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Death of Wolverine #1 - The End Review

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Wolverine's not dead yet. But after reading this issue, he's getting a lot closer.

DEATH OF WOLVERINE #1 is on sale 9/3/14.

The Good

It feels like Wolverine's been about to die for quite some time. It was back in 2013 when the seeds were being planted about Wolverine being Killable. In his recent series, we've seen a countdown to the end. But there's still a little time left.

Charles Soule has come in to, most likely, finally put an end to Logan. While we've known that Wolverine lost his healing factor and could be killed, it felt like a lot of aspects of his condition were simply not being addressed. Most of Wolverine's appearances focused more on the fact that he could be injured versus what the lack of a healing factor means for his body. There's also the fact that if word gets out Wolverine has lost the advantage of being able to heal from wounds, his life is going to get even more difficult. It's great to see more being aspects of his condition being looked at.

Soule starts out this series with an immediate somber tone. Steve McNiven's art is perfect here. You can almost feel what Logan is going through. McNiven has the ability to make everything feel like it's on a bigger scale. How many times have we seen comic book deaths turn into events? Regardless of knowing that Logan is meant to die and that we've seen so many deaths later somehow overturned, Soule and McNiven are making it feel like it's going to matter in this story. The story is also a pretty good jumping on point. You really don't need to know what he's been up to in the past year.

The issue is also basically a Director's Cut without being billed as one. We may have a regular-sized story, we also get nine pages of page and story sketches with commentary by McNiven. If that wasn't enough, there's also a five-page interview with Wolverine creator Len Wein. If you're wondering what he thinks about the death of the character after forty years and other aspects to the creation of Wolverine, you won't want to miss it. There's even ten pages of script-to-panel.

The Bad

There might be some that might not want the bonus material. Readers might not have a choice in paying an extra dollar for the material, but hopefully they'll appreciate it.

There might be some difficulty in accepting that Wolverine is really going to die or stay dead. Focusing too much on that could hamper your enjoyment of the actual story.

The Verdict

Wolverine made his first appearance forty years ago and now it's time for him to die. We've been reading about his coming death month after month but this final story arc starts off with a bang. Charles Soule immediately sets the perfect tone for the series and brings to light some aspects of Wolverine's condition that weren't given much attention. The story is presented in a way that newer readers can easily dive into the issue. Steve McNiven's art brings up the energy of the story, giving it an even bigger feel. Knowing that the end is finally in sight, you can't help but feel the excitement and anticipation thanks to Soule and McNiven. It should be obvious--this is a Wolverine story that should not be missed.

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Edited by Spidey_Jackson

So like Jean before him, this Logan must die.

Must die, must die this Logan must, Logan Must, Logan must.......die!

Beata

Edited by HushoftheWind

He'll be ripping new ones again one day.

Posted by G-Man

@hushofthewind: When I told my daughter I was reviewing the issue. She just said, "He'll be back." We just have to focus on the story and enjoy it for what it is. Think about why and how he'll be back later. It's also interesting what Len Wein has to say about Wolverine dying.

Posted by Life_Without_Progress

@wolverine08:

What kind of flowers would you want for your funeral after this story? :D

Posted by Super_SoldierXII

What I get, but kind of don't get, is yeah, sure, Wolverine has made a ton of enemies over the years.

But fellas, he's also a core X-Man, one of the leaders, and an Avenger to boot. What does that mean? It means I'm willing to bet Wolverine has far, far more powerful friends than he does enemies. You'd think maybe seeing as how all these baddies are gunning for him when he's down, that maybe, just maybe one or a couple dozen of said lifelong friends might come a knocking?

Yeah, Logan's a loner and wouldn't want to "disturb". He's not the kind to ask for help and the plot must go on after all. So as I said, I kinda get it. Can't have Thor or I daresay Storm (y'know, the woman who purportedly loves him and alla that) swooping down and lightening curb stomp Logan's would be murderers. Where's the fun in that?

That said, now that Cornell's out of the picture ... I am genuinely looking forward to this read.

Posted by Vulshock

Wolverine defeats everyone of his foes. Then the adamantium in his body kills him. The end.

Posted by HushoftheWind

@g_man said:

@hushofthewind: When I told my daughter I was reviewing the issue. She just said, " He'll be back." We just have to focus on the story and enjoy it for what it is. Think about why and how he'll be back later. It's also interesting what Len Wein has to say about Wolverine dying.

i agree, but i feel like the concept of a death and return in comic have been vastly overused in comics in recent years, especially from the marvel camp. I don't mind characters coming back as long as the story of their revival is done tastefully.

