Sometimes friends are closer than family. It’s often through shared experience and interests. In Wolverine #10, it could be through trauma.
Logan and Maverick’s reunion continues. It doesn’t end well for either of them, but in some interesting ways, in this issue from Benjamin Percy, Adam Kubert, Frank Martin, and Cory Petit.
Logan and Mav are in it thick. The Merchant has sprung a trap, setting the duo up for the fight of their lives. But if they make it through, they get to do what they do best… Revenge.
At this point, it’s undeniable that Percy and Kubert have found their footing together as storytellers, and I truly hope this partnership is long term. The last three issues have been some of the best Wolverine stories I’ve read in a very long time and it’s exciting to see it continue to take shape.
Percy shapes the story about shared trauma and the contrasts between Logan and Maverick. Where Logan has grown alongside the X-Men, he finds solace in Krakoa and what it has to offer because of it. Meanwhile, Maverick hasn’t had the same opportunities for growth. He opts to continue with all he’s ever known, surrounded by comrades that he can replace as easily as a spent ammunition casing if need be. It’s a dichotomy that drives the story, even as the two are tearing through goons and secret agents hell bent on their heads, or as they tour Krakoa once the dust has settled.
Kubert continues to do stunning work. His fights and action continue to have a great sense of weight and motion on the page. The momentum of his character posing, POV changes, and layouts drive the story forward with each page turn. He also uses a recurring motive through the issue, with inset panels over a single larger image. For the pages with an image behind the pages, it has a stunning effect, though for the couple times he uses it over a blank spread it falls a bit flat.
Martin and Petit both do great things as quiet supporting heroes. Martin’s colors bring the action to vivid life, helping set the scene and the mood. Petit makes sure that the story is told clearly while also stepping out of the way of Kubert and Martin’s art.
This run is finally settling into what I hoped for when the series launched. I truly hope we continue to see this level of quality in the near future.
Wolverine #10 is available now from Marvel Comics.
The creative team continues the rehabilitation of Maverick in an actioner with unexpected depth.