COMIC REVIEW – Wolverine #1

WOLVERINE #1

Writer: Ben Percy

Artist: Viktor Bogdanovic

Cover Artist(s): Adam Kubert; Alex Ross; Chip Kidd; Jim Lee & Jason Keith; Gabrielle Dell’Otto

Rated: Parental Advisory

“Mutants around the world are flocking to the island-nation of Krakoa for safety, security and to be part of the first mutant society – even Wolverine. Yet, in spite of the wealth and opportunity ahead, Wolverine remains poised for the worst…”

As part of the new “Dawn of X” relaunch, all the X-Men titles, beginning with “House of X” and “Powers of X”, have been rebooted in the Marvel Universe, making way for a new era of mutant-centered stories with “X-Men”, “Excalibur”, “Marauders”, “X-Force” and finally “Wolverine”. While the X-Men’s most popular character has been a major part of their new utopia, his own series comes late in the release schedule this February, along with “Cable” to be released in March.

If you haven’t realized by now, Wolverine is alive and well after a virus from the micro-verse caused Wolverine’s mutant healing factor to stop working, which allowed his enemies from his past to attempt to finally kill him, until he ultimately died (“The Death of Wolverine” 2014) from suffocation after being covered in adamantium. And like most comic book characters, death has little meaning until writers decide to either resurrect or reboot characters as they see fit. DC Comics is notorious for this (see “Death of Superman” 1992), but Marvel is also guilty of this (except for maybe the death of the original Captain Marvel in 1982). Following the events that transpired in the “Death of Wolverine” and “Hunt for Wolverine” story-lines, the “Return of Wolverine” mini-series in 2018 brought Logan back from the dead and the rest, is history.

With the “Dawn of X” relaunch, all X-Men titles now revolve around the new X-Men and their establishing of a mutant society on the island of Krakoa. Along with some old enemies, like Magneto and Apocalypse, who’ve become allies, the island-nation is governed by the Quiet Council consisting of Professor Xavier and Magneto, and X-Force serves as the CIA for the new nation, with Wolverine as the de facto leader.

This new #1 issue begins rather abruptly with severely wounded Wolverine laying in the snow somewhere in Alaska, with three of his fellow X-Men dead. Flashback to five days before this tragic event, Wolverine is uncharacteristically playing hide-and-go-seek with a few mutant children before he sets off with Kitty Pryde on a ship with a delivery of medicine to the outside world. Just to catch you up, the X-Men now seem to be in the pharmaceutical business as they take the plants from Krakoa and produce mind petals and antibody petals, which are produced and delivered by Hellfire to other countries. But now apparently somehow they’re losing product. Now the so-called Flower Cartel is responsible for turning this medicine into a street drug called Pollen and has been trafficking it all over the world. Also, there is a cult of mutant worshiping zealots called The Order of X which just adds another level of crazy to this already convoluted story. Not to mention the fact that Omega Red, one of Wolverine’s most deadly enemies, has returned and has requested amnesty on Krakoa.

Fans have been awaiting Wolverine’s return, since the number one most popular mutant’s comic series ended in 2014. And being the longest running solo X-Men story since 1988, it was long overdue for him to return. Although there have been several volumes since the original run ended in 2003, this is the longest time we’ve been without a “Wolverine” title since his first limited series in 1982.

If you’ve been keeping up with the latest “X-Men” series from writer Jonathan Hickman, the list of X-Men titles have been steadily increasing since December as the X-books are being double or even triple shipped most weeks, with no less than five X-Men comics coming out on the same day. This is great news for X-Men fans, however not so great news for your wallets! While most issues are priced at $3.99, with a number of variant covers, “Wolverine” #1 is priced at $7.99 with at least 10 different variant covers! Although this double-sized issue has over 50 pages with two interconnecting stories. While the variant cover phase had supposedly died out in the 90s, in recent years, the variant cover craze has come back with a vengeance, making multiple covers of their number one issues a must-have for fans and collectors. Personally I love the Alex Ross cover!

While Wolverine has been an integral part of the X-Men for over 40 years, his own series gave readers a chance to experience his solo adventures, beginning in Madripoor, Japan or even in his homeland of Canada, while occasionally teaming up with his fellow X-Men every once in a while. However with this new series, it puts him front and center of this story. It’s seems like this is a huge start for this series, but if you haven’t been following the current crossover, you might get a little lost.

“Wolverine” #1 releases on February 19, 2020.

Also, be sure to pick up a FREE copy of “Wolverine Through the Years”! SNIKT!!!


Written by Dave Whiteman, a Native Texan, Metalhead🤘, Writer, Star Woid, Funatic, and all-around Fanboy/Nerdy/Geeky guy! 👓 

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