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Wolverine #312 - Remus Review

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Sabretooth has been "reborn" but it's Wolverine's origin that's seems to be getting reborn...or retconned...or something.

The Good

Wolverine's past is still a mess. At least that's the way it's looking right now. For the longest time, Logan and readers didn't know what exactly his origin was. Eventually we started getting more information and after HOUSE OF M, Wolverine regained all his memories. But then the last time Jeph Loeb and Simone Bianchi worked on this title, Wolverine got a new past. He was connected to a race called Homo-Lupus and was part of a species of mutants descended from wolves. Is that still the case? Thankfully, that's been cleared up here.

Wolverine has recently met up with Romulus' sister, Remus and is trying to get to the bottom of the return of Sabretooth along with whatever crazy plan Romulus has cooking now. What has been making this worth checking out is Bianchi's art along with Simone Peruzzi's colors. You get a big epic feel with a great mix of angles and perspective in the storytelling.

There is a feeling that Wolverine is being allowed to be more violent here when confronting Sabretooth. There is a 'parental advisory' on the cover which explains the violence. In a story like this, with everything Wolverine feels towards Sabretooth, to skimp on the violence would be a shame.

The Bad

There's a big reveal at the end dealing with Wolverine's past. Another new nugget of information that apparently he still couldn't remember despite having regained all his memories. Yes, there is the possibility that it is even more misdirection but it's enough to make you shake your head and wonder what is going on. It's hard to determine if we're suppose to believe this, if this is actually what the new status quo will be. If so, even the first page super-brief summary of Wolverine on the first page of this week's WOLVERINE ANNUAL is now inaccurate as well. We don't need a constant change or question of his past. I haven't been fond of the whole notion of Romulus' involvement in Wolverine's past and part of me is ready to be done with trying to figure this all out.

The Verdict

A pretty big bombshell has been dropped in this issue. The sensible part of me wants to immediately dismiss it, as I did the Homo-Lupus angle told before. We may find out next issue that this new development is just a lie or it could become a new fact in Wolverine's past. At this point, I'm ready to give up trying to figure out what really happened in Wolverine's past. Having years of mystery is one thing, getting misdirection every few years is another. At least Bianchi's art gave us a visual treat and seeing the appearance of Cloak and Dagger was nice (even if they didn't have any speaking scenes). I'm not sure what is going to happen in the next issue and I haven't decided if I want to know.

31 Comments
Posted by PrioritySeven

What the hell happened to Jeph Loeb? His Marvel work lately has been terrible!

Posted by cmaprice

Yeah, I hated all that Homo Lupus angle when I read it. 
I get it. Writers have no idea how evolutionary biology works, but that was a new low. 
 
And omigawd Romulus has a sibling named Remus? What are the chances? Eh.

Posted by cerial442

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Dr Rot story was more interesting than this. That storyline was way out of place. Hopefully it gets a Marvel Now reboot.

Posted by iceman228433

I stopped reading this series awhile ago, but what the heck is happening with this book the reviews just seem to get worse and worse. Wolverine was my Favorite as a kid so this kind of makes me sad.

Posted by zackattack529

poor wolvy :/ lol

Posted by x_29

Thanks Jeff Loeb for f@#$ing up Wolverine.

Edited by Dead_Man_Dann

It's difficult to give JL the benefit of the doubt. I honestly don't trust him with this character, but we'll see what happens. No matter what, it's a lame story -- which is kind of alright, since those come and go -- but if it's a lame and retconny story... that's a whole different game.

I'm sick of the whole "revelations of the past!" BS with Wolverine. After M-Day, that ought to be over. Reminds me of the recent Cullen Bunn issue of Wolvie in which he has Logan lose random bits of his memory. Seriously, we're supposed to be done with that whole thing. Move on, people.

Posted by LucifersLawyer

All I can say is that this is still MUCH better than anything- scratch that, everything that jason Aaron wrote in Wolverine. After being turned into a whiny little (CENSORED) it's nice to see Wolverine acting like the best there is and not crying ever other panel because he feels remorse over killing someone who tried to kill him. The reveal at the end does put a new spin on the pharse "Quod Sum Eris". And as for the has regained all his memories back, it doesn't mean that he necessarily remembers everything, just that he has the ability to to.

Posted by AngeTheDude

@LucifersLawyer said:

All I can say is that this is still MUCH better than anything- scratch that, everything that jason Aaron wrote in Wolverine.

You must be joking.

Posted by JamDamage

I'm digging this story right now. The art is sick, and I love Romulus. That aint Adamantium either.

Posted by broo1232

@AngeTheDude said:

@LucifersLawyer said:

All I can say is that this is still MUCH better than anything- scratch that, everything that jason Aaron wrote in Wolverine.

You must be joking.

