Wolverine: Wolverine's Revenge Paperback – May 9 2012
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About the Author
Jason Aaron was named by Wizard Magazine as the best comic book writer of both 2008 and 2009 for his work on such titles as WOLVERINE WEAPON X, BLACK PANTHER and GHOST RIDER for Marvel Comics, along with his Eisner-Award-nominated series SCALPED for DC/Vertigo. He is also co-creator of the Eisner-nominated mini-series THE OTHER SIDE for Vertigo and current writer on WOLVERINE, ASTONISHING SPIDER-MAN & WOLVERINE and PUNISHER MAX, all for Marvel. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Jason Aaron knows Wolverine, better than Wolverine himself does. His run on Wolverine's solo title has been nothing short of epic. We have seen Wolverine endure Hell itself and fight his fellow X-Men. Now we see Wolverine pull back the curtain and reveal the masterminds...
Spoilers Ahead! After forcing Mystique to reveal the organization behind Logan's exile to Hell and murdering her, he sets his sights on the Red Right Hand. Logan quickly tracks down their base of operations and gets to work on getting his revenge. You'll see him fight assassin's and mercenaries. The Red Right Hand is not who you'll expect them to be. I even found myself surprised to be sympathetic to their reasons for putting Logan through so much Hell. (Pardon the pun) Their is a massive plot twist that truly caught me off guard. I had to turn the page back to make sure I hadn't missed anything.
The art in this collection is good. Sometimes faces look weird, but not too often. Dialogue is great, there are some "Wolverine moments" and while the leader of the Red Right Hand can give some long winded lines, it doesn't ruin the atmosphere.
Overall, this is another excellent entry into Aaron's epic Wolverine run. I'll say what I said about the previous volume, Wolverine: Wolverine vs. the X-Men, this is what comics strive to achieve. The plot kept me turning pages. And this collection is a fantastic value. 7 issues for $25.
If you haven't picked up any of the current run of Wolverine under the fantastic writing of Jason Aaron, now is the time to see the Wolverine at his grimmest, most fatalistic, and most human.
Wolverine's soul has been sent to hell, and the X-men fought Wolvie's demon possessed body to a stand still. In the issues collected here Wolverine sets out to get revenge on the mysterious Red Right Hand group that has caused him so much grief lately. However Wolverine's revenge is part of the Red Right Hand's own plot for vengeance. And without giving too much away the Red Right Hand's plot is consumed by Daken's own daddy issues.
Issues 10-14 are a brutal roller coaster of unfolding revenge plots. Under a lesser writer's direction these plots could have been soap opera-esque. However, Aaron's writing makes these issues open up like an Alfred Hitchcock plot at it's best. These issues work brilliantly and were a lot of fun to read.
Issues 15-16 offer a story of penance and ultimately of redemption. And if you thought wolverine was good at killing: you have to see how good he is at punishing himself. These issues featured a great selection of Wolverine's friends summing up in a couple sentences who Wolverine is. I laughed a lot at Namor and Emma's comments.
In addition to shifting plots, issues 15-16 also change artists. Issues 10-14 are penciled by Renato Guedes. This is phenomenal, dark, detailed work. You can really look in the characters' eyes and read pain and story in the lines and shadows. Goran Sudzuka provided the art for issues 15 and 16. It is a bit of a jarring shift: Sudzuka's art is more minimalist compared to Guedes. But both artists bring a lot of talent with them. I am glad to see these issues crafted so well.
For long-time x-fans there are plenty of goodies between these covers. I can recommend this graphic novel without reservation.
I think Jason Aaron's work is fantastic but this run of "Wolverine" (he does another strain called "Weapon X" which is vastly superior) is far from his best work. "Hell" was so so and mostly had Logan fighting an unlimited number of bad guys, "Vs" was mostly the same thing but with X-Men, and "Revenge" is again a series of opponents fighting Logan and Logan inevitably taking them down.
The Red Right Hand are a pitiful group of villains and the reveal at the end that's supposed to be their ultimate revenge on him is weak mostly because we don't know the characters Logan is supposed to have killed. Their implied relationship is never real. The book does show the consequences of Wolverine's long and bloody life on the survivors of his victims or collateral damage, but Logan has always been an ambiguous hero at the best of times.
Mostly it's just a series of D-list bad guys being killed by Logan and is no great shakes as a story. Aaron is a better writer than this and this run on Wolverine is one of his weakest efforts. For better reads try "Weapon X" or Aaron's own series "Scalped".