COMIC REVIEW: Wolverine – Killable

You’re the best there is at what you do, but what you do relies heavily on having a mutant healing factor to pick up the pieces. What do you do when the x-gene isn’t there to knit you back together?

After the recent loss of his healing factor, Logan must adjust to a very different reality. Wolverine thinks a cure has been found, but it’s in Wakanda, where he’s not exactly a welcome guest! And as his foes react to his new status quo, a hefty bounty is placed on Logan’s head, and villains and mercenaries begin popping out of the woodwork to try to take him down. As the noose tightens, Wolverine and Kitty Pryde take a road trip to the grounds of the former Howlett estate — but more than bittersweet memories are waiting for Logan in the place he once called home!

I feel sorry for Mirco Pierfederici; Alan Davis is in my opinion one of the greatest artists to have ever graced the pages of a comic book and his name and art are on the cover of this trade. That meant when I opened the book and saw the artwork in the first issue wasn’t Davis’s I was immediately disappointed. It’s not that Pierfederici’s work is bad as such, although I think it’s probably below the par for one of Marvel’s big brand name books, it’s just not Davis. But that’s an accusation I could level at an awful lot of artists, all but one in fact!

An example of the amazing work of Alan Davis is a scene where we find T’Challa, the Black Panther, in a jubilant mood and somehow Davis is able to show that he’s smiling broadly, even though he’s wearing a mask covering his entire face. It sounds trivial but it’s a real testament to his art, and helps to lighten the load on the dialogue and captions to carry storytelling duties.

The plot has Logan manipulated into a series of battles, having lost his mutant healing factor, culminating in a showdown against some of his main protagonists across the years. Maybe because of this “greatest hits” aspect to the story it didn’t feel fresh to me. I can’t say I guessed where everything was going, but at the same time when we got there I wasn’t surprised at the destination. The idea of a sentient virus threatening all of mankind again didn’t seem to bring anything new to the table.

There are some really interesting aspects of Logan’s character that Paul Cornell pulls out here, in particular the fact that he characterises himself as a man of the people even though he was born in great wealth. Cornell even manages to make the way that Logan shaves an interesting character element although I think the lengths to which Logan initially becomes afraid of getting hurt is overplayed and makes some of his later decisions ring false.

Overall it’s a reasonably interesting ride but doesn’t strike me as meaningful, I don’t think this is a story which will be being talked about in five years let alone ten. Bonus points awarded for an appearance by Batroc Ze Lepair!

Title: Wolverine – Killable

Publisher: Panini / Marvel

Rating: 3/5

Reviewer: Dave W

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