Wolverine #25 Review

Writer: Benjamin Percy

Art: Federico Vicentini, Frank D’Armata, VC’s Cory Petit, Tom Muller, Jay Bowen, Greg Land, Jay Leisten; Juan Ferreyra, Kyle Charles, Andrea Di Vito, Klaus Janson, Emma Kubert, Guillermo Ortego, Frank Martin, and Adam Kubert

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Price: $3.99

Release Date: October 12th, 2022

CELEBRATING 25 ISSUES OF LOGAN’S LATEST RUN! – AN A.X.E. TIE-IN! A desperate race to the top of the world forces Wolverine to team-up with Solem!  But will the Hand’s Hellbride bring them to an untimely end, or will the Celestial doom the unlikely team-up?  Let’s slash into Wolverine #25 by Benjamin Percy!

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THE DISPATCH

Percy provides fans with a rather complex story involving Wolverine’s judgment. However, what fans will discover before Wolverine #25 wraps is that Logan appears to be much harder on himself than any spiritual, cosmic, god-like entity could ever be. Alas, as simple as Wolverine #25 sounds (and it was), the comic was actually quite confusing and exceptionally wordy. Furthermore, the story barely utilizes Solem, the Hellbride, or even the Celestial. It turns out, the issue is centered around Wolverine fighting through an Arctic storm, showing grace, struggling with personal forgiveness, and metaphorically realizing he deserves the very same.

However, the most confusing aspect of Wolverine #25 was the art. This issue is extremely busy and exceedingly dark with weird panels and sharp edges. Furthermore, the snow and wind mixed with these darker tones and whites made the comic hard to distinguish, especially between the characters. Additionally with the story taking place in the Arctic, the characters were mostly wearing heavy coats making them unrecognizable at times. Coupled with the small panel progressions and excess dialogue, fans will find this tale a bit underwhelming.

HOME IS WHERE THE BAR IS

Yet with this being sort of an “anniversary” issue, Percy adds a tale that summarizes Wolverine’s life, his style, and his connection to what makes him feel the most at home… bars! Honestly, it came across as more cute than rough, bad$&$, and macho. I get the premise that Percy was going for… Home is Where the Bar is… but it was just a bit overdone. That said, the art during the Bar Brawl story was head and shoulders above the first story. It was clean, precise, bright, and vibrant. There is no doubt the backup brought up my score overall.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Wolverine #25 doesn’t do much to tie into the A.X.E.: Judgment Day event nor does it evolve the Solem/ Hellbride/ Wolverine story well. Ultimately, readers get a royally confusing issue put together with dark renderings, small panels, and disproportionate dialogue. And in the end, all fans discover is that Logan simply can’t forgive himself even if a Celestial can. Nevertheless, the mini tribute as Wolverine #25 wraps does brighten up this “anniversary” issue a bit more. However, it more or less pays homage to Wolverine in a somewhat comic version of a country song about bars.

So, should you snag this issue of Wolverine? Sadly, probably not this month. It doesn’t advance the event or the personal Wolverine story or agenda. Hopefully, the next story arc warrants sticking with this series. Let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless!

7/10

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