Writer: Benjamin Percy
Art: Federico Vincentini, Frank D’Armata, Adam Kubert, Frank Martin, VC’s Cory Petit, Jay Bowen, and Tom Muller
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: September 14th, 2022
As this A.X.E.: Judgement Day Tie-In kicks off, the Hand’s Hellbride searches for revenge against Wolverine and his X of Swords counterpart. Let’s dive into Wolverine #24 by Benjamin Percy as readers see what’s happening from the perspective of everyone’s favorite Canuck in hopes that maybe he can help put a stop to this judgment once and for all!
Finally, we are done with Deadpool! Percy can get back to Wolverine. However, we sadly have to use Wolverine as another tie-in issue for A.X.E.: Judgement Day. And realistically, Percy doesn’t have a choice. Is he supposed to start a parallel story? Sure, he could create a tale that begins retroactively after the event but then the placement of events becomes a bit too sticky. Alas, Percy was stuck creating a tale that puts one of the key mutants in the crosshairs. Nevertheless, it seems like Percy’s Wolverine run is always getting interrupted by some type of event. So, it’d be great to just simply get back to a Wolverine story. Actually, I’d love it if Wolverine would just get the heck out of Krakoa, break off the reservation, and beat to his own dang drum. Things on Krakoa have just grown a bit too stale at this point.
But with all the above being said, Wolverine #24 was a pretty intriguing issue, especially for a tie-in. Wolverine finds himself forced to partner up with a newly acquired nemesis that Percy has developed these past couple of years. And… it fits. The reasoning as to why they are teaming up, who’s chasing them and why makes sense logically with A.X.E.: Judgement Day just showing the creativity on display from Percy’s storytelling perspective.
This is what we’ve been missing from this title. The loner that’s headstrong and powered by an insane will to fight. The guy who fronts this insensitive, blunt exterior but would die for those who he cares about in an instant. The warrior juxtaposed with this cunning veneer that oftentimes comes across with some thorough underestimations. That Wolverine is back and in full effect this issue. And, it looks to be a classic tale on the horizon.
Additionally, I just wanted to point out something that Percy takes the time to do that many other writers oftentimes forget about in these larger events. And that’s how the general public appears to be taking the insane, apocalyptic event transpiring around the globe. Heck, there is this mountain-sized Celestial looking to judge the entire world, mutants claiming that they can raise the dead, and other beings called Eternals fighting amongst everyone. Wouldn’t you think the populous should be going nuts? Riots? Chaos? Well, Percy gives a sky view over the entire world showcasing exactly what the dynamic of the entire world looks like right now providing a more firm reality to the events transpiring.
Federico Vincentini and Frank D’Armata take on the illustrations duties in this week’s Wolverine #24 with some rather wicked and twisted moments to kick off the issue. Led by some darker tones and coloring, these two portray a feeling of death and misery awaiting the world as this Judgment Day comes closer. It’s the art team that practically seduces the reader early on and opens the door for some demonic adventures to come which overly capture the mood of the issue.
Sure, the action isn’t as robust in this week’s Wolverine #24 BUT there is violence aplenty. So, you won’t be disappointed. Additionally, the coloring was spot on causing this reviewer’s eyes to move almost subconsciously across each page stopping at all the important parts. Moreover, the end result was that of distinct, clear, and almost smooth renderings that were almost chilling to the bone. Fans of this duo should be excited to see what this art team is going to do within these next couple of issues.
Wolverine #24 places the emphasis back on Logan and uses A.X.E.: Judgement Day as a pretty solid reference point to rekindle a brooding relationship with a newly acquired nemesis. Percy weaves together some Wolverine history with a Marvel event while managing to cleverly tell a new story with his characters his way. To anyone who jumped ship during the Wolverine–Deadpool run, feel free to hop on board again seeing as that train has officially left the station.
To any fans interested in staying clear due to the A.X.E.: Judgement Day tie-in slapped on the side, don’t worry! A.X.E.: Judgement Day only provides the backdrop and set up for the events surrounding the issue. Plus, the summary pages will catch you up in no time if you haven’t been following along with the event to date. I highly recommend picking up Wolverine #24 and truly think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the story laid out in front of your eyes. Let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless!