Wolverine is a tragic character largely because he’s treated like a subhuman animal. Case in point, Wolverine #27, which continues Ben Percy’s story arc titled “The Beast Agenda.” That’s right, all the baggage of Beast is coming to a head in this latest story arc which features some of the slickest-looking art you’ll see by Juan Jose Ryp.
Wolverine #27 opens in the Hatchery, where we see Logan awake from his sack. After a bit of color commentary from Hope about Wolverine’s state of mind is brought back to life, Beast enters with a wreath to put around his neck. A questionable act, to say the least, especially coming from Beast. Cut to a wild two-page sequence of people alive on the left and horribly massacred on the right. You get the picture, as we learn, Beast uses Wolverine like a blunt weapon.
These revealing scenes involving Beast come to a head and connect back to where we left off in the last issue, as Beast aims to buy Wolverine at auction. The premise of this issue allows Percy and Ryp to lean into the berserker violent side of Wolverine and show off Beast and his many strengths. That includes a cool action sequence with Beast, who rarely fights these days.
It’s fascinating to see Percy explore Beast and his turn as an immoral and ethically corrupt hero. The missing eye acts like a reminder Beast has yet to die during this era, and maybe the version we’re getting is far more evil and corrupt because he’s lasted so long. It’s just one theory, but it would justify the character’s villainous turn compared to his past positive and heroic self.
Meanwhile, Percy makes you feel for Wolverine, who is again treated like a machine for killing. It’s tragic, and seeing him murder without remorse will make you hate Beast a little more.
Sage continues to show she’s got a severe drinking problem, and it’s fun to see how Percy seems to be saying the worse she gets, the worse Beast gets. One can imagine something has got to give, although Sage hasn’t reached a breaking point yet. Aside from this, there’s a revealing moment for X-Force, but for the most part, this issue is more of a puzzle to figure out regarding what Beast is up to.
Ryp’s art is highly detailed, with a warm glow added over it by color artist Frank D’Armata. Details in the goo covering Wolverine and his body hair can be seen in the preview, and his style practically demands you linger on pages. The style is reminiscent of Geof Darrow when it comes to characters, with every fold captured in a suit jacket or every flower drawn in great detail for a plant-based Krakoan lion.
Logan’s worst nightmare continues in Wolverine #27 as Beast further loses his moral and ethical standards. Captured in vivid detail by Ryp, Wolverine is building towards a revenge plot fans won’t want to miss.
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