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: May 10th, 2023
The landmark Weapons of X storyline continues as Beast makes a critical move against Wolverine. But…who is moving against Beast? Not who you think! And how does MAaerick play into this conflict? Let’s dive into Wolverine #33 by Benjamin Percy and find out!
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The twisted, frivolous nature of Beast has become out of control. Sheerly through his unbelievable actions, Beast ultimately deems himself above God. Death is meaningless to a man who can simply clone another body and put his consciousness back into it. And readers, this premise that Percy is toying around with through the Weapons of X project is something that many fans saw coming for years. How could anyone with the power to resurrect new bodies not let the power go to their head?
Additionally, it’s pretty cool to see mutiny amongst the Beasts. When given the proper mental capacity, why wouldn’t anyone want to rise up, take power, or even fight for their own life? These Beast clones are in the same boat, especially as they notice the dictator-like characteristics of Beast Prime. The Wolverines are too primal and merely do what they’re told. Yet, that’s not the case for the Beasts implying that Prime Beast may currently have the upper hand… but not for long. They most certainly will find a way to take him down. If anything, my guess is that’s exactly how his plan will collapse at some point. My only hope is that a Beast clone or two survive. Imagine the ramifications of that down the road!
As for the plot and story beats, nothing really emerges this week. The team of heroes to stop the Weapons of X is formed. Nevertheless, how are they going to overcome this threat? Moreover, how does it appear to be that Maverick can so easily take down these savage Wolverines? It’s made to look as though they are easier to manage… but how and why? Shouldn’t they be practically the same being clones of Logan? Additionally, shouldn’t the very same be true for the Beasts of Burden? It has yet to be stated that Beast implanted some extras into all these clones in order to control them. We could “assume” this but I feel like that’s a pretty huge plot thread that shouldn’t be “assumed” and ironed out further.
This may just be nitpicking but I hate when a cover doesn’t match the issue at all. I was expecting a throw-down between Beast and Wolverine, which most certainly was not the case in Wolverine #33. Moreover, the illustrations were a bit blurry and hard to understand at times making the details hard to distinguish between. Additionally, the color choices of deep blues and greens fit the story but almost muted the tone making many of the action sequences flat and hard to differentiate.
Wolverine #33 doesn’t really move the story forward at all. We learn who’s on the attack, who’s heading for Beast, and ultimately get further details on Beast’s Agenda. However, we knew all of this prior to the issue. The only new insight happens to be Beast’s attitudes and feelings towards life itself. The power has truly gone to his head. And sure, we knew this prior to Wolverine #33 with many of his actions. Yet, Percy hammers that angle home with his monstrous actions towards his Beasts, which one would assume he’d care for more than any others.
Additionally, I loved the mutiny and can’t wait to see what seeds are planted for future Wolverine issues to come. Overall, Wolverine #33 was fun but its necessity isn’t required. If you skipped Wolverine #33, you’d never miss a beat. So, its importance drops which undermines its connotation and reasoning for the cover price providing this reviewer with mixed emotions on its pertinence. Let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless!