Hunt for Wolverine #1 Review: Doesn’t Add Much New to the Tale, But Still an Engaging Read

Posted by April 25, 2018 Comment

Hunt for Wolverine #1
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Writer: Charles Soule, Artists: David Marquez and Paulo Siqueira, Inkers: David Marquez and Walden Wong, Color Artists: Rachelle Rosenberg and Ruth Redmond, Letters: VC's Joe Sabino, Cover by: Steve McNiven, Jay Leisten, and Laura Martin, Variant Covers by: Marco Checcetto, Elizabeth Torque, and Nolan Woodard; Adam Kubert and Dan Brown; Mike Deodato and Morry Hollowell, Assistant Editors: Annalise Bissa and Christina Harrington, Editors: Jordan D. White and Mark Paniccia, Special Thanks: Mike O'Sullivan, Publisher: Marvel Comics, Release Date: Out Today, Price: $5.99

The Reavers are going after the Adamantium statue in which the body of Logan sits dead. The X-Men arrive to stop them. A battle ensues, and the Reavers discover that the body of Wolverine is not actually inside. We learn that Kitty Pryde was able extract it so that they could properly bury him. However, Logan’s body isn’t even in that spot.

Hunt for Wolverine #1 cover by Steve McNiven, Jay Leisten, and Laura Martin
Hunt for Wolverine #1 cover by Steve McNiven, Jay Leisten, and Laura Martin

In a follow-up story, Kitty goes to Tony Stark to ask for help in tracking down Wolverine’s body. Plus, she pays Daredevil a visit. Unfortunately, Lady Deathstrike finds out from one of the Reavers that Wolverine may be alive too.

That summary is a little more spoiler-y than usual for me, but we all saw this coming. From the day that Death of Wolverine started, we saw this one coming. In fairness, I’m surprised it took them this long to bring back Logan, even though Old Man Logan and a new Wolverine have been running around since the beginning of “All-New, All-Different Marvel,” and Sabretooth has been sort of filling in even longer than that.

That said, I have trouble working up anything more than minor annoyance at superhero death and revival anymore. I know I and everyone else will just forget about it and enjoy the books somewhere down the line, so I’ve just moved ahead to the “is the book actually any good stage.” I’m not saying everyone needs to do that; that’s just where I’m at.

So, is Hunt for Wolverine #1 any good? Yeah, it’s alright. It doesn’t tell you anything new, really. The second half is just setting up for the spin-offs, even if I appreciate just getting that out of the way in a back-up spot. A weird amount of time is spent showing how down-and-out the Reavers are, but even that I appreciated to a degree. The book doesn’t even pretend that Logan is still dead, which is good since those “Where is Wolverine” spots have been so heavily advertised.

It’s cool seeing the X-Men come together and deal with the complicated feelings they have about Wolverine. Flashbacks show us even Cyclops trying to grapple with the animosity he and Logan held for one another towards the end, and that was a solid scene.

The fight between the X-Men and the Reavers was solidly fun. It does feel like a last desperate stand for the Reavers, and that adds a little something to it.

Hunt for Wolverine #1 art by David Marquez and Rachelle Rosenberg
Hunt for Wolverine #1 art by David Marquez and Rachelle Rosenberg

David Marquez is a reliably great artist at this point, and this comic shows why that is. He works well in the realm of visual realism while still adding his own touch to faces and other details that make it definitively his. Rachelle Rosenberg does some great color work in that part. Paulo Siqueira does the second half, and it looks great too. Daredevil looks especially stunning in Siqueira’s brand of stylized realism. Ruth Redmond’s color work looks really good too.

So, Hunt for Wolverine #1 was solidly good. It doesn’t add much new to the story, but it retells what we already know in an entertaining manner. Charles Soule seems passionate about this. The artistic team do top notch work. Even at a frustrating $5.99 US, I can recommend it. Check it out.

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Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.

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