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Review: Return of Wolverine #4

Return of Wolverine #4

Can Logan handle the truth of what he’s done?

As the penultimate issue of the series (finally) heralding Wolverines, uh, return to the Marvel Universe, Return Of Wolverine #4 does an admirable job of setting up the conclusion, but there’s nothing here that really excites, either. It’s an example of a perfectly average – at best – book.

The story tries to have shocks, but fails. There’s a revelation that, presumably, should carry some weight, but either I’ve read far too many comics and books or it’s telegraphed early enough that any surprise is long gone by the time you finally get to it. The promise of the first issue has either been long spent or Charles Soule ran out of time while writing this. Soule is a really good writer, and has produced some top tier comics; this just isn’t one of his best.

Declan Shalvey does his best to bring the scores up, but while he’s very solid, there’s nothing here that pushes this comic into a Must Buy purely because of the art.

The comic’s plot is focused almost entirely on a conversation and the flashbacks that part of the story is told in, which leaves one with the feeling that not a whole lot occurs. Certainly the longer flashbacks were almost unnecessary when combined with the brief flashes we get earlier in the comic (personally I find the brief flashes have more of a weight than the full window into the past; less is more, after all). There’s very little inherently wrong with the comic, but it’s hard to recommend paying full price for an issue that doesn’t seem integral to the story when a quick recap blurb in the finale would sum up this issue in its entirety.

Unfortunately, it’s a comic that neither demands to be read nor garners enough of an emotional reaction in your humble reviewer to find a lot to talk about. It’s simply very okay. That’s not always a bad thing, but neither is it a particularly great thing, either. As the oft used phrase goes, “it is what it is.”

And that’s very average.

Return Of Wolverine #4 is a comic that’s far from bad, but struggles to be anything more that pretty good. At the end of the day, for the price of this comic, I expected more.

Story: Charles Soule Art: Declan Shalvey 
Colours: Laura Martin Letters: VC’s Joe Sabino
 Story: 6.2 Art: 7.6 Overall: 6.6 Recommendation: Read 

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One comment

  • I don’t think I have ever been so disappointed in a comic series, limited or otherwise, as I have been in The Return of Wolverine. It started out pretty cool, but has since taken a swan dive into a dumpster full of microwaved cat excrement. Oh, and giving the dumpster the ability to get super hot suddenly just makes it smell more; it doesn’t give me the “wow” factor that the author seems to be hoping for. I always teach my students to SHOW, not TELL. That should be easy in comics, considering it is such a visual medium. This issue accomplishes very little aside from telling us (and I have to give them credit for putting us in Wolvy’s clueless shoes; that works well) that Persephone has all of this amazing necromantic power. Super. Could have done that in about three pages.

    All in all, I never look back at a comic and think “Man, I wish I had that five dollars back”, but Return of Wolverine #4 made me go a step further and regrettably muse “Man, I would pay another five dollars to go back in time and slap the comic out of past me’s hands” to save the annoyance I’m feeling right now.