This book reprints a mini-series originally published in 1989 as "Havok & Wolverine: Meltdown". Back then, it was a highly experimental book, with painted art by - hear hear! - two different artists, one per main character. The art is the strongest point of the series and the only thing to have completely stood the text of time. It is still brilliant, especially the Wolverine part, which captures his beastly side to perfection, while Havok often looks like a James Dean clone - although being a glutton for punishment in his quest to only pick up fatal ladies, that might actually be appropriate...
Anyway, Havok is lured by a beautiful Russian spy into a mission to find and later avenge his good pal Wolverine, from whom he got separated after a mysterious attack during their Mexican holiday.
Wolverine ad Havok, who's now hopelessly in love with the spy, race towards the guy really pulling the strings, a Russian general called Meltdown, who needed Havok's powers to complete his nuclear powers and become a human reactor (yeppp...)... Will they be able to prevent a second Chernobyl? Will Havok have finally found the right girl? Will Wolverine die trying to save his friend?
This was all much cooler 20 years ago, but right now?
This is a cold war book, as one-dimensiolnal as Rambo 2, which makes fools of characters that had been carefully built over 15 years by then-X-men mastermind Chris Claremont.
The plot is pretty silly, the execution too, but the experimental artwork shines through in many places, saving the poor writing in more than one occasions. Had the writers had more faith i their artists, some excessive banter and thought ballons might have well been spared too.
The collection itself renamed the series to Wolverine alone, forcing the editors to find a pretty horrible Wolverine pic for the cover (but only because violently ripped from its context) from the interior art, though the cover to the first issue already was pretty neat, bordering on perfection! Awful trade dress and choice of spine colour too...
Using the covers as chapter art was a brilliant idea though, and the paper stock is fantastic, making it a very resilient and readable paperback.
Overall, this is mostly for completists, nostalgics and collectors though, so be advised, unless you want to see the out-there artwork for yourself.