Posted by kivatt

@vulshock: Nah he probably gets the flu, and that kills him.

Posted by HushoftheWind

@super_soldierxii: i agree. one thing that marvel characters do more than DC is interact more with each other. With that being said i don't understand why Wolverine doesn t have a back or tech equipment to supplement his power lost. Maybe by his own stubborn decree he wanted to be left alone feeling as if he doesnt need help. If that's the case then he get what he asked for.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

DIE WOLVERINE DIE!!!

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Posted by Jmarshmallow

@vulshock said:

Wolverine defeats everyone of his foes. Then the adamantium in his body kills him. The end.

I swear if this is the ending.

Imma die.

Of laughter.

Jmarshmallow

Posted by bladewolf

Hearing the extra dollar was for non-story material makes me even less likely to buy this...

Posted by Boynerdgeek

So extra non-story material can be consider as cash grab right ?

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Posted by CaptainHoopla

Hero deaths have become so overdone at this point. It's even worse when it's basically been advertised for nearly a year. I couldn't care less about this and have zero interest. I'm sure the marketing campaigns for his return will start by next summer.

Posted by TimeLordScience
Posted by Krypton-115

I actually really don't want Wolverine's death.

*sigh*

Posted by Spidey_Jackson
Posted by StMichalofWilson

He'll be ripping new ones again one day.

Cool gif

Posted by Unkillable_Deadpool1

I am SOOO curious about who'll kill him .. Don't think it will be sabretooth . He's already been dragging on a lot in the current wolverine ongoing .

Posted by Mezame

if there is someone who deserves to kill wolverine then it should be daken in my opinion....... he got killed by wolverine and while wolverine was doing it daken was thinking about how he could have had a better life with his dad if things just went differently......... he was also thinking that wolverine would stop and help him but wolverine did not stop and killed him..... that was heavy stuff

Edited by God_Spawn

The straight razor comes out of the shadows at the end of the arc and finishes the job.

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Edited by Teerack

As unlikely as it is. I would like for this to be the start of real deaths. Since Marvel is supposedly committing to the future Hickman made in Avengers, maybe it means the deaths that happen now will stick.

They promoted the Death of Wolverine and now I'm realizing that it lines up with Axis. Who ever was responsible for this should be fired and have their career ended. Imagine if they didn't do this gimmick and just made it sound like Wolverine would have a huge role in Axis and make it seem like he was the star of it, and then in like issue 3 or 6 he just ends up getting killed. It would have made the event better and his death would have been more shocking.

Edited by StarBrand1

omg i hate you for making me read this early lol i couldnt help it

i seriously cant wait for Wednesday!

all though i dont want him to die, he has been one of my favorites since i was a kid in the early 90s watching the cartoon before school. He was the first character i was obsessed with, when i was in kindergarten id run around the house with straws clenched between each finger pretending i was wolvey, while my mother wondered where all the straws were. I've thoroughly enjoyed the last wolverine run and story and the 3 months to die arc, i have faith in Charles soule, he is a top writer in my opinion, i expect nothing more than an amazing emotional story and ending. I dont want it, but i know it will be amazing, so i cant wait.

Posted by The Mast

Imagine if Kirkman had advertised the death in T.W.D. #100 this far in advance, or at all. Death needs to be impactful.

Posted by CaptainMarvel4Ever

He'll be back.... when Disney gets the X-Men back.

Edited by Timotheus316

Yeah they said before when he lost his healing factor that the adamantium on his bones kills him slowly yet I've seen no mention of this in the past year. I hope Soule brings it to light since I've not seen a mention of it and I think it would be an important issue that needs addressing.

Posted by Benk111

He'll be back.... when Disney gets the X-Men back.

hate to say it but fox is never going to let that happen, even if there movies start bombing they'll just keep rebooting it until they get it right. theres just to much potential money to be made with any x-men movie. same goes for spiderman with sony.

Posted by ClawFist

@timotheus316: It actually is an issue. It was dealt with pretty quickly after he lost his Healing Factor, but it's a constant effect. Logan has to take these pills that Hank manufactured. I believe he has to take a daily dose to keep the Adamantium poisoning from killing him.

Posted by Novemberx2

can't find a writing willing do a story constructed by your over paid marketing team to maximise sales.

Hire Charlie "Yes Man" Soule!

I'm surprised they even let comicvine review it early a site for us comic book nerds. They only kill characters for mainstream press surely USAToday would of be the place they want to go. The are literally betting on idiots who don't buy comics rushing out to buy multiple copies because they think will be collectable.

