Wolverine: Logan

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7.5 Overall Score
Story: 7/10
Art: 1/10

Short but enjoyable

Could have been longer

Comic Info

Comic Name: Logan

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Writer: Brian K. Vaughan

Artist: Eduardo Risso

# of Issues: 3

Release Date: 2009

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Logan #2

Reprints Logan #1-3 (May 2008-July 2008). Logan returns to Hiroshima and the past he thought he had forgotten. When he is attacked by an inhuman burning man, Logan is thrust back to World War II and his imprisonment in Japan. Logan and Lieutenant Warren plotted a desperate escape, but a chance encounter with a woman named Atsuko could change Logan forever.

Written by Brian K. Vaughan, Wolverine: Logan is a three issue limited series. Featuring art by Eduardo Risso, the collection was released under the Marvel Knights imprint and also featured the script for Logan #1.

Brian K. Vaughan can do little wrong in my book. He can take very mundane subjects and make them interesting. Wolverine: Logan is a great example. It is a piece of Logan’s past expanded upon and explored. It has both a sense of history, but it is a modern comic book adventure at the same time…the biggest flaw of the Logan comic book series is that it was only three issues.

I liked what Vaughan was doing with the story. Warren seemed like an interesting villain that had a lot of room for exploration, but he’s there, the bomb goes off, he’s “undead”, and then he’s dead…it is fast and furious. In the collected form, the comic can be read in fifteen minutes or so…it doesn’t have the substance I wish it had.

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Logan #3

The story is supposed to be a life-changing moment for Wolverine, but I think there needed to be a bit more of a connection between Logan and Atsuko than presented in the comic book. A few days (or a single issue featuring the two) could have really cemented a profound effect on the character instead of a night of romance and a quick (all be it cool) death.

I do like Eduardo Risso’s art for the project. It is solid and the “post-Hiroshima” Logan image is truly horrifying. I like the Japanese infused art in the comic and it is nice contrast to the more traditional comic book art found in the “present day” storyline.

Wolverine: Logan is short, sweet, and to the point. It could easily be longer and expanded upon both the Warren and Atsuko characters which would have maybe helped to drive the point home of Logan’s changing world perception. The Wolverine presented a different take on Logan and Hiroshima within the film, but Vaughan’s story has a bit more heart.  I would love to see him return to the character or the X-Men.

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