After thoroughly enjoying Death Of Wolverine #1, I wanted to jump into the second issue as quick as possible. Available now and written by Charles Soule, with art by Steve McNiven – this is the supposed final swan-song of Logan.
The second issue shifts the action to yet another one of Logan’s frequent haunts – this time the destination is Madripoor. Logan is being hunted by an unknown person or group, one that has put a rather large bounty upon his head. Without his healing factor, this is destined to be a fight to the finish!
Taking Logan to his most famous haunts is a great choice, showing that Soule really knows this character and what makes him tick. It’s good to have an issue back in Madripoor and we get to see Logan’s other famous alias Patch.
He’s deep undercover trying to find out who is after him, of course being in Madripoor means that things don’t go very smoothly – with some of his main enemies soon making an appearance. Including the daddy of them all Sabretooth.
After the strong narrative and direction of the first issue, the second seems a little less polished. The fight between Logan and Sabretooth seems to end too quickly and rather abruptly. As if the team had run out of ideas for the next panel.
Having said that though, Soule does seem to handle the general dynamic between these two well. Reinforcing their long and turbulent relationship. It makes you wonder how Sabretooth will cope in a world without Wolverine to chase after.
Again Soule shows that he was the right man for this job, giving us an elegant and efficient approach to the character. An approach that hasn’t been really seen since the Joss Whedon era. It’s an excellent approach and really works with the character.
The art team of Steve McNiven, Jay Leisten and Justin Ponsor proves to be captivating. With an insanely detailed approach to the story, showing emotion and a fluid dance of bloodshed. Add to this the effective use of repeated geometric panels, highlighting certain scenes – you find it hard to fault the artwork.
However compared to the first issue, as I previously mentioned there are some little niggles. The inking for instance is a little less precise than the first. Also when we see Logan as Patch for the first time – he just seems a little too pretty. The team seemed to be going for a James Bond type character. Sorry but this just doesn’t feel like Patch. He was a man of mystery – yet he was also a loner and never so polished in looks.
The second issue carries on the story well, but doesn’t quite give us the same heights that the first managed to create. It seems a little less polished in places and suffers a little for these. However it’s a great read and again makes you want to pick up the next issue as quickly as possible.
Our reviewer paid for their own copy.