First of all I’m just going to say that Wolverine is the perfect character for Marvel MAX. For those of you who don’t know, Marvel MAX is Marvel’s ‘mature’ imprint. Wolverine is perfect because of his claws, we now see blood and guts when he uses his claws on someone, or a shark. That’s why its a shame that this first issue failed to deliver fully on the potential it had.
The story was hard to follow for the first half of the issue because of the way Wolverine talks. Jason Starr decided to have Wolverine’s speech be broken for the opening of the issue to reflect the state he was in. The problem is it was just done poorly. You can still follow the story but when it brings in flashbacks I found myself lost when I was reading through the issue for the first time. Some of the dialogue just sounds like a bad video game translation.
The story does get better as the issue goes on and towards the end Starr begins to set up the story for the next few issues in the series.
The art in the issue is nice, it has a nice style that looks realistic and cartoony at the same time. However, when the issues goes into flashbacks the art just gets ugly.
This is a series that has potential but will it live up to it is the big question. If the next issue is an improvement I could see this series being great. I would maybe wait for the first trade for this series before buying to see if it improves.
[Review by contributor Conor Johnston]
WOLVERINE: MAX #1
JASON STARR (w) CONNOR WILLUMSEN & ROLAND BOSCHI(a)
Cover by JOCK
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