"Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity
There never was a cat of such deceitfulness and suavity
He always has an alibi and one or two to spare
Whatever time the deed took place, Macavity wasn't there!"
--- Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
WHo is Jack Wolverton?
Wolverton, Thief of Impossible Objects is a fresh but familiar take on a beloved literary trope, the Gentleman Thief. We've seen his likes before: Raffles, Arsene Lupin, The Saint, The Thieves Guild in Discworld, Catwoman, Gambit, Cary Grant in To Catch a Thief, David Niven in the Pink Panther series, Steve McQueen in The Thomas Crown Affair and Matt Bomer in White Collar.
The twist is Jack Wolverton, aka the Black Cat, specializes in stealing only magical items. The twist to the twist is that he really, really hates magic, relying only on his wit and the science supplied to him by his Q, H.G. Wells, to counter any spells or bad mojo.
Set in Edwardian London, the natty Wolverton is suave, sophisticated and handsomely well bred. His banter, like his tailoring, is impeccable. Yes, Michael and Terrell spoke only in clipped British accents while writing the script. And, yes, their clipped British accents stunk on ice.
We certainly hope there's room for a Noel Coward super hero in a world gone Deadpool!
By the way, his name is an homage to one of our favorite comic book artists. Plop definitely turned our minds to mush.