot of interesting quiet moments up-front that were necessary to get right. There's quite a bit of heavy action in the second half of the book, so don't let the preview pages throw you off, hitting Mighty Ulik the Troll with a Subway train is only the beginning.

So swing by your comic shop this coming Wednesday and pick up a copy!


At 6:55 PM , Blogger Isaac said...

That looks like a really fun comic — I'll have to go get a copy.

Has it been established that Wolverine floats? I'd imagine that he'd have a hard time just treading water, because of all the metal (and not much body fat) ... but I guess he's a strong little guy.

At 8:56 AM , Blogger Scott Koblish said...

There were a few things in the script that were head scratchers- Wolverine doing the dishes, reading the newspaper, brushing his teeth, playing video games, swimming, but I chalked it up to establishing Wolverine as a human male, albeit mutant, and all the little tasks add up to show a relaxing day at the mansion, in contrast to the second half of the book.

Or something like that.

At 9:11 AM , Blogger Isaac said...

Yeah, I thought the video games were sort of a head-scratcher, too, in that the moment when these stories supposedly took place was probably in the Atari era (or at best Nintendo 64) ... and it seems unlikely that the relatively grown-up X-Men would have a kids' game. (Video games for grown-ups are a more recent phenomenon.)

But I figure chronology in comics is mutable. Now I'm just wondering about how dense Wolverine is: would he float when unconscious? My intuition says no.

At 9:15 AM , Blogger Isaac said...

Thinking further about it, I can imagine Wolverine doing the dishes, but not getting them very clean — probably figuring that if he leaves them a little dirty, he won't be asked to take a turn with them again. It's not as if they have a maid at the mansion: when they eat, someone has to cook, and someone has to clean up.

But I'm wondering whether Wolverine needs to brush his teeth. Can he regenerate new teeth, if one of them gets a cavity? Are his teeth laced with adamantium? I can picture him being pretty lax with the oral hygiene. Maybe he never bushes, and just takes a swig of Listerine before he goes out on a date with Mariko.

At 9:26 PM , Blogger Scott Koblish said...

i've thought about the Wolverine teeth thing.

I know that Fosomax, a osteoperosis drug alters the cycle of bone formation, it slows down bone loss and increases bone mass, but can have terrible side effect on the jaw and teeth, including necrosis, so the jaw and teeth clearly need a faster change-over in bone growth. I'm assuming because of the differences in the rate of growth, they probably left his teeth out of it. I also always assumed his bones were laced with adamantium, not fully replaced, but his origin has become so convoluted that it's difficult for me to make sweeping generalizations about the character. As we noted in an earlier post, even James Bond was an only child, before suddenly gaining a nephew.

Also - re: the swimming. It's a fair assessment that he'd be heavier, as people are heavier than birds (the only readily available bone analogy I've got), but he certainly seems to walk around well enough. I don't know how a stack of bone would measure against a stack of Adamantium. I know Cap's shield has a bit of a heft to it, but isn't too difficult to lift, just as an eyeball measurement, it couldn't be more than one or two times the amount in Wolvie's body, but the Vibranium might make the alloy lighter. I'm assuming an adition of 100-150 lbs, but he's a short guy (5'4"?), so a total weight of 350? 400?

I do know Logan's swum successfully before, issues 101 and 150 come to mind.

Re: video games. Ugh. I confess to never liking video games as a child, but seeing the appeal as an adult. I thought about replacing the video game sequence with a poker game, but I'd already altered the panel with the X-Men repairing the Blackbird (in the script, Logan was repairing some sort of hot-rod car, but I thought they have an airplane - that's visually appealing).

I think also you have to remember that this is supposed to be a Wolverine "All Ages" Book. Highlighting a side of Wolverine we don't normally see doesn't necessarily negate some of what we expect, I see it as watching Jack Bauer during the months in between the 24's - perhaps slower, less frantic days

At 8:50 PM , Blogger Isaac said...

I have always liked the parts of team books like the Avengers or the X-Men that show the heroes doing normal, everyday things. I've got no complaint about that. I just find myself wondering about Wolverine's weird physiology.

For example, how fast does his hair grow? And what sort of styling materials does he use to make those "horns"?


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