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Old April 1 2009, 07:13 PM   #65
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Re: Wolverine And The X-Men - anyone watching?

It's true that Wolverine as written by Claremont was an intriguing character, because he not only brought some darkness and edge to the book, but he had an inner complexity as he struggled to control that darkness, to become something more than a berserker. The problem is that too many subsequent writers have made him into a caricature of himself, abandoning the nuance of his struggles with his inner demons and just making him a one-dimensional killing machine who can't shut up about being the best there is at what he does. Which is partly a symptom of the fad of ultraviolence that swept through comics in the '80s and '90s, but partly a cause of it as well. Like so many things, Wolverine has value in restrained and balanced use, but not so much in excess.
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