Benjamin Percy has masterminded what may end up as one of the biggest Wolverine stories ever told. X Lives of Wolverine and this week’s X Death of Wolverine have taken over the X-line of comics through January and now February. In X Deaths of Wolverine, a mysterious Terminator-like Wolverine dressed in a Warlock-looking suit is hunting Moira. Can she survive, especially after being cast out of Krakoa and with Mystique on her tail?
If the cover is any indication, fans can expect Wolverine’s family jumping on board the X Deaths of Wolverine train this week. In fact, Percy spoke a bit about the Wolverine family team-up in X-Men Monday back on February 7th when he said, “hopefully, it will be as meaningful as it is fun and kinetic to have them all hacking and slashing and bickering together. Wolverine is not exactly the greatest dad in world history.”
This issue opens with Laura and Gabby hanging on Krakoa, but soon Laura aka Wolverine is tasked with helping Xavier with a little problem. That problem is very much the Terminator Wolverine that has been tearing through people left and right–and does so again here–so it appears it takes a Wolverine to stop a Wolverine.
Clearly, Percy is having fun with the Wolvie-family, as is evident in the preview with Gabby asking Laura if she would prefer a claw to pop out of her butt. Crude runs in the family. Daken is written and drawn well too, with an emo attitude problem that’s evident from the minute he speaks.
Speaking of drawing, Federico Vicentini does a fantastic job with this issue. The action is intense, and the Terminator Wolverine looks great. The colors by Dijjo Lima make the yellow techno look pop. There’s also a lot of mayhem when it comes to casualties and it’s great to see the level of detail Vicentini puts into every screaming face and onlooker as Wolverine dices up people.
There’s some insane action, too — the kind that you could blink and miss even in a comic book. In one panel, for instance, Wolverine shoots the knees out of two attackers by pointing a severed arm holding a gun at them as it fires.
If the last issue was the 100-meter dash, this issue is a five-minute mile with a lot more to chew on as far as story and plot. While Wolverines are fighting, Moira’s story is developed well, giving her more to do and explaining why she’s such a threat to future Terminator Wolverine. What makes her portion of the story work so well is how Percy unveils details about a man she works with and you slowly start to see how she’s been driven to work with a potential threat. It’s a little hard to believe the guy helping Moira goes from hostage to helper, but given the sci-fi elements this story is working with you’ll go with it.
X Deaths of Wolverine #3 delivers excellent action, plot progression, and hints at what is going on on a deeper level. It also leans into the Wolverine family that doesn’t forget to be fun in the face of extreme violence and foreboding. X Deaths of Wolverine is a great blend of mayhem and satisfying storytelling.
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