Yeah Aarons run wasn't perfect but it was miles better than this I don't think he retconned anything?\

Posted by j0nnyboy

@x_29: exactly. jeph loeb was the worst thing to happen to wolverine. One of the things that made Wolverine so interesting was he was a man of mystery. A foggy past. THAT IS WHAT MADE WOLVERINE Wolverine. Then Loeb brings Romulus to create a very cheap answer to the mysteries of Wolverine. Romulus controlled everything. The End.

Posted by Ijan092

that was to much, srsly... even for some like me who doesnt complain about comics like most ppl like here

Posted by x_29

@LucifersLawyer said:

All I can say is that this is still MUCH better than anything- scratch that, everything that jason Aaron wrote in Wolverine. After being turned into a whiny little (CENSORED) it's nice to see Wolverine acting like the best there is and not crying ever other panel because he feels remorse over killing someone who tried to kill him. The reveal at the end does put a new spin on the pharse "Quod Sum Eris". And as for the has regained all his memories back, it doesn't mean that he necessarily remembers everything, just that he has the ability to to.

Posted by CRTrobinson

@j0nnyboy: BRAVO

Posted by Dafyd

Sounds like our man Logan's still suffering from the effects of his....Loebotomy?

Posted by Solarflare32

I actually enjoy this story but it is easy to see why people hate it.

Posted by arw1985

@LucifersLawyer: Uh...you know that Wolvie may have killed some relatives in that story right?

Posted by LordRequiem

I'm not a fan of Romulus either. Perhaps because he's weaker than Wolverine and as such possesses a less ominous presence.

Posted by Super_SoldierXII

Hey Marvel, you want an aces Wolverine story or three, let me know.

Reading what's on the market lately, I'm sure I'm not the only fan feeling they should be working for Marvel (or DC) these days.

(The last good Wolverine story was Old Man Logan IMHO.)

Posted by LucifersLawyer

@arw1985: Uh...you know that Wolvie may have killed some relatives in that story right?

Yep, fully aware, but the pre Jason Aaron Wolverine would have mourned them over a couple of beers and moved on instead of crying like a colicky baby who couldn't get his act togther.

Jeph Loeb writes Wolverine as if the past 26 Jason Aaron issues didn't exist (If only that was true), before Wolverine became a touchy feelly emotional train wreck. Some may have liked that but that's just not what Wolverine is or suppose to be, what's next The Punisher in thearpy sessions to learn to deal with his loss?

Also Jeph Loeb hasn't retconned anything regarding Wolverine's past, even after M-Day with all his memories he still couldn't remember who had "wronged" him (See Wolverine issues 36-40 Origins and Endings and Woloverine Origins). So until Marvel decides to give us the definitive Wolverine series detailing his entire life with no gaps or alteractions (NO THIS IS NOT A REQUEST TO MARVEL FOR SUCH A SERIES) his past is open to the interpetations of the writer. Nobody is doubting what Barry Windsor-Smith wrote - Weapon X, or what Larry Hama built up on or what Daniel Way did after that so this may be just as valid as those stories, we'll just have to wait and see.

Posted by jaredbright

I just want Logan back. No James Howlett anything.

What's up with that J. Scott Campbell variant? Not one of his best, if you ask me. The sad thing is the only Spider-man I want to read would be his and Loeb's story they were supposed to do over five years ago. Right before they ruined Spider-man.

Boy, did they ever.

Posted by Master_Thief

What was the big reveal from wolvie's past?

Posted by jaredbright

@Master_Thief:

I heard that Wolverine Actually started the Weapon X program himself.

\Seriously.

Posted by kingoftheworld

Does Jeph Loeb have alzheimers????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Posted by AngeTheDude

This also sounds like more proof that Jeph Loeb was sent by DC to destroy Marvel from within!

Posted by johnkmccubbin91

@cmaprice said:

Yeah, I hated all that Homo Lupus angle when I read it.

When I read this all I could think was it's the midichlorians from Star Wars all over again

Posted by Queso6p4

@iceman228433: Yeah, it's been on a horrible, horrible decrease in quality. It's sad, really. I dropped it months ago but, against all reason and logic, picked up the last three issues because I wanted to know what happened to Sabretooth. Joke's on me.

@AngeTheDude said:

This also sounds like more proof that Jeph Loeb was sent by DC to destroy Marvel from within!

This had me cracking up! Thanks for that.

I'm sorry you read this G-Man. We share your pain. It's a shame the art can't save this "story" but at least this issue wasn't nearly as bad as the last one. It almost literally gave me a headache and I deeply regretted buying one. Hell, I doubt I could give away the digital copy to anyone who has any knowledge of Wolverine outside of these three issues, but I sure as hell don't want it. It'd be like having access to a phantom copy of the comic that will outlive me indefinitely and that's just wrong. *In Cartman voice* It's wrooooong.

Posted by brucecapell

There's another twist coming I can already see it

Posted by Alton

I want the individual who wasted Bianchi on a Wolverine book done away with

Posted by jojobinks70

All I need is to read a review like this to confirm my decision to quit Marvel.They've ruined every character I ever loved from my youthful days, when all I basically read was Marvel.