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Review: Wolverine: The Long Night #1

Wolverine: The Long Night #1

Following a string of mysterious deaths in Burns, Alaska, Special Agents Sally Pierce and Tad Marshall arrive to investigate. They soon find there’s more going on than meets the eye… 

Based on the podcast of the same name, this new mini-series is actually really solid. Written by Benjamin Percy, who also scripted the podcast, the first issue focuses not on Wolverine but instead two FBI agents trying to figure out who murdered a fishing crew and two women. Wolverine: The Long Night #1 feels more like the X-Files than it does a Wolverine story. And that’s not a bad thing.

Percy creates an amazing set-up and setting that just adds to the mystery. The locations, the characters, everything is perfectly thought out to enhance the story. The first issue feels like every detail is thought out not just in the story but in the art as well.

Marcio Takara with Matt Mill on color and lettering by Joe Caramagna handle the art duties. This is a great example of where the art and the story match perfectly. Takara’s style with Mill’s color creates a dreary mood to the comic that screams murder mystery. Percy’s story setting is brought to life in a way that just enhances the mood of the comic.

This is a solid murder mystery read that so far just happens to have Wolverine involved. I’ve never listened to the podcast but after reading this first issue I’m tempted to give it a shot. This is a great set up to the story and again it feels more like a police procedural than anything else. If that sort of story appeals to you, this is a comic that’s a must get.

Story: Benjamin Percy Art: Marcio Takara
Color: Matt Milla Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review