Review: Wolverine #64

Wolverine #64 coverWolverine #64
‘Get Mystique, Part 3’
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Ron Garney

Jason Aaron and Ron Garney have really delivered a fun, smart run on ‘Wolverine’ so enjoy it while you can. They only have one more issue to go.

And I almost hate to say it yet again, but at some point the ramifications of Logan losing his immortality (‘Wolverine’ #61: “Next time I buy the farm, I buy it for keeps.”) have to be addressed. Sure one can argue that this issue came before that one, but, come on, that happened only three issues ago… in the same damn series!

That said, awesome final page.

From Marvel (preview): “Spinning out of the decade’s biggest X-Men event, Wolverine embarks on a personal mission to hunt down MYSTIQUE. But what do you do when the person you’re chasing, the person you’re dying to kill, chooses to hide behind an army of American soldiers? That’s the question Logan is asking himself, and the answer will be explosive. Plus, Wolvie pulls a bank heist in 1920s Kansas City, but all does not go according to plan.” On sale April 9, 2008.

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  1. about Logan’s immortality, I tought it was because of a piece of his soul that was “installed” in Shingen’s soul to bring him to live again, Wolverine had to kill Shingen again to have his soul as a whole and at the end of the arc, Shingen wasn’t dead, so Wolverine still has his immortality

  2. I thought that piece of Logan’s soul was ‘installed’ in Shogun, not Shingen. And Logan cut Shogun into briquettes at the end of “Wolverine’ #61. So the deal that Lazaer and Logan subsequently agree to — the one that unifies Logan’s soul and removes his immunity to death — should be valid.

  3. Who really knows what crap happened in Wolverine 61, I don’t even consider it to be canon , since the art was so butt ugly. I’m trying to pretend those issues didn’t exist .

    Back in the Claremont days Logan could take a bullet and keep going. But the car explosion was a little over the top , even though it was kind of cool too. Personally I don’t have a problem with the super healing factor.

  4. I think the arc “Logan dies” wanted to explain Logan’s immortality and not remove it, and it works for me, except that sometimes it is exagerated.

  5. I actually don’t mind it if works one way or the other. As long-time readers of my reviews (and rants) have probably noticed, it is inconsistency that really drives me nuts. If you are not going to alter Wolverine indestructability to some extent, then don’t toss around lines like, “Next time I buy the farm, I buy it for keeps.”

    And from his interview with Newsarama, even writer Marc Guggenheim states…

    I tried to suggest and establish in issue #48 that, when his body takes a pounding, his body recovers, but his spirit really suffers. I was trying to create an emotional cost to the character, so that you can treat him like one of those toys that you can beat the crap out of, but it always retains its shape. From a character standpoint, this constant beating on him does take a tool. Every time he suffers one of these serious injuries, he has to literally fight his way out of purgatory. Over time, that is more and more and more difficult and trying to his very soul.

    The reason I did that was because, as a writer, I wanted there to be consequences for this character. Without consequences, there’s no jeopardy, and without jeopardy, there’s no drama. I didn’t have the clout to depower him, to remove the healing factor or lessen the effectiveness of the healing factor, but I can suggest that, whenever he gets the crap beaten out of him, it really takes its toll on his soul.

    By the end of this arc, I hope to at least suggest some parity. Not a depowering, so much as putting the brakes on how much lickin’ he can take and still keep on tickin’.

    If this is true, it should have some ramifications or impact on a story (or two) that appear only a few months down the line. If not, then don’t bring it up.

    But then I’m a cranky and cantankerous bastard, so take what I say with a grain (or truckload) of salt.

  6. Now I understand what you mean, years ago there was another concept for the healing factor, a concept that yes, there’s pain but because it heals really fast it doesn’t hurt that much. In Wolverine 174, he loses his healing factor and when he extend his claws he says “without my healin’ factor these claws are killing me”. For me this concept is much more LOGIC than the actual concept.

    In last issue Wolverine says that just extendind his claws and having a metal skull, it hurts like hell and the pain never finish, I hate it, I don’t find it logic, and what we saw in Wolverine 43 (civil war) that wasn’t logic at all, and in Annual – Deathsong it’s even less logic, he falls in liquid fire and he survives? WTF

  7. OMG. The Annual was the worst.

    That made zero sense. I can’t accept those kind of issues. It just hurts my brain too much. Not even Deadpool would of survived that.

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