Writer: Benjamin Percy
Art: Juan José Ryp, Frank D’Armata, VC’s Cory Petit, Leinil Francis Yu, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Jay Bowen, and Tom Muller
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: November 9th, 2022
Take a look at the all-new, all-savage Wolverine in this week’s Wolverine #27 by Benjamin Percy. Bannister’s been duped. And when the dust settles, there’s something…different about Logan. Wolverine’s saga in the Krakoan era takes a savage turn with a decision – and a betrayal – that changes everything!
Percy opens with a very creative, and somewhat confusing, opener to Wolverine #27 that assumes an incredibly Dark Beast, a Savage Wolverine, and a time hop that suggests Wolverine died and was hacked to pieces. As far as cold opens go, this one was violent, aggressive, and will no doubt lock readers into the story immediately. However, the excellent pacing takes us to a maniacal Beast tearing Wolverine apart solely because he thinks Logan is waning on his Krakoan views. Beast is nervous that Logan could easily be used against them at some point. And so, he literally cuts him apart. Now, all this is true, however, it still just proves how sick and twisted Beast has become which is an amazing plot thread to pull.
Readers, Beast has lost it. We finally get that Dark, twisted Beast in full effect that’s been hinted at but never touched. And he is literally off his rocker. The killing and murder alone without a second thought is so uncharacteristic of Beast… and I love it. My only hope now is that we don’t get some kind of switch-a-roo where we find out this was all some type of secret plan all along. Can we please follow this story out and make this Dark Beast a villain? Play out this storyboard and see where it goes. There really is some good meat on this bone that I hope gets ironed out and Percy is the perfect man for the job.
However, be prepared for the graphic nature of Wolverine #27 before tearing into this bad boy. It’s brutal and bloody. So, if that’s your thing, I’d run toward Wolverine #27 immediately. Moreover, this issue does a good job of reasonably cluing readers in on what happened in the last issue making Wolverine #27 a practical jumping-on point. Sure, you miss some of the logic as to how and why Wolverine and Bannister are captured. But, Wolverine #26 is another quick read that your shop probably still has for you to get your hands on.
Wolverine #27 is good. Percy is back. And readers get a thoroughly graphic tale that’s been missing in this series for quite some time. There is a whole lot of story to dig into with this premise and I’m excited to see where Percy takes this Dark Beast. Heck, maybe he can even spiral back and reconnect Colossus? For those that don’t remember, he appeared to join the Quiet Council long ago after murdering his wife but was also brainwashed. Could there be a connection with this Dark Beast too? My goodness, to have two mainstay X-Men as the villains makes for a strong story. Either way, even if it’s only this Dark Beast, readers get a wild tale that should excite fans for what’s to come in Percy’s run. And let’s not forget about Bannister. What happened to him? How does he play into all of this? So many fascinating questions still remain. Let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless!