\\\ WOLVERINE: BACKGROUND INFORMATION ///
In 1974 the comic book character "Wolverine" made his debut into the Marvel Universe on the last page of Hulk #180 ... and these days Wolverine has become a well loved character. Over the years he became a regular and popular member of the X-Men line up and with a vast number of his own comics and graphic novels the character's popularity quickly grew.
Wolverine has appeared in the popular X-Men Animated Adventures and made his big screen debut in the X-Men Movies (brilliantly portrayed by Hugh Jackman). This year saw the first stand alone Wolverine movie hit the silver screen (and thankfully Hugh Jackman reprised his role). With a sequel already planned it would appear that Wolverine will be around for many more years to come.
\\\ THE WOLVERINE FILES ///
The Wolverine Files is a fantastic hard back book which presents the complete story (and history) of Wolverine and comes presented within an impressive hardback slipcase (complete with Wolverine's trademark claw marks cutting through it).
However, what makes this book both unique and original is that although it presents a comprehensive history of Wolverine's life as a "super hero" it has actually been written as if the character of Wolverine is actually real !!!
This has been cleverly achieved by presenting the information as a series of "highly classified files" assembled by Intelligence Officers at the "Supreme Headquarters International Espionage Law-Enforcement Division" [S.H.I.E.L.D.] which itself is a fictional organisation created within the Marvel Universe !!!
The collected files chronicle the complete history of the character "Wolverine" from his early life as a troubled loner through to his involvement with the military and the Weapon X Project. The files also examine Wolverine's relationship with Professor X and the other X-Men and provide detailed information to key events that occured in both the comics and the movies.
Every aspect of Wolverine's character is both examined and presented in great detail; his skills and abilities, his mutant status, his numerous costumes and detailed reports of every mission he has ever taken part in. The book also examines Wolverine's iconic claws and his role as a living weapon !!!
\\\ ARTWORK UNLEASHED ///
In addition to the mindblowing amount of information contained within The Wolverine Files are the vast number of stunningly presented images taken from the Marvel Archives. The book is fully illustrated throughout with character sketches, concept artwork, sections of actual comic script as well as full page poster quality illustrations. It genuinely looks awesome and is one of those 'coffee table' style books that you could just leave out and flick through once in a while for a visually rewarding feast !
\\\ TOP SECRET ///
Another well thought out additional feature to The Wolverine Files is a special "top-secret" and "sealed" envelope which contains pull-out original sketches and concept art of the character. These never before seen pieces of artwork have been reproduced courtesy of Marvel Comics and are exact copies of the very first concept illustrations for the character. These are must have items for all fans of Wolverine and would look great displayed.
\\\ FINAL THOUGHTS ///
The book is highly authoritative, packed with facts and features and the artwork and presentation is visually stunning.
If you are a fan or collector of Marvel Comics then you will love this book !
If you enjoyed the X-Men Movies and the recent Wolverine Movie then this is a great book to find out even more about this fascinating character.
Enjoy ... because at £15 it is well worth the price !!!