Friday, June 04, 2010
Best He Was
When I was a kid, Wolverine was hands-down my favorit comic book character. He was Canadian, had a temper, took zero crap, and was one of the heavyweights of the X-Men, the biggest team in comics.
So, what happened? Was it just that I grew up?
Well I'm still blogging about comics, so....not sure that fits.
I think it's more that Wolverine moved to a place I had no interest in.
To me, Wolverine was a guy who was, to put it mildly, a bad guy. A justifiable one, but still a bad guy. Even he knew it, and hated it. So he constantly fought against his lesser nature - he wanted to be a samurai, no matter how impossible the goal was. He wanted to improve himself by being a better X-Man and someone that Kitty Pryde or Jubilation Lee could look up.
They don't really do that anymore. The Wolverine stories I've seen over the last 15 years have focused more on Wolverine doing awful things to people who incidentally were much more awful than him. So instead of him being a bad guy looking to improve himself, he's just a bad guy.
And I'm not interested in that.