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Wolverine #6 - Drowning Logan Part Two of Two Review

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Wolverine struggles to escape a submerged helicarrier and save Nick Fury Jr. from mind control.

*This review contains spoilers*

The Good

This issue was being heavily promoted as a major change to Wolverine's world and something we cannot miss. Does it deliver on the big change? Sure, it does in the very end, and if you've been following solicitations, you know this big change is Wolverine won't have his healing factor. We've seen Logan with a weakened healing factor in the past, but I by no means will hold that against this story.

The thought of Wolverine without his trusty accelerated healing has a lot of potential. It'll give writer Paul Cornell a chance to go against the norm and utilize a more calm and collected Wolverine -- one who won't lunge and scream "RAHHHH!" at every obstacle he encounters. There's a ton of promise with this story, but unfortunately, I wasn't a fan of everything building up to it.

The Bad

There's no real easy way to say this, so I'll be blunt: I thought the script was really awkward at times. From the way a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent gets Wolverine riled up (calling him a coward and yelling at him to get angry) to the enemy's constant need for exposition, I just wasn't feeling it and these scattered lines ultimately hindered the reading experience a good deal for me.

Additionally, the opening about the situation Wolverine is in felt really campy, almost as if it could be read by the narrator from the classic Batman TV series. And speaking of the opening, if the rushing water was nearly pulling Wolverine away and he had to hold onto a poll to avoid being swept further out, how'd the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents save him so easily, and what were they doing for the fifteen minutes before that? And one more minor thing: the way the entire situation wraps up feels rather abrupt, but seeing as I wasn't a huge fan of those events, it was also slightly welcomed.

I didn't mind a vast majority of the artwork, but every now and then, Logan's brow and forehead seemed a bit too prominent and that made the panels slightly jarring.

The Verdict

Like I previously said, the cliffhanger here has a lot of potential and I'm very curious to see where Cornell goes from here. It's just unfortunate this premise comes after a lot of awkward dialogue and some super heavy exposition. The conclusion does open the door to quite a few questions, too. How'd they successfully invade Logan? Did this occur when he was bit in the Microverse? Or did this happen even sooner? Will his adamantium be removed once again due to poisoning and if so, how? Hopefully these will all be addressed in the next issue.

While it's true I didn't like this issue all that much, I am remaining somewhat optimistic because of the huge amount of potential the road ahead of us has to offer. Besides, it's entirely possible this will be a way better read when collected.

8 Comments
Posted by Saren

Have any of the issues in Cornell's run so far been worth the price?

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Posted by BIGALWILLIAMS

Well that saved me from wasting away $4.Glad I skipped the last issue and this one.Maybe I'll shoot for the next.

Posted by fodigg

So they're doing this to tie into the movie?

Posted by Jacobin_Wisdom

It felt like they took two issues, and condensed them into one just to speed up things.

Posted by danhimself

I really haven't been enjoying this series so far...Savage on the other hand has been pretty fun so far

Posted by Hawkguy

I see myself dropping this series today. Its been lackluster from the start, and I don't like how Marvel coincides their comic plots to those of the upcoming movies.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

Good thing I didn't start picking this series up.

Posted by nickxfrye

I really disliked #1 in this series and immediately dropped it but, admittedly, got sucked into the solicitations and picked up this issue. What a waste. This series is going back to the cutting room floor.