In this bonus round, the Justin, Ish, Eboni, and End Boss Justyn Cortes (co-host, Reel Talk Radio) discuss Wolverine's place in the MCU, the Brian Singer Timeline, Justyn's required reading list, and most importantly: Which Hogwarts house would Logan be sorted in!
End Boss Justyn Cortes' Wolverine Required Reading List
1. Old Man Logan (2008, Mark Millar, Brian M. Bendis, Steve McNiven, Jeff Lemire, & Andrea Sorrentino)
a. In a dystopic future where nearly all superheroes are gone, a withered and passive Wolverine is convinced by an old friend in taking a package across country in exchange for paying his rent money and keeping his family safe.
b. It is arguably considered the best multiverse Wolverine story ever and defies a lot of the comic book tropes that was defined previously by Marvel.
2. Wolverine: Civil War (Marc Guggenheim & Humberto Ramos, 2004)
a. After the events of the Stamford Incident, Wolverine goes on a mission to find who (Nitro) is responsible for the destruction. He soon discovers that it may be tied to something bigger and executed with the exact purpose of: Breaking allegiances.
b. Wolverine is strategic and logical in this storyline and although he has chosen Captain America's side, he is more concerned with finding the solution to the root of the problem and not focusing on picking loyalties.
3. Wolverine: Weapon X (1991, Barry Windsor-Smith)
a. Weapon X was briefly mentioned in the cameo in Incredible Hulk #180.
b. Logan was captured and his mind was wiped by a joint US/Canadian program.
c. Dr. Thornton, Dr. Abraham Cornelius, and Carol Hines oversaw the experiment of instillation of adamantium onto Logan's bones.
i. They kept him sedated and used a machine to implant false memories to manipulate his emotions.
ii. They devoid him of emotions that make him human. They need him to be the perfect weapon.
iii. Anger becomes his singular emotion that drives him.
4. Wolverine: Not Dead Yet (1998, Warren Ellis & Lionel Yu)
a. After having his adamantium ripped out by Magneto in Fatal Attractions, Wolverine searches for the assassin, the White Ghost, who is trying to execute Logan.
b. Logan thought he killed the White Ghost after breaking his back with a motorcycle, but he has returned for vengeance.
5. Wolverine: Coyote Crossing (2004, Greg Rucka & Leandro Fernandez)
a. When Logan discovers the bodies of multiple illegal immigrants being used as drug mules for a drug lord, Logan goes on a mission seeking retribution for the fallen.
b. A cool story demonstrating how badass Wolverine is.
6. The Incredible Hulk #340 (Hulk rematch) (1988, Todd McFarlene & Bob Wiacek)
a. When both the X-Men and the Hulk are trapped by a blizzard, tensions rise as a hunted Hulk grows angry and an enraged Wolverine tries to subdue the unstoppable monster.
7. Wolverine: Origin (2001, Joe Quesada & Andy Kubert)
a. Logan's mysterious and tragic backstory is revealed and sets in motion the force of nature that he is and always will be.
b. Comic book drama at its finest!
8. Wolverine: Enemy of the State (2006, Mark Millar, John Romita Jr., Kaare Andrews, & Garth Ennis)
a. After Mariko's cousin is kidnapped, Logan goes on a search to find who is responsible.
b. He is attacked by a ninja master, the Gorgon (who can turn people into stone by looking into his eyes; demons in Greek mythology). Unbeknownst to Logan, Hydra, the Hand, and The Dawn of the White Light are all working together and are using Wolverine as the catalyst for world domination *cue cackling!*
9. Wolverine: The Brotherhood (2004, Greg Rucka & Darick Robertson)
a. When a young waitress is murdered by a gun-toting militia cult, Logan goes into detective mode to find and annihilate her executors.
b. The story is simple but the artwork is beautiful!
10. The 4 issue series: Wolverine (1982 Frank Miller & Chris Claremont) *HM - Kitty Pride & Wolverine (1984, Chris Claremont & Al Milgrom)
a. Wolverine has become a lone warrior wandering the wilderness. Soon, he is drawn into a conflict that will pit him against ninja masters in Japan while vying for the love of Mariko Yashida from her father, Lord Shengen.
b. Claremont and Miller really develop Wolverine into a sympathetic anti-hero and show the full extent of his badassery from fighting a bear, to battling ninjas called the Hand, to revealing a sexy betrayal.
c. The film, The Wolverine copies the entire intro.
11. HONORABLE MENTIONS:
a. The Package by Brian K. Vaughn
b. Wolverine: Get Mystique by Jason Aaron & Ron Garney