The GeeksverseWolverine #5.1

Wolverine #5.1
Published on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 by

Written by: Jason Aaron
Art by: Jefte Palo
Colors: Nathan Fairbairn
Letters: VC's Cory Petit
Cover Art: Paolo Rivera
Assistant Editor: Jody Leheup
Editor: Jeanine Schaefer

This is part of Marvel’s .1 initiative, which is supposed to provide new readers a good jumping on point to Marvel’s various series. I’m not sure why a new series with only 5 issues needs a special jumping on point but I’m not really going to complain when it’s a good story like this one.

The issue is two parts. One is Wolverine on a hunt and the other is Melita, Wolverine’s human girlfriend, trying to throw a surprise party for Logan’s birthday. The birthday scenes are decent. There’s a couple of funny moments, especially with Melita forgetting Logan’s super senses when she goes through the idea of how they’re going to hide that there are quinjets parked out front, and when Storm and other women are measuring Melita like women do.

The biggest part of the birthday comes at the end when we see just how serious Logan and Melita are about eachother. It’s a simple thing, her throwing him a birthday party on his true birthday, but it is a good way to illustrate the depth of the relationship.

The rest of the story is about Logan hunting two mountain men, cannicals called the Buzzard Brothers. Aaron does a good job with the story and the way they talk about cooking men and how they taste. They are pretty interesting characters and their weapons, the bone guns, are very unique and I hope they get those back.

At first it doesn’t seem like this works as a jumping on point, as there isn’t much that would continue into the monthly. The end brings it together, with the Hand coming to recruit the Buzzard Brothers. This provides the point that will show up in the monthly and it’ll be interesting to see how Aaron uses the Buzzard Brothers.

Palo’s art is ugly, that’s the only way to describe it. It’s not bad art, ugly has it’s place. It works in the scenes with the Buzzard Brothers, works extremely well. But for the birthday parts it’s not as good. This is one of those rare comics where having two artists probably would have worked better.

Wolverine #5.1 receives
4 out of 5

A good issue of Wolverine that introduces future enemies as well as a couple tender moments.

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