Wolverine #1

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Posted by G-Man (32252 posts) - - Show Bio

Note: WOLVERINE #1 is on sale February 5.

The Good

Here's the thing, I like Wolverine. Seems most would agree with that. The problem is, we've had quite a few different Wolverine stories over the years. There's nothing really wrong with that. Many have been really great but how many times can we read about Wolverine being the best there is at what he does?

The good news is, things are changing. If you've read the previous volume by Paul Cornell and Alan Davis, you know Wolverine has lost his healing factor. Think about how that alone changes who he is and how he would operate. He can't fight the way he used to. This alone is a fascinating idea. When I first heard the idea, I was highly skeptical but wait until you see what he's up to here.

Some time has passed since the last issue of the previous volume. Wolverine is hanging out with some new friends. This is one of those situations where we're thrown into the action and have to wait to see how the characters got to this point. It's going to be interesting to see this next phase for Wolverine and the fact that Cornell gets to continue the story he started in the previous volume.

More importantly, I can't wait to see how people react to Wolverine's actions in this issue.

Ryan Stegman's art is always great to see. It was unfortunate when it was announced he wouldn't be on SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN any longer but seeing it here is impressive. His Wolverine is a beast. The new costume design is great and it's always a joy to see a slightly shorter Wolverine when standing next to other familiar characters. You can really get a sense of what he's been through in the previous series and having Stegman follow Davis is enough to keep your mouth watering.

The Bad

There will likely be some readers with some problems with this issue. Mixing things up is a great thing to see characters get shaken up for a fresh or different take to happen. This is something we need to see more of in order to fully understand what the complete story is.

The Verdict

You think you know who Wolverine is? Paul Cornell and Ryan Stegman might argue with you. After his brutal defeat and loss of his healing factor in the previous WOLVERINE volume, this is where we get to find out what's next. This isn't the Wolverine you're used and that's a good thing. Change is always welcome and we are now left in suspense, waiting to see what the next move will be. Stegman's art is phenomenal and you'll love seeing all the brutal details he puts into every page. People will be talking about this issue and you don't want to miss out.

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#2 Posted by xphilsa97x (4 posts) - - Show Bio

So if wolverine doesn't have his healing factor, what happens when his claws come out of his hands? Those wounds would never heal properly when he retracts them...

#3 Posted by AllStarSuperman (21627 posts) - - Show Bio

So if wolverine doesn't have his healing factor, what happens when his claws come out of his hands? Those wounds would never heal properly when he retracts them...

He wears external blades now, i think

#4 Posted by Dark_Guyver (2309 posts) - - Show Bio

I'll definitely be picking this up. Good review.

#5 Posted by TommytheHitman (3085 posts) - - Show Bio

Am I the only one who thinks that cancelling a book... and then releasing it again with the exact same creative team and calling it issue 1 is kinda cheap?

#6 Posted by RowdyFromScrubs (11 posts) - - Show Bio
#7 Edited by ClawFist (319 posts) - - Show Bio

@tommythehitman: Aside from the writer, it's actually a different creative team. I wouldn't call it cheap, I would call it unnecessary. It could of been just as easy to be a .NOW with the #1 in the upper right corner to signify a great jumping on point. I'm still about to go buy this on the 5th though xD

#8 Posted by TommytheHitman (3085 posts) - - Show Bio
#9 Posted by Deranged Midget (17599 posts) - - Show Bio

Definitely looks to be the best Wolverine story in years, MAYBE EVEN EVER!

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#10 Posted by G-Man (32252 posts) - - Show Bio
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#11 Posted by meatwadf (21 posts) - - Show Bio

@allstarsuperman: How are they handling the adamantium poisoning? IIRC, the process that was used to install the metal is different from Bullseye's, and his healing factor was the only thing keeping himself from dying from it. Of course, I'm not as up to date on Wolvie like I used to be.

#12 Posted by Zane_Horn (342 posts) - - Show Bio

@xphilsa97x said:

So if wolverine doesn't have his healing factor, what happens when his claws come out of his hands? Those wounds would never heal properly when he retracts them...

He wears external blades now, i think

I think this!

#13 Posted by Dstick88 (122 posts) - - Show Bio

So if wolverine doesn't have his healing factor, what happens when his claws come out of his hands? Those wounds would never heal properly when he retracts them...

This really is a great question any accurate answer on this?

