Review: Death of Wolverine #1 (Is It Worth It?)

Death-of-WolverineIt may be too late for most of you, but just in case you haven’t pulled the switch yet on Death of Wolverine #1, here’s my review.

DEATH OF WOLVERINE #1

CHARLES SOULE (W)
STEVE McNIVEN (A/C)

Variant COVER by Joe Quesada*
Sketch Variant COVER by Joe Quesada*
75TH ANNIVERSARY VARIANT BY ALEX ROSS*
Variant COVER by SCOTTIE YOUNG*
Mortal Variant COVER by ED MCGUINNESS*
Deadpool Party Variant by Pasqual Ferry*
Deadpool Party SKETCH Variant by Pasqual Ferry*

48 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99


IT’S THE BEGINNING OF THE END – 3 MONTHS TO DIE ENDS HERE!
• The beginning of the end is now here … THE DEATH OF WOLVERINE!
• 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.

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REVIEW:

Sure it’s an event meant to draw in sales. The thing with events is that they have to have a story at the heart of it. To be honest, I’ve not read the build up to this storyline, but the best part is that you don’t need to. Charles Soule gives a brief summary in the first few pages and lets Steve McNiven do an excellent job of illustrating the emotional effect it seems to have on Logan. I particularly don’t care for the use of Nuke as a villain in this story, but towards the end, that he’s just going to be the one we see for this issue, and the last page gives us the reveal of a bigger enemy for Logan to worry about.

It’s well-drawn, it’s written consistently with the Logan we’ve all come to know, but by the end of this series he better go out wearing his costume or I’m going to pull my recommendation to buy this one.

Yeah, I’m recommending it, but only if you’re a fan of Wolverine. Don’t get it just to be in the loop of what’s happening. It’s well done, but not earth-shattering and will not change the way comics are made. Marvel and DC have cheapened character’s deaths so badly over the decades that this is just the latest event to promise that “Things Will Never Be The Same Again.” Want to impress me, Marvel? Keep him dead. Publish stories set in Logan’s past, and you can even frame them around characters he’s known getting together over a beer to share a story. That was the best part of the Death of Superman, World Without A Superman. Don’t try to have someone step into his boots to carry on the legacy. There is no legacy, there is only one Wolverine.