Essential Wolverine Volume 5 TPB Paperback – Dec 17 2008
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For me, what made the volume so good was the writing. This volume deals with what happens to Wolverine after Magneto removes the adamantium from his bones. Turns out the adamantium was using up his healing factor and preventing him from mutating further. With it gone he begins to regress into a feral state. Logan's struggle with the animal inside of him is fascinating. He not only has to deal with the slow loss of his humanity, but also his fellow X-men's growing wariness of the animal he is becoming.
The only reason I didn't give the volume five stars is that it is a collection of a companion comic to the main stories in Uncanny X-men, so a few of the plotlines don't always feel quite fleshed out. You sometimes get a story that is Logan's reaction to some other event, and it feels like you are being thrown into the middle of a story (which you are). Still the first pages of every issue do a good job of summing up. Also, some stories just aren't quite as intersting as the rest (the Landau, Luckman, and Lake stuff for example.)
Still I loved the volume. I'm glad to have it as a part of my collection. No regrets!
What really makes me angry is that nobody even tried to remove shades of gray that were unpopular even in Essential Wolverine 4. Do they have Photoshop or something like that at Marvel? Or couldn't someone retrace it?