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The final storyline of Astounding Wolf-Man begins here as Gary Hampton, The Astounding Wolf-Man, learns the secrets behind his origins and the dark future it hints to for him, his family, and those who wish to destroy him. The Walking Dead and Invincible writer Robert Kirkman combines his beloved mastery of superheroes and horror into one gut-wrenching adventure.


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The final storyline of Astounding Wolf-Man begins here as Gary Hampton, The Astounding Wolf-Man, learns the secrets behind his origins and the dark future it hints to for him, his family, and those who wish to destroy him. The Walking Dead and Invincible writer Robert Kirkman combines his beloved mastery of superheroes and horror into one gut-wrenching adventure.

30 review for The Astounding Wolf-Man, Volume 4

  1. 5 out of 5

    Fizzgig76

    Reprints Astounding Wolf-Man #19-25 (October 2009-November 2010). Gary Hampton’s life has been put through the ringer, but a battle to save the world with the help of Mecha-Maid might finally turn Gary’s string of bad luck around. Exonerated in the death of his wife, Gary has a score to settle with Zechariah, but the return of the Elder could mean a change for Wolf-Man that he never expected. Written by Robert Kirkman, The Astounding Wolf-Man—Volume 4 is an Image Comics superhero Invincible spin- Reprints Astounding Wolf-Man #19-25 (October 2009-November 2010). Gary Hampton’s life has been put through the ringer, but a battle to save the world with the help of Mecha-Maid might finally turn Gary’s string of bad luck around. Exonerated in the death of his wife, Gary has a score to settle with Zechariah, but the return of the Elder could mean a change for Wolf-Man that he never expected. Written by Robert Kirkman, The Astounding Wolf-Man—Volume 4 is an Image Comics superhero Invincible spin-off title. Following Astounding Wolf-Man—Volume 3, the collection features art by Jason Howard. The issues in the volume were also collected as part of The Astounding Wolf-Man Complete Collection. The Astounding Wolf-Man never seemed more than a second fiddle to Invincible. The character, the supporting cast, and the whole flow of the comic never clicked. It had the same tone as Invincible, but it never seemed to pack the same punch. With the last collection, the story of the Astounding Wolf-Man is wrapped up (relatively), but it doesn’t entirely feel satisfying. The previous volumes had Gary taking a lot of hits (even more than necessary). His wife was killed by his mentor, his daughter was separated from him and attempting to kill him, and the world thought he was a monster…here, it all gets fixed relatively easily. In Invincible, it never felt like the characters were given the easy way out, but here, it seems like too perfect of an ending. Everything turns out roses for Gary and his friends. With such a happy and quick ending, I have to wonder what the original plan was for Wolf-Man since this feels like an emergency wrap in a lot of ways. I don’t know if the series was in trouble since it had very little buzz to it, and I don’t know if Kirkman maybe got bored (since he seemed to do that with other titles). It feels like Wolf-Man probably was supposed to run longer (and it even introduces Dracula as a possible future foil). The Astounding Wolf-Man does make other appearances in the Invincible Universe, but in general, it doesn’t feel like the character really deserved his own continuing spin-off series in a world full of rich and interesting characters. While The Astounding Wolf-Man wasn’t necessarily a bad series, it doesn’t feel like it was anything special (something Invincible at points felt like). Maybe the Wolf-Man can resurface someday and have a better send-off (but I also don’t particularly care if he does).

  2. 4 out of 5

    Scott Waldie

    Although this final volume is still a fun read with a lot of action to it, I can't help but feel that the way a few of its threads were wrapped up felt a little rushed, cheesy and convenient. Obviously there was some plan to use the character again in the future (and I think he might have appeared in a few issues of another Invincible spin-off), so that guides some of it, but one of the final conflicts in this book seems a little bit shoehorned in when there could have been more twists. But the Although this final volume is still a fun read with a lot of action to it, I can't help but feel that the way a few of its threads were wrapped up felt a little rushed, cheesy and convenient. Obviously there was some plan to use the character again in the future (and I think he might have appeared in a few issues of another Invincible spin-off), so that guides some of it, but one of the final conflicts in this book seems a little bit shoehorned in when there could have been more twists. But the art is still awesome, there's a fun little hook in the end which probably will never bear out to fruition. Overall, The Astounding Wolf-Man is one of Kirkman's better outings along with Walking Dead, Invincible, and Outcast. I'm happy to have gone through it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alex E