#14 Edited by The Stegman (23918 posts) - - Show Bio

Eh, pass.

#15 Posted by AllStarSuperman (21627 posts) - - Show Bio

@meatwadf said:

@allstarsuperman: How are they handling the adamantium poisoning? IIRC, the process that was used to install the metal is different from Bullseye's, and his healing factor was the only thing keeping himself from dying from it. Of course, I'm not as up to date on Wolvie like I used to be.

I could be way wrong, but I think Dr strange took care for it or something, "magical plot device"

#16 Edited by War Killer (20129 posts) - - Show Bio
@dstick88 said:

@xphilsa97x said:

So if wolverine doesn't have his healing factor, what happens when his claws come out of his hands? Those wounds would never heal properly when he retracts them...

This really is a great question any accurate answer on this?

He's wearing external blades now instead of using his normal claws.

#17 Posted by CaptainMarvel4Ever (1986 posts) - - Show Bio

Wolverine with guns, may as well call him 90's-Man.

#18 Posted by meatwadf (21 posts) - - Show Bio

@allstarsuperman: heh A wizard did it! Seriously, though, mucho appreciated. That would have bugged me. lol

#19 Edited by TommytheHitman (3085 posts) - - Show Bio

So how is he still in the X-Men if he's no longer a mutant?

#20 Posted by EvilPenguin543 (178 posts) - - Show Bio

I still don't like how Marvel relaunched it a month later with a new #1. It would've been just as easy to call it #13.NOW and slap a #1 on it like they've been doing with the other .NOW books. I'll still buy it though; this seems to be an interesting take on Wolverine.

#21 Posted by Daycrawler (553 posts) - - Show Bio

So how is he still in the X-Men if he's no longer a mutant?

As far as I'm aware, he's still a mutant and still has his heightened sense of smell, his claws, etc. It's just the healing factor that's gone.

#22 Posted by TommytheHitman (3085 posts) - - Show Bio

@daycrawler: Ah right I forgot about his other powers. Sorry about that! He's just less deadly now... ish. It'd be cool if he only used his natural claws as a last resort or something...

#23 Posted by The_Titan_Lord (5149 posts) - - Show Bio

Nice.

#24 Posted by OmgOmgWtfWtf (7025 posts) - - Show Bio

@meatwadf said:

@allstarsuperman: How are they handling the adamantium poisoning? IIRC, the process that was used to install the metal is different from Bullseye's, and his healing factor was the only thing keeping himself from dying from it. Of course, I'm not as up to date on Wolvie like I used to be.

Beast made pills for Wolverine to take IIRC, so that the adamantium poisoning won't kill him.

#25 Posted by staypuffed (138 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm really excited to read this now. Great review, Tony.

#26 Posted by AllStarSuperman (21627 posts) - - Show Bio

@meatwadf said:

@allstarsuperman: How are they handling the adamantium poisoning? IIRC, the process that was used to install the metal is different from Bullseye's, and his healing factor was the only thing keeping himself from dying from it. Of course, I'm not as up to date on Wolvie like I used to be.

Beast made pills for Wolverine to take IIRC, so that the adamantium poisoning won't kill him.

oops, I said the wrong thing....

#27 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (32993 posts) - - Show Bio
#28 Posted by TommytheHitman (3085 posts) - - Show Bio
#29 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (32993 posts) - - Show Bio

@tommythehitman: Bru, Warlock, Longshot, Prodigy, Danger, Ms. Marvel, Deadpool, Fantomex, Mimic.

#30 Posted by Lazz33 (26 posts) - - Show Bio

@tommythehitman: Warlock, Fantomex, Juggernaut, Danger, Deadpool....There has been a bunch

#31 Posted by Maddpanda531 (1081 posts) - - Show Bio

Seriously pumped for this. Loved the first half of this story, can't wait to see where Cornell goes with this next.

#32 Posted by batmannflash (6215 posts) - - Show Bio

Wolverine's Marvel Now series have been weak. I'll check this out in hopes that this is a good start

#33 Posted by MadeinBangladesh (6620 posts) - - Show Bio

@g_man: Now I want my Punisher Review dammit!

#34 Edited by Mezmero (919 posts) - - Show Bio

Sounds pretty cool from this review. I'm not a Wolverine fan but I've always respected the character. This concept sounds interesting particularly if it makes him look even better at what he does. Hopefully people enjoy this story.

