Wolverine 2: Killable

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

Alan Davis always does nice X-Men

Still not a fan of tame Wolverine

Comic Info

Comic Name:  Wolverine (Volume 4)

Publisher:  Marvel Comics

Writer:  Paul Cornell

Artist:  Alan Davis/Mirco Pierfederici

# of Issues:  7

Release Date:  2014

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Wolverine (4) #8 Variant

Reprints Wolverine (4) #7-13 (September 2013-March 2014).  Wolverine has lost his healing factor and the world knows it.  Now, he finds himself the target of assassins and killer while his greatest enemy Sabretooth is staging an ultimate attack on him.  Meanwhile, the virus that robbed Wolverine of his powers is sentient and has big plans for the world…would could mean the extinction of humanity!

Written by Paul Cornell, Wolverine Volume 2:  Killable is the second and final volume in the fourth Wolverine series.  Following Wolverine Volume 1:  Hunting Season, the collection features art by Mirco Pierfederici (Wolverine #7) and Alan Davis (Wolverine #8-13).

The cover of the collection announces “something completely new and different” in regards to the series.  Wolverine has lost his healing powers…but people must have short term memories, because he frequently loses them (like the strain when his Adamantium got knocked out, on Genosha, etc.)  Now, Wolverine is mortal…but that doesn’t mean fun.

Wolverine has always been a character that I was never the biggest fan of.  I didn’t think he was a bad character by any means, but I didn’t particularly care about many of his storylines or the mystery surrounding him.  When Origin revealed Wolverine’s past, it removed the last of most of my interest for the character.  This story has a little nod to Origin in that he returns to his home, but for the most part it is just Wolverine getting beat up for the seven issues.

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Wolverine (4) #10

The “no powers” thing doesn’t really work with the character.  If someone sliced open your head over your eye, that would bleed and bleed (head wounds always bleed).  Likewise, half the damage Wolverine takes in this collection is unrealistic if he has no healing powers.  This makes the storyline just a convenience for the writers…a crutch they can use.  If they want Wolverine’s fight with _____ character to be more challenging the ______ wound he receives causes him more problems…if not he just slices them (and don’t even start about the fact that the weight of Adamantium would probably be unmanageable even if the poisoning from it is being countered by Beast’s creation).

The collection is average and doesn’t feel revolutionary.  It does set-up the whole Death of Wolverine storyline which followed this collection (and in turn the Old Man Logan stuff).  As someone who kind of fell off the X-Men, this collection didn’t make me want to jump right back in.  The Wolverine of the last few years hasn’t felt right, and I preferred the amnesiac Wolverine to someone who is coping with his past.  Marvel relaunched Wolverine (again) following this collection and Wolverine:  Three Months to Die—Book 1 follows this collection.

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Wolverine 1:  Hunting Season

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