    The culmination of the series as a whole, this volume wraps up things pretty nicely. The artist really has a great handle on the characters and the book looks great. I really enjoyed that this volume focused a lot on character building and filling in a lot of the backstory that we were missing. All the characters are now assembled and the book moves as one cohesive whole. Very cool to see the book take on a life of its own. Unfortunately i think this is the last of Wolf Man, for now at least, ev The culmination of the series as a whole, this volume wraps up things pretty nicely. The artist really has a great handle on the characters and the book looks great. I really enjoyed that this volume focused a lot on character building and filling in a lot of the backstory that we were missing. All the characters are now assembled and the book moves as one cohesive whole. Very cool to see the book take on a life of its own. Unfortunately i think this is the last of Wolf Man, for now at least, even if it does end with a bit of a cliffhanger. Good stuff, cant miss it if you have been reading this whole time.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sean

    Kirkman and Howard end the Astounding Wolf-Man series with a pretty epic finale. The book starts a little slowly but the last half is non-stop. All the storylines come to a pretty perfect ending while leaving open the possibility for more. Jason Howard's art is always good but its kinetic here. I still wish there was less from the Invincible books but at times it makes sense. Overall, a very good ending to a very good series. Kirkman and Howard end the Astounding Wolf-Man series with a pretty epic finale. The book starts a little slowly but the last half is non-stop. All the storylines come to a pretty perfect ending while leaving open the possibility for more. Jason Howard's art is always good but its kinetic here. I still wish there was less from the Invincible books but at times it makes sense. Overall, a very good ending to a very good series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Baba

    I read the complete 25 issue comic book series, covered by the 4 volumes. A series that sees Robert Kirkman's take on the werewolf legend but in the Invincible reality. A good read with many Kirkman-ish twist and turns, that was even better on rereading. Gary finds out his true origins, so what path will this take him down, or up? What will be his legacy? 7 out of 12 I read the complete 25 issue comic book series, covered by the 4 volumes. A series that sees Robert Kirkman's take on the werewolf legend but in the Invincible reality. A good read with many Kirkman-ish twist and turns, that was even better on rereading. Gary finds out his true origins, so what path will this take him down, or up? What will be his legacy? 7 out of 12

  6. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    It's a shame that just as the story picks up to what I wanted to read about...it ends. Literally. The words I waited to read on on the last page. I'm going to cross my fingers that maybe one day this revives and we get to see more adventures. It's a shame that just as the story picks up to what I wanted to read about...it ends. Literally. The words I waited to read on on the last page. I'm going to cross my fingers that maybe one day this revives and we get to see more adventures.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nicolas

    It's like this series jumped from season 1 to season 7 with no warning. I liked the early issues and was less interested in the huge climactic end run. It's like this series jumped from season 1 to season 7 with no warning. I liked the early issues and was less interested in the huge climactic end run.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    I think this was a pretty good end to the run of The Astounding Wolf-Man. I'm rather glad that Kirkman didn't try to drag this out into a much longer series (the way The Walking Dead or Invincible are). It's a decent enough character, but it's not as easy to feel the emotional connection with him the way a person can feel it with Mark (Invincible) or, perhaps even more realistically, Rick (The Walking Dead). That said, it was a pretty good book. There was a ton of action, which is always a plus. I think this was a pretty good end to the run of The Astounding Wolf-Man. I'm rather glad that Kirkman didn't try to drag this out into a much longer series (the way The Walking Dead or Invincible are). It's a decent enough character, but it's not as easy to feel the emotional connection with him the way a person can feel it with Mark (Invincible) or, perhaps even more realistically, Rick (The Walking Dead). That said, it was a pretty good book. There was a ton of action, which is always a plus. A bunch of cool high-tech robot kind of stuff, and even werewolf commandos wearing jet packs. You read that right. I once heard Kirkman referred to as being like "A 14 year old kid that just realized he's created his own superhero universe and can get away with any single thing he wants to." I think it's very clear in the Wolf-Man story arc that this is a remarkably astute observation, as it all seems to be distilled to its essence in this series, from the Bruce Wayne analog to the generations-old curses to the vampires to the wolf pack to the monster that rises up out of Stonehenge and attempts to wreak havoc on New York City. The Astounding Wolf-Man series is a pretty fun read, and if you enjoyed volumes 1-3 you won't be disappointed by volume 4. Definitely worth picking up, or at the very least borrowing from a friend.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alan

    Writer Robert Kirkman, of Walking Dead fame, had decided to end this series with volume 4. This is the best entry in the series. Gary has come to grips to with his being a werewolf, and while he is still dealing with wife's death and his daughter's semi-vampirehood he has been cleared of being his wife's murderer. As readers we get almost all of the mystery of the Elder werewolf and werewolves in this universe (it cross over with other Kirkman works) explained and resolved in a nice (to my way o Writer Robert Kirkman, of Walking Dead fame, had decided to end this series with volume 4. This is the best entry in the series. Gary has come to grips to with his being a werewolf, and while he is still dealing with wife's death and his daughter's semi-vampirehood he has been cleared of being his wife's murderer. As readers we get almost all of the mystery of the Elder werewolf and werewolves in this universe (it cross over with other Kirkman works) explained and resolved in a nice (to my way of thinking) manner. There is a tease towards the very end that lets us know who the Big Bad would be if Kirkman was to bring the series back.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Timothy Pitkin