Posted by Novemberx2

@teerack: Wolverine didn't appear any of the futures in Hickman's avengers. Still like anyone believes marvel staying dead, they will need another Superior sales boast in 6-12 months time.

Posted by staypuffed

I had this on my pull list ready to go but now I'm totally stoked to read it. I'm hoping what Soule does here is good, and I cannot wait to find out how he goes...

Posted by Teerack

@teerack: Wolverine didn't appear any of the futures in Hickman's avengers. Still like anyone believes marvel staying dead, they will need another Superior sales boast in 6-12 months time.

I know he didn't appear... that was my point.

Posted by CaptainMarvel4Ever

@benk111 said:

@captainmarvel4ever said:

He'll be back.... when Disney gets the X-Men back.

hate to say it but fox is never going to let that happen, even if there movies start bombing they'll just keep rebooting it until they get it right. theres just to much potential money to be made with any x-men movie. same goes for spiderman with sony.

I know, I was just making a pun. Spider-man, will come back, Sony is going under and each Spider-Man movie makes less money then the last.

Posted by Benk111

@benk111 said:

@captainmarvel4ever said:

He'll be back.... when Disney gets the X-Men back.

hate to say it but fox is never going to let that happen, even if there movies start bombing they'll just keep rebooting it until they get it right. theres just to much potential money to be made with any x-men movie. same goes for spiderman with sony.

I know, I was just making a pun. Spider-man, will come back, Sony is going under and each Spider-Man movie makes less money then the last.

oh...still think sony will try to keep spiderman unless they go into bankruptcy.

Posted by CaptainMarvel4Ever

@benk111: My theory is that if they don't go bankrupt and still have Spider-Man after squeezing every last drop out of the franchise, they will sell it back to Disney.

Posted by dbatdog

Hero deaths have become so overdone at this point. It's even worse when it's basically been advertised for nearly a year. I couldn't care less about this and have zero interest. I'm sure the marketing campaigns for his return will start by next summer.

amen.

Posted by Benk111

@benk111: My theory is that if they don't go bankrupt and still have Spider-Man after squeezing every last drop out of the franchise, they will sell it back to Disney.

however much money they'd make selling it they'd make more if they found a way to keep making spiderman movies, look at what mgm did with james bond

Posted by CaptainMarvel4Ever

@benk111: It wouldn't work for Spidey, look at this reboot, a lot of people who liked the Raimi movies still won't see this version. Not to mention Sony plans on doing Sinister Six ans Black Cat films, which is already going too far. The fact is they can't reboot him again and expect to make any money. James Bond can work because he can go away for years and then come back, but Sony has to keep on making these films within a time limit, or they lose the license. Bottom line, they wanna squeeze him dry, and sell him back.

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Posted by CaptainMarvel4Ever

@benk111: That's one of the lowest grossing Spider-Man films to date (technically with inflation that's the lowest). Not to mention that in addition to the 200,000$ it cost to make, Sony spent a fortune on advertising. They actually paid to have Spider-Man on the ball drop at Time Square which cost a mint. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 severely under preformed compared to Sony's expectations. Not to mention the bad rep of this film means the next one will likely make less money (although Sony pushed it back far enough that some people may forget). Bottom line, the franchise is not doing as well as they thought it would, and for Sony that's bad news.

Posted by Benk111

@captainmarvel4ever: it still made enough money to prove people want to see spiderman movies they just wont spend as much money making the next movie and fix it or just keep rebooting it. also $708,294,944 is a lot money regardless

Posted by CaptainMarvel4Ever

@benk111: True, but I still don't see Sony giving this series another reboot, when instead they could make a better profit from selling it after doing everything they can with it, and then focusing on other films. In any case it doesn't matter, they probably won't be around that long, which in the end is good news for us fans because it means Spidey will go back to Disney.

Posted by Krypton-115

@benk111 said:

@captainmarvel4ever: it still made enough money to prove people want to see spiderman movies they just wont spend as much money making the next movie and fix it or just keep rebooting it. also $708,294,944 is a lot money regardless

I'd very much like $708,294,944 in my bank account. Jeez....

Posted by Krypton-115

This 'event' sounds cool and all, but the one thing I hate right off the bat is that they just spoil the ending in the title. What happened to the Marvel that killed Captain America when we least expected it?

Posted by Mrfuzzynutz

So I have to wait another 4 issues for his death??

I am not looking forward to him dying, I just want to read how they plan on doing it, but this is taking FOREVER!

Edited by Cavemold

At fan expo they said he would be dead until 2016.

Posted by The_Titan_Lord

Nice

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