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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: 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?!

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

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Books of Magic #1 (Vertigo/DC Comics) – The latest entry into Vertigo’s new line of Sandman comics. We’ll always check out at least the first issue.

Dead Kings #1 (AfterShock Comics) – Steve Orlando and Matthew Dow Smith is described as True Grit set in the world of Final Fantasy. The creators alone have us sold. That description puts it over the top.

High Heaven #2 (AHOY Comics) – AHOY Comics is guaranteed entertainment and great value for your dollar. The first issue was twisted in all of the right ways and we want more.

Mars Attacks #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – Ack. Ack. Ack. Ack. Ack.

Old Lady Harley #1 (DC Comics) – Lets see what DC can do with the concept…

Return of Wolverine #2 (Marvel) – The first issue left us with so many questions but we’re excited to find out more about how Wolverine actually returned.

Scarlet #3 (Jinxworld/DC Comics) – Brian Michael Bendis’ story about a revolutionary in America feels like it’s perfectly timed and needed in today’s world.

Spider-Geddon #2 (Marvel) – The first issue of this event was solid and based on how much fun it was we’re excited for this second issue.

Spider-Girls #1 (Marvel) – A Spider-Geddon tie-in, Mayday parker, Anya Corazon, and Annie May Parker team up and we’re totally in for the adventure.

Whispering Dark #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – A soldier’s helicopter is shot down and behind enemy lines she has to deal with a supernatural horror.

Around the Tubes

Lots on tap for this week as we prepare for Baltimore Comic Con and New York Comic Con. So, stay tuned and check back often!

While you wait, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Haaretz – How Jewish Comic Book Artists Led the Fight to Break the Silence on the Holocaust – Some good history.

Heroic Hollywood – New ‘Batman’ Comic Upsets Genital Rights Organization – For fucks sake.

Kyiv Post – Comic Con Ukraine gathers thousands of fans in Kyiv – This would be interesting to check out.

CBR – Former DC President Harassed Off Twitter by Angry Zack Snyder Fans – Take some advice and let it go.

 

Review

Talking Comics – Return of Wolverine #1

Around the Tubes

Yesterday was new comic book day! What’d everyone get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Polygon – Captain Marvel, explained by the people who reimagined her – Who else is excited for this film!?

CBLDF – 2018 Banned Books Week Handbook Has Arrived! – Hopefully we get to a point where this isn’t a thing anymore.

CBR – Disney’s Streaming Plans Will Likely Kill Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD – Or the bad ratings.

Comichron – Justice League, Batman, Venom lead reorders; first Local Comic Shop Day items appear – Not too surprising.

 

Reviews

Comic Attack – House of Whispers #1

The Beat – Passing for Human

We Got this Covered – Return of Wolverine #1

AiPT! – Star Wars: Thrawn

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