Wolverine: The Adamantium Collection
Marvel has released a trailer for its mammoth Wolverine: The Adamantium Collection that’s amusing for its hyperbole and liberal use of “literally” as well as Lorraine Cink’s best “blue steel” poses. Although it falls short of the manic energy of a Billy Mays or Vince Offer infomercial, there are still some pretty good lines.
Of course, the 772-page $200 hardcover doesn’t really need a trailer — any die-hard Wolverine fan with the cash, arm strength and shelf space is already squirreling away the money for its June 5 release.
The tome collects Wolverine: Origin by Paul Jenkins and Adam Kubert, Wolverine: Weapon X by Barry Windsor Smith, Wolverine by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, Wolverine: Not Dead Yet by Warren Ellis and Leinil Yu, Wolverine & The X-Men by Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo, and single-issue stories by the likes of Dave Cockrum, Larry Hama, Jim Lee, Mark Millar and Kaare Andrews. Plus, there’s the cover by Billy Tan and the slipcase by Gabriele Dell’Otto.
In case his appearance in a half-dozen monthly titles and the upcoming films weren’t enough for die-hard fans, there’s always that massive Wolverine: The Adamantium Collection hardcover Marvel announced in December. Just how massive? Feast your eyes on the first images of the book, and pity poor editor Sana Amanat (above).
Weighing in at a whopping 16 pounds, the foot-tall collection is big enough to kill a fully grown man or, when stood open, to serve as shelter for a child. It apparently marks the debut of the “all-new Mighty Marvel Format,” which suggests completists may want to invest now in larger, reinforced shelves. Preferably, adamantium.