Hunt for Wolverine: Adamantium Agenda #4 Review

by Charles Martin on August 08, 2018

Hunt for Wolverine: Adamantium Agenda #4 Review
Writer: Tom Taylor
Penciller: R.B. Silva
Inker: Adriano di Benedetto
Colourist: Guru-eFX
Letterer: Joe Sabino
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Adamantium Agenda wraps up with precious little insight into the Hunt for Wolverine and a few superfluous revelations regarding Laura Kinney and the X-Men. The ongoing flashback to Logan's bomb-triggering adventure is completed too, delivering some obvious character insights: Logan's a heroic hero, but Tony Stark can be kind of a jerk.

In terms of the wider Hunt, all we gather from this series is that the baddies (not even clearly identified here as the Soteira organization) have swiped a ton of mutant DNA data from Mr. Sinister.

I was prepared to send this review down the "It's not a bad comic but it's just not connecting with me" road up until the final pages. There, a pair of shocking twists combine with some artistic stumbles to produce a few truly unpleasant pages. Tom Taylor and R.B. Silva are creators I generally like, but their performances in this issue and this series are just too diffused and too rushed. It doesn't feel like they particularly care about the Hunt for Wolverine, which begs the question: Why on Earth should readers care? 

Tom Taylor is hardly the first comics writer to twist an independent assignment and bend it towards his particular obsessions. Other current Marvel writers are guilty of this sin too. But it is a storytelling sin and it does hurt this title. The Adamantium Agenda just isn't robust enough to stand up to that sort of abuse.

No matter how much you like the book's putative stars or Logan or Laura Kinney, the results it delivers aren't impressive enough to justify the expense of buying the individual issues. When a future editor's note in X-Men: Red tells you to "see Adamantium Agenda #4," I urge you not to follow that lead unless you have a low-cost way to do so, e.g. Marvel Unlimited. 

Adamantium Agenda sputters across the finish line running on fumes. It manages to generate some interest in the final pages, but unfortunately, it's unflattering "who thought this belonged in the Hunt for Wolverine?" interest. This issue's destiny is to become a curious footnote on Laura Kinney's wiki page; as the conclusion to an independent story about a team of heroes looking for Wolverine, it's a bust. Our recommendation for Adamantium Agenda #4 lands firmly on skip it.

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This comic is too damn pink. Jess's Iron Jewel armour is pink, Mr. Sinister has pink zappy powers, and lighting tricks make Iron Man and Spider-Man look pink in the front half. Is Guru-eFX getting a Pepto-Bismol kickback?