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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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Preview: Dead Man Logan #2

Dead Man Logan #2

(W) Ed Brisson (A) Mike Henderson (CA) Declan Shalvey
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Dec 19, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Mysterio means to set in motion the massacre at the crux of Old Man Logan’s apocalyptic future timeline. But who is pulling his strings? The master of illusion’s newest benefactors will surprise you!

Dead Man Logan #2

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?!

Preview: Dead Man Logan #1 (of 12)

Dead Man Logan #1 (of 12)

(W) Ed Brisson (A) Mike Henderson (CA) Declan Shalvey
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Nov 28, 2018
SRP: $4.99

DEAD MEANS DEAD.
The writing’s been on the wall for months now… Logan is dying. And he ain’t getting any better. Sick from the Adamantium coating his skeleton, his search for a cure has led to nothing but dead ends. But for once he’s actually trying to leave this world with some unfinished business… Can Logan take his last breath without slaughtering the X-Men again? Not if Mysterio has anything to say about it…
Superstar creative team ED BRISSON (OLD MAN LOGAN, UNCANNY X-MEN) and MIKE HENDERSON (DEADPOOL VS. OLD MAN LOGAN), with covers by DECLAN SHALVEY (MOON KNIGHT), is putting this old dog out of his misery with a bang!

Preview: James Bond: Origin #3

James Bond: Origin #3

writer: Jeff Parker
artist: Bob Q
covers: John Cassaday (A), Declan Shalvey (B), Kev Walker (C), Ibrahim Moustafa (D), Bob Q (E)
John Cassaday (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

“CHAPTER THREE: ROCKET SEA”

The epic account of James Bond’s exploits during World War II continues, by superstar JEFF PARKER (Suicide Squad, Fantastic Four) and BOB Q (The Lone Ranger)!

Aboard a Royal Navy submarine, Lieutenant James Bond and crew encounter deadly German warships and bombers! Can the British crew keep their nerve and evade…or will they sink into a watery grave?

Review: Return of Wolverine #2

Logan is alive again – let’s see if he can stay that way!

If the first issue was the 15 minutes before the credits role, Return of Wolverine #2 is the action sequence we’re thrown into right after the credits wrap up. Logan is in pursuit of the mysterious individuals that have kidnapped a kid and… that’s about it really.

Writer Charles Soule gives us a frustrating issue that is generally just one long pursuit. It’s a setting for Logan to remind us he doesn’t remember who he is, then have glimpses of someone he might know, and reveals his claws now get hot. Yes, flaming claws. That, and the particularly weird portrayal of Logan in his dialogue makes for a comic that feels like a 90s James Bond sequence than anything with Wolverine in it.

Declan Shalvey‘s art, with color by Laura Martin and lettering by VC’s Joe Sabino, can’t help the issue which is generally boring and forgettable. There’s actually not a whole lot to work with for the artistic team as a lot of the issue is on a boat pursuing another boat. But, when given opportunities to do something interesting, a mental shock a fight scene, it all is rather boring. Nothing stands out in the art or the panel layout.

The issue feels like it’s phone in. The major aspects to it is the reveal of Logan’s new claws and the ending, which I won’t revealed but isn’t Earth shattering either. It’s not bad, it’s just rather boring and feels like it’s a few pages stretched out for 22. There’s also Wolverine not really acting like Wolverine and hell, not even struggling a whole lot not remembering. We’ve seen him struggle more in this sort of situation in the past. There’s a tone in character and story that feels rather off.

There’s a lot to go so maybe this is a bump in a road but after a surprisingly good first issue, this is quite a few steps back.

Story: Charles Soule Art: Declan Shalvey
Color: Laura Martin Lettering: Joe Sabino
Story: 5.0 Art: 6.5 Overall: 5.5 Recommendation: Pass

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Review: Batman and the Signal

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got the focus on Duke Thomas… the Signal!

Batman and the Signal collects Batman and the Signal #1-3, “Role Call” from New Talent Showcase 2017 #1, and “The Cursed Wheel” from All-Star Batman #1-4 and #6-9 by Scott Snyder, Tony Patrick, Cully Hamner, Declan Shalvey, Fracesco Francavilla, Minkyu Jung, Klaus Janson, Laura Martin, Jordie Bellaire, Pete Pantazis, Deron Bennett, Steve Wands, and Dezi Sienty.

Get your copy in comic shops today and book stores on August 28. 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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Preview: Luke Cage #1

Luke Cage #1

Written by: Anthony Del Col
Art by: Jahnoy Lindsay
Cover by: Declan Shalvey

With Harlem in the grips of an unprecedented heat wave, the people look to their hero—the
unbreakable man, Luke Cage! But the heat wave turns out to be the least of Harlem’s worries. Someone has their sights set on the city’s 1%, and the rich and powerful are dropping dead from mysterious illnesses. It’s up to Luke Cage to stop the killer—but he’s just received a grim diagnosis of his own…

A DOUBLE-SIZED Marvel Digital Original you don’t want to miss!

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