It took me a while to get into the story for the new Wolverine title, but once when I understood what it was doing, I was completely on board.
Oftentimes, Wolverine titles will be about Logan slashing his way through a bunch of anti-mutant bigots, or they are about which one of Logan’s exes are there to fight him. Every once in a while, though, we get a good story about Logan self-healing or finding peace within himself, and that is exactly what Wolverine is about, especially in this issue.
While the story focuses in on a mission where Logan is fighting against the Flower Cartel, which is the illegal theft and distribution of the curative flowers from Krakoa, the main plot is actually about Logan actually coming to find forgiveness for himself. Yes, he is slashing his way through drug cartel members, but his thoughts are about how he has found a family with the X-Men.
There is a powerful scene in which Jeff Bannister says to Logan, “You know what your problem is? You are so convinced you’re bad, it gets in the way of being good.” He follows this up with “If I can get over you being a monster… you can too.”
Logan deflects most of the conversation, because that is what Logan does best (besides popping his claws and taking out bigots); however, it gives the reader a whole new perspective on Logan. It lets us see that Logan may come off as a tough guy, but deep down he is full of self-hatred and loathing. He punishes himself mentally and emotionally even though at the end of the day he is doing the right thing. The fact that he deflects this shows us as readers that Logan has not made peace with himself, nor has he found forgiveness. No matter how many people Logan helps, he still needs to learn how to help himself.
There are also some truly goofy moments in this issue. Magneto getting drunk at the bar is something I never thought I would see in a comic. Also the Cuckoos lifting Quentin Quire’s ego by flirting with him in exchange for Logan putting them in touch with young Cable for additional flirting is truly hilarious.
This issue of Wolverine is very good. We get to see the deeper side of Logan in a way that is not shown enough to the reader, which is handled beautifully by Benjamin Percy.