Return of Wolverine #1 Review

by Hussein Wasiti on September 19, 2018

Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Steve McNiven
Inker: Jay Leisten
Colourist: Laura Martin
Letterer: Joe Sabino
Wolverine's back! Again…? It's been a year since Marvel Legacy came out, which reintroduced Logan to the Marvel universe after his brief death. I didn't read any of the Hunt for Wolverine books because that must have been a massive waste of time, since I've found Wolverine! He's right here! Based on the events of this issue, this takes place before Marvel Legacy and Logan has some form of amnesia again, so we'll be treading water until this series is over before we even get the full return of Wolverine.
Steve McNiven means a lot to me as I love his work so much, but there's something missing here. It could be that colourist Matthew Wilson is a better fit for his work, as Laura Martin's colours don't do much to impress despite the book's gorgeous opening pages. McNiven's linework looks a bit rushed, and some panels near the end of the issue even look atrocious. I'm glad Declan Shalvey is jumping onto this book, as it needs a proper, consistent artist for me to take it seriously.
Charles Soule hasn't impressed me in a good long while and I feel no differently here. The basis of this story is interesting, as Logan has some seriously weird stuff going on in his head that Soule is actually handling very well. Other than that, I'm confused by the characters, and the villain in particular. Maybe the Hunt for Wolverine books explained it, not that it matters anyway. I found him! This book is boring, however, and I'm officially not looking forward to the rest of this book.
Fans of Wolverine will check this out no matter what but I implore as many people to stay away from this as possible. This is pretty bad, boring, and sloppy. The artwork isn't as good as advertised and we won't even see McNiven again until the fifth and final issue of the book. Skip this.

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