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Subj: Re: Does Anyone Else Think That The Spider-Man Versus Wolverine One-Shot Is The BEST Interpretation Of Wolverine Ever?
Posted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 at 05:04:48 pm EDT (Viewed 188 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Does Anyone Else Think That The Spider-Man Versus Wolverine One-Shot Is The BEST Interpretation Of Wolverine Ever?
Posted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 at 08:03:13 pm EDT (Viewed 222 times)

    I liked it. But Wolverine hasn't really been portrayed that way before or since (as a James Bond-like super spy).

    What I liked about the one-shot was the way it underlined the differences between Spider-man and Wolverine. This was when Logan learned Peter's identity, and he was confused because "no one eats that much apple pie." He thought Spider-man must be a deeply embedded agent of some kind. Which made Wolverine look like a grizzled cynic and Spider-man look like a naive beginner. And I'd agree with both of those interpretations. Spidey was in way over his head in that situation.

Back when it came out practically the only thing about it I liked was the interactions between Spidey and MJ, which is why I still laugh when I recall that Priest later claimed to have written the story to show the two weren't suited for each other.

As it was I consider the story a mess and certainly the characterization of Spider-Man was off. Spidey was in "way over his head" because the writer arbitrarily said so, not because it made any sense at all with his history and experience as a superhero (he was just involved in a major gang war in New York, he had fought people like the Sin-Eater not that long before, he had teamed up with the likes of Nick Fury and the Black Widow several times, he had several run-ins with the Punisher, etc. etc.). And did it really make sense that Wolverine was surprised by Spider-Man's personality when it really is not fundamentally different from that of many of Logan's younger teammates, e.g. Colossus and Nightcrawler?

The unmotivated death of Ned Leeds was an unnecessary waste of a long-time supporting character (one could easily have used a one-off character instead), and throughout the story Priest - Owsley as he then was - did not bother to explain who killed him and for what reason. (What is to be gathered from later statements of those involved, the real reason was Owsley wanted to sabotage Tom DeFalco's planned resolution of the Hobgoblin saga, and Tom had set up Ned as a red herring, actually wanting to reveal Richard Fisk as Hobby). The interest garnered on that front really derives from Peter David's reinterpretation/retcon of that story and Roger Stern's retcon of the retcon in Hobgoblin Lives!

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