Ever wanted a quick and dirty comic book that’s entertaining as hell? Enter Wolverine: Black, White & Blood, a new anthology series from Marvel Comics. Each issue features multiple stories and every story features Wolverine in only black, white, and red colors. In its first iteration, Gerry Duggan, Adam Kubert, Matthew Rosenberg, Joshua Cassara, and Declan Shalvey aim to deliver varying tales in Logan’s life, and because red is their only color, you know blood is spilled.
The first story by Duggan and Kubert — with colors by Frank Martin — focuses on the days when Wolverine was in Weapon X. The art takes center stage here with Kubert drawing impressive layouts, first with one sporting 36 panels, the turn of the page revealing a full double-page spread, which then with another turn of the page reveals a 20-panel layout. It’s a cool way to slow down the story, speed it up with a splash, and slow it down again. Since these scenes showcase Weapon X slicing and dicing, it’s as if the creators want to show off the surgery Weapon X can inflict on a giant beast.
As a fan of Weapon X tales, this one delivers big time. It features Wolverine’s abilities, but also how he was tortured and treated like an animal. Duggan doesn’t let you forget Logan was a victim in all this, even though he was killing left and right. It’s a good story that’s visually stunning.
Next up is Rosenberg and Cassara’s story with colors by GURU-eFX, delving into the days when Logan was Nick Fury’s agent. The story gets pretty gory — Casssara shows many different ways Wolverine can maim heads — and yet it is quite tactical. Rosenberg reveals how Wolverine can stick to a plan and he’s not all berserker rage. This story also helps convey Wolverine as a blunt weapon and can be used in very blunt ways.
Finally, Shalvey explores a very cursed cabin as Logan attempts to save a baby. This story shows us a Wolverine who is a wanderer looking out for those who need help. Out in the mountains, Wolverine is alone but hears the call of someone who needs help. Soon he’s fighting off the culprits of a terrible act. There are multiple intense teeth-gritting moments that reminded me of Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of the character. Certainly, Wolverine must go into berserker mode, but Shalvey seems to be showing us how he must do so at times to power through.
Wolverine: Black, White & Blood is a great way to experience Wolverine as it features different sides of the character with three different styles of art. This doesn’t drown in blood so much as revel in it, while never losing sight of the heart of Wolverine.
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