For one who has Wolverine fatigue, promising to review the first two issues of every Marvel Now series can be exhausting. Three weeks after Savage Wolverine 2 released, a second Marvel Now Wolverine series begins. That said, this issue is pretty good.
There isn’t much story in Wolverine 1. A coffee shop is taken hostage by a man wielding some sort of energy weapon, and Wolverine just happened to be there. What follows is a dark and brutal comic, but that’s appropriate for the title character. As bare bones as the story seems though, there are some interesting implications behind the weapon and suggestions that there’s more going on than we think.
As for Wolverine himself – he feels perfectly in character here. While he’s ruthless toward the murdering psycho, he does his best to comfort the other hostages despite his rough personality. He does his best not to allow a child to come to harm, even if, well … you’ll see. There are a number of subtle nods to his recent past that really help sell his characterization here.
For the most part, the art is also pretty good. Wolverine’s mangled body is appropriately mangled after being blasted by the energy weapon, while not being too disgusting. Facial expressions are generally good, from the creepy disinterest that the hostage taker has to the panicked hostages in the background. On the downside, most of the backgrounds are one constant colour or a series of motion blurs. Even on panels where there is a full background, there isn’t much detail. The colouring is kind of bland; almost everyone has the exact same skin tone, which also seems to match the coffee shop’s floor at times.
What else is there to say about today’s Wolverine issue? It’s a Wolverine comic that feels more character based than story based. This series has potential, and Wolverine fans should check it out. As for myself, I doubt I’ll be reading past issue 2 unless it’s very good.