Sunday, May 20, 2018

Hunt For Wolverine: Claws Of A Killer #1 Review - Marvel Monday

Not so Sharp

Writer: Mariko Tamaki
Artist: Butch Guice
Release Date: May 16, 2018
Cover Price: $3.99

Review by: Dave Assall

The search for Wolverine continues with a third team joining the hunt. The good news is we have a fresh sighting of Wolverine in this issue. The bad news is that this is a horror comic featuring three of Wolverines deadliest foes. So if your feeling brave read on and let’s see what happens......

Welcome to the worst week in the history of Maybelle, Arizona. A shady paramilitary organization working under the name of Kill-team nine has used the town and its 343 residents for a test that leaves everyone dead. Worse still it seems that our hero Wolverine is working with the bad guys.

Meanwhile back in Manhattan, Deathstrike, Sabretooth, and Daken meet up. Despite some serious trust issues and Daken and Sabretooth literally being at each other’s throats, they manage to agree to team up. If it’s true that Wolverine is alive they want to make sure it’s not for too long. 

This will probably be the most frustrating part of the comic for fans who have been reading each of these characters in other books. Sabretooth, for example, has been working with old man Logan and its not clear how this trip to find and murder Logan fits in with the characters continuity. Fans may just have to decide to let it go. Perhaps Sabretooth’s hatred for his former best friend trumps all. 

Deathstrike leads the trio to Maybelle by tracking an Adamantium signature similar to Logan’s. When they arrive they find a ghost town. While the others search the town, Daken heads to a bar for a drink. He’s convinced Wolverine is not in the town as he can’t pick up Logan’s scent. However, when Daken reaches the bar he discovers the second part of kill team nines test. The town has been turned into Zombies. Zombies with the ability to override Daken's healing powers.

The art is strong throughout this issue. The realistic style and subdued colors fit in with the horror genre perfectly. I like the way that Wolverine is drawn in particular. His stoic face is hard to read, is he a clone? is he being controlled mentally? Butch Guice gives none of the answers away.

Bits and Pieces:

Overall this comic fits in with the rest in this series. If your really interested in all the mysteries surrounding Logan’s return or if you are a fan of any of these villains then this comic is worth a read. If not then you could easily give it a miss. For myself, there are enough questions raised in this issue and the art is strong enough to raise the comic above being a money grab for Marvel. I’ll be looking forward to issue #2 to read if Daken manages to escape the Zombies of Maybelle.


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