Ultimate Wolverine Vs Hulk DVD Review
Wolverine Vs. Hulk is
one of the
more peculiar titles to spring up over the last several years of comic
published through Marvel Comics. The short series was planned to be a
six-issue run that would be published bi-monthly. When it was
solicited to be published things went fine for the first two issues,
in 2006. Then with issue three it became delayed, delayed, and, um...
delayed. It just kept being pushed back. The final issue ended up
2009. Flash-forward to 2013, and we now
have an adaptation of Marvel's successful (if strangely scheduled)
that pitted the famous characters against each other and it should help
introduce some new fans to the comic mini-series.
comic has a
basic premise but a good one that was full of potential. The comic was
explore events following a rampage by Hulk that led to the deaths of
through some massive 'incidents'. These incidents of mass destruction
a target of S.H.I.E.L.D., someone who was no longer considered on their
is now a renegade from the incredible team he once resided on.
Wolverine) is summoned by Nick Fury to take down the Hulk. Fury agrees
isn't long before a big dueling battle begins between the two
the story of what happened is more explored, the story becomes more
with some nice surprises, twists, and turns along the way to the big
conceived of by writer Damon Lindelof (Lost,
Star Trek: Into Darkness) who began
working on the comic while simultaneously show-running the pop-culture
phenomenon television series Lost,
which he was the co-creator of and the head writer of (along with
The comic became a back-burner project that he considered far less
finish in comparison to focusing on his original television series. Lost was essentially taking up all of
his time spent writing.
it was a
goal of Lindelof to be able to finish the comic, but the actuality of
in terms of setting dates and getting things done were unspectacular,
comic waded around in its production limbo for years on end. Many fans
if the series would ever be finished. Some mega Lost fans
even wondered if this would mean the writer would have
difficulty finishing up the series they came to love. That's a matter
might still debate today. Regardless, Lindelof finished writing the
Ultimate Wolverine Vs. Hulk's few
remaining issues and the comic production went underway after so many
productions woes, working to create the comic with the acclaimed
artist Leinil Francis Yu (New Avengers,
X-Men, Wolverine), the project seemed
to be one worth consideration by
Marvel fans and fans of Lindelof in general. Fans indeed responded
to the comic and were to find themselves waiting a long time to get to
conclusion of the arc, but the story does resolve, and quite well.
Knights Animation production is a motion-comic that adapts and
six issues created over a span of almost four years into a short
utilizing the basic foundations of the comic's art to transform the
into a 'moving' animated piece, where the characters speak,
and are voiced with dub-actors performing the dialogue of the comic.
production, the voices of the two main characters were voiced by
as the Hulk and Brian Drummond as Logan/Wolverine. Both did excellent
bringing these giant iconic characters to creative realization. The
supporting cast did good work as well, and it helped to make the
adaptation far more effective than expected.
behind this release is the original material, though. If you enjoy the
the writer (who remains comedic and over-the-top in some sensibilities
pop-culture lore) and the animator (who draws the characters with
detail and uniqueness that is distinct and that capably brings the best
the scripting), then the chances are good that you will find this as
-- worth revisiting or discovering. This was certainly a quality
effort that managed to bring to life the comic material as best as fans
short-run print series could reasonably expect.
1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen
video preserves the original aspect ratio, and is quite good with
color reproduction and clarity. The transfer has healthy bit-rates that
it look modern and impressive without glaring compression issues. The
great and the video, while basic by design, is presented more than
on this release.
Dolby Digital 2.0 audio is
pretty good for a standard audio mix. It is surprising immersive for a
with good dynamics and utilization of the sound field. The
dub work is really well implemented and so
are the audio effects.
supplement is a brief interview featuring words on the comic series by
comics producer and the artist Leinil Francis Yu. This piece is
entertaining given its brief running time and the only downside is not
any interview material by Lindelof.
Wolverine Vs. Hulk was a
brief comic-series that took
many years to complete it's publication run. This short motion-comic
delivers an adaptation of it
all in brief segments that flow well together, playing out like
for each comic. It's a good Marvel Knights Animation title, featuring
voice-work and good source-material.
While this is no way should be considered something that can replace
this is a fun and well made adaptation, featuring good animation that
with solid PQ/AQ. There is also a decent featurette exploring the
comic's origins and
creation. Fans of the characters and Marvel comics will enjoy it.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.