Master Filmmaker Mark Mackner reviews “Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine #1”!



STORY: Jason Aaron

ART: Adam Kubert

REVIEW: Master Filmmaker Mark Mackner

Last week, a brand-new Spidey mini debuted, ASM & WOLVERINE #1. I was under the impression that this was gonna be an ongoing, but nope. 6 issues. Gah. So anyway, Marvel loves to stick Spidey and Wolvie into all kindsa shit, to varying degrees of success. And how does the MASTER rate this new adventure?

There’s definitely a lot to admire here. Structurally, it’s very compelling. It unfolds non-chronologically, adding to the MYSTERY. We start off in the late Cretaceous Period (!), with the asteroid that wipes out the dinosaurs about to strike the Earth. So, yeah. You got Spider-Man, and you got dinosaurs. I don’t know about you, but that’s all I need to hear! I’m in heaven! But, wait! There’s more!

For the 1st half of the book, we don’t know how Spidey and Wolvie ended up there. Hell, THEY don’t even know. So, it’s a mystery. Cool. Spidey wracks his brain trying to think of a way out (Wishing he’d been stranded back in time with Reed Richards or Tony Stark instead), while Wolvie befriends some ape people and helps protect them from their enemies. And while that may be heroic and all, IT’S FUCKING WITH THE DELICATE BALANCE OF TIME! More on that later.

So, while our heroes await their inevitable extinction at the hands of the Doomsday Asteroid (Figuratively, of course. The asteroid DOES NOT actually have hands), we’re treated to a flashback offering a little (but not much) explanation as to their current whereabouts. In the present time, Spidey was thwarting a bank robbery by a villain known as THE ORB. He’s got a giant eyeball for a head, and minions, whom he refers to as his “Orblings” (which they think is totally lame). Meanwhile, Wolvie is in the adjacent alleyway, cornering a street thug. Wolvie comes into the bank to aid the Webslinger, a bag of “diamonds” is dropped, and suddenly, our heroes are back in the Cretaceous. BUH-WHA???? So, there’s a small piece to the puzzle, but not very much has been given away just yet.

Cut back to the Cretaceous. Peter Parker is very close to a discovery, which may lead to their escape. Logan tries to calmly accept his fate, but has a hard time containing the berserker rage he has over not having the chance to kill those responsible. Suddenly, he realizes he’s being watched. He attacks the mysterious figure, demands to know who he is, what he’s doing there, and who he works for. But, before he can get an answer, there’s a flash of light, and our heroes are transported… to the future? Yup, that does indeed seem to be the case. But…

Remember Logan’s ape friends? Well, apparently the skills Logan taught them to aid in conquering their enemies millions of years ago have led them to evolve into the ruling race of the planet! AND they’ve got a MECHA-DEVIL DINOSAUR on their side!!!! Yes, you read that right. MECHA-DEVIL DINOSAUR!!!! How awesome is THAT???? It’s elementary… DINOBOTS are awesome, MECHAGODZILLA is awesome, and MECHA-DEVIL DINOSAUR is awesome. Can’t wait to see what they do with him in the next issue.

So let’s recap…

STORY: I give it an “A”. I like the structure, I like the mystery. I like super-heroes, I like dinosaurs. I’m sold! And it’s neat in the “flashback” scene that there’s a passing sight gag that the statues that Peter made while in the Cretaceous are being displayed in a “Lost Statues of the Mesozoic Age” exhibit.

COMEDY: Another “A”. Spidey and Wolvie’s clashing personalities and styles can make for some great buddy cop movie-type situations. And THE ORB and his Orblings were pretty funny.

ART: “A”. Nice to see Adam Kubert drawing these guys again.

MECHA-DEVIL DINOSAUR: “A++++”!!!!!!!!!!

Pick it up today, if you haven’t already. This is gonna be a fun ride, folks!

And THAT is the WORD, so sayeth the MASTER!!!!!!!!

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  1. I like the Ice Age movies, awesome animation.

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