Hunt for Wolverine #1 Review

Hunt for Wolverine #1 Review
Marvel Comics
Written by Charles Soule
Art by David Marquez, Back up by Paulo Siqueira
56 pages, $5.99

Solicit:  The RETURN OF WOLVERINE begins here, providing the first piece of a mystery that will leave no corner of the Marvel Universe untouched. Just as the X-Men have finally come to terms with Logan’s death, they learn a terrible secret. Old wounds will be re-opened, truths questioned, and an epic quest begun. The earliest clues to the mystery of Wolverine’s return are laid down here… who will solve it first?

The writer that killed Wolvie returns to bring him back. Or show us how he came back a while ago. Sort of…

The story begins in the cabin where the X-peeps placed Wolverine’s body encased in adamantium as a desperate group of beat up Reavers have come to steal the corpse. Times are tough for the Reavers and cybernetic parts don’t just pay for themselves I guess.

Of course, the X-Men show up and predictably whip their metal butts all for what seems to be the purpose of revisiting Wolvie’s grave to trigger a flashback to a funeral scene that probably should’ve been handled 3 years ago in the Death of Wolvie event.

The art in the main story is very solid. I would go as far as to argue that Marquez’s art here was better than Steve McNiven’s on the DOW event. Although I was a little confused when Firestar was named during some unnecessary narration and then popped up a few panels later. Rachelle Rosenberg is great on colors here using a warmer and softer palate for the flashbacks and darker shades to highlight Marquez’s heavy-lined action.

The backup story features Kitty and Tony Stark putting together a team to hunt Wolvie and aside from some cute interactions between the two, not much else. And why do they pick Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones? All of which would be great if Logan is bumming around the Hell’s Kitchen bar scene but I kind of doubt dude is in New York. Even Siquera’s art wasn’t as good as usual here.

In true Marvel fashion, this seems to be another de-engineered crossover event that no one was really asking for. Look, we know Wolvie is back and now we have three Wolverines running around the MCU. Hey, now there’s an idea, All-New Wolvie, Old Man Logan, and Sabretooth, now there’s a gang that should be hunting for plain-old Wolverine.

My point is, we don’t need this story but if Marvel feels it needs to be told, maybe just do it in the pages of a monthly Wolverine book for 2.99.

Rating: Skim it

Matt Baum is the producer, co-founder, and co-host of the Two-Headed Nerd Comic Book Podcast. He swears he can do a backflip from a sitting position but no one has witnessed such.