Wolverine: Wolverine Goes to Hell Hardcover – Mar 16 2011
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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 Paperback edition.
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I have not read all of Wolverines stories as I try to stick to the ones that seem the most important to his story arc and that are not plagued by unnecessary cameos.
I read Wolverine Goes To Hell in one sitting and then reread it again 2 days later. This story is well paced and has a ton of dark themes, great action, and well written dialogue. It really is my favorite Wolverine story arc so far. And it leaves you wanting to read the next story arc, Wolverine vs. the X-men!
To me, this collection of the story arc Wolverine Goes To Hell is a no brainer. Pick it up Bub!
The religious storylines that Marvel put some of their best characters through are in my opinion some of the worst books they put out. It's why I was turned off of Ghost Rider when his storyline became all about Hell and damnation or when Punisher got mixed in with angels in the late 90s or in this instance when Wolverine gets sent to Hell. It's strangely dull.
Logan is in Hell for the entire book and so he's constantly fighting throughout the book which gets tiresome after a while. Sure he fights Satan in the end but it's just another fight and after so many fights you think, meh. As for possessed Wolverine, we've all seen that before a few times so again it's another feeling of blasé reading this book.
It's not a terrible book as the writing's not bad, the story is ok, and the artwork is terrific, but it's kind of a weak storyline to have Logan possessed again and fighting demons - it's just not enough to have surface texture, you need depth to make a great comic book.
It's also probably not the best book for new comics readers to start with as there are a few questions reading through it that aren't answered, for example who the Red Right Hand are, or some of the more obscure characters like Puck and Son of Satan. It's not a bad book though not a must read - for fans of Logan only.
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.