TITLE: Wolverine #1
AUTHOR: Paul Cornell
PENCILLER: Alan Davis
RELEASED: March 13, 2013
By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder
Pfft. Who says who can’t leave Wolverine alone with your kids?
The man called Logan is a bit in over his head when we open the first issue of this new ongoing series. A father has inexplicably gained possession of an otherworldly weapon that can disintegrate flesh. His son Alex can only look on terrified and dumbfounded as he leaves a trail of skeletons in his wake at a shopping mall. But our unlikely villain is ill equipped to combat Wolverine’s healing powers. Logan will soon be on the hunt for, of all people, Alex. The boy may hold the key to this bizarre killing spree…
Newer readers might be a bit put off by the Logan we see in this issue. The Logan we see here isn’t the angry, bloodthirsty beast fans are more accustomed to seeing. What we have here is the professional, the experienced hero. We see him working to calm Alex down and get him to safety, then luring the villain into a false sense of security, then taking action, then going through the debriefing process. He actually acts a lot like an off duty cop with mutant powers. During the debriefing they even have those styrofoam coffee cups we’ve seen Commissioner Gordon drink a million times.
Personally, I think putting Wolverine on the hunt for a child opens up some interesting possibilities, and offers us a bit of a departure from the norm. It’s not necessarily hard to find angry, stabby Wolverine if that’s what you’re looking for. He’s carving up humans and dinosaurs in the pages of Savage Wolverine and Wolverine MAX, not to mention all the X-Men and Avengers books. A story like this is a nice reminder that the character has more depth than casual fans sometimes realize. The man does run a school, after all.
Still, Alan Davis’ art does inject a bit more savagery into things than Paul Cornell’s script might have suggested. Obviously we’ve got Logan’s body literally falling apart on him. We’ve also got quite a bit of skeletons to look at in this issue. From Logan literally crawling out of a pile of bones, to the numerous skeletal remains that surround our villain as he admits he’s going to kill his own son. At one point we’ve also got naked, fuzzy, cave man looking Wolverine.
So although this issue may not necessarily satisfy a lot of blood lust, we can’t say it’s without Wolverine-ish elements. And I think the more predatory elements are coming, given our story is called “Hunting Season.” The premise of Logan hunting a child has the potential to give us an interesting juxtaposition of the man and the beast. Wolverine is in good hands with Cornell and Davis. And at the very least, we don’t have to worry about Shanna the She-Devil stealing Wolvie’s spotlight again. I mean hot damn, I’m STILL not over that one.
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