Writer: Benjamin Percy
Art: Paco Diaz, Java Tartaglia, Dijjo Lima, VC’s Cory Petit, Adam Kubert, Frank Martin, and Tom Muller
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: November 24th, 2021
Lately, WOLVERINE has been crossing paths with some of his old friends. Most recently, Logan ran into his old buddy Maverick at Madripoor only for him to take a hard pass on joining the mutant nation of Krakoa. However, the last issue saw Maverick miraculously rejoining Krakoa for some karaoke, which seemed very out of character for WOLVERINE’S old friend. Nevertheless, Jeff Bannister was running into some problems off the island which resulted in him and his daughter on the run from what appears to be the X-Desk. Why you ask? Well, Bannister discovered that the X-Desk was stealing Krakoan tech and using it to spy on Krakoa happenings… mainly at Blobs bar. Let’s slash into WOLVERINE #18 by Benjamin Percy to see how Bannister, the X-Desk, and Maverick all fit into this espionage puzzle Logan’s gotten himself into now.
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Benjamin Percy delivers a quick, fast-paced, action-packed, showdown in this week’s WOLVERINE #18 that’s loads of fun and bellowing over with excitement. From being on the run to car chases, this week’s issue had all the makings of an action movie, and then some. Explosions, cascading array of bullets, backstabbing, and even some one-liners not only gave readers the perfect late 80s/ early 90s action movie feel but it was also what made WOLVERINE #18 so dang enjoyable. Sometimes, you just want to read a comic to get away while pushing your troubles aside for a couple of minutes… and that’s exactly what Percy does this week.
Paco Diaz does an absolutely outstanding job on this issue. Every character was built, uniform, and well defined just like you’d expect from a movie cluttered with action stars. Moreover, the character detail was impressive even down to the iris of the eyes and the veins in WOLVERINE’S arms as he releases his claws.
Heck, fans will even notice the outlined details of WOLVERINE’S claws in the shadows behind him as he’s fighting. Diaz was a stellar pick-up for this issue offering the perfect blend of comprehensive action with dynamic scene design and panel progression. Sure, Percy created the story beats but it was Diaz and his creative team that brought WOLVERINE #18 to life.
Fans will see the return of a prior storyline back in WOLVERINE #10, a fierce battle involving Maverick, and a quick story arc wrap that will put a smile on your face. Truthfully, not much happens nor is a ton of new information divulged. Plus, it’s not as if the story provides readers will any epic cliffhangers. However, this high-octane action melee will grab hold of your attention immediately leaving fans wondering how WOLVERINE #18 could possibly be done so fast. Fans of the series will certainly be pleased and should definitely check this one out. Let me know what you think, have a great Thanksgiving, and God Bless!