Death of Wolverine #2

by Tori B. on September 11, 2014

Apparently when you’re close to death, it’s an opportune time to do things you’ve never considered before. …Like perhaps a drastic hair change.
Writer: Charles Soule
Artists: Steve McNiven, Jay Leisten, & Justin Ponsor
Cover: Steve McNiven, Jay Leisten, & Justin Ponsor
Publisher: Marvel
Death of Wolverine just keeps getting better and better. …Story wise; the fact that he’s dying and we’re getting closer and closer to it, in fact, is not better (it’s the end of my world as I know it, actually).
Logan has made it to Madripoor in search of the one and only who put the hit out on him and he’s on a singular mission to get answers. How he goes about doing it, well that’s where all the fun comes in.
Soule’s ability to weave Logan’s rich history throughout the Marvel universe into this little series is bewildering, and leaves a strong impact on the reader. Each issue brings about many characters that are significant to Wolverine’s story, many not for the better, and it’s a shame that these are the characters that he’s seeing on his final journey, but also incredibly typical.
There are classic Wolverine characters that show up in this round, each appearance of each character out doing one another, and it’s not only a testament to Soule’s writing but a long standing ovation to everyone who has been a part of Logan’s story and the fact that a character can evoke such strong emotions is thrilling.
This issue certainly reads way more exciting than the first one; nothing says fun more than Madripoor. Plus there’s a lot more one on one time between Wolverine and his foe, so the action scenes are closer up, intense instead of a wild frenzy, which draws the reader in more intimately perhaps. They know these characters. They know these characters well.
I mentioned that there were hair changes involved because he’s a dying man so what better way than to change his identifying locks that he’s been sporting for decades. Let it be known his new do (okay—it’s actually practical too and not merely for aesthetic purposes) looks incredibly well on him making McNiven the few artists who I’d let get away with changing Logan like that. But all is not changed in fact, Logan brings back his old eye patch look, once again tying his long and coloured past with his present story.
What’s most jarring about it, thanks to the smooth writing that Soule delivers is that while reading through the Death of Wolverine, it kind of just hits you, just how long of a history Wolverine has had, and what he’s done, who he’s met and it’s absolutely brilliant storytelling.
…in fact it’s leaving this review fairly emotional.

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