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Comic Book Question of the Week: Favorite Wolverine Story

This week, Logan's back with an all-new volume, but we're going to take a look at his history and determine which past story we love the most. Oh, and it'll all be determined by you. Yeah, YOU! So get in here and vote!

Since making his debut back in 1974 (INCREDIBLE HULK #180), James "Logan" Howlett has been the center of dozens of memorable stories. Now the famous X-Man has been stripped of his healing factor and is back with an all-new volume this Wednesday (by Paul Cornell and Ryan Stegman). To celebrate, we want everyone to take a trip down Logan's bloody and tragic memory lane. We all have several Wolverine stories that we love, but if you had to pick one, which would it be and why? We've added some of the classics to the poll, but if your top story isn't there, be sure to vote "other" and tell us what you had in mind. Go on and vote, bub. Oh, come on, we had to say "bub" at least once.

CLICK HERE TO VOTE!

Voting will stay open until Thursday morning (ET). Two days is more than enough to think about which Logan stories you adore the most or even reread some of 'em, yes? Check the homepage on Thursday for the results and more. In the meantime, get your elaboration on. Tell us why a certain story earned your vote and, if that story wins, it's very possible we'll highlight your post in the updated feature. Anyway, go vote!

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Posted by Nothing2Lose

The original four-issue limited series solidified Wolverine as more than just another anti-hero for me. Frank Miller's art was moody, and the writing was crisp. It was a solid read; I recommend the TPB to all.

Posted by Guardiandevil83

Damn pretty hard. Coyote Crossing, and Enemy of the State are a few.

Posted by Grey56

Posted by k4tzm4n

@grey56 said:

Blood Hungry made Cyber one of my favorite Wolverine villains.

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Posted by Grey56

@k4tzm4n: Yeah, truly both are great character studies; one for Cyber and the other for Apocalypse. Each story did an excellent job of setting up foils to Logan but for very unique reasons.

Edited by Jekylhyde14

I thought that Old Man Logan was pretty fun...

Posted by specialmonkey7

"Old Man Logan" is, all things considered, the creme de la creme of Wolverine stories. Sure, the parallels to "The Dark Knight Returns" is there what with an aged main character forced to return to his super hero roots in the midst of a chaotic future but there is personality, there is depth and there is an overall greatness that Mark Millar exudes in his narrative that makes the reader acknowledge the "Dark Knight..." comparisons and still accept Old Man Logan as it's own monster.

We're first given Logan, a broken man, set in his ways, unwilling to fight even in the face of the strictest adversity. Now, from a Wolverine fan's perspective, seeing this character go from "The Best at What he Does" to "Do what you have to do but don't hurt my family" makes the reader realize just how much they don't know about this world. What happened to our berzerker raging canucklehead? Why won't he pop a claw on these freaky mutants?

Next, we're given the foil: Blind man Hawkeye needs Wolverine to accompany him across the wastelands of America with a mystery case to be delivered. So, we have a reluctant hero, the old friend in need, the down on their luck situation (Wolvie's gotta' find rent money before the inbred Hulk family that rents out his land comes a calling), and the general quest that will play out. Here, Mark Millar gives us a look at what kind of world we find ourselves in, where, somehow, the bad guys won and all of the good guys are either dead, retired or, in Hawkeye's case, horribly disabled. We get to see familiar faces, situations and ideas suddenly perverted, changed and utterly re-imagined in this disturbing world without a hero.

The quest alone of Wolverine and Hawkeye could pretty much keep you interested in a story such as this but, at the end of the day, its the realizations that come along about just why Wolverine is the way he is that truly become the crown jewels of the story. One of the main focuses Millar uses is the idea of loss and, in Logan's case, we get to see just how he lost pretty much everything that he was when he was a super hero. We see a man broken to his very core, unable to function in that same mindset being forced to become this peaceful farmer who only daydreams of letting the beast out again.

As I said, the quest to get the case across the broken Americas would be enough for a story but Millar gives us a shocker of an ending, showing that, no matter what you do, no matter how changed you think you may be, in the end, you have to acknowledge the beast within, embrace the monster and, when the world takes everything from you, show once again why you are "the Best at What you Do". That is the genesis of "Old Man Logan" and the genesis of everything that Wolverine is, making this the best Wolverine story ever written.

Posted by medulaoblaganda

damn!! that wolverine art is freaking awesome.

Posted by k4tzm4n
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Posted by pauatt

Rahne of Terror

Posted by Super_SoldierXII

The original four-issue limited series solidified Wolverine as more than just another anti-hero for me. Frank Miller's art was moody, and the writing was crisp. It was a solid read; I recommend the TPB to all.

Yes and yes. Claremont / Miller mini ... carried over into Uncanny X-Men #172 - 173.

Those right there made me a fan.

Posted by cobra88king8

The oneshot during Uncanny X-Force where he kills the nazi for Magneto

Posted by Nothing2Lose

@super_soldierxii: Oh, yes! And not only were those two of the best Wolverine issues of Uncanny, but two of the best Rogue issues, as well.