ADVANCE REVIEW: Death of Wolverine, Collected

Sometimes it’s best to just sit and read an epic all at once.


I like Wolverine. Great character. Great idea for a character. I’m no expert, mind you. But he’s good copy, as they say.

I read the Death of Wolverine in issues — making sure I bought the Canadian covers, naturally — and I enjoyed it quite a bit. Metaphorically speaking, it was a journey through time, with Logan encountering people and places important to his back story.

And it had a fascinating final image.

But I’m getting a head of myself.

The Death of Wolverine hardcover — Charles Soule writes, Steve McNiven and co. provide the artis a worthy collection for your book shelf, whether you’re a Howlett die-hard or a casual fan who’s wondered just what it’d take to kill off the unkillable anti-hero.

Read in one sitting, the story powers along at a nice pace, giving you a strong sense of Wolverine‘s pain and sacrifice on this final odyssey. (Premise: Wolvie no longer has his healing factor and someone’s out to kill him, and he’s kind of already jumped to the acceptance stage on the grief scale.) The art is evocative, especially in the oversize format.

You get the requisite extras, such as variant covers, “director’s cut” pages, sketches and the like, as well as an interview with co-creator Len Wein and an option for a digital download. It’s material you’ve seen if you read the issues or looked in a variety of places but put all together in a larger format, it makes for a fitting tribute to one of comicdom’s great characters.

Now about that final image. If you haven’t read the story, I’m not gonna spoil it. But you know as well as I do that it’s only a matter of time before Logan comes back. That’s just the way of the world.

But how the hell is he gonna get out of this one, bub? (Hint: Check out Wolverines #1, also out 1/7.)


Death of Wolverine hardcover comes out 1/7 from Marvel and lists for $24.99.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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