If you’re new to comics, especially the mainstream kind like Marvel and DC, one thing that you need to know and remember is that no one really dies.
There used to be an old saying, “Nobody stays dead in comics except for Bucky, Jason Todd, and Uncle Ben”. Well Bucky came back as the Winter Soldier and Jason Todd came back as the Red Hood.
Still dead, and probably for the better.
So why am I talking about death and resurrection in comics? Well in case you haven’t heard, LOGAN’S ALIVE!!!! In fact he’s been alive for a couple of months, ever since Marvel Legacy #1.
You may be wondering Why? How? Where? Who?
Okay not who, unless you’ve been living under a rock.
Hunt for Wolverine sorta tries to answer those questions…. Most of them anyway.
The story opens up with those mutant-hating cyborgs, The Reavers, locating the “tomb” of Wolverine in the Canadian wilderness and looking to steal the encased Logan for his adamantium. Luckily, the X-Men expected this type of situation, catch them in the act and engage them. The issue cuts between the fight and a flashback to when they first put the adamantium encased body of Wolverine to rest. The flashback half details those who paid respects to Logan after his death, including the likes of Reed Richards, who's there out of guilt for not being able to cure Logan, Kitty Pryde, Beast, Storm, Colossus, and Cyclops. In giving their last words, Storm finds herself bothered by the whole situation and wonders if they’re something else the X-Men should do. As the comic flashes forwards back to the present, we see that the Reavers are able to split open Wolvie’s casing but … there’s nothing there.
Turns out that the X-Men decided to phase his body out of the metal and give him a proper burial. After taking care of the Reavers and turning them over to Alpha Flight (or at least the ones not in space) we see Kitty Pryde pouring one out over Logan’s real grave site only to realize that the body’s missing. The rest of the issue is the X-Men trying to figure out what happened, whether he’s still dead, a clone, reanimated, etc. and Kitty Pryde informing some key Marvel characters to keep the secret in a small group.
First up, she asks Daredevil to look into the case. She also goes to Iron Man for help, who in turn sorta reforms the New Avengers for his search. Unfortunately, one of the Reavers escaped the X-Men and informs Lady Deathstrike who was robbed of killing him herself and decides to form a team to do the dirty deed. Lastly, Kitty forms a team of X-ladies, (hey a 2013 adjective-less X-Men reunion!), to go to Madripoor, the old stomping grounds of Wolvie during his Patch days and current home of the master of magnetism, Magneto.
As a book made to tell you about four mini-series’ that tell the actual story of Wolverine’s resurrection, it’s pretty good. Charles Soule is sometimes a hit or miss with me but he does a great job here. There are some nice touches like using the Reavers, Alpha Flight, and putting Firestar on this X-Men team. Even the teams are split up between Logan’s past: his time on the New Avengers, Madripoor, Marvel Knights, and his relationship with other mutants like him. I will say that I’m not a big fan of Logan not being encased in the adamantium as he was when he died but it’s not a huge problem. I can see the issues with stealing a 400+ lb. statue and carting it around the world or trying to hide it from mutants with the powers to find such things.
I will say that the art is Uncanny!
Sue me, I like the puns. David Marquez is fantastic here.
Verdict: 7/10 Adamantium Claws