‘Wolverine #1’ Find A Strong Balance Between World-Building And Ass-Kicking

Last week saw the return of Wolverine to his own series following his death and rebirth. While the character has played a big part in Jonathan Hickman’s X-book relaunch, solo Wolvie is always a different sort of story.

I remember picking up the first issue of the first Wolverine ongoing series, all the way back in 1988. Though Chris Claremont and Frank Miller had done the successful and instant classic Wolverine mini-series a few years earlier, this was the first time we would get to see solo Logan month in and month out. Written by Claremont and illustrated by John Buscema, it set the stage for a long run of stories that proved the character could hold his own on his own.

Even still, I wasn’t terribly excited about a new Wolverine series; foolishly, I questioned what new stories there were to tell that would get me excited. Not that I’ve read every single Wolverine tale; far from it, in fact. But with his regular appearances in other X-books, I just wasn’t sure I needed a solo book to add to my reading list. However, when I realized that Benjamin Percy was going to be writing the title, my interest level went up several notches.

image001 (1)Wolverine #1
Writer: Benjamin Percy
Artists: Adam Kubert, Viktor Bogdanovic

Percy is the writer behind X-Force, which I wrote about last week. It’s a great, extremely readable series that feels like an important cog in the X-book wheel. He has a strong grasp of the various mutant voices, including Wolverine’s, and that skill is definitely on display on his debut solo Wolverine issue.

Percy strikes a fine balance between a solo kick-ass Wolvie story, while also exploring Wolverine’s connection to the island of Krakoa and his place amongst his fellow mutants which in turn furthers the overall world-building of the collective X-books. In Wolverine #1, it’s seeing how the perception of mutants has evolved and changed, and how some now worship them as the second coming.

There are essentially two chapters in the extra-long issue, one illustrated by Adam Kubert, the other by Viktor Bogdanovic. The artists do exceptional work, and Benjamin Percy’s writing ties it all together nicely. It’s clear that there are many more Wolverine stories to be told, and I’m definitely in to see where this one goes next.

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