Thursday, 13 February 2014

Wolverine #1 Review

Writer: Paul Cornell
Artist: Ryan Stegman

What's happened to Wolverine? Read on to find out.

The official description from Marvel:

WOLVERINE NO MORE? After the events of KILLABLE, Wolverine has something to prove. Before he can take on Sabretooth again, he'll need to build himself back up, get better and stronger than he's ever been…but it's not as easy as he thought, and he'll soon find himself turning to other means of revenge when the normal channels don't seem to be working fast enough. Can he fight back his demons, or is this the beginning of a Wolverine who's gone to the dark side? 

The last series of Wolverine can be summed up in one word, mediocre. It's due to this that I had questionable expectations from this new series, as with Paul Cornell continuing to write Logan I was dreading that this new series would land up being exactly like the last.

Paul Cornell continues to makes changes to Wolverine, and in the process creates a very intriguing storyline. In saying that there is still a lot of similarities between the two series, as despite all the promise and speculation it was still slightly slow at times. Cornell did however add a lot of intensity to certain sequence, and added with the mysterious storyline this gives a big advantage to the series. The thing that interested me the most about this issue was the change in Wolverine's attitude, with this somewhat bad guy change giving an unique tone to the series. Added to that the fact that he doesn't appear to be under any mind control and this change makes the series all the more enthralling.

Ryan Stegman's art never fails to please, and much like it was the best thing about the launch of Superior Spider-Man it's the best part about this series launch. Stegman's style is so diverse and lively that you can't help but mulling over the pages, with his fantastic layouts making it a smooth and pleasant read. The new armour for Wolverine also catches the eye, as although I've not made up my mind whether I prefer this new look or not, it's certainly very modern looking, giving more style to the old blue and yellow.

This new series of Wolverine gets of to a decent start, and although I'm not sure just how good this series will becoming, I'm sure it won't be as bad as the last.

Rating: 7/10