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Wolverine: Weapon X #11

Wolverine: Weapon X #11
Marvel Comics
(w) Jason Aaron
(a) Ron Garney & Jason Keith

32 pgs w/ ads $3.99 US / Higher in Canada

Jason Aaron’s Scalped is in the top-five best written monthly comics hitting shelves these days. Unfortunately, Wolverine: Weapon X ain’t. Since its debut, Logan’s run the course, battling it up with typical, unimaginative enemies. It feels like retro days at Marvel, as Aaron borrows subdued plots from bad 80s comics, and now, with issue #11, Aaron is taking something from The Arnold Days, as evil robots visit from the future to kill the past.

I’d usually be finished with a title like this, but it is Jason Aaron. You know, the guy who writes Scalped! So here I am waiting for Weapon X to become brilliant. I’m patient. It’ll happen soon. (Dana Tillusz)


ERIC  eric
Robots and Monkeys
(W/A) Tom Manning
BW, 80 pgs $5.00 US

Two years after the final chapter of Runoff, Tom Manning returns to comics with ERIC, a brief, weird and ultimately successful sophomore effort that showcases the creator’s range as a storyteller, yet feels somehow slight when viewed in the context of his previous work.

As a follow-up to the critically acclaimed Runoff, comparisons are inevitable.  And while ERIC’s story begins with scenes of a supernatural ritual reminiscent of Manning’s previous tale, it quickly shifts in tone to a character-driven story told on a much smaller scale.  There are no complex mysteries or talking animals; just a sad, burned-out pop musician dealing with faded glory, paranoia and a loose grip on reality.

Eric himself is introduced through a new compilation CD that spans the highs and lows of his career through the decades, before being revealed as a paunchy, drug-addled hippie unable to cope with the world around him.  He’s a strange hybrid of sixties musicians – think Brian Wilson, Jimmy Buffet and Bob Dylan – living in a small California apartment and grappling with increasing irrelevance and chemical dependency.  As his mind slowly unravels, it’s clear his best days are behind him and his future is bleak.  He’s a relic from another era, and his only escape from a society that has passed him by is to find solace and shelter in an altered reality. Continue reading ERIC