Writer: Marc Guggenheim
Artist: Howard Chaykin
Color Artist: Edgar Delgado
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
And today, kids, we learn the lesson of how difficult it is to attempt an existential, psychologically-inquisitive storyline on a character that is completely and totally over-exposed, and has been for nearly 15 years. Namely: it’s tough to find new ground to cover in a character who has been nothing but rage and introspection, in equal amounts, during most of his existence.
So, last issue, we found out that Wolverine defeated the Angel of Death in battle back during World War I, and hence is now practically immortal. (No, I’m not kidding.) The Angel makes a somewhat cryptic statement about how Logan might eventually not consider that much of a “gift”, and disappears. Logan then spends the rest of the issue feeling sorry for himself, and battling his soul – literally. It gives the artist, Howard Chaykin, the opportunity to have some fun with various forms and costumes of Wolverine throughout the years (I had gotten about that yellow/orange thing he used to wear in Japan, and it was nice to see Weapon X again). Too bad the dialogue is trite, and tells us nothing that we didn’t already know.
Inbetween, we get a bit of banter with Dr. Strange, who is apparently going to appear in every single Marvel title this year. DC has John Constantine, the Stranger, Mister E, Dr. Occult, Zatanna and the rest: why can’t the Marvel Universe have just one more competent magician that can hang out on the astral plane?
Plus, the lack of exposition here is almost inexcusable, considering the storytelling. I suppose that Guggenheim thinks he’s saying something profound here, but it would have been helpful to have a bit more information on the Gorgon, and the other characters surrounding Logan’s previous resurrection(s), instead of wasting entire pages on dialogue like “But this whole time, really, you’ve only been fightin’ yourself.”
Rating: 4 out of 10