It’s the event a lot of us have been looking forward to. Announced earlier this year – Death Of Wolverine by Charles Soule has finally hit comic book stores, with issue 1. With art by Steve McNiven, inks by Jay Leisten and colors by Justin Ponsor. This is one monthly title I’ve been itching to read!
Wolverine has lost his mutant healing powers. He has been struggling to find his place in the world for the past year, and now these event have lead to this. The first issue of a new four part series, sees Wolverine on the run with a price on his head. Who is after him remains a mystery, as does the reasons behind the bounty. Can Wolverine survive and find the answers? Or will this be Logan’s final stand!
The first page opens up on a weathered, battered Logan in British Columbia. It sets the tone for the fist chapter elegantly. The art conveying the seriousness of Logan’s predicament – with bullets and knives laying at his feet. The art captures a battered unforgiving Logan. Our journey begins.
The pace quickly picks up, with the panels flowing seamlessly to direct you along this first stage of Logan’s journey. There are some really nice touches, like finding Logan alone in a bar – making a call to a friend just to hear their friendly voice. It’s little touches like this that really help to show us just how far Logan has changed, since losing his powers. He started out as a loner, yet when he can feel time running out – he needs to hear a friendly voice. Helping to convey how lonely he must be feeling and out of place, without his powers he feels.
The story soon kicks into more action, with some stunningly drawn fight scenes. I really like that Soule and McNiven have made Logan into the warrior that we all know he is. Rather than relying on his brute rage, he relies on his Samurai training and intelligence – showing us the true warrior that he always has been. Something that I feel has sometimes been lost in previous stories.
The actual narration and dialogue is used sparingly and to good effect. Letting the marvelous art work do the talking. Dedicating the narrative boxes to describing Logan’s senses. It’s a simple yet effective device, which makes it feel unique to Logan. Colors are bright and clean, allowing Wolverine to be exposed in the harsh light of day.
It’s a good strong start to the series, being both beautiful and brutal. A most befitting start to a story a rc starring Logan. Its a must read issue and one that will hopefully just get better and better as events unfold.
Our reviewer purchased their own copy of The Death Of Wolverine #1