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Wolverine #12 - One Month To Die: The Last Wolverine Story Conclusion; That Which Didn't Happen; Guernica Review

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It's time for the big showdown between Wolverine and Sabretooth! There's just one little problem: James Howlett doesn't have his healing factor.

The Good

Honestly, Paul Cornell's take on Wolverine has left me with very mixed opinions. On one hand, I'm all for seeing a break from Wolverine being "the best there is" and treated like an unstoppable killing machine. Despite many thinking he tends to just drool, scream and flail with his adamantium claws, I've always considered James Howlett a brave and wise character. He's lived for so long, come to respect and observe so many different cultures, and has endured countless hardships. There's more to this X-Man than meets the eye and unfortunately, that's something which is often missed when he's included as a cameo or thrown into a team book. However, Cornell's attempt at humanizing Wolverine seems to disregard the fact the mutant has been vulnerable countless times before and often acted admirably. So, when we saw Wolverine hesitate while using a razor, I couldn't help but feel like that was going too far to express the point that Wolverine now realizes he can die. Thankfully, there isn't anything like this in Cornell's finale and when Logan does have a moment's pause, it's understandable and he attempts to overcome. It doesn't make him seem weak or fearful and shows off what he's willing to risk and it even does an alright job displaying his morals. Even though I have many problems with the chapter, it still like a satisfactory end.

Yes, there is a big fight between Sabretooth and Wolverine and yes, there's several pages dedicated to it. It may not bring anything refreshing to the dynamic, but artist (and inker) Pete Woods and colorist David Curiel make it a fairly gripping encounter. You can't help but love a double page spread of these two lunging at one another and the frenetic melee is then spread across several panels on a single page; that really allows us to appreciate the speed and savagery that's going down in the brawl. The more impactful and game changing hits are then dedicated to larger panels and that allows them to feel like they have more force behind them. And, even if you haven't been a fan of this run, the handling of the buildup right before the fight is a solid moment for Wolverine and the art team makes sure he looks badass in the moment. When all is said and done, the developments with Sabretooth and his plan feel quickly glossed over, but it's a conversation in the end which ends the arc on a more positive and engrossing note.

The Bad

When you think of big conflicts between Wolverine and Sabretooth, several memorable moments begin to pop up. There's that time Wolverine lashed out against Creed in the X-Mansion, their fight that went tumbling over a cliff, the time Logan stabbed Creed and raised the villain over his head, so on and so on. The encounter usually focuses heavily on the dynamic between these two in a compelling and brutal way. Despite all of the hype behind this tale, the big finale between these two felt very by the numbers. Dialogue about who both of them are on the inside is presented here, but it doesn't shed any new or engaging light on the characters and kind of comes off feeling like repeat territory for pre-existing fans. And while the big fight is amusing, I can't help but feel somewhat disappointed by the simplicity of the outcome and believe the encounter actually downplayed both characters. Wolverine knows Creed is physically superior and arrogant, so that's why he often relies on his skill and eventually unleashing his own rage to overcome. Here, it's a slugfest (with rage sprinkled in) even though Wolverine is without his healing factor and the verdict downplays the loser's durability by a fair amount. I couldn't help but think "Logan's smarter than this" while reading the brawl.

The way the overall narrative wrapped up felt all too familiar and safe, too. Everything is swiftly handled and it loosely teases Wolverine's future. It's not bad but it comes off as forgettable. Additionally, cutting away from Wolverine to chime in on what's going on outside of the shield didn't really add any weight to the bigger picture. The only memorable or entertaining part from that was the quick bit with an alternate Thor. Everything else left me waiting until we could get a look back at the important part of the story. Unfortunately, neither of the back-up stories focus all that much on Wolverine or expanding the latest narrative, either (but it does seem like the final bit of dialogue is the writer's way of expressing why he approached this take on Wolverine).

Totally minor gripe and it has no impact on the score: if a person with a Deadpool hat gets the opportunity to talk with Wolverine, you'd think they'd act a little more like a fan about it, you know? I get he's startled by what's going on, but if he's a fan of Deadpool and such, part of him should be like "IT'S WOLVERINE!" I know it's likely just a little easter egg, but this could have added a little bit of levity to the situation.

The Verdict

WOLVERINE #12 is an okay issue. It doesn't bring any new material to the dynamic between Wolverine and Sabretooth and, as you can see above, I have a lot of gripes with it, but it still delivers an alright insight into James Howlett, an amusing course of events, and the visual ride isn't bad. It's a bummer the back-up stories don't add any significant substance to the events in this conclusion and it'll by no means go down as one of the best Wolverine/Sabretooth stories, but I think relatively new readers will appreciate the character beats and find themselves interested enough to see what comes next. Here's hoping DEATH OF WOLVERINE is more compelling!

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Posted by dagmar_merrill

Wolverine08 must be depressed Cornell is done.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

He's still not dead yet?

Posted by patrat18
Posted by Wolverine08

@patrat18 said:

@madeinbangladesh said:

He's still not dead yet?

Why does it matter? Even if he does die, let's not act like it would be permanent. Marvel would have a couple with titles with people like Cyclops, etc. grieving about him dying then he'd be back in 6 months time.

Wolverine08 must be depressed Cornell is done.

Greatest Wolverine run EVAH!

Posted by MadeinBangladesh
Posted by TheAmazingImmortalMan

This run has been meh since it started, I have bought it and read it but it was by far the weakest Wolvie run I have ever read I am glad it is coming to an end, and I also hope Death of Wolverine is more compelling.

