Written by: Jock
Art by: Jock
Color by: Lee Loughridge
Published by: Marvel
Savage Wolverine is back!! And with a new creative team and new story line it’s better than ever!
What’s that you say? You’ve never read a single issue of Savage Wolverine before? That is just fine. This issue is the perfect place for new readers or those looking for an alternative to the other Wolverine title (no offense Paul Cornell!) to jump on!
This arc begins with Wolverine in space! And while that does sound rather unappealing, (I won’t be pressuring Marvel to make that movie any time in the near future) it only takes up the first two pages. The rest of the time it appears Wolverine has found himself on Mars (just a guess from the red coloring used for his surroundings) for reasons currently unknown. There, he is attacked by “evil flying starfish” and then must face a giant mutant caterpillar. By the end of the book an unknown kid is sent to “Mars” to find Wolverine. Someone is tracking him from Earth and while his entire mission isn’t revealed in this issue, he does reveal he has the same powers Wolverine does. It also seems that the person who did this to the kid has a whole group of kids that have been genetically altered, how exactly is not revealed (yet). In the next issue the main storyline will more than likely emerge, and if I had to guess I would say Wolverine and this kid have some things to take care of (like getting back to Earth!).
This issue is different from the previous Savage Wolverine’s (and many other comics for that matter) because the narrator is not Wolverine, but an unknown entity that we, the reader, have not met yet. My guess is that the narrator is the person who is responsible for Wolverine being on this strange planet, and who did the experiments to this kid, and his friends, that gave them the powers they seem to have. This is a set up issue, no doubt about it, but I think what comes next is going to be truly fantastic.
Only knowing Jock for artwork I wasn’t sure what to expect from him as a writer, luckily I was not disappointed. While this issue isn’t packed with information, it does give me enough to know that good things are in store for this arc. It can go in so many different directions, and so far I like all of the possibilities!
I’ve always been a fan of Jock’s artwork, and this comic is no exception. I think this issue in particular could have been amazing as a black and grey title, but the color Loughridge adds isn’t horrible. There are a lot of reds, blue/greens, and blues depending on the scene. It’s done well, but not in the normal style you would see in an entire Marvel comic book, which keeps it fresh and interesting from start to finish.
This comic is definitely worth checking out if you haven’t already. This particular issue isn’t jam packed with action, but I see big things in its future. I can’t wait for the next issue to see if any of my predictions are accurate!!
4 out of 5 nerds