A few weeks ago I wrote about how, as the X-Men were crossing over with Spider-Man in last December’s Dark Web event, I decided to go back and read four years worth of the Krakoa Era of X-Men comics. It’s the first time I’ve read X-Men comics regularly since the ‘90s and I’m following X-Force, Marauders, New Mutants, Excalibur-cum-Knights of X, and, of course, X-Men. Presently I’m up to August 2022 in all those titles so I’m almost ready to read Dark Web! To say I’ve encountered a few new characters along the way is to put it mildly. To say I’ve encountered so many new characters it’s given me whiplash and I sometimes wonder if authors are just making up names to mess with new/old readers like me because there is NO WAY this many new characters could’ve popped up in the twenty-five years since I last read X-Men comics feels closer to the truth. One of the (many) new characters was Laura Kinney/Wolverine. As she appeared in the pages of X-Men and New Mutants I felt a pull between what I’d’ve done as a kid and how I’ve learned to read comics now. So, how was I to meet Laura? How do I get to know Wolverine? I decided to take a breath, set aside those new habits, and read like a kid again. I kind of loved it! And it illuminated an interesting comparison for me about how we tend to consume narratives today.
Needlessly Angsty – Wolverine’s Claws
As I was working my way through a marathon grading session earlier today, I was struck with an idea for a new series. I’m the type of guy who’s in his own head a lot and, as a result, I tend to over think things too. However, if I’m being honest, not everything I spend my time obsessively thinking about is worthy of the time I devote to it…or really even important at all. So this series will highlight the questions and/or issues that I devote plenty of mental energy to – as I wrestle with all their ins and outs, awash in angst over a solution I just can’t find – when I should probably be thinking about, you know, things that really matter :). Our first topic? Why it’s none other than Wolverine’s claws! Continue reading
The BIG Question: Which Superpowers Would You Choose?
I think this has to be a question as old as human imagination. Right? Once we began thinking of mythic beings, demigods, and superheroes – beings imbued with fantastic abilities – the next logical step after imagining their daring exploits would be to wonder what it would be like if we had those powers ourselves. And that ties to the question this little post will consider – If you could choose, what superhero’s power set would you pick for yourself?? Continue reading
Logan: A Fitting End
By Nancy of Graphic Novelty² (This article contains some spoilers.)
Already a fan of Wolverine, when I heard the movie Logan would be inspired in part by the outstanding graphic novel Old Man Logan I had to give it a go. The movie exceeded my expectations in every way! Continue reading
Reflections of Life: Logan
By Rob Wantz of My Side Of The Laundry Room (Spoilers to Follow)
“The Wolverine (Gulogulo), a solitary animal, has a reputation for ferocity and strength out of proportion to its size, with the documented ability to kill prey many times larger than itself.”
I don’t think a truer definition could be given to the character Logan, who goes by the alias of Wolverine. Continue reading
Logan – Elegy to an Era
After three viewings and two weeks, I’m finally ready to talk about Logan. I had high expectations. I tried to manage them but it was impossible! Hugh Jackman has been playing Wolverine for seventeen years. He ushered in the modern era of cinematic superheroes. I couldn’t keep my expectations for his swansong from growing. The film was absolutely nothing like I expected but it was brilliantly executed. Hugh Jackman and James Mangold delivered a finale that deeply moved me. Fair warning, this post will be filled with spoilers. It will also be filled with emotions! Continue reading
My Life in Costumes and Cosplay
When David and I saw Logan last weekend I did something I’ve never done – I dressed up for the premiere. For years David has asked me to embrace mutton chops for the opening night of an X-Men movie but I never did either because I wasn’t feeling it or I didn’t remember soon enough to grow them in all their glory. However, to honor Hugh Jackman’s final performance, as well as the seventeen years he spent playing Wolverine, I did it. I went full on Wolverine! There were no claws of course; I didn’t need to make things awkward for the theatre staff as they understandably ask for no toy weapons at these things. But I did my best to capture the rest of his look. And it was a lot of fun! Continue reading
First Impressions: The X-Men
Of course I saw Logan over the weekend. But I don’t want to write about it. I can’t yet. I need time to sit with the film, to let it move through my heart and mind until I reach the place where I feel I can write about it in a way that honors the experience. However, I still have Wolverine and the X-Men on my mind. So I’ve decided to take a little trip down Memory Lane and revisit the very first X-Men comic I ever read. Ahh…the early 1990’s. What a great time to meet Wolverine, Cyclops, and everyone else! Continue reading
Hugh Jackman and the Modern Cinematic Superhero
It was the summer of 2000. I was just eighteen years old and on a two week trip with my high school Youth Group. We piled into the church van and drove across country to Yellowstone, hiking every day and camping every night. I saw some majestic sights. I bought a literal sword (a rapier) in the “bargain cave” at a Cabella’s. It was awesome! As this adventure was unfolding, Bryan Singer’s X-Men was opening at movie theatres across the country. With it, Hugh Jackman would usher in the age of the modern cinematic superhero with his iconic turn as Wolverine (it killed me that I couldn’t see it opening night, regardless of an awesome trip). With Logan coming out this weekend I felt I had to offer my humble tribute to Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. Continue reading
Surviving Horror When You’re Scared of EVERYTHING
I am a HUGE baby when it comes to scary movies. However, I have also been dating an avid horror enthusiast for two years now. How do I survive all the horror movies I watch now? How have I come to even – gasp! – enjoy and appreciate the genre myself? Well that story, my friends, is in this new guest post I wrote for Kalie over at Just Dread-Full. I had a lot of fun writing it and I’d be super excited if you clicked over and checked it out too!