Wolverine #1 (2014): Rogue Logan Part 1 of 4
This is the 6th volume of Wolverine titles
Wolverine #1 helps set up the "Wolverine will Die" story arc, which is the focus of this new series.
Wolverine Vol. 6, #1 Cover (2014)
Wolverine is now without his healing factor and is mortal. We see him attacking a Stratus facility (a satellite in orbit) with young mutants Pinch, Fuel, and Lost Boy, on a mission to free a prisoner. As it turn out, the prisoner is a Ninja of the Hand Clan. Logan takes a blow from a robotic guard, but his new ablative armor saves his life.
Wolverine #1-Logan Gets Shot
We see a flashback memory of Logan several weeks in the past as he talks to Ororo (Storm), and Victoria Frankenstein in the Guernica Bar in New York. Storm asks if Logan has realized that since he is now mortal, he now really has a future. We then see images in Logan's mind of him proposing to a woman, standing at a wedding with Scott Summers (clearly as friends; Scott possibly standing as Logan's Best Man), and an old, grey-haired and bearded Logan being feted by young X-Men at a retirement function. Logan responds to Storm by saying "Yeah. I been thinking about that. And you're right. I guess..."
Wolverine #1: Logan and Storm
Wolverine #1: Logan Thinks of His Future
The flashback shifts to a SHIELD facility where Natasha Romanov (Black Widow), is giving Logan firearms training. She has him shoot her own Life Model Decoy because, "You need to shoot at something that is, for you, emotionally difficult." Logan takes the gun and shoot the Black Widow LMD.
Wolverine #1-Logan and Black Widow
Following the flashback, Logan and Offer's Team travel back to The Offer's headquarters, where they find a Daily Bugle reporter, Mr. Monkton, who is about to be killed. Monkton had been impersonating a representative of Sabretooth, and had been found out. In the last scene, Logan says that they (meaning Offer's people), would not kill the reporter. Logan then shoots the man in the head.
To be continued, as they always are...
Analysis of Wolverine #1
: This comic book had good, clear art (pencils by Ryan Stegman), and the character's faces, especially in close-ups, conveyed the emotions of the moment. In this reviewer's opinion, that is one of the key features to good comic book art. The action scenes were also clear and easy to follow visually. The story by Paul Cornell was interesting, with the flashback set in the middle to provide some good background and show Logan's state of mind. It was fun to see Logan going to Black Widow for some training on how to kill people the old-fashioned way!
And the Black Widow LMD saying "Ow," (mostly off-panel) each time she was shot was a good, yet subtle, comedic touch.
This book, as most new #1's turn out to be, was primarily introductory to Logan's new state of being, and served well in that purpose. We are introduced to several new characters: The Offer, his Field Team of Pinch, Fuel, and Lost Boy, as well as his in-headquarters henchpersons Marcy and Heavy.
It will be interesting to see what kind of backgrounds or origins Paul Cornell provides for these characters as this sixth volume of Wolverine Titles gets under way. Oh, and this is part of the Marvel Now!
quasi soft reboot. Stay Tuned!
Writer: Paul Cornell
Pencils: Ryan Stegman
Pinch (1st Appearance)
Fuel (1st Appearance)
Lost Boy (1st Appearance)
The Offer (1st Appearance)
Reflex/Ninja-member of the Hand Ninja clan (1st Appearance)
Mr. Monkton-Daily Bugle reporter impersonating a representative of Sabretooth
Marcy-The Offer's tech-henchwoman (1st Appearance)
Heavy-The Offer's large henchman
NOTE: Pinch, Fuel, and Lost Boy all form part of The Offer's Field Team.
Flashback scene set in the Guernica Bar: