Wolverine Season One Review
By Andy Frisk
June 30, 2013 - 18:16
Writer(s): Ben Acke, Ben Blacker
Penciller(s): Salva Espin, Cam Smith
Colourist(s): Jim Charalampidis
Letterer(s): Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist(s): Julian Totino Tedesco
Opening just before the events of The Incredible Hulk #181, Wolverine Season One recounts Wolverine's first battle with The Wendigo, which occurs some unspecified time after Logan's escape from the Weapon X program and during the time he lived a feral existence in the Canadian wilds, which leads to his first meeting with James and Heather Hudson of Canada's Department H (sort of a Canadian version of Weapon X and SHIELD all rolled into one). Near mortally wounded in the battle, Logan is nursed back to health by Heather and James and quickly forms a bond with the firey red headed Heather that foreshadows many of Logan's future failed romances (an event that his character has experienced over and over). Eventually overcoming his feral tendencies, with the help of Heather's training, Logan becomes the costumed superhero The Wolverine and is sent on a mission to keep The Hulk from entering Canadian territory. Shortly thereafter, Logan has a run in with Victor Creed, patches up his relationship with James Hudson, continues to be a close friend of Heather's, and finally meets Professor Charles Xavier. The rest...well, as they say, is history.
Managing to drop intriguing tidbits of the many, many other Wolverine origin stories (or more accurately chapters of the story) published over the years, but never loosing the new reader, Wolverine Season One is easily the most accessible and smooth reading Wolverine origin story ever. Writers Ben Acker and Ben Blacker accomplish this feat of streamlined storytelling perfectly. Not only do they collapse everything that one needs to know about Wolverine's beginnings into a series of clear events, they infuse Wolverine Season One with a great understanding of the heroic, yet troubled, character of Logan/Wolverine. Herein lies the greatest strength of Acker and Blacker's storytelling skills. Not only do you get a solid origin story, you get a solid characterization of its protagonist. A characterization that has you rooting for him throughout the story.
Overall, Wolverine Season One is a standout edition of a really great string of books that tell contemporized origin stories of some of Marvel Comics' biggest characters. Each volume of Season One that Marvel Comics produces makes me look forward to the next one, especially when they are as high quality as Wolverine Season One is.
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