Savage Wolverine #1 Review

An all new Wolverine title enters the Marvel NOW! but will this title add anything new to the table?

Here is the summary from Marvel:

Wolverine awakens to find himself in the Savage Land and labeled public enemy number one! With no memory of how he got there and Shanna the She-Devil his only ally, Logan must unravel the mystery of the Savage Land before it kills him!

A S.H.I.E.L.D cartography team is scoping and mapping the Savage Land with the help of Shanna the She-Devil. They approach a mysterious island (Of course) and are brought down by unknown forces. Fast forward 8 months and everyone’s favorite Canadian mutant finds himself stranded in the middle of this mysterious island with no memory of how he got there; and his only course of action is of course…get off.

Basically everything you expect in a Wolverine story happens: finds some locals, attacks, plenty of blood is spilled, and he continues exploring. The story itself moves a bit too fast at the start; all the plot elements are introduced in rapid succession, with little reprieve. When the writer finally find the time to explain  the story, it slows to a crawl. This hurts the book in most areas as it becomes bogged down by a wall of text.

Frank Cho pulls double duty by both writing and illustrating the book. His art has it’s usual signatures (muscular guys and plenty of cheesecake).  The Savage Land looks good, and there are few outstanding panels. So unless you just don’t like Cho’s art style, there’s not too much to critique.

Savage Wolverine is average at it’s core, nothing really detrimental to the iconic hero, but nothing worth making you stay. Cho is a great artist, but his script struggles to achieve spectacular heights. Lots of unnecessary narration and exposition derailed my interest in the overall plot, but if you are a fan of Logan or Shanna you might like this.


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