If I had a say in it I’d name Claws of a Killer the best miniseries capturing the hunt for Wolverine (so far). It has an interesting cast of villainous characters, gritty looking art, and zombies. You can’t beat zombies. Plus, there is some promise we’ll get a little bit closer in finding Wolverine, or at the very least learning something about him by the end of the story arc.
So what’s it about?
Read our preview.
Why does this matter?
The hunt for Wolverine is on and each of these books appears to be tracking a different sort of mystery. This series involves zombies that make our protagonists incapable of healing, which seems logical given it involves Wolverine somehow.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
If you like zombies and action, you’ll like this issue. If you like them both together you’ll love it. Writer Mariko Tamaki further establishes whatever type of zombies we’re dealing with here they’re capable of turning off healing factors. There’s a lot to like on the action front, with Daken taking on a guy with a sword and a lot of gunplay too.
The art is aided by Mack Chater this week with Butch Guice in the lead. They both supply ample grit and grime to the story and some nice layout work. Highlights include a pretty boss explosion, lots of gory, sharp things going into people, and some rather gross looking zombies. Color artist Dan Brown is, of course, a factor in making these images feel real and downright nasty. Given the characters involved — Sabretooth, Lady Deathstrike, and Daken — they better feel real because they fight on a street level of superherodom.
It can’t be perfect can it?
This is one of those issues you know will be a great chapter in the collected edition, but it breezes by so damn fast you barely know what hit you as a single issue. That’s partly due to how much action there is, but also because there are few new details in regards to the mystery. Instead, Tamaki has laid out great situations for the characters to overcome, but little in the way of detective work or even character work. That makes this somewhat flat in the grand scheme of things, but when reading in a collection I’m sure most won’t even notice.
Is it good?
A good issue that’s heavy on the action and light on new details. It’s well drawn and a blast, but also a super fast experience.
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