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Wolverine: Dying Time
posted November 9, 2004
Self-Published, No Price, 20 pages, 2004
Dedicated to the artist Art Adams
, Jeffrey Brown's San Diego 2004 giveaway features an always-fun experiment: an un-heroic art style set loose on page after page of violent combat. The story concentrates on the X-Men character Wolverine's dealing with a teenaged girl, a trope that is repeated throughout that series' run and in the movie. Brown's girl of choice is nerd icon Kitty Pryde. He quickly unpacks what's going on via a Chris Claremont
-style thought balloon (minus about 150 words):
"I mean, I know we're not dating, we can't date, he's kind of like a brother to me... But I still have a crush on him. He must know that, it's kind of obvious."
Then we get a few pages of zombie attacks followed by a maudlin scene of Wolverine slicing into his own quickly healing skin and regretting how he treated the now-deceased Kitty Pryde.
Brown's character designs are pretty great, particularly the rail-thin Wolverine. Brown gives him tiny shoulders and matted hair that make the popular superhero look like a tough kid from the fifth grade. Brown matches the maudlin, introspective tone of the X-Men books, no doubt a major part of their appeal to smart and lonely pre-teens, pretty effectively. There's nothing much to Wolverine: Dying Time
, but what's there is keenly felt.