Death Of Wolver­ine

Lo­gan’s fi­nal run

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Pub­lisher: Mar­vel Writer: Charles Soulle Artists: Steve McNiven, Jay Leis­ten, Justin Pon­sor

It’s hard not to

be cyn­i­cal about su­per­hero deaths. In to­day’s over- sat­u­rated mar­ket­place, one of the eas­i­est ways to grab at­ten­tion is to say, “Look which fa­mous su­per­hero we’re killing off this week!” Both Mar­vel and DC have overused this tac­tic to ridicu­lous lev­els over the last 20 years, but while the death of leg­endary X- Men mem­ber Wolver­ine may be a bla­tant sales tac­tic, at least Mar­vel have given him a rel­a­tively fit­ting send- off in this slick four- is­sue minis­eries.

Death Of Wolver­ine fol­lows up Paul Cor­nell’s re­cent run on the character; hav­ing lost his heal­ing fac­tor, Wolver­ine’s fi­nally fac­ing the end of his life. With news of his mor­tal sta­tus hav­ing got­ten out, plenty of old en­e­mies are look­ing for payback, and the story shifts from Canada to Madripoor and Ja­pan as Lo­gan tries to fend off his ad­ver­saries and pre­vent a po­ten­tial re­vival of the Weapon X pro­gram that cre­ated him.

The pro­lific Charles Soule’s script pulls off the heady mix of griz­zled at­ti­tude and grim, hard- edged ac­tion you’d ex­pect from any Wolver­ine ti­tle, and is aided by mus­cu­lar, en­er­getic work from Steve McNiven and Jay Leis­ten on art du­ties. Ad­mit­tedly, the story has all the depth of a com­puter game beat- emup and the is­sues are over­priced, but there’s a well- played sense of doom, and Lo­gan’s fi­nal demise is touch­ingly played – if un­likely to re­main per­ma­nent for long… Saxon Bul­lock One of Charles Soule’s cur­rent runs, sci- fi thriller Let­ter 44, is be­ing worked up for Syfy by di­rec­tor Jonathan Mos­tow.

Wolver­ine’s di­ag­nos­tic se­quence ex­ter­nalised.

That’s one hard Dick.

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