PREVIEW: Wolverine: The Best There Is #1

For everyone who's been thinking, "Man, I wish Wolverine was in another book…" we've got good news! He's got a new one coming out called Wolverine: The Best There Is #1! It's brought to you by writer Charlie Huston and artist Juan Jose Ryp. The covers will be by Bryan Hitch, Phil Jimenez, Gabriele Dell’Otto and Marko Djurdjevic. That's a lot of covers.

What's the first arc about? Meet the new villain called Contagion! He gets more dangerous if he’s killed by Wolverine. Charlie Huston and Juan Jose Ryp will be asking the question: can Wolverine be the best there is, if he won’t be able to kill?

Marvel describes this as "the most violent Wolverine ongoing series you'll ever lay your eyes upon" and they've censored some of the preview pages.

Wolverine: The Best There Is is scheduled to hit comic book stores in December.
 

 

Comments

  1. If Ryp is the artist then yes, this will be waaay too violent to show.

  2. This looks like something that would be published by AVATAR

  3. It’s good to see Ryp getting mainstream work.  I’ve been a fan of all the stuff he’s done at Avatar with Ellis.  Especially that one shot from the first line of Apparat books,  what was that called?

  4. @THEHOCHE: That’s because Ryp came from the Avatar stable of artists.

  5. "Most violent" is the selling point, then? Catering to people who get in the car thinking, "I want to buy  something today that’s exceptionally violent"?

  6. This is one of those things that make me think, "When the angry space invaders come and wipe us off the face of the Earth, we kind of deserve it."

  7. Oooooh, I hope they put Deadpool in this too, and make lots and lots of variant covers.

  8. Hm, I’m interested

  9. @Jimski: There are lots of people for whom that’s a selling point.

  10. Well look at the art for the panels they can show. Stunning amount of detail in those panels. Love Ryp’s style.

  11. @conor & @Jimski: Hence,"The Expendables" #1 movie at the box office.

  12. @Crucio: And I don’t have a problem with it.

  13. I don’t have a problem with *violence* it just seems like a pretty ridiculous basis for selling what’s supposedly a story. 

  14. @Crucio – To be fair, Jet Li kicked a guy really hard in that movie. If you saw it, you know what I’m sayin’.

    I guess I don’t see anything wrong with soliciting the book as uber-violent. There are people to whom that is all that need be known about a series before buying it, like me if Bart Allen or Kyle Rayner are in it. 

  15. @ohcaroline: And yet it’s used in almost every medium. There are people who want and look for ultra violent stories in comics, movies, video games, whatever. Nothing wrong with marketing to them too.

  16. I certainly don’t have a problem with it. I just can’t imagine it being the thing that sealed the deal at the cash register.

  17. Okay, okay, but where’s my Percy Dovetonsils ongoing?

  18. @ohcaroline — i offer no judgment on this, but I will admit that, when I was a kid buying comics off the spinner rack in the drugstore, I would often make my purchases based on how many fight scenes there were in the comic book. Of course, they’re probably talking about the level of violence here, not the quantity, but still. I can only imagine how 12-year-old me would have reacted to that book on the spinner rack. 😉 

    Y’know, I’m reminded of the fact that some comics writer (STeven Grant, maybe?) once drew an analogy between formulaic comic book action stories to porn — the plot development is just framework to showcase action scenes. I guess in that sense, if you switch this from "most violent [action]" to "wildest sex scenes EVER!" you can kinda see how that’s gonna be compelling marketing. 😉 

     

     

  19. Can anyone show me an artist that makes a shot of wolverine’s claws coming at the reader look good? It never does to me.

  20. Also, the coloring and art in general has a hint of Frank Quitely quality in it.

  21. Why is Wolverine fighting Pitt?

  22. I just hope Wolverine "finds himself" in this one.

  23. I like some of the Novels Charlie Huston has written, his comic work hasn’t really appealed to me though.

  24. I used to love Wolverine……

     

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    Now I don’t.

  25. I think there will be a limit to the violence on this book, it didn’t seem to be a MAX title. Which is what that character really needs….

  26. @k5blazer.. Wolverine MAX? no holds barred/unleashed? I’m in

    As for the new villain Contagion, bazillion rats eating your hide ? not scary. 3ft long hair on his kibbles and bits? Brrrrrrr. oh the humanity!

  27. Looks good to me.

  28. @Lukusluke  Alan Davis is the only one i’ve ever seen do it decently

    http://www.comicartcommunity.com/gallery/details.php?image_id=33474&mode=search

  29. Nice preview. Why didn’t just say it was too violent to be previewed?

  30. @Marshak75

    Yeah, I agree. I HATE it when a business tries to make a profit. They should just put out books about characters that only I care about. So what if putting all their top talent on a Fabulous Frog-Man book would bankrupt the company? it would be so worth it! 

  31. Why show a preview if almost all the images are blacked out?

  32. @JesT 

    to build hype and anticipation, I suppose. Only thing I can come up with. Kind of a "if you want to see the rest, you have to buy the issue!" kind of thing.  

  33. "censored".. cuttin out the middle man, thanks Marvel.

     though they could do better and just ship it straight to the bin.

     

  34. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Oh, it’s Charlie Huston? I might try this. 

  35. @johnvferrigno…..really?? 

    My beef is that I used to really really like Wolverine.  I never missed an issue even when the writing was less than great.  Now, he is everywhere and his likeness has saturated the marketplace.  I actually didn’t think it could get worse than the 90’s….then it did.  

     

    Business is fine, profit is good.  The companies have tried to have multiple ongoings all the time though, and it never works out.  Nobody wanted 4 Spider-man titles or 3 Superman titles.  You can turn a profit by selling a good story, not just the characters.  With all the merchandising, you’d think they would realize that.

  36. Are they fighting naked in a prison style shower? Holy crap. This is like a terrible episode of Oz.