#35 Posted by xphilsa97x (4 posts) - - Show Bio
#36 Posted by Daycrawler (553 posts) - - Show Bio

@daycrawler: Ah right I forgot about his other powers. Sorry about that! He's just less deadly now... ish. It'd be cool if he only used his natural claws as a last resort or something...

I'm guessing that will likely happen at some point, in a 'last option / no way out' kinda way. Gonna be messy!

#37 Posted by G-Man (32252 posts) - - Show Bio
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#38 Posted by airbound_dude (65 posts) - - Show Bio

@tommythehitman: yeah i agree with ya. marvel is writing for trade now and it shows

#39 Posted by lykopis (10752 posts) - - Show Bio

Definitely looks to be the best Wolverine story in years, MAYBE EVEN EVER!

#40 Posted by Wolverine08 (41067 posts) - - Show Bio

Might actually skim through it for a few seconds at the comic shop if I'm extremely bored. Maybe.....

#41 Posted by Dark_Guyver (2309 posts) - - Show Bio
#42 Edited by Wolverine08 (41067 posts) - - Show Bio
#44 Posted by clayscarface (110 posts) - - Show Bio

@tommythehitman: Bru, Warlock, Longshot, Prodigy, Danger, Ms. Marvel, Deadpool, Fantomex, Mimic.

Not to be a jerk, but didn't they say that Broo was a mutant because he's not a mindless killing machine? And something similar for Warlock. I think Danger was somehow a mutated AI as well, and they've made a lot of exceptions for de-powered mutants (like Prodigy, Jubilee, etc.).

You're still right, though. They let a lot of non-mutants in based on their ties to the team.

#45 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (32993 posts) - - Show Bio

@jonny_anonymous said:

@tommythehitman: Bru, Warlock, Longshot, Prodigy, Danger, Ms. Marvel, Deadpool, Fantomex, Mimic.

Not to be a jerk, but didn't they say that Broo was a mutant because he's not a mindless killing machine? And something similar for Warlock. I think Danger was somehow a mutated AI as well, and they've made a lot of exceptions for de-powered mutants (like Prodigy, Jubilee, etc.).

You're still right, though. They let a lot of non-mutants in based on their ties to the team.

they may be mutants in a sense but they don't have the X gene

#46 Posted by Ando123 (220 posts) - - Show Bio

Looks awesome

#47 Posted by Smurfboy (480 posts) - - Show Bio

Definitely will pick this up on 5th!! I have been following Paul's series since the first issue of Wolverine. It was great and am looking forward to the next chapter.

#48 Posted by Super_SoldierXII (6238 posts) - - Show Bio

Wolverine's Marvel Now series have been weak. I'll check this out in hopes that this is a good start

Agreed. They have been fairly weak. I think a writer actually caught on to how cool it would be to see a Wolverine who actually "uses" his martial prowess and earns the moniker "best there is" on that and not his damage soak.

#49 Posted by Super_SoldierXII (6238 posts) - - Show Bio

Might actually skim through it for a few seconds at the comic shop if I'm extremely bored. Maybe.....

Oh come now. Have faith. I see this as seeing Wolverine earn his martial pedigree. It could prove disastrous, or a brilliant way to make Wolverine rely on this skill and not his damage soak.

Wolverine's Marvel Now series have been weak. I'll check this out in hopes that this is a good start

Agreed. They have been fairly weak. I think a writer actually caught on to how cool it would be to see a Wolverine who actually "uses" his martial prowess and earns the moniker "best there is" on that and not his damage soak.

#50 Posted by Wolverine08 (41067 posts) - - Show Bio

@super_soldierxii: Hey man, it's kind of hard to have faith with how dreadfully weak and boring the series has been so far during Marvel NOW, but you do bring up a fair point in regards to remaking the standard around Wolverine's martial talent. Cornell does have a pretty great opportunity to reestablish that Wolverine can actually utilize his prodigious martial talent, and it is an important addition along with the ludicrous healing factor and adamantium skeleton to make him the best there is. If Cornell plays it right, he could set a golden standard for Marvel editors and writers to follow regarding his skill. Something of a Manifest Destiny type story just on a much, much wider scale. If Cornell does do something like that, I can forgive the man for the last couple of months of his out of character Wolverine. Might even write him a thank you letter :D

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