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Wolverine #313 - Revolution Review

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Sabretooth: Reborn wraps up and boy oh boy is it convoluted!

Danger! Danger! Thar be spoilers ahead!

The Good

When it comes to the actual story at hand, there unfortunately isn't a whole lot of "the good" going on. Thankfully, Simone Bianchi's art provides lots of eye candy, especially seeing as there's plenty of melees and splash pages to appreciate. Despite illustrating the characters in a rather stocky manner (I know it's his signature style, it's glaring at times for me), the attention to detail immediately caught my eye.

The opening splash page of Romulus and Wolverine going at it is fantastic. The sparks from claws clashing, Logan's fist connecting with his enemy's cheek -- it's just a great piece of work to gaze at. The action is particularly fierce at times, most notably the four panels of Logan slaying with a sword. The distinct contrast of the bright blood among the dark colors is striking.

The story itself will mostly be discussed in "the bad," but I will confess that the ending is a nice moment. We often we see Logan thrown into the meat grinder and forced to suffer tragedy after tragedy, so this was a pleasant change of pace.

The Bad

Oh man, where do I even begin? The story had one simple premise: Sabretooth is back! How? Well, he has a bunch of clones. It isn't exactly the most original twist, but whatever, it works. But then we once again meet Romulus and his sister and then everything becomes unnecessarily convoluted. Romulus accuses Wolverine of being behind the Weapon X project last issue, and despite being a "master of lies," Wolverine has a terrible feeling that the villain is being truthful. Wolverine's origin is already all over the place, so diving into the complex story again needs to be handled carefully. If you're going to mess around with this kind of continuity, you need to do it properly and hopefully, clear things up. Such isn't the case here. In fact, we get no answers. Jeph Loeb returns us to the unnecessarily messy origin story, makes matters more twisted and complex, then leaves it up to us whether those memories are real or a planted false memory. Certainly some can dispute that's the point -- Wolverine's true origin tale will always remain a mystery -- but I'm not buying it. His existing creation stories are already all over the place and to further confuse the topic feels unrequired to me.

Who cares anyway, right? It's not like we comic fans care about a sense of continuity or a firmly established origin for the characters we obsess over. Oh, wait...

While the action looks great, quite a bit of it had me scratching my head. Wolverine stabs Romulus in the heart and he just shrugs it off? In Loeb's previous story ('Evolution'), destroying/damaging the heart resulted in knocking out Wolverine. I imagine the same should apply to papa Romulus. Also, in 'Evolution,' Wolverine and Sabretooth fought savagely with a ridiculous amount of injuries, rendering a good deal of their skeleton and muscles visible. Here, Romulus stabs Wolverine through the side of the mouth and side of the nose. Not only does this manage to knock him out, but doing that and muttering a phrase refreshes long gone memories in his head. I get why it happened when Sabretooth said it in 'Evolution' -- that was the first time it has been said to him in decades. But here, it just feels like repeat territory and not executed nearly as well.

Personal gripe, but Sabretooth is still an utter moron despite "spending his time away to train and learn." Apparently, his newfound tactical brilliance means he has the brains to have a back-up plan and use an explosive weapon. It's just a shame he didn't compliment the cliche plan by delivering a diabolical "mwhahaha!" before the explosion went off. I get that despite his extensive training, Sabretooth is often written as a character that likes to drool, growl and slash. But if the implication is he's smarter, I'd like to see something to warrant it instead of "in case I lose, I think I'll blow the place up!" Oh well, at least Remender is handling him well over in UNCANNY X-FORCE.

The Verdict

The conclusion of 'Sabretooth: Reborn' looks good, but the story is likely going to really, really, really upset, confuse or annoy long time Wolverine fans.

20 Comments
Posted by Aeroman

Jeph Loeb wrote it no wonder it sucked

Posted by xAnimosity

@Aeroman said:

Jeph Loeb wrote it no wonder it sucked

I like Jeph Loeb. He sold me after I read Daredevil Yellow. Bums me out this arc just seems to go down hill with each issue. You was so excited for it too. Sabretooth is one of my favorite villains.

Posted by Deranged Midget

Good review! The art has been the only saving grace of this arc sadly :/

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Posted by Inverno

@Aeroman said:

Jeph Loeb wrote it no wonder it sucked

Why is he still working?!

Posted by Master_Thief

soooo what happened to the real sabretooth

Edited by Arevish

ç_ç Stop fking up Wolverine AND his pasth please. I want Aaron back on this! ç_ç

Posted by Aeroman

@CaioTrubat: the world may never know

Posted by Queso6p4

@Aeroman said:

@CaioTrubat: the world may never know

Nice!

I was tempted, albeit briefly, to pick this up today, but decided against it. Good thing I did but I almost still wanna grab it as I bought the previous horrible two issues. Thankfully, this review has helped me stave off another foolish decision...for now.

Posted by Aeroman

@Queso6p4: you did the right thing

Posted by theTimeStreamer

why do they always have to f with the past?? do something new. or at least do something good with the past.

Posted by Queso6p4

@Aeroman: Haha! I reckon so.

Posted by Aeroman

@theTimeStreamer: it's jeph loeb he loves to ruin stuff, like he is doing with ultimate spider-man

Posted by LucifersLawyer

The Verdict

The conclusion of 'Sabretooth: Reborn' looks good, but the story is likely going to really, really, really upset, confuse or annoy long time Wolverine fans.

As a long time Wolverine fan I was neither upset, confused or annoyed by this story arc. In fact I found it more enjoyable than the previous 29 issues before this where Wolverine's been a neutered whiny emotional train wreck.

But this story would have been better served if it had occurred say around issue 71 with the conclusion at 75 of Vol. 2 of the series 2 1/2 years after the Evolution story arc or even better right after the end of the Wolverine Origins series after the Reckoning story arc 3 years after Evolution instead of 5 years and before the sissiefing of Wolverine.

Posted by Super_SoldierXII

Hey, it's a step up from the time Logan was KO'd by Romulus by the thrown butt end of a katana.

Want a quality Wolverine story Marvel? PM me. You'll get far better for less.

Posted by Vance Astro
@Arevish said:

ç_ç Stop fking up Wolverine AND his pasth please. I want Aaron back on this! ç_ç

Watch your mouth on the forums, please.
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@Queso6p4: You're very welcome, sir! 
 
@Deranged Midget: Thank you!
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Posted by GBrutality

but didn't they they sort of eliminate the whole fuzzy on the past debacle in house of m...

Posted by JamDamage

I liked the story, except for this issue. It was a simple old school ending. The Hero fight the badguy, and the badguy yells out his plans. Even more so, an old school Wolverine story where the hero fights the bad guy and the bad guy yells someting out that gives Wolverine a flashback. The art is brilliant. Very nice. Wolverine getting some ass was cool too, but really, another red head?? The title of the story was lame tho. It's more like Romulus coming back, then Sabretooth. Its more his story then Creeds. Glad the both of them are back tho. I want to see Romulus come back somewhere else tho. I would like to see him in Captain America for some reason.

Posted by God_Spawn

Stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid.

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Posted by lykopis

You surmised this issue perfectly. What would it have taken for Loeb to refer to his own writing for guidance?

Nothing.

What did Loeb do to make this story arc work in any way that would make sense or at least do justice to the characters of Wolverine and Sabretooth?

Nothing.

What did Loeb do to contribute towards a semblance of relevancy or worth when it came to the abomination that is Romulus?

Nothi....

ugh --- forget it. I can't even be trite without annoying myself.

I should have left this issue last in my pile of comics to catch up on. LOEB is fast becoming a nasty four-letter word to me.