Wolverine – The Best There Is #1
How many books and teams does this guy need to be in/on? I can’t be the only one who thinks this. Wolverine is one of Marvel’s most marketable characters, so I guess from the economics standpoint they need to put him in as much as possible. Thing is, if it’s not quality work it just dilutes the character and makes him a shruggable: ‘oh, here he is again’.
The first issue of the new ‘The Best There Is’ Wolverine book starts off very similar to how the second arc of last year’s ‘Weapon X’ title did: with Logan being held captive. It’s always interesting to guess where and what Wolverine has gotten up to in these solo issues, but it just wasn’t a strong opening: one dimensional thugs swearing and laughing at a naked Wolverine. Thankfully that doesn’t last, but what follows isn’t clever enough to make up for how poorly it is written or paced; the dialogue of the entire comic was very poor. The only thing that kept me interested was the appearance of an entirely new antagonist character and his team. The art was pretty well done, which is crucial, although a bit too much blood even for Wolverine’s feral side.
If you are a die-hard Wolverine fan and really are curious to find out who Contagion is, this new, Marilyn-Manson-looking chemical nemesis, then go ahead and delve into ‘The Best There Is’ #1; if on the other hand you want quality and compelling writing that keeps you up to date on the X-Men’s Canuck, stick with X-Men and Uncanny X-Force.