The Death of Wolverine #2 (Comics Review)

Last week Charles Soule and Steve McNiven debuted their first issue of Death of Wolverine, and it was a pretty great issue. The word is out in the supervillain-verse that Wolverine is vulnerable like never before, having lost his crucial healing factor, and someone out there has declared open hunting season on him. Charles Soule’s first issue on the series told a really fast-paced tale that also featured some great character moments and Steve McNiven’s art was close to being perfect as well. I didn’t care about the entire mini-event before, but now I most certainly do.

Unlike the last issue, there is a lot that happens in Death of Wolverine #2. Previously, he learned that Viper had put a hit out on him, and so he decided to go to Madripoor to deal with her. Of course, he can’t exactly get a direct audience with her, so he guiles his way into her base, and that’s like one of the best parts of the entire issue! Charles has greatly improved on his writing with this issue and shows that he really gets Wolverine, which was very gratifying, not to mention that all aspects of the artwork were also much better this time, with a really great opening splash page.

Wolverine can’t exactly kick down doors and go head-to-head with villains now that he has lost his one particular superpower and so it falls to him to do the subtle approach. Wolverine doesn’t really do subtle well, its not his style, but with the opening pages of this issue, Charles Soule shows just how naturally Wolverine takes to that kind of a persona. Because Logan’s subterfuge in the opening pages is clearly some of the best writing that Charles has done to date. By far.

And as if that wasn’t enough, there’s a particular fight-scene in the middle of the issue which shows just how lethal and effective Wolverine is even without the use of his healing factor or his bone-claws. He takes out a bunch of bad guys with just his bare hands, and that entire sequence conveyed his inherent lethality really well. The man has been around for several decades and he has all that experience to draw upon. Great touch by Soule.

Additionally, there are ample references to other heroes and villains in the Marvel universe, not to mention that Soule occasionally touches upon Wolveirne’s history and relationships as well, especially when a certain surprise character shows up towards the end, or even right at the end itself, which was startling and pleasing equally.

With this issue, I think that Soule shows he really understands the character here. He crams in a lot of things definitely, but he also navigates them better than I expected of him. Given my previous experiences with his work, I didn’t care about this comic all that much, but the first issue changed my thinking last week and all that the second issue has done is continue along that path.

The characterization of the villain Viper and Sabretooth, not to mention the four cameo-ing guests, is another thing that stuck out for me. Viper in particular was easily another great element, as was Sabretooth himself, but the others were a bit more… ephemeral. The reveals of their presence in this issue and in Madripoor is handled well enough for my tastes, and that Soule juggles them all so well speaks to his skills. To be honest, this series has made me quite the Soule-convert, and I am totally fine with that. If comics like these are what Soule is going to deliver on for the next few weeks, then I am totally here for the finish line.

With Steve McNiven on pencils we have Jay Leisten on inks, Justin Ponsor on colours and Chris Eliopoulos on letters. The art here was a step above that found in the previous issue. Much better facial expressions, much cleaner pencils, more attractiveness and oomph to the colours. Almost everything seemed to have been improved upon from the last time and I find that surprising since this is a weekly title and there isn’t all that room for practical improvement. Seemingly, because that is exactly what Niven and Co. do.

A pulse-pounding issue with some really great moments.

Rating: 9.5/10

More Death of Wolverine: #1.

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Posted on September 11, 2014, in Comics Reviews, Review Central and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

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