Writer: Gerry Duggan, Declan Shalvey, and Matthew Rosenberg
Artist: Adam Kubert, Joshua Cassara, Declan Shalvey, Guru-EFX, Frank Martin and VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: November 4, 2020
I will tell you right now, whether you like this book is going to depend on whether or not you need more Wolverine in your stack. These “untold tales” are not vital and won’t make a fan of someone who gets irritated when Marvel announces yet another Wolverine book. It’s okay, though, because it’s not trying to be anything more than a cool looking book for Wolverine fans. There is something cool about that all on its own.
The first thing you will probably notice is how cool the White, Black, and Red art looks. I loved the recent Harley Quinn Black + White + Red book for the same reason, but Wolverine takes full advantage here with the crazy amount of blood on the page.
The first story, written by Gerry Duggan with art by Adam Kubert goes back to the Weapon-X days, and some of the larger panels in this story look fantastic. I bet Branden hangs them on his wall! As far as the story goes, it’s standard fare with little surprise leading to a cliffhanger that hints that revenge is a dish best served bloody.
The next story by Matthew Rosenberg and Joshua Cassara is a little more in-depth, with Wolverine teaming up with Nick Fury to take down a Hydra leader. The story almost seems to get away from Rosenberg at points, but he reels it in, and things end explosively and satisfyingly. Again, though, the art is the star here, and Cassara gets busier than an Arsenio Hall audience (topical reference) with heads, bullets, and of course, blood flying everywhere.
Declan Shalvey does double duty on story and art for the last bit and he uses a more subtle approach with the blood, which does an excellent job of giving it more emphasis. It fits the story of a Logan just trying to kick it up North for a change but getting caught in a crossfire not meant for him. The story never quite gets going, though, and the twist ending was not that interesting.
Overall, this is a book for Wolverine fans and is worth it more for the art, which is fantastic, than the stories, which are relatively basic fare. I don’t think it will win new fans or convert detractors, but I don’t think that’s the point. Recommended if you already love Wolverine!