Writer: Greg Rucka
Artists: Darick Robertson and Tom Palmer
Greg Rucka follows his masterpiece premier of the Wolverine run with the second issue of Wolverine. Darick Robertson has an inker other than himself this time in veteran Tom Palmer, who plays well to the style presented last time. Rucka has written the most entertaining Wolverine story in years, taking the many facets of Wolverine's character which have made him so popular over the years, and inserting them into Rucka's own detective concept.
Wolverine in his good side feels compelled to find the killer(s) of Lucy Braddock, brutally murdered by automatic weapons in the last issue. Wolverine uses his animal-like senses to follow the trail of the “Brothers”, by taking bullets out of his own body, and retrieving their scent. From there, he traces it to a gun shop owner, who eventually reveals to Wolverine, a.k.a. Logan, the whereabouts of who sold him the weapons.
While last issue did not present much dialogue of Logan himself, this one depicts more of the vision Greg Rucka and company have for the character. It’s not the best take on the clawed Canadian, but it does do its job as presenting Logan as an avenger and menace: intelligent, objective, and generally not the type of guy you want hunting you down.
In addition, Rucka’s plot gains several more dimensions than at first, with an apparent fourth party present at the end of this issue. Rucka is good at complicated plots of this sort, but he’s much more suited to stories of one-dimensional nature, such as the first issue. This is obviously not possible here, as the need to move the story forward is essential. The pacing has been good thus far, and while the story will drag on for a few more months, it would be ideal for this story to end next issue, and to move on from there. It will be interesting to see if Rucka takes a more emotional approach in the future such as the first issue, or a more action-type approach in the second. The wit is present in both, so either way, satisfaction guaranteed.
Robertson’s art last time was stunning, and it continues the mood of the book well. His vision of Wolverine’s face suits Rucka’s character study, and Robertson’s facial expressions and arbitrary movements are especially detailed. Also watch for the small details added at the gun show, and how well the book transists from scene to scene. The only thing wrong with the art is Studio F’s colors, which bleed green and red in places where there should be skin tones. This is a substantial problem at the first scene in the gun store, where the plaid shirts of the shoppers look more tie-dyed than anything else. Essad Rabic’s cover is much improved from last week’s adolescent attempt, in addition to being more suited to Rucka’s character.
Greg Rucka has continued his excellent run on Wolverine with this second chapter of the initial arc. Last month, the book surpassed Loeb and Lee’s Batman, and while it is tough to choose between the two, I have no problem with this being on top. It certainly earned its way there, Bub.
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