Having watched and reviewed several motion comics, I am never surprised by the mixed reviews that fans give them. Some folks hate them outright while others are at least appreciative of some great storylines seeing a new medium. I’m sure Wolverine Weapon X: Tomorrow Dies Today will be no different. At least this time there is time travel involved. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that the new X-Men movie is coming out this month, right?
Well, this story is all about the Deathloks. Their primary mission is to travel through time and kill superheroes in the past before they become a problem in the future. This includes slaying children outright and even murdering parents who are destined to have superhero children. Being cyborgs (that’s a mix of robot and human, in case you didn’t know), they are programmed to kill and follow their orders without fail, using their enhanced abilities to do so. I won’t bury you in details but suffice to say that they are making great headway on their list when the movie starts in.
Refusing to kill out of order so as not to disrupt the timeline, we watch as they seek Captain America as their primary target and Wolverine steps up to lend a hand. This is the Bucky version of Cap, though Steve Rogers is in it, too. There are also guest appearances from Iron Fist, Luke Cage, The Thing, Spider-Woman, Spider-Man, and more. But primarily this story focuses on the Deathloks and Wolverine as they battle to protect the heroes on multiple timelines. Some of it gets a little hazy from time to time, mostly through continuity issues and the loss of detailed explanations. But overall, it’s a fun watch. Bloody, but fun.
Writer Jason Aaron is a relative newcomer to comics, having been “in the biz” for right at a dozen years or so. The Eisner Award nominee has penned some great original comics in addition to having worked on more well-known books. This particular story is no exception, his writing shines through and makes a distinct impression on the Marvel Universe.
Ron Garney‘s Art is rendered on the small screen in a better than average way. For the most part, movements seem smoother in this movie than in past Marvel motion comics. There are some momentous motion fouls, especially when characters are walking, but this is not Garney’s fault, obviously.
I like motion comics. There, I said it. They aren’t as good as animated features but then they aren’t the same things, are they? Don’t get your undies in a bunch, I’m just telling the truth here. When you compare a motion comic to an animated movie it’s like comparing apples and oranges.
So, having said that, this motion comic is pretty darn good. It’s not a perfect adaptation of the original comics but it’s a decent effort. I enjoyed watching it and you will too, if you give it a fair shake. Check this out, it’s possibly the best Marvel Knights motion comic I’ve seen to date.