Review: Wolverine: Patch #1
As a long time fan of Chris Claremont, his mark on the Marvel Universe cannot be denied. The impact he had just on the popularity of the X-Men is the reason why they are one of the most known superhero team outside of comic fans. The depth and care to which he took most of the characters through is why George Lucas joined him for a trilogy of medieval fantasy books in the 1990s. The work he did on the Dark Phoenix Saga set the standard for comic universe events.
He took a character like Jean Grey and gave her more dimensions than the previous creators as well as real drama to the previously droll comic. This is why when Falcon and The Winter Soldier came on air, longtime X-Men fans like me geeked at the fact they journeyed to Madripoor. This is where Wolverine had his bar and mutants found refuge away from the rest of the world. In Larry Hama’s return to Marvel, he tells a story where Logan was still known as his other moniker in the debut issue of Wolverine: Patch, as he gets in a bit of trouble along the way.
We’re taken to the Princess Bar, where Patch AKA Logan, Tyger Tiger and Archie Corrigan , who gets a proposition for a job, which leads them tot the mountains of Madripoor where apparently something underhanded is going on. Before they could make any progress, they get waved on a SHIELD Helicarrier where Nick Fury gives them his version of a fair warning, as SHIELD has their counterintelligence operations going on the island. By the issue’s end, some Russian bigwigs arrive, the reader finds out more about the experiments that the mercenary army is doing in the mountains and Patch (Logan) finds some unexpected company in the form of mutant mercenaries who give him an unfair fight.
Overall, Wolverine: Patch #1 is a story which feels like a an espionage thriller right in the middle of the X-Men Universe. The story by Hama is scintillating. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, one of the best books of 2022 already.
Story: Larry Hama Art: Andrea Di Vito
Ink: Le Beau Underwood Color: Sebastian Cheng Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation Buy
Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review