Last month’s issue of Wolverine was a standout, with the titular hero resuming his role as Patch to sneak into a black market auction site full of metahuman-related paraphernalia. Among the goods on sale was Maverick, Logan’s old-time teammate and many-time nemesis. Shaking off the effects of his latest mind-wipe, Maverick agrees to fight alongside Logan once again…at least until they make their way out. This month’s Wolverine #10 picks up there. What’s next for Maverick? What about Logan and his continued reflections on the topic of reflection itself?
Before the bigger questions, I’ll dive into the first thing that stands out about this issue: Adam Kubert’s artistic abilities. The page compositions continue to be stellar, with variances in panel shape, size, and sequence befitting their content and the visual flow of action. The first two pages stand out for their effective use of white space; the emptiness matches that of Maverick’s mind, with panels and blots of color popping up like the character’s limited memories. There’s a real sense of the characters being surrounded by both a mental fog and the literal mob that’s attacking them.
Because of the heavy use of white space early on, the world feels that much larger as the issue progresses and we get more detailed visuals. There are a number of great two-page spreads featuring a larger overarching image in the background with various close-ups via rectangular panels scattered across them. The most striking of these is an outside view of Madripoor, with colorist Frank Martin’s beautiful oranges and pinks perfectly showcasing both the hustle and bustle of human life and lit buildings as well as the ebb of water beneath the docks.
The city feels all the more busy and alive thanks to Kubert’s choice of perspective: tall buildings jut upward as far as the eye can see, with no sky in sight. We get a contrasting two-page spread of Krakoa later in the issue that’s full of foliage and greens and blues, a nice contrast from the harder red and yellow tones used in more action-heavy scenes.
The issue is also strong writing-wise, courtesy of Benjamin Percy. Maverick and Logan’s discussions about Krakoa continue to highlight Logan’s mixed thoughts: even as he defends his homeland he shows some reservations, but that doesn’t mean he’s lying about how nice it is to have a home. There’s also a great line encapsulating Logan’s views on fondness for history and the collection of artifacts: “Guess it’s easier for some people to treasure what’s already done instead of wrestling with what needs doing.” It’s thought-provoking in its own right, and all the more so as Logan carries on in this starkly different era of mutant sovereignty.
With as promising as the glimpses at Maverick’s current status quo and teammates are, it’s initially a bit disappointing how quickly his last mission alongside Logan is sped through. With that said, it very much feels like we’re being shown what toys are on the table for the creative team to play with and develop more later on. Less positively, I will say that the last few pages are a bit lacking in terms of layout. The issue closes out the way it opened with large swaths of white space, but here the emptiness doesn’t reinforce the contents in a particularly meaningful or even aesthetically pleasing way, it just feels like literal emptiness.
There are lots of X-fans who have read more than their fair share of X-Men stories but have nonetheless steered clear of Logan’s solo series. By and large, I’m one of them. But, as with much of the current X-line, skipping out on this iteration of the character would be a mistake. Wolverine is one of the best ongoing comics I’m reading right now, and this month’s issue is a great showcase of why that is.
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