Posted by cdw101

Not picking up till tomorrow, but does Fuel get brought back in this issue??

Posted by StarBrand1

totally enjoyed this run, anxious for the future

Posted by SpitfirePanda

In all seriousness, and I said something like this a while back, I believe that they should make a Wolverine title where he's fighting his way through the afterlife. Maybe something goes wrong and he doesn't go to heaven, but gets sucked down to hell where he has to fight the most evil, deceased monsters in the universe to keep them from breaking out into the world of the living. He gets his healing factor back and keeps his adamantium, but the big baddies threaten to tear him apart and devour his soul.

Posted by Wolverine08

@wolverine08: WHAT!!!!!! Wolverine08 hates Logan now?

Nah, I just hate Cornellrine, or whoever it is Cornell is writing in this storyline.

Posted by sparty-dbq

I've barely tolerated Cornell's Wolverine run so far, but I'm not spending 6 bucks for this, nor do I plan to spend 5 bucks for each issue of DoW.

Posted by dagmar_merrill
Posted by dotwilson

im guessing Wolverine doesn't die at all... i bet you he just gives up the wolvie persona and continues just to be Logan: new/changed man

Posted by lmothander

This run has been crap. There are just so many things wrong with it, I don't know where to start...

Posted by Bl00dwerK

This run has been crap. There are just so many things wrong with it, I don't know where to start...

Agreed. I'll be glad when it's over so I can get off the Wolverine train for good...

Posted by Wolverine08
Posted by PScully

Ok...

Without his healing factor, and the fact that his admantium weighs a lot, wouldn't Wolverine find it very hard to move?

Posted by Wardishy

Holy long-ass title, Batman!

Posted by Rainja

@spitfirepanda: Kind of been done before in Wolverine goes to hell. I say kind of because he really didnt but for a while thats where The reader and himself thought he ended up.

Posted by ClawFist

When did Wolverine lose his Adamantium? Cause in this title, he totally pops bone claws. Then there's a cover in Death of Wolverine where he has bone claws. What's going on? I'm happy they finally fixed Shin wearing his dad's Silver Samurai armor, but I don't know if these are mistakes are canon moves >_>

Posted by Cave_Duck

@pscully said:

Ok...

Without his healing factor, and the fact that his admantium weighs a lot, wouldn't Wolverine find it very hard to move?

He would've acclimatized to the extra weight decades ago, the only thing would be it would tire him out faster. Good point though, its something else the writers either gloss over or plain forget, like the fact that no healing factor + popped claws= 6 massive stab wounds in the hands. Think how long that would take to heal, or how much blood he'd lose- if you've ever cut yourself on broken glass for example...

I'm looking forward to the end of this run too, getting sick of Logan "forgetting" all his martial arts skills. He used to be rated as one of the best fighters in the Marvel Universe, but this writer seems to think that it was all based on him being a damage-sponge...

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Posted by Thatlyn Yoaeg'ill'rymmin

@wolverine08 said:

@patrat18 said:

@madeinbangladesh said:

He's still not dead yet?

Why does it matter? Even if he does die, let's not act like it would be permanent. Marvel would have a couple with titles with people like Cyclops, etc. grieving about him dying then he'd be back in 6 months time.

Well, at least we will have six months of freash air...

Edited by patrat18

@patrat18 said:

@madeinbangladesh said:

He's still not dead yet?

Why does it matter? Even if he does die, let's not act like it would be permanent. Marvel would have a couple with titles with people like Cyclops, etc. grieving about him dying then he'd be back in 6 months time.

LoL

Posted by patrat18

@wolverine08 said:

@patrat18 said:

@madeinbangladesh said:

He's still not dead yet?

Why does it matter? Even if he does die, let's not act like it would be permanent. Marvel would have a couple with titles with people like Cyclops, etc. grieving about him dying then he'd be back in 6 months time.

Well, at least we will have six months of freash air...

Lmao

Posted by Teerack

I found it really anti climatic and boring. Now we get to watch them ruin Wolverine next moth for the sake of cashing out on Wolverine's death.

I'm so excited. /sarcasm

Posted by Cave_Duck

@teerack said:

I found it really anti climatic and boring. Now we get to watch them ruin Wolverine next moth for the sake of cashing out on Wolverine's death.

I'm so excited. /sarcasm

Same here, all the buildup to a huge fight, that was meh. It seemed they put more effort into the weird backup stories instead...

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Edited by Teerack

@cave_duck: Despite how bad the end of this series was the Death of Wolverine book is honestly the best wolverine book I've read. I was really surprised by how good it is and it makes me wish it was just a new ongoing and not a mini.

Posted by Cave_Duck

@teerack:

Cool, I'll have to see if I can get into my local comic store soon!

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Posted by Teerack

@teerack:

Cool, I'll have to see if I can get into my local comic store soon!

It's weekly so you might wanna just get all 4 at the end of the month if you cant go often.

Posted by Cave_Duck

@teerack:

That's ok, I just have a schedule that means I get to my comic store the day BEFORE new comics day! So very frustrating reading about all the comics I have to wait a week for, but it could be worse.

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Posted by Teerack

@cave_duck: I won't spoil anything but Soule's idea of adding in three new types of thought boxes(Pain, Smell, and Observation) was brilliant for the character. It's like when Way added the White and Yellow thought boxes in Deadpool it just worked perfectly.