Writer: Benjamin Percy
Art: Juan Jose Ryp, Frank D’Armata, VC’s Cory Petit, Leinil Francis Yu, and Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: September 20th, 2023
Logan’s grand tour of the Marvel Universe begins here in the only way it could – face-to-face once more with the Incredible Hulk as Wolverine #37 by Benjamin Percy continues! But will they meet as friends or enemies? And WOLVERINE hunts down his remaining THREE CLONES from BEAST’s WEAPONS OF X, for in the end, there can be only one Logan!
Wolverine #37 was an incredibly fun team-up that ultimately saw Logan searching down his clones that were left after the Beast Dilemma. Many aspects of this issue fit well making this entire story quite enjoyable. For starters, it made sense. After the events from the Hellfire Gala, mutants were to be gone from Earth and if they were found, Orchis would kill ten humans for every one mutant. Therefore, Logan didn’t want to be held responsible for any of these clones causing the deaths of any humans inadvertently. So, Wolverine #37 was a quick romp set aside to track them down.
Readers, this issue is filled with action. Logan tracks down the three remaining clones and oddly teams up with the Hulk to do so. This aspect of Percy’s story just didn’t completely add up. Nevertheless, even with the forced team-up, fans will be able to quickly overlook that subtle plot thread in order to enjoy the story.
Now, in terms of each mini-story involved, it’s by far the first one that’s the most exciting. Nevertheless, the fight gets brushed over in order to move the narrative forward. I actually wish Percy took his time and built up each of the three clone showdowns. At a minimum, he could have dedicated an entire issue to each. However, the most intriguing Wendigo battle was quickly wrapped up, the cultist endeavor just came across as strange and uncharacteristic for even a Wolverine clone, and the special guest star/ antagonist gets wildly overlooked as this story quickly closes.
I have no problem speeding through a storyline if we are heading somewhere valuable and exciting. However lately, that hasn’t been the case. Additionally, I have a problem skimming over story beats if they have the potential to be something amazing. And a team-up with the Hulk tracking down Wolverine clones could have easily been an entire story arc or Mini that people would read the heck out of. Furthermore, due to the rapid nature of Wolverine #37, we merely get the highlights and little explanation. Fans, it works. The issue is fun. You’ll get loads of action. But the story could definitely have used some work which would have truly made this issue next level.
The best word to describe Wolverine #37 is potential. It oozed with glorious potential. However, the speed mixed with off-panel action at times limited what could have been a spectacular issue. Don’t get me wrong, this sucker was still pretty dang good. The art was aggressive, violent, raw, and everything you’d want from a Wolverine comic. Sure, it was a bit scratchy at times lacking in some realism at key moments. But it certainly did Wolverine #37 justice.
That said, this issue felt like a ton of material was grazed over and left on the cutting floor. I can’t help but think about a series involving Wolverine and the Hulk tag-teaming together to slaughter every last Wolverine clone. Whether it be a 6 issue story arc or its own Miniseries, that would have done more justice to the story itself. Let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless!