Death of Wolverine #1 (Marvel)


Rating: 4.5/5 – Wolverine is Going to Die, But How Long Will He Stay Dead?
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Gabe Bustamantez.

You know who Wolverine is, for the last 40 years he has been one of comic’s most recognizable characters. Since his debut in 1974 in Incredible Hulk #180/181 Wolverine has been an iconic character for comics and pop culture. His tales of adventure and mystery have been spun by some of comic’s elite creators such as Chris Claremont, Frank Miller, Larry Hama, Greg Rucka; they all have left their marks on Wolverine, marks that don’t easily disappear, healing factor or not. He’s a X-Man, an Avenger, once a member of Alpha Flight, in an alternate FF for a short time, the Head-Master of The Jean Grey School of Higher Learning, Adventurer, Super-Hero, bar owner, even a one-time Horseman of Apocalypse, Government test subject, War hero, and the favorite comic book character to a legion of fans.

Over the last year Marvel has built up the idea of killing Wolverine with such stories as “Killable” and “3 Months to Die” this issue begins the end, for a while anyway, of the Ol’ Canucklehead. After losing his healing factor while he was possessed by a sentient virus Logan has become target number 1 for every assassin and mercenary group looking to bring him down once and for all. This issue starts out very quite. Other than the scene in Reed Richards’ Lab, the beginning of the issue has little to no dialogue or caption boxes, which allows artist Steve McNiven’s art to tell the tale, something he does flawlessly throughout the entire issue. The art is so well done I could follow the story without the need of Charles Soule’s words to tell me what was happening.

The story seemed short on Wolverine action. Instead we got some “DVD extras”. The back matter in this issue is lengthy. Art commentary from McNiven along with Charles Soule’s script to final panel comparisons and a great interview with Wolverine co-creator Len Wein.  This extra material helped satisfy and supplement the issue and made the overall package satisfying for this Wolverine fan.  This series is 4 issues, which will come out weekly. The tie-ins are all epilogue related that take place after “The Death of Wolverine” has finished. So there is not a whole lot of the story being spread out across the entire Marvel Universe that you have to follow if you just want to read about how Wolverine meets his end.

Will Wolverine stay dead? Of course not. Len Wein even stated in the back-up interview, “Let’s be honest-he’s not staying away. He’s the most lucrative character Marvel has these days.” So we know something will happen that will allow for the return of Logan, it’s not if he will come back but rather when and how he will come back.  But that should not take away from the great story being produced to document his “death”.   I’ll be back for the rest of this very enjoyable series.

Reviewed by: Gabe Bustamantez
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