Review: Marvel Knights Animation’s WOLVERINE WEAPON X: TOMORROW DIES TODAY
Shout! Factory and Marvel Knights Animation are at it again this month with the release of a new motion comic. This new entry in the current line of motion comics adaptations is Jason Aaron and Ron Garney’s Wolverine Weapon X: Tomorrow Dies Today. With Deathlok seeing an increased popularity, thanks in part to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., now is a great time to have a home video release featuring the half human/half cyborg warrior. Aaron’s Weapon X run was well received, but how does it hold up when it gets the motion comic treatment?
Steve Rogers has recently been brought back to the land of the living and that whole time period where Norman Osborne and some knock-off heroes who were actually villains is at an end. Wolverine and his old pal Steve Rogers are out on a pub crawl (with designated driver Nightcrawler) when things get weird. Wolverine is approached by a waitress who says she’s having visions of a future controlled by the Roxxon Corporation where Deathloks have killed all the heroes. The Deathloks are being sent back to the past (Wolverine’s present) to nip the heroes in the bud. It’s an unbelievable story, but when cyborgs start making a mess out of upcoming heroes and slaughtering a few hospital’s baby wards, Wolverine and company start to take the girl seriously. Time has already run out, but the heroes are making a final stand as they try to change the future and keep Roxxon and the Deathloks from destroying everything. How can they change the future that has already happened? What events need to be changed to give the future freedom fighters a chance at winning the battle? Can Wolverine, Captain America (the Bucky Barnes version), Steve Rogers, Thing, Spider-Man, Luke Cage, Spider-Woman, and Iron Fist stop the army of Deathloks?
Aaron wrote an action-packed, pulse-pounding fast-paced, and many other hyphenated words story that adapts to motion comics very well. This Weapon X story has some cinematic flavor to it (think Terminator), so it makes for a very entertaining hour. Wolverine and all the other heroes are perfectly captured, though the voice acting for Luke Cage and Spider-Woman aren’t quite there. Luckily the weaker cast voice characters have small cameo roles. The main voice cast is excellently chosen and the dialogue is delivered well. Garney’s art is a bit rougher in translation. The artist has a very nice, raw style that adapts in a hit and miss manner for the six episodes. Some things look absolutely stunning when in motion, though others look a bit spotty and stiff. It works well for the Deathloks’ movement, but some of the other characters are a bit too blocky. Overall it matches the tone and tenor of the story.
The special feature is a look at the comic book series the motion comic is based on, though Aaron is noticeably absent from the 13-minute look back. Luckily Garney gives an in-depth interview about the series, his art, and the working relationship for this particular story. Garney gives you gold, but you can’t help but wish Aaron popped up for a minute or two. The packaging, both DVD cover and menus/opening credits, are some of the sharpest and sleekest in a motion comic release yet. It’s a really beautiful collection.
Bottom Line: Wolverine Weapon X: Tomorrow Dies Today is one of the more action-packed motion comic releases to date. We get to see a lot of heroes that haven’t gotten the love they deserve in the motion comic format, and that makes it worth the price of admission alone. If you’re a fan of motion comics you’ll love it, and even if you’re not you’ll still probably find it an enjoyable way to spend an hour. You can check it out on Shout! Factory’s website right here. 4/5
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