    I really hope that their is more as their is so much awesome in this volume. While the first part with the face is kind of a let down. But the rest was really good with some really cool character development with Gary, Mecha-Maid, and Chole. Also some good resolution with Zechariah and the Elder. And it does leave enough plot points that the series could continue and I see where the story would have gone next and I really want to see more of Gary Hampton as their is just so much awesome in the f I really hope that their is more as their is so much awesome in this volume. While the first part with the face is kind of a let down. But the rest was really good with some really cool character development with Gary, Mecha-Maid, and Chole. Also some good resolution with Zechariah and the Elder. And it does leave enough plot points that the series could continue and I see where the story would have gone next and I really want to see more of Gary Hampton as their is just so much awesome in the final pages.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nicolas Ronvel

    Suite et fin des aventures de Wolf Man. Les différentes intrigues se recoupent et se rejoignent pour se terminer violemment, clôturant parfaitement l'histoire (avec une piste de suite possible). Le dessin est toujours bon, dynamique, et l'histoire prenante. Les personnages sont intéressants, et les seconds rôles surprennent parfois par leurs concepts. Une bonne série de super héros moderne, complète, et qui ne se termine pas en queue de poisson. Suite et fin des aventures de Wolf Man. Les différentes intrigues se recoupent et se rejoignent pour se terminer violemment, clôturant parfaitement l'histoire (avec une piste de suite possible). Le dessin est toujours bon, dynamique, et l'histoire prenante. Les personnages sont intéressants, et les seconds rôles surprennent parfois par leurs concepts. Une bonne série de super héros moderne, complète, et qui ne se termine pas en queue de poisson.

  12. 5 out of 5

    John Opalenik

    The story of Gary Hampton comes to an end in volume 4. Some may say that it's a short series, especially when you compare it to Kirkman's other books, but I think that the series is the perfect length. Long enough to build something and to have characters we love, but not so long as to become monotonous or boring with desperate plot twists just to keep people awake. The story of Gary Hampton comes to an end in volume 4. Some may say that it's a short series, especially when you compare it to Kirkman's other books, but I think that the series is the perfect length. Long enough to build something and to have characters we love, but not so long as to become monotonous or boring with desperate plot twists just to keep people awake.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    This series started strong, but finishes in a rather muddled, weak, unsatisfying way with this volume. Far too many plot threads, none fully developed. I guess maybe they could see the writing on the wall, with the book's cancellation at issue #25, but I'd sure have preferred a better wrap-up to things. Kirkman can usually be counted on for much better work. This series started strong, but finishes in a rather muddled, weak, unsatisfying way with this volume. Far too many plot threads, none fully developed. I guess maybe they could see the writing on the wall, with the book's cancellation at issue #25, but I'd sure have preferred a better wrap-up to things. Kirkman can usually be counted on for much better work.

  14. 5 out of 5

    David Sanz

    Cierra la saga y la logra redondear con referencias a otros cómics de Kirkman (Invencible, Capas SA, etc.). Han sido 4 tomos (25 números en total) muy recomendables. No es lo mejor de Kirkman, pero utiliza su clásico diseño de "sorpresa al girar la página" y "no te encariñes con nadie". Cierra la saga y la logra redondear con referencias a otros cómics de Kirkman (Invencible, Capas SA, etc.). Han sido 4 tomos (25 números en total) muy recomendables. No es lo mejor de Kirkman, pero utiliza su clásico diseño de "sorpresa al girar la página" y "no te encariñes con nadie".

  15. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Kearney

    Ive really enjoyed this series.Its fun,well drawn and interesting.I really hope this isnt the last issue.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Phil

    Great end to a series. Wish it would continue.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    Sad the show is over but It was a good ride. The first couple issues in this trade are a little off but I still love the series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Seth

    I really love this series. It got mixed reviews when it debuted and I kinda lost track of it. But this and invincible are on par with the walking dead. Kirkman be da man!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Trike

    When all is said and done, I was just left with a feeling of "Yeah, I read it. Meh." Not great, not terrible, just okay. Werewolves shouldn't be pabulum. When all is said and done, I was just left with a feeling of "Yeah, I read it. Meh." Not great, not terrible, just okay. Werewolves shouldn't be pabulum.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Eric

  21. 4 out of 5

    JT

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dt Butchino

  23. 5 out of 5

    Juls

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jen

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jacob

  26. 5 out of 5

    Albertomf

  27. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cole

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sotiris Galanos

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bryce Perry

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