Death of Wolverine #4 Review

Death of Wolverine comes to an end! But how does Logan’s death fair? Read on to find out.

The official description from Marvel:

• 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 #4 variantIn the build-up to this culminating issue I had so many conflicting feeling going through my head. These ranged from the excitement of actually reading it, to the dread of how it may end, to the sorrow of Logan actually dying. Having now read the issue I have to say similar feeling swarm my head, leaving me unsure on what I thought of his death. Yes… he died. That was something that Marvel and the creative team never left in question. Though in saying that they do leave things off in a way that does leave a unique loophole.

Charles Soule over the course of this series has really grabbed my attention, as though events have been nowhere near the way I imagined, they have still been enthralling. He does however leave me in two minds with this issue, as though overall the issue is intriguing, the quick pace, and questionable ending leaves me very much perplexed as to what I feel. What I really enjoyed about Soule’s script in this issue was how he sent Logan out in a poetic way, as though his death, though clever, wasn’t as spectacular as I had hoped, the symbolism was well thought out.

Steve McNiven has done a marvellous job over this four part mini-series, with his detailed pencils, and fluid layouts allowing for a boatload of excitement. This continues in this issue, with the cinematic character framing allowing for some very dramatic moments. He also gave us some exciting moments, with the homage to Logan’s History near the end being very appealing. As ever McNiven is joined by inker Jay Leisten, and colourist Justin Ponsor, with both adding that extra layer of punch to this final issue.

Death of Wolverine has been one hell of a ride, as though there’s bound to be moments that’ll upset some fans (with the ending inevitably going to do this), this was always going to be the case. As for the death of a character, this one may not be the most epic of deaths, but the symbolism definitely makes it emotional. Recommended.

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