COMIC REVIEW: The Death of Wolverine #3 & #4 [SPOILER HEAVY]

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The Death of Wolverine #3

Charles Soule, Steve McNiven, Jay Leisten, Justin Ponsor

Marvel Comics

October 1, 2014

The cover of The Death of Wolverine #3 (Photo credit: Marvel Comics)

The cover of The Death of Wolverine #3 (Photo credit: Marvel Comics)

The last we saw of Wolverine, he was on the fictional island of Madripoor and had just been saved from Lady Deathstrike by Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat. Sabretooth had wounded him in his eye in an earlier attack and found out that someone is going around putting bounties on individuals who are in some sort of possession of adamantium, the world’s strongest metal.

To find out what happened in the previous two issues click here. And if you’re interested in finding out why Marvel Comics has decided to give Wolverine the axe, then click here.

So Wolverine has lost his healing power, had a bounty put on him (to bring him in alive) so big that every assassin and bounty hunter is looking or him. He’s lost the use of one of his eyes (thanks to Sabretooth) and knows that the person who went after Lady Deathstrike is an extremely formidable opponent. But hey, at least he has Shadowcat on his side.

Issue number three opens up where issue number two ends, in Viper’s hideout in Madripoor. We find a weakened Wolverine with Lady Deathstrike and Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat in the midst of a fight. Their quick skirmish is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen Shadowcat do; phase into someone’s body and solidify, thus making the person’s body explode.

Shadowcat phasing through Lady Deathstrike. (Photo credit: Marvel Comics)

Shadowcat phasing through Lady Deathstrike. (Photo credit: Marvel Comics)

As Lady Deathstrike retreats, Shadowcat gives Wolverine a temporary healing serum, which regrows his eye but doesn’t heal the scars that Sabretooth gave him minutes earlier.

Next, we find Wolverine and Shadowcat in Japan looking for Lord Ogun, who’s a master at martial arts and a very powerful telepath who can transfer his presence or possess other people. The art here is very beautiful. To me it almost has the look of a western-drawn manga.

Wolverine goes on to think out loud if he should find some place quiet and either grow old in peace or, as he places his knuckles under his chin in the thinking man’s position and says “snikt” – the sound of his claws as they protrude from his body.

Wolverine contemplating suicide in Japan. (Photo credit: Marvel Comics)

Wolverine contemplating suicide in Japan. (Photo credit: Marvel Comics)

As Wolverine and Shadowcat speak, it is apparent that Lord Ogun possesses Shadowcat. She then attacks Wolverine who is saved when Shadowcat regains control over her body.

Finally Wolverine finds out who put the contract on his head and makes a deal with Lord Ogun. If Wolverine will go willingly to Abraham Cornelius and turn himself in, then Lord Ogun promises to not kill his current host’s body. Wolverine agrees to this but wants Lord Ogun to let Cornelius know that he’s coming.

Abraham Cornelius was a scientist who worked for Weapon X and perfected the procedure to bond adamantium to the human skeleton. Now he’s back and seems to have unlimited funds in collecting all that he wants.

With that we come to The Death of Wolverine #4.

 

The Death of Wolverine #4

Charles Soule, Steve McNiven, Jay Leisten, Justin Ponsor

Marvel Comics

October 15, 2014

 

The cover of The Death of Wolverine #4 (Photo credit: Marvel Comics)

The cover of The Death of Wolverine #4 (Photo credit: Marvel Comics)

After its release being delayed for several weeks to build the hype, Wolverine’s death has finally come to be.

The fourth and final issue opens up quickly with Wolverine attacking Abraham Cornelius’ base. He quickly gets inside to find Cornelius working on several individuals who he calls his perfect creations.

Cornelius reveals that Wolverine was a mistake and now wants to correct that mistake by making more and even better killers than Wolverine was. The reason Cornelius wanted Wolverine alive was to harness his healing ability. When he’s enlightened to Wolverine’s current condition he tries to have him killed.

As Cornelius tries to escape, he starts the bonding process on his creations. Wolverine seems to stop the process by slashing through the tubes of adamantium. While doing that he is covered by liquid adamantium. Before Cornelius gets to the chopper he collapses because he’s been impaled by a piece of debris.

Wolverine takes a few steps as the adamantium begins to solidify and quickly reminisces on his life.

Wolverine confronting Cornelius. (Photo credit: Marvel Comics)

Wolverine confronting Cornelius. (Photo credit: Marvel Comics)

That’s it! That’s how Wolverine goes down… turned into an adamantium statue. He’s his own memorial. Now I have to say that I didn’t see his demise coming this way. Personally, I figured he would’ve gone out fighting till his last breath.

The only problem with this is that I believe that Wolverine could potentially come back and it doesn’t seem like it would be too difficult for that to happen. This is contrary to what Marvel has been saying, that they will be keeping him dead. It is what it is.

In the aftermath of Wolverine’s death, it’ll be interesting to see if anyone takes up the mantle of Wolverine. For instance, when a hero leaves or dies another character sometimes takes up the vacant spot like when James “Bucky” Barnes took over for Steve Rogers. And when Norman Osborne took over and rebranded SHIELD he created his own team of Avengers and made Wolverine’s son, Daken, the new Wolverine.

The other thing that remains to be seen is how Wolverine will be replaced on the teams that he was on. Being that he was a member of teams like the X-Men and Avengers, he’s left vacant positions that Marvel may use to promote other lesser known characters.

The only way I can honestly conclude a review about Wolverine’s death would be with an obituary.

James Howlett, known by most as Wolverine or Logan went home on October 15, 2014. A resident of Utopia and New York State born to John and Elizabeth Howlett. He served in many wars and battles, most notably with the Allies in World Wars I and II and the with the X-Men and Avengers. He was the original headmaster of the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning. He is survived by his children Laura (X-23) and Daken. He is predeceased by his loving wife Itsu, parents and countless friends.

“A death isn’t like losing a job or getting divorced. You don’t ‘get over it.’ You have to integrate it into your life. Learn to live with it. But life does get better.” -Wolverine Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America Vol 1 #4

Wolverine reminiscing about his life. (Photo credit: Marvel Comics)

Wolverine reminiscing about his life. (Photo credit: Marvel Comics)

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