Civil War: Wolverine

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6.0 Overall Score
Story: 7/10
Art: 6/10

Cleans up some Civil War loopholes

Feels like more of the same

Comic Info

Comic Name:  Wolverine (Volume 2)

Publisher:  Marvel Comics

Writer:  Marc Guggenheim

Artist:  Humberto Ramos

# of Issues:  7

Release Date:  2007

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Wolverine (2) #43

Reprints Wolverine (2) #42-48 (July 2006-January 2007).  Samford, Connecticut is destroyed in a battle between the New Warriors and Nitro.  Wolverine is now going against orders by the X-Men to hunt Nitro down and bring him to justice…but the truth behind Nitro’s augmented powers might point to a more sinister plot.

Written by Marc Guggenheim and illustrated by Humberto Ramos, Civil War:  Wolverine collects Wolverine’s ties to the Civil War storyline and an additional epilogue “Casualties of War” issue.

I was not a big fan of Civil War.  It started strong, raised some good ideas, and ended weak.  It also set forward a chain of events that took a lot of fun out of the Marvel Universe which is still reverberating today.  Wolverine’s tie to the story is rather tangential and also ties to the X-Men’s House of M story.

The story here is a side quest for the whole Civil War but feels like it should be bigger.  Not much of any of this story is brought up in Civil War but it seems like Nitro’s augmented powers and the corporate ties should have been a factor in the story.  I always liked the concept of Damage Control (aka a group that cleans up after superhuman fights), but I don’t like them as the villains.  It does fit with the story concept however.

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Wolverine (2) #48

Humberto Ramos is always a debatable artist.  He does some really cool stuff but his exaggerated style also loses any sense of realism.  It screams ’90s and early Image, but it also has some quality to it which excels above ’90s style over substance.  I like some of his Wolverine costume design stuff, but the Wolverine out of costume is too over the top.

Civil War:  Wolverine feels a bit like “more of the same”.  I honestly haven’t been a huge Wolverine fan, and the character became so overexposed in the ’90s when the market was flooded.  It felt like you couldn’t buy an issue without Wolverine or the Punisher showing up as guest stars.  Wolverine added to the Avengers while working with the X-Men has always felt a bit like that.  I don’t know if I love the balancing acting (or lack of balancing acting since continuity no longer seems to matter).  Fans of Civil War might like this story for fleshing out some of the events, but for the most part, you aren’t missing much.

Related Links:

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Civil War:  X-Men

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Civil War:  Thunderbolts

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