Oh look, it’s another Death of Wolverine tie-in! This time out, a trio of stories told from different perspectives about how the characters saw Wolverine. I think that’s an interesting take, at least, so I’ll have to handle the stories separately, as vignettes on the life of Logan and how life might go on after he’s gone.
Therefore, let’s take a look at this one-shot, Life After Logan, and see how different creative teams tell different stories about different characters, all paying homage to the life of The Wolverine.
The first story is called “You”, penned by Jeff Loveness and drawn by Del Pennino. It features Cyclops thinking back on his history with Wolverine, how Logan told him that their kind never get to give up and even after all of his failures, Scott has always followed that advice. I think it summed up their relationship perfectly, Cyclops and Wolverine always had their battles over the heart of Jean but they eventually became friends and even though they didn’t see eye to eye very often, they had mutual respect for each other most of the time. Oh, then Cyclops goes and gets into a bar fight. Sure, why not?
The second is called “In His Honor”, written by Joshua Hale Fialkov, with art by Iban Coello. Nightcrawler and Colossus go to Japan to return Wolverine’s sword to the grave of his love, Lady Mariko. Of course, they’re really itching for a fight and Mariko’s ninjas are only too happy to oblige them. They spend most of the story beating up on ninjas while reminiscing over their fallen friend. It’s a quick adventure story with some sentimentality to it, but otherwise, just a fight. Honestly, it seems oddly out of place for Nightcrawler especially because they just pick a fight and dishonor Mariko in her own home.
The last story, “A Little Piece of You” was done by writer Rex Ogle and artist Patrick Scherberger and inker Marc Deering. It features Armor in a bar, surrounded by all of Wolverine’s greatest foes who are celebrating his demise. Hisako decides to take it upon herself to demand respect for her fallen comrade. She ends up in the Danger Room, saying that she felt Wolverine die and that a little piece of him continues to live in within her. This is, by far, the most emotionally impactful story, even though they went for a bit of comedy in the last page or so and I felt it was uncalled for.
This isn’t a bad comic, but for $4.99, it ought to be more than “not a bad comic”. It’s yet another cash grab for people who are broken up over the death of Wolverine, which makes no sense because he’ll be back pretty quick and his death really has had no real impact on the rest of the Marvel Universe. While the stories themselves are good and I enjoyed them, I don’t know that I can really find much value for the money. At $3.99, I might recommend it. At $2.99, it’s a great buy. I try not to consider the money and just review the content but it’s really hard to do here.
One of my biggest problems, not just with this issue, but with all of the various and sundry tie-ins, is that it’s clearly just Marvel trying to make a buck. That’s all Death of Wolverine is, just like Death of Superman was DC trying to get people to buy their comics 20 years ago. All of these events are just cash grabs, then it all gets retconned and it’s like nothing ever happened.