Wolverine is on a mission after the Marauders’ boat was destroyed in X-Force. Always best alone, Wolverine is knocking heads and taking names in Wolverine #14, making for a classic solo mission. Given his proclivity to get jobs done that most can’t, Benjamin Percy and Adam Kubert aim to show how far the mystery of a boat burning down will take him.
The overall feel to this issue will bring back longtime fans to the heyday of Wolverine going it alone in Madripoor. Percy writes a moody Wolverine that suits this kind of story while Kubert adds plenty of mood and grunge to the city scenes. Wolverine gets to employ varying tactics, from the rough stuff, to threats, to sniffing things out literally and figuratively. It takes him on an epic turn or two in this single issue.
That gives the book a wide-sweeping feel that suits Wolverine while building on larger implications. Those implications involve Arakki mutants, more specifically one mutant Percy once dubbed Wolverine’s arch-nemesis. That gives this story a little extra purpose that will build towards something fans have been expecting for some time.
This issue has an episodic feel with each scene feeling self-contained. This works to give each scene a clear beginning, middle, and end, from one-page scenes to three pagers which make each scene easy to enjoy in its own right. It also gives the issue a good pace overall.
It also hinders the flow a bit, though. One example of this is when Emma Frost shows up as if she’s been dropped into the narrative to give Logan more motivation. She’s then not in the narrative from there. We also get Wolverine in Madripoor in one scene, then in Krakoa the next. The issue seems to be missing the connective tissue–or in comics terms transitional scenes–to link things together. That may be due to the lack of pages in a comic book or could be explained since there are Krakoa portals to zip around, but it can be jarring.
Wolverine #14 is an intriguing start to a new chapter for Logan that has an old-school feel longtime Wolverine fans won’t want to miss. It also zips along with a good pace, though it does feel like it’s missing connective tissue between scenes at times. All in all, it’s a solid start to Wolverine figuring out his new Arakki nemesis.
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