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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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Review: Marvel Comics Presents #1

The classic series is back! Marvel Comics Presents delivers three new stories featuring Wolverine, Namor, and Captain America.

Marvel Comics Presents #1 is by Charles Soule, Paulo Siqueira, Oren Junior, Frank D’Armata, Joe Caramagna, Greg Pak, Tomm Coker, Michael Garland, Ann Nocenti, Greg Land, and Jay Leisten.

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Preview: Marvel Comics Presents #1

Marvel Comics Presents #1

(W) Charles Soule, Ann Nocenti, Greg Pak (A) Paulo Siqueira, Tomm Coker, More (CA) Arthur Adams, Federico Blee
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 16, 2019
SRP: $4.99

THE CLASSIC MARVEL SERIES RETURNS FOR MARVEL’S 80th ANNIVERSARY!
Three titanic tales celebrating the first decade of Marvel stories! First – an all-new tale of the man they call the Wolverine begins in the 1940s! Then comes Captain America, the first Avenger of World War II still fighting for freedom today! And finally, the untold tale of Namor and the atom bomb!

Marvel Comics Presents #1

Review: Hunt for Wolverine: Weapon Lost

Wolverine is back!? But, where’s his body? Daredevil puts a team together including Frank McGee, Misty Knight, and Cypher to try to find out where Wolverine is.

Hunt for Wolverine: Weapon Lost collects Hunt for Wolverine #1 and Weapon Lost #1-4 by Charles Soule, David Marquez, Rachelle Rosenberg, Paulo Siqueira, Walden Wong, Ruth Redmond, Matteo Buffagni, and Jim Charalampidis.

Get your copy in comic shops now and book stores December 18! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: Hunt for Wolverine: Mystery in Madripoor

Wolverine is back? His body is missing and a team of X-Men including Storm, Kitty Pryde, Rogue, Jubilee, Psylocke, and Domino are off to Madripoor to confront Magneto who they think stole the body!

Hunt for Wolverine: Mystery in Madripoor collects Hunt for Wolverine #1 and Mystery in Madripoor #1-4 by Charles Soule, Jim Zub, David Marquez, Paulo Siqueira, Thony Silas, Leonard Kirk, Walden Wong, Rachelle Rosenberg, Ruth Redmond, Felipe Sobreiro, and Andrew Crossley.

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Review: Hunt for Wolverine: The Claws of a Killer

Wolverine is back? His body is missing and Sabretooth, Lady Deathstrike, and Daken are on a mission to find him and put him back in the ground.

Hunt for Wolverine: The Claws of a Killer collects Hunt for Wolverine #1 as well as Claws of a Killer #1-4 by Charles Soule, Mariko Tamaki, David Marquez, Rachelle Rosenberg, Paulo Siqueira, Walden Wong, Ruth Redmond, Butch Guice, Mack Chater, Cam Smith, Dan Brown, and Jordan Boyd.

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Review: Daredevil #612

The whirlwind adventure of the fall ends here, in an oversized and overwhelming Daredevil epic as only Charles Soule and Phil Noto could deliver it.

Five years and forty issues, Charles Soule’s run on Daredevil ends with the death of Daredevil. Injured, dealing with his fake brother come to life, and the mysterious Vigil, Matt/Daredevil is still on a mission to take down Wilson Fisk. Soule delivers a story that’s a rollercoaster of a ride that has you feeling victorious… until you don’t.

It’s difficult to fully review the issue without spoiling it but Soule presents a comic that’s interesting in that it feels quick and in a way choppy to start. It’s dreamlike floating along taking you through the attempt to take down the Kingpin in a Sorkian sort of way, in the court of law. It’s a moment made for tv and then you find out what’s really happening. And it all makes sense. And then reality hits. It all becomes clear as to why Soule has written a comic the way he has and presented moments the way he has. And there’s clearly a brilliance to it all.

It’s all helped by Phil Noto on art and Clayton Cowles on lettering. The art is beautiful and it just adds to what Soule has put together, a perfect combination of story and art. Again, it’s difficult to say why without spoiling things but, it just works perfectly.

Soule closes a chapter in the life of Matt Murdock and we’ll have to wait a few months to see what’s next but this is a beautiful comic that feels like a fitting tribute to Daredevil and personal in a way too. The team is given us a hell of a chapter that’s hard to not choke up a little as the final pages are read. “Death” of heroes seems to happen every week in comics, and never permanent, but when the story is this good, who really cares.

Story: Charles Soule Art: Phil Noto
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Return of Wolverine #3

Wolverine vs. the X-Men?! Yes, Wolverine comes into contact with the X-Men as they finally find his location and he of course is tricked into attacking. Writer Charles Soule gives us a fairly by-the-numbers issues in many aspects relying a bit much on tropes but what is presented is still intriguing.

Return of Wolverine #3 has him still on the hunt for a kidnapped child and has questions for Soteira. At the same time, the X-Men are searching for him and go after him hoping to figure out what’s going on. That leads to the good guy vs. good guy trope fight, of course due to a misunderstanding.

But, Soule presents some interesting things like the varied personalities within Wolverine that are presented much like Legion’s many. Then there’s the manipulation of Wolverine to attack the X-Men and hints that Persephone isn’t completely sure what’s going on with him. There’s enough mystery to make it interesting but as presented it feels like a chapter in the overall story as opposed to something special by itself.

Declan Shalvey takes on the art duty and it doesn’t quite work. There’s some odd panels and a grittiness is missing that should exist. Laura Martin provides colors and Joe Sabino is on lettering and overall the art is just good. The characters look a little off and many panels feel like there’s just too much space given with odd framing of everything. It’s not bad, it just doesn’t feel right for an “X” comic though. The style doesn’t fit the content and tone. But, it gets the job done.

With art that doesn’t stand out and an issue that falls a bit too much into tropes, this is one that’s best read as part of the whole in trade. It doesn’t stand out enough to really provide much to the story and like last issue feels a bit dragged out. The series feels like there’s a decompression issue for the overall arc and could stand to lose an issue to speed things up.

The overall story is still intriguing and there’s some moments here and there that stand out, add in a new X-villain and it’s not quite a story to give up on but there’s something that doesn’t quite feel special enough to justify the price of admission.

Story: Charles Soule Art: Declan Shalvey
Color: Laura Martin Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Return of Wolverine #3 (of 5)

Return of Wolverine #3 (of 5)

(W) Charles Soule (A) Declan Shalvey (CA) Steve McNiven
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Nov 28, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Wolverine vs. the X-Men?!

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