Does Whatever A Deadpool Can: Reviewing ‘Wolverine’ #22

As things go, the current arc of Wolverine is pretty much in a Goldilocks sort of situation. It’s not too bad and it’s not too good, it’s more right in an at least decent middle spot. It’s a Logan and Deadpool team-up story where they take on the government, and fellow mercenaries, and are looking to hunt down an angry grudge-holding robot. Basically, it’s pretty much a basic type of story pitch that one might have in some form starring the two characters.

Again, it’s not bad. Ben Percy writes them well and is just continuing to build on the story that has been building piece by piece by piece slowly for over two years both in this book as well as X-Force and the recent X Lives of Wolverine/X Deaths Of Wolverine books. If you like wall-to-wall quipping, bickering, and slicing and dicing with some hints at low-level espionage then this book will work well for you. Overall, in my eyes, it’s just sort of there and middle of the road.

It’ll do the job but it’s not something that I’ll be talking about a few years from now let alone decades from now. Yes, not all stories are like that as there are many stories that are basically forgotten to the mists of time, but with Wolverine being such a huge character one would think it would be a goal to maybe aim for that direction. Instead, we tend to get a lot of the same stories shuffled around and reheated when it comes to Logan and it’s a bit underwhelming.

Again, Adam Kubert and Frank Martin are perfect choices for stories like these because there is a ton of kinetic energy through the action scenes that just makes them work so well. Detailed with flashes of bright colors with a more Earthy almost washed out but not quite sort of filter over them. Dark shadows that creep around the edges help highlight and bring focus to the characters and moments and the colors. Even with the more brutal moments of this issue, they are dark/bloody but never over-the-top graphic or gory in depiction, just enough to have the weight of the reality.

Kubert’s paneling and framing choices are also pretty darn epic in every issue.

Cory Petit hits the same energetic notes with the lettering, making sure the personality and tone of the characters are clear in every dialogue bubble that dots the pages. As well as the really in the moment big bold colorful SFX through the whole issue. Volume and tone are perfectly conveyed through the great use of changes to the font, making sure we know when they are louder or quieter or snarky or brusque.

Wolverine #22 is now available.

As things go, the current arc of Wolverine is pretty much in a Goldilocks sort of situation. It’s not tooCOMICONRead More

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