Review: Wolverine Weapon X: Adamantium Men

If there’s one thing Marvel really didn’t need (besides another Deadpool book) it was another Wolverine book.  However, this time out it happens to be by wunderkind Jason Aaron and the great Ron Garney, so I figured it was worth a look.  And I’m glad I tried because it’s the most fun I’ve had reading a Wolverine story in ages.

There’s not really a whole lot to this story Haliburton, sorry I mean Blackguard, make themselves some Wolverine mercenaries, Logan finds out and gets revenge.  It’s a simple story, well told, that fits the character of Wolverine like a glove, and it’s got enough little flourishes (including a great little Faulkner riff) to elevate it somewhat.  For the first time, possibly ever (like the character, have never liked his own book) I’m looking forward to a future Wolverine story.

Then as a bonus this collection also includes a short story Aaron did with Adam Kubert (making his return to Marvel after some time at DC) that tries to explain why Wolverine appears in every other book the company publishes.  This one is I think the only time I’ve seen Aaron stumble to date.  The tone of the story is just a little bit off, placing Wolvie into a slightly comedic situation while trying to show that this is his way of doing penance for a few lifetimes of sins.  It’s not a bad idea, and it’s a nice little bonus story here, with some nice art to boot, but ultimately just a bit off.

So, in summary this is the book to get if you are in the market for a prototypical Wolverine story told with a great deal of skill.

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