Wolverines 13 review

WOLVS2015013-DC11-c60b8Normally I save Wolverines for a monthly review, but any issue that makes itself worthy of exception will get its own. Wolverines 13 is worth its own review. This whole thing is sort-of an April Fools joke, with Deadpool wearing Wolverine’s outfit and trying to take Logan’s role in his absence. This issue is hilarious, yet sentimental at the same time.

Right from the bizarre cover, this issue hits with the humour at full force. Deadpool started with hiring Fantomelle to gather Wolverine-related items from various collectors (see Wolverines 9-12) and googling Wolverine’s first appearance. Since Wolverine fought the Hulk in his first showing, Deadpool decides to do the same. Thus brings in this issue’s best cameo, She Hulk. Their fight scene is hilarious. After he predictably loses his fight, he tries to join some of the teams Wolverine belonged to and in the process, learns how hard it is to be Wolverine.

While that’s going on, Fantomelle has her own side-story that brings this issue’s sentimental side. Rather than selling Wolverine’s main outfit to Deadpool, she gifts it to X-23 as a thank you for saving her in Wolverines 3 and 4. The telepathic conversation between Fantomelle and her fox finds a good balance between entertaining and dramatic, showing that Fantomelle has a sense of honour despite being a thief. Personally, I hope that if anyone takes Wolverine’s mantle, that this is foreshadowing who it is. After all, Laura’s the only regular in this series who deserves it. In any case, it’s a touching moment that ties this issue together.

The art by Jason masters is good. Deadpool’s version of Wolverine’s costume is hilarious, being a mix of his first appearance, his fang look, the eyepatch, the leather jacket from Grant Morrison’s New X-Men run and the claw gauntlets. There’s a fair amount of environmental detail, from the park in the background while Deadpool and She-Hulk fight to the broken glass scattered around She-Hulk’s office. The art takes a faded look to match a classic feel during their actual fight. Facial expressions are also good; Jennifer’s eye rolling panel is particularly great. The montage where Deadpool tries to join the team is complete with a variety of annoyed expressions and confused looking characters.

Writer Charles Soule brings us an awesome issue, whether you’re reading Wolverines as a whole or not. If you’re a Deadpool fan looking for a laugh or a Wolverine fan looking for a spoof of his first appearance, this is an easy recommendation. I would even recommend this to She-Hulk fans if only for her extended appearance. For those who are reading Wolverines, this is an amusing break from the main story that’s so much better than the last 5 issues, while also leading into the next issue. For the first time, Wolverines manages to be my favourite comic of the week.

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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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6 Responses to Wolverines 13 review

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  2. xmenxpert says:

    This was fun, but it’s filler, and it’s the kind of filler that works best after a big dramatic arc. Coming at the end of a filler arc, it really hurts the series, I think.


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  4. D. E. Wyatt says:

    Loved this issue. There was a distinctly meta quality to Wade’s attempt to be Wolverine, with everything from his rejection by the X-Men and Avengers to Dogtagger asking him whether he thought being Wolverine would be easy feeling as if it were the writers directly addressing the audience. It works so well, because as we’ve been recently reminded by the controversy around Captain Falcon and FemThor, Legacy Characters can be very difficult for an audience to accept.

    And I agree, I really do hope that Laura receiving Wolverine’s costume is a hint of what’s to come; besides being a great character in her own right she truly is the only one worthy of wearing that cowl.


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