Return to Japan and let the ninja/yakuza war begin, Wolverine style!!! Today I will be reviewing Wolverine #300. Please leave a comment to let me know what you think.
So let’s talk about the book. Wolverine returns to Japan, via air ninja, where he is ambushed but manages to slice his way to victory. In Japan, he meets up with Yukio, to visit the Silver Samurai’s grave. There they are attacked by Yakuza, who summarily get killed. Meanwhile, Shin, the son of the Silver Samurai, is out committing grand larceny with Amiko, Wolverine’s daughter. They manage to steal a power source for an armor that Shin is creating. Unfortunately, Amiko is captured on their way out. As this is occurring, the Yakuza hires Sabretooth for a mission. Sabretooth accepts. Also, Azuma Goda takes control of the Hand in Japan. Everyone is heading to a temple to try and wipe out each other. On his way there, Wolverine is ambushed by Sabretooth and the two throw down heavy. Their battle carries into the temple where all the players are beating down on each other. Azuma is waiting for Shin to arrive, which he does in a new Silver Samurai armor. In addition, there is a preview tale involving Wolverine, Cloak, Dagger, and Sabretooth detailing his return. And that’s the book.
So let’s talk opinions. Woo hoo. Issue 300 is here. (Wait, that? Weren’t we just on issue #20? We were. Oh those zany Marvel bigwigs, always doing gimmicky reboots for no reason whatsoever) OK, so putting aside the stupidity of the entire numbering mishap, this was an incredible issue. Jason Aaron is kicking off a brand new story arc on all cylinders and he plans on holding nothing back. We are getting so much going on in this issue that I’m afraid to take a breath for fear of missing some of the action. And action is the word of the day. Lots of awesome Wolverine vs ninja action. Lots of Wolverine vs Sabretooth action. Lots of Ninja vs Yakuza action. The introduction of a brand new character action. (Love the new Silver Samurai, by the way) He seems like a mix between the old Silver Samurai and Tony Stark, with all of his wonderful toys. Having Amiko finally get involved in a story was great too. I’m also really happy to see Yukio again and see that she still can kick some serious ass. And of course there’s Sabretooth. Back from the dead and working with an old flame to make Logan’s life a living hell once again. How can you not love an issue like this? So much for your mind to absorb. This is riveting stuff and I can’t wait to see what happens next. Aaron has me hooked. Adding to the wonderful story is some really incredible art. After months of squiggly lines and misshapen features, we finally have some clean artwork. Sure there were a bunch of different artists working on the book, but all of them are better than the crud we have been subjected to for the past two years. With Adam Kubert taking the reigns for the opening salvo, and the closing battle, we are graced with an awesome action layout like the great Wolverine books of old. Lots of detailed panels with plenty of stuff to look at and absorb. (All fully recognizable, by the way) On top of that, the teaser for the Sabretooth reborn was really cool. Bianchi on Wolverine is awesome. His Cloak looks amazing. I haven’t been this excited for Wolverine in a long time. Not since the Old Man Logan story arc has Wolverine been this good. It gives me hope that the hairy Canuck can claw his way back to the top of the fan favorite food chain. He’s already on the right path with me. That’s my opinion folks. Take it or leave it.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|incredible opening issue to what appears to be an awesome story arc. great art.|
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