Wolverine and Jubilee #1 (of 4)
“Cursed Part 1”
Kathryn Immonen writer
Phil Noto artist
Clayton Cowles letters
Olivier Coipel cover
Marvel Comics Limited Series
I was big into the X titles in the 90’s. With all of the characters, the relationships, the history and for somebody like me who started reading / collecting at that time I just fell head first into the mutant universe. When I think X-Men I still have Chris Claremont, Scott Lobdell, and Fabian Nicieza on the top of my list as favorite runs. Somewhere after those guys I moved on from the X-titles only checking in sporadically to see what was going on in the books. What I always liked about Jubilee being paired with Wolverine was she was more then just a sidekick. Outside of the blue and yellow costumes there was still that surrogate father daughter link that I’m happy to see is still going strong in this new mini-series.
As I mentioned I’m not that up to speed on the current storylines going on in the X-titles, I was aware that Jubilee lost her powers during M-Day but was completely surprised to find out she was turned into a vampire during the last crossover. I do like seeing lasting effects spinning out of crossovers and have made a note to find out what comics this happened in, I do miss the astric (*) comments that’d give us issues number info while reading. The “Previously…” page that starts the issue does provide a nice overview of the who, what, and where for Jubilee. And Wolverine….. at this point I’m pretty sure everybody knows who Wolverine is.
The series starts off with Jubilee being held in a containment lab not only for the protection of people living on Utopia Island but for herself as well. Infusing Wolverine’s healing factor blood into her system appears to working but this treatment is still in the testing stage. Even though Jubilee may be all doom and gloom not knowing what is happening to her right now we do see that there's a positive support network besides Wolverine that wants to see her come out of this.
In addition to old favorites Cyclops and Emma Frost there’s some new X-Men that I haven’t seen before; Armor, Rockslide, and Pixie who Jubilee attacked leading to her escape from the island. This is where the story kicked into another gear. Jubilee meets a mysterious woman in a San Francisco bar that seems to know more about her then she does herself. I don’t want to give the cliffhanger away that ends the issue but it does leave us with some exciting questions of where this story’s going.
Wolverine had the last line here to close out the issue, “it’s time to do this my way”, and things are going to get interesting.
Couple of quick notes on the creative team behind this comic, I haven’t read much of Kathryn Immonen’s work but I’ve enjoyed her interviews from the Word Balloon podcast. I do have a partial run of the Patsy Walker Hellcat mini she wrote, haven’t read it yet because I want to get all of the issues before jumping into it. Phil Noto’s art was very impressive, great facial expressions really captured the emotion. He’s a triple threat really by penciling, inking, and coloring his own work he has complete control of the art.