Logan is the best he is at what he does and if you’re familiar with Wolverine at all, you know exactly what he does with expert efficiency. It was what he was programmed to do and after over a century of living, the former Weapon X is still very good at it. In X Lives of Wolverine #1, readers get to see a glimpse of the many lives Wolverine has led, but this time he is on a very specific mission – one that will have him saving the life of a key figure in mutant history.
X Lives of Wolverine #1 is available now at your local comic book store. Light spoilers below!
Writer: Benjamin Percy
Penciler: Joshua Cassara
THE BIGGEST WOLVERINE STORY OF ALL TIME BEGINS HERE! WEEK 1 – Logan. James Howlett. Weapon X. The mutant best known as WOLVERINE has lived many lives under many identities and in many places, but never before has the fate of the future been so entwined with the past! Fan-favorite eras of Wolverine’s saga are explored anew, along with never-before-seen episodes as Logan must travel to various points in time to prevent the death of a key figure in mutant history. But these LIVES are only one side of the story… Be here for the start of the time-shredding saga across all of Wolverine’s history and future yet to come
While the premise might sound a little daunting to some, X Lives of Wolverine #1 is a fantastic first issue that promises to be one of the most intriguing stories of Wolverine’s lore. What Benjamin Percy has at his advantage is the plethora of tales to choose from that follows one of Marvel’s most popular mutant superheroes. In the first issue, we get a brief peek into a select few of these moments. From the very first page, Percy easily pulls in readers with ease. The writing of the story and dialogue are succinct, and while it is a book that is geared toward those who know of Logan’s past and present, it is also be a great book to share with someone who is looking to start their foray into Wolverine’s stories.
Percy puts much care into X Lives of Wolverine #1 and it’s the kind of comic that, when you come to the end, you immediately have to know what is going to happen next. It is an action-packed page turner which is made even better by its artwork, with pencils courtesy of Joshua Cassara and colours courtesy of Frank Martin. From the facial expressions, to the landscapes and locales, to the action sequences and the blood left behind, everything about the artwork in this comic book is exquisite.
There’s a lot to love in X Lives of Wolverine and it’s one of the best times I’ve personally had reading a comic this year (thus far). I know it’s early in the year, but I definitely believe that this series will stay with me when it comes time to do any best comics of the year roundups. I am excited to see where the next chapter will lead. I’m sure, much like this first issue, I will be taken in a direction I never dreamed of, and ultimately, be blown away. I highly recommend X Lives of Wolverine #1 if you’re a fan of the character and the X-Men.
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