Writer: Ben Percy
Art: Adam Kubert, Frank Martin, VC’s Cory Petit, and Tom Muller
Release Date: March 25th, 2020
Wolverine finds himself… lost and possibly out of his mind. Someone or possibly something is playing tricks on him. The issue opens with Wolverine more feral than he’s been in quite some time. However, Victor does manage to bring that side out of him rather easily doesn’t he? But wait, I thought Sabretooth was thrown into the heart of Krakoa to be digested for centuries to come? Well, if that’s the case, who is Logan fighting out in this frozen tundra and why? Let’s claw our way through WOLVERINE #2 by Ben Percy and see what secrets we can uncover as this vicious tale continues.
Ben Percy cultivates a deeply dark and quite disturbing second installment that will slice you in the gut. When you think he zigs, Percy actually zags. When expecting a twist, he throws the gas line wide open and throws a match on that puppy. This issue was nothing like I expected but everything the X- titles need. It’s edgy and raw with a second helping of violence that’s abrasive, gruesome, and intense. Percy has used his canvas to intertwine X-FORCE and the MARAUDERS titles up into his WOLVERINE issue masterfully. To anyone that enjoys continuity and connected universes, Percy is beating their drum fierce, which is another perfect description of this series to date.
As taxing as the drug angle may seem to those on the outside looking in, this issue will definitely surprise you. MARAUDERS as been hitting the narcotic perspective hard since the series began but Percy neatly grabs one small piece of the puzzle and blows the gates off the hinges. Truthfully, I can’t elaborate on too much without spoiling a variety of details in the issue. However, I can simply say this: the first few pages will seem confusing to start but hang in there. Everything will become crystal clear about 10 pages into the issue. Furthermore, the two unexpected gut punches will really hit fans hard and leave you wanting the next issue pronto.
As for Adam Kubert’s art, it blends well with the style and tone of the comic. It’s also a bit coarse, natural, and violent, which gives this series its explicit attitude. But again, it’s what makes this issue exceedingly dark and jarring. I personally am a huge fan of crisp, clean, bright, and realistic illustrations. This is really not that type of book. However, Kubert’s style is compatible and sympathetic to the story being told, which I respect as a reader. It might not fit my tastes entirely but it suits the series like a glove. Additionally, Kubert nails the character’s facial expressions and helps set the mood for this insipid tale.
Readers, be prepared for a side of Wolverine we haven’t seen for a really long time. Percy and Kubert create a comic that’s wildly dynamic and beautifully paced with haunting qualities that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Sure, this issue definitely feels familiar. However, the plot still feels substantial and ultimately drew me into the story. You’ll feel for all the characters involved, including Logan, and leave the issue struggling with your stance on the series moving forward. Percy may have painted himself into a corner with some of Wolverine’s actions in this comic. We shall see how the Quiet Council handles the events of issue two. Nevertheless, Wolverine and X-Men fans need to grab this issue immediately. This comic was fantastic and I highly recommend making room for this series on your pull list. Hit me up with questions and comments. I’d love to know what you think!
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