Wolverine 1 review


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.

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I am a relatively new comic book fan writing this blog for other new comic book fans and/or people who are interested in comics but don't know where to start. I've always been interested in writing, to the point where I have a college Creative Writing Certificate and I'm currently a year 2 Journalism student. I also have another blog where I mostly make fun of bad movies - www.healed1337.blogspot.com As for how I got into comics, I've always had a passing interest in superheroes: most notably Batman, Spider-man and the X-Men. Until February of 2011 (I think,) my only experience with any of these franchises came from the movies and video games. Shortly after I bought Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 however, I decided to check out X-23, Wolverine's female clone. I ended up reading her Innocence Lost origin story and enjoyed it. From there, I started reading various X-Men comics and it quickly exploded into my newest hobby. My other interests/hobbies include video games, movies, music, playing sports, my dogs and weird news.
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2 Responses to Wolverine 1 review

  1. Pingback: Release Day Rundown – March 13, 2013 | healed1337

  2. xmenxpert says:

    This was pretty good. But it’ll need to do something to distinguish itself, to justify its existence. The fact that it’s being done by Cornell and Davis isn’t quite enough on its own, though they’re both top-notch creators. Savage Wolverine is a lot of fun. This one seems to be a more conventional Wolverine comic, and I’m not sure that’s quite enough to make it worth recommending. If Cornell and Davis were going to do a book, I would’ve preferred a new volume of Excalibur. I miss Excalibur. Come on, Marvel, give us back Excalibur! One more chance? Please?


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