*This review contains spoilers*
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.
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.
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.