Wolverine Goes to Hell is the first volume in Jason Aaron's (Writer of Punisher MAX) latest run on Wolverine. This hardcover collects the Road to Hell Prologue, Wolverine 1-5, two short stories related to the storyline, and some extras.
To start, my Wolverine reading has been limited to Wolverine Omnibus, Vol. 1 and Wolverine: Enemy of the State . Beyond that, I've never read any of his solo series. I've also never read any of Jason Aaron's other work, so this was my first time reading him.
The book starts off with Wolverine "falling" into Hell. We don't know how it happened or why, it just has. The first issue begins with Logan visiting Wraith, his old Weapon X friend, who is a pastor now. Suddenly, Wolverine's body is inhabited by a demon while the Devil tortures Logan's soul in Hell. Meanwhile, his latest girlfriend is attacked but rescued by Mystique. Now if this sounds like a horrible B-movie, hang in there. Because this actually makes for a stellar idea, which is executed brilliantly by Aarons.
Logan is forced to face his inner demons... literally. Omega Red, Sabretooth, The X-Men, the Ghost Riders, Mariko, Puck, Silver Samurai, and many others make appearances by the end of the third issue in this series. We get to see Logan at his weakest and strongest moments in this series. For example, the Devil makes Mariko beat Logan, making him cry. Or when Logan stands up to Beezlebub himself, all Hell watching. And while all this is happening, the demon inhabiting Wolverine is causing Hell on Earth. From severely hurting Colossus to killing his former lovers, it's all here. And the person who arranged for Logan's soul to be taken to Hell was someone I NEVER expected to see.
The story wraps itself up quickly and left me extremely satisfied. Although it does tease Aaron's next volume, "Wolverine vs The X-Men." Also, if you want to see how the demon in Logan's body confronts his children, pick up Daken: Dark Wolverine Empire and X-23, Vol. 1 .
The artwork is great, especially the covers. Guedes manages to make evocative covers that convey a lot about what Logan's going through. The dialogue is great, especially between Mystique and Logan's girlfriend. Overall, this book is a perfect 5/5. The only thing that could have made it better was if it was oversized.