Review – Wolverine #1 and Ultimate Comics Wolverine #1

Wolverine #1

wolverine #1The best there is at what he does doing what he does best! When Wolverine finds himself the bargaining chip in a hostage situation, he must make a decision to save a little boy that will follow him forever…literally!

Wolverine has been around for decades at this point, being featured in hundreds of comic books. It feels like we’re reaching the point when all the stories that can be told, have been told. That means the scrutiny just gets higher and higher in finding an  entertaining and original take.

This issue starts off interesting, Wolverine stuck in a hostage situation. The hostage taker has what seems like an alien weapon, killing hostages for some unknown reason. Then things get flipped at the end.

A first issue is supposed to grab you and suck you in wanting to come back for the next issue. Like the previously recent Wolverine series launches, I’m a bit underwhelmed. The story isn’t bad, but it’s also just not exciting. It’s a read, and that’s it. It feels like a fill in issue between two major arcs and they have a fill in creator. It’s not something I’d give to a new reader to get them excited about comics or interested in Marvel NOW!.

Maybe this first arc will take us somewhere interesting, but the first issue just had me thinking why we needed a reboot and why this story to kick it off?

Story: Paul Cornell Art: Alan Davis

Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Ultimate Comics Wolverine #1

ultimate comics wolverine #1 coverJimmy Hudson’s quest to discover the answers about his past begins here!What mission was Wolverine on that led to the birth of Jimmy?A story that will rock the Ultimate Universe’s family tree forever!

I’m a recent reader when it comes to Marvel’s Ultimate universe. When I started reading Wolverine is long gone and all I know is Jimmy. And even when it comes to that character little is talked about his history. So I’m pretty fresh.

Here we get jumps between past and present. Wolverine has a mission and Jimmy is dealing with the new mutant nation Utopia. But, from the past Jimmy is left a message. This takes him on a mystery tour.

So, I’m coming at this from a fairly new reader. There’s a lot here that feels like I’d have benefited from reading what’s come before, but I’m not 100% sure about that. It’s not totally new reader friendly though.

The mystery seems interesting enough and what is presented makes this world different enough from the regular Marvel 616 universe that I want to find out more. It’s not a bad start, but definitely didn’t  get me really excited like the other Ultimate comics.

We’ll see where we go from here. I’m interested in seeing, but it’s not a must read like it’s other universe’s comics.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Art Adams

Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read