Motion Comic Review: Wolverine Vs. Sabretooth
The World’s Oldest — And Deadliest — Grudge Match Comes To An End! Superstars Jeph Loeb (TV’s Heroes) and Simone Bianchi (Astonishing X-Men) team up for the biggest, best and, quite possibly, last battle between Wolverine and Sabretooth! These sworn foes have been locked in an endless grudge match that goes back longer than either can remember – or even imagine. The key to victory is eons old, and it’s certain to rock their world. Think you’ve seen Marvel’s fiercest go toe-to-toe before? Those were just warm-ups!
Marvel Knights Animation and Shout! Factory are back at it again this month with a brand new motion comic based on a storyline from Jeph Loeb and artist Simone Bianchi. This adapts Wolverine #50-55, which is collected and called Wolverine: Evolution if you’re matching up the TPB with the story. Shout! Factory’s latest motion comic offerings have been very good, but how does this controversial storyline adapt to the small screen?
Wolverine is having strange visions, prehistoric visions, and he’s not sure whether they are dreams or memories. On top of this, he’s decided it’s time for another round between himself and Sabretooth. The two men with a long and complicated history together nearly kill each other…once again. When Wolverine wakes up, he’s strapped to a Blackbird that Sabretooth is piloting. A few fights and massive injuries later, the duo find themselves in Wakanda at the behest of Storm and Black Panther. Archeologists have found something rather troubling and it relates to the two brutes. Wolverine’s journey gets a lot more complicated and complex as he starts to remember the Lichens and their leader Romulus. He’s connected to Wolverine’s origins somehow, but the path is blocked by Sabretooth, and he plans to destroy everything. Can Wolverine figure out what role Romulus plays in his life? Can he put an end to Sabretooth’s long reign of terror?
This is one story that a lot of fans pretend didn’t happen. Loeb and Bianchi presented a story that raised a lot of questions, let it sit for five years, came back and finished it leaving more questions and some angry readers in the process. It’s an OK story if you don’t know what happens next. Since this is part 1, the story just kinds of ends. There’s no real ending to it, it just stops. The paradox to this is that the DVD is Shout Factory’s best motion comic in a long while. The animation seems more fluid than your run of the mill motion comic and Bianchi’s art translates extraordinarily well. The package and presentation are terrific, it’s just this is a story fans haven’t really been clamoring to see in a different format.
The special feature is Shout! Factory’s patented behind-the-comic featurette with the writer and artist of the story. Bianchi offers some great insight into things and I would have really like to have heard more from him. Loeb dominates the featurette with his insights into the story’s inception, creation, and legacy. These featurettes are always spot on, and Shout! Factory delivers yet again on that front.
Bottom Line: This is one of the best put together motion comics out there, but the story isn’t necessarily one that you’re dying to see. If you’re a fan of Loeb, Bianchi, or the storyline, this is definitely one to check out. This one motion comic gives us a lot to look forward to with whatever story is adapted next. So essentially this is a beautifully presented motion comic from design to execution, it’s just that the story is so-so. There are some very impressive fights though. Grade: B