Friday, July 16, 2010

Astonishing Spider-Man and Wolverine #2 (of 6)

Two issues in and my original assessment of this mini-series hasn't changed: great artwork, but the jury's still out on the story.

For a team-up book, Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine doesn't feature much interaction between the two lead characters. Logan spends most of the book sulking (or fighting robots for practice), and Peter spends most of his time worrying.

They're both caught up in some kind of strange time-travel story, where their adventure last issue (set in the stone age) somehow changed history, and the (modern day) human race has been replaced by apish creatures.

We don't get an explanation for why the usual heroes and villains still existed, and why they left behind assorted artifacts - but hey, it's time travel, things are supposed to be wacky and unpredictable, right?

The art by Adam Kubert (with inks by Mark Morales) continues to impress, but there's really not much for him to do action-wise, although there is a wild splash panel revealing this issue's villain.

But the story is still murky, and plot elements just seem to fly into the picture randomly. But there's still time for writer Jason Aaron to make sense of it all.

Hopefully, that'll start happening next issue.

Grade: B+

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