Wolverine vs Sabretooth vs the Hand vs Yakuza vs the new Silver Samurai. Aren’t fights fun? Today I will be reviewing Wolverine #301. Please leave a comment to let me know what you think.
So let’s talk about the book. The battle is on. Everyone is fighting each other and there is plenty of death being dealt all around. Wolverine manages to dispatch Sabretooth for a minute and goes to save Amiko. Too bad the new Silver Samurai is also trying to save her and the two protectors battle each other. Wolvie takes a beating but nothing the Samurai can do is enough to stop the hairy super healer from knocking down the Silver Samirai and rescuing Amiko. Too bad that is exactly what Azuma Goda wants as he kidnaps the Samurai and teleports away with him to the Hand’s secret hideout. There he begins to torture the Samurai in order to get him to turn over the reigns of the Yashida empire over to Goda which the Samurai inherited from his father, the original Silver Samurai. After some convincing from Amiko, Wolverine seeks out an old ninja friend and learns the location of the Hand. Arming himself for battle along with Yukio, the two head into the Hand’s underground lair. Amiko manages to sneak along with them. Also waiting, ready and fully aware of their arrival, is Sabretooth, Mystique and a pack of mind ninjas. And that’s the book.
So let’s talk opinions. Now this was another great issue for me. I loved the non-stop action. The entire first half of the book was violence and battles. Silver Samurpunk really gave his all in trying to stop Wolverine but the hairy canucklehead was just too much for him to take down. I also really enjoyed the way Wolverine just cut loose against Sabretooth. Where he might have held back and tried not to kill him in the past, here he has no such qualms. Aaron is really letting Wolverine accept the fact that Sabretooth is much better dead than alive and might even let Wolvie send him back to hell. I think Sabretooth gets that as well and got the hell out of dodge the first chance he could. Was this a deep character growth issue? Hell no! Aaron wasted all of his growing energy on the first year and a half of of crappy Wolverine tales that almost ruined the series completely. Now that he’s stopped trying to get Wolverine to deal with his pain and suffering, and started having him dish out pain and suffering, now he’s writing the Wolverine we want to see. (Or at least I want to see) I loved seeing Wolverine’s healing factor in action. I loved his pathetic concerned father routine with Amiko. (That man has more failures with his children than I can count on both hands) I hope he doesn’t get another notch by having something happen to Amiko. The villains are great. I like that there are plenty of enemies to dispatch and that Wolverine has the odds stacked against him. Makes you root for him and cheer in glee when he overcomes those odds once again. Another great think in this issue were the visuals. Once again we are blessed with clear, stunning artwork. Great action layouts and nice battle scenes. What really got me was the flesh eating beetle torture sequence. That was really sick to see, but ultimately quite cool and memorable. Top that off with that amazing feudal style cover. Wolverine looks incredible flanked by those awesome armored Samurai. A really memorable image. All in all, I love the return to action and classic Wolverine enemies direction that Aaron is raking this book. I can’t wait to see the next round of this battle. This is the best Wolverine story I’ve read in over two years.
That’s my opinion folks. Take it or leave it.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|more awesome action. more ninja excitement. nice art||one note story, but who cares as the action is back|
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