NOT DEAD YET
berzerk X-man is forced to claw his way out of another sticky situation.
Artists: Leinil Francis Yu, Edgar Tadeo, Gerry Alanguilan
Colorist: Jason Wright
Letterer: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/EM/KF
Four Issue Story Arc, trade paperback collection
Published by Marvel Comics 1997 (trade paperback 1998)
$1.99 single issue, $14.95 trade paperback
by Brian J. Domingos
never seen roadkill moving before.
actually what Wolverine is. Moving roadkill. NOT DEAD YET has
everyone’s favourite beserker X-man done right.
Ellis and Leinil Francis Yu create a beautiful union of words and
pictures in this four part tale. It’s done in flashbacks from ten
years ago and a smoothly rendered story in the present. The story,
basically, is this: Ten years ago while living in Hong Kong, Wolverine,
or Logan, as he is called, had a drinking buddy named McLeish, also
called the White Ghost. McLeish had the reputation of being the worlds
happens, McLeish ends up killing the father of Logan’s girlfriend.
So, in turn, Logan blows McLeish up, and sends him to the bottom of
Hong Kong Harbor. Now, ten years later, McLeish is back trying to
exact revenge on Logan.
grabs you by the collar and drags you into Logan’s seedy world."
is bloody, violent, and full of action movie clichés. And I wouldn’t
have it any other way. Ellis grabs you by the collar and drags you
into Logan’s seedy world. He introduces McLeish as the worlds best
killer and gives but a little insight into his sordid being.
the story, Ellis shows bits and pieces of Logan and McLeish’s relationship
through meetings and conversations between the two. There are also
back stories about McLeish’s methods and his motives. We all know
that he’s capable, its just a matter of showing it. Ellis slowly gives
out hints and show parts of McLeish’s skill; it’s a whole lot of action
art is a perfect compliment to Ellis’ writing style. This is one of
those combinations that Ellis is famous for, such as Ellis/Robertson
on TRANSMETROPOLITAN, or Ellis/Cassady on PLANETARY.
Yu has a slick, fluid style which brings this adventure to life. His
figures demand respect and his skill more than backs it up. His style
is similar to a Hong Kong action flick, where everything is huge and
fast, and all of the scenes are set up for optimally powerful visuals.
in all, Yu draws possibly the best Wolverine ever."
is top notch; sometimes all that’s needed to set the mood is a glare
from Logan or a coarse smile from McLeish. All in all, he draws possibly
the best Wolverine ever. He manages to make him menacing while at
the same time making him look like hell. From the second half of the
story he bleeds everywhere. His Wolverine is tough as nails.
Edgar Tadeo’s inking style gives Yu the right amount of depth and
helps round out the whole book. NOT DEAD YET has to be my favourite
Wolverine story. The tension is dramatic, the consistent cutting back-and-forth
between the present and the past adds to this. On top of that, the
art is phenomenal. Ellis and Yu went all out for this arc, and everyone
should give it a read. Everything really comes together artistically
in the end.
Brian J. Domingos is a regular contributor to PopImage.
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