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Wolverine #36

Posted: Monday, January 2, 2006
By: Ariel Carmona Jr.

Writer: Daniel Way
Artists: Javier Saltares and Mark Texeira

Plot: Wolverine is in Japan again, but who is he tracking? We don’t know, at least not off the bat, but we do now that S.H.I.E.L.D. agents are on his tail. After a brief phone conversation with Emma Frost, Logan continues on his quest but not before getting into a tussle in a restaurant and later going underground to resurface in a traffic tunnel where he appears to be going after the Japanese Prime Minister before going head to head with his new head of security, the Silver Samurai.

Commentary: In an age of decompressed Marvel comics of big panels, very little happening in terms of a plot, and story arcs which should take three issues tend to get drawn out to seven or eight issues, Wolverine #37 is no different. We are given very little in terms of exposition in this story, except for a brief telephone conversation between Wolverine and Emma Frost, which would be okay if what followed later on in the book was of actual merit or advanced the narrative. The bulk of this issue of Marvel’s favorite mutant does neither. Worse, it’s a big tease for what I can only assume will be some swashbuckling showdowns with the bad guy d’jour, the Silver Samurai. A lot of short phrases by the members of S.H.I.E.L.D. are supposed to add to the suspense; “I assume you’re aware of the situation?” gets uttered, but it just gets annoying after awhile watching Wolvie attack S.H.I.E.L.D. agents for seemingly no reason. Logan’s comrades in crime fighting, the New Avengers are not sure if Logan has “jumped the fence again” but all they do is stand around gawking at government sanctioned monitors, their mouths open when the big cliffhanger at the end of the book is revealed. By that time, however, I had moved on to not caring very much. Also, how can Spiderman be standing there with his Avenger super buddies when he is supposed to be dead, recently killed off by Morlun? I also fail to see why this book is billed under the “Decimation” flag when none of the principal characters seem to be all that adversely affected by post M-Day events. Were we supposed to read the “Wolverine House of M” books to get a better grasp of this comic? If so, a recap page like the ones Marvel has been slapping in the front of every comic could have come in handy. I don’t quite care that much for the artwork in this book. Maybe it’s Texeira’s finishes, but overall it’s a very dark-looking gloomy book, even in scenes which are supposed to be flooded in light like the traffic tunnel action sequence.

Final Thoughts: This comic suffers from a long winded intro and from some agonizingly slow pacing. Are all Marvel writers taking classes from Brian Michael Bendis on how to stretch a story until it becomes uninteresting and irrelevant?

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