MARVEL KNIGHTS: WOLVERINE VERSUS SABRETOOTH REBORN

MARVEL KNIGHTS: WOLVERINE VERSUS SABRETOOTH REBORN 1

THE PLOT THUS FAR

Wolverine and Sabretooth have been locked in an endless grudge match that goes back longer than either can remember: or even imagine. The key to victory is eons old, and it’s certain to rock their world. It’s the epic conclusion to the duo’s greatest battle!

WHAT WE THOUGHT

“Wolverine Versus Sabretooth Reborn” is built on the idea that Sabretooth and Wolverine hate each other to death. Most of the developments from the dueling storylines have been retconned and abandoned by Marvel. If you’ve been following The X-Men Project, you’ll have an idea of what was specifically abandoned. The Romulus and Remus stuff goes nowhere, while Sabretooth returns from the dead just because he wants. That angle will get redeveloped after the end of this storyline, but I don’t want to spoil anything.

If you were a fan of the original Loeb/Bianchi storyline, this is more of the same. Bianchi’s art is neat, but it acquires a certain taste in comic aesthetic. I don’t think motion comics are the best way to enjoy Bianchi’s style, as it almost seems too much for Loeb’s lackluster writing. Shout Factory has shown an amazing dedication to these Marvel Knights motion comics, but I’d like to see bigger chances taken. What about doing the Sienkiewicz runs on New Mutants or Elektra? Hell, what about the recent Matt Fraction Hawkeye run. Certain visual aesthetics lend themselves to motion comics far greater than the basic big character runs. It’s pretty crazy, but it seems like a simple push in a certain direction could really turn these releases around.

The DVD comes with no special features. The A/V Quality is pretty sharp for a motion comic. The Dolby track keeps the action up front. Plus, the transfer doesn’t sport most of the typical standard definition issues. In the end, it’s worth a rental or stream.

RELEASE DATE: 03/24/2015

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