DEATH OF WOLVERINE #1 Review

Will our clawed hero go on a grand adventure prior to his inevitable fate, or will the story fail to impress? Read on to find out.

The official description from Marvel:

• The beginning of the end is now here … THE DEATH OF WOLVERINE!
• THREE MONTHS TO DIE, the loss of Wolverine’s healing factor–all led to this, the single most important X-Men event of the decade.
• Logan has spent over a century being the best there is at what he does…but even the best fade away eventually.
• Over the years, Logan has been a warrior, a hero, a renegade, a samurai, a teacher—and so much more. But now, the greatest X-Men hero will play a role he’s never played before in this special weekly event brought to you by industry superstars Charles Soule and Steve McNiven.

Death of Wolverine #1 Alex RossIt’s finally here. The month that Wolverine fans have been both dreading and relishing is finally here, as Logan gets sent out to pasture in Death of Wolverine. Having had fans hooked for many months, with the ramifications themselves being very high, this series needed to shine. And so far, so good, as this opening issue definitely does that.

Charles Soule has proven over the last couple of years to be a writer to watch, and it’s this that made me even more eager for the release of Death of Wolverine. Kicking off a new reader friendly tale, Soule takes a very clever take on the loss of Logan’s healing factor, giving yet more hurdles for our clawed friend. In addition we also get appearances from Reed Richards, and Nuke with the formers appearance giving an interesting look into Logan’s condition, and the latter being a brilliant catalyse for action.

Steve McNiven is an artist that never fails to deliver, turning any series into a must read. The sheer detail, along with the cinematic layouts really catch the attention of the eye, giving an intense vibe to this gripping tale. McNiven also gives some bloody panels, as between Logan injuring himself, and getting into other fights, we see a lot of the old crimson red, allowing for a grittier look. Additionally we also get intense inks from Jay Leisten, punchy colours from Justin Ponsor, and an amazing cover from all three.

Death of Wolverine has so far proven to be the kind of story Logan needs prior to his death, and if it continues in this fashion it could easily become a classic. The issue itself is also worth the extra money, as bar the fancy cover, you also get sketches from McNiven, an interview from Wolverine creator Len Wein, and a directors cut featuring Soule’s original script. Highly recommended.

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