Oh good, you’re probably saying. Another Wolverine title. Why, if you count, Wolverine, Wolverine: Origins and Wolverine: First Class, he’s only got three to his name – and one of those is an all-ages, out-of-continuity book, so it doesn’t count. Plus, Spider-Man had four books, and Wolverine’s about as popular these days…
Now, in fairness, there is actually a niche that needs to be filled. The Wolverine title has been tied up in a “series of miniseries” mentality for years, leaving the character with no personal arc to speak of, no regular supporting cast, and generally feeling like a guest star in his own title. Wolverine: Origins, on the other hand, is mostly concerned with one giant story about conspiracies, Wolverine’s son, and is generally very backwards-looking. Wolverine, as much as I hate to admit it, needs a real starring role somewhere, and if they’re going to put him back on that track, they might as well do it in a new series.
Which is where Wolverine: Weapon X comes in. The decision to reunite Jason Aaron and Ron Garney, the creators of the fantastic Get Mystique arc, is a smart one, since that story was the best Wolverine arc in years. Aaron immediately sets about building up Wolverine’s world, establishing that the story starts in San Francisco – making this title firmly peripheral to the rest of the X-line – and introducing him to a reporter character who might be the first new member of the supporting cast that Logan has desperately lacked over the years.
The rest of the book deals, not unexpectedly, with the Weapon X program. Using both that and the character of Maverick places this book in the same category as last year’s Invincible Iron Man – it’s a moviegoer-friendly launch, but nevertheless, set in current continuity. And a good job it does of filling that role too. Come into this book cold, and you’ll have a crash course in Wolverine by the end of it. He’s a hero, but not a very nice one, and he’s been messed around by the government in the past. Fine. We got it. If you’ve never read a Wolverine comic before, you’ll be catered for brilliantly.
saw iv dvd But there is one problem that the quality of Aaron’s writing and Garney’s art can’t assuage, though. As much as I can sympathise with – even get enthusiastic about – the editorial need for a new Wolverine book, I can’t bring myself to want to read past issue one. It’s Wolverine. Again. And Weapon X. Again. The character’s been doing this dance over and over for years now. Is there really nothing new that can be done with him? If anyone can do it, Aaron and Garney can, but for now I’m just left wondering where the originality of Get Mystique has gone. For all its promise, this really is just another Wolverine book. And we’ve already got plenty of those.