Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Wolverine: Weapon X #5 Review

Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Ron Garney

+ Satisfying conclusion to The Adamantium Men that leaves room for a follow-up sometime down the road.
+ Side characters get some development here and are the making of a good supporting cast, or recurring characters at the least.  Looking forward to seeing more of the HAMMER agent and reporter.
+ Wolverine uses his head for a change.  While, yes, there's lots of action in this issue, it's not just senseless carnage or random fighting for the sake of fighting.  It's not a perfect plan and there's questions, such as where the heck Wolverine got the helicopter/gunship, but a satisfying conclusion nonetheless.
- Ron Garney's art, while good, felt rushed.  Backgrounds, particularly the water scenes, feel tacked on compared to earlier issues' jungle and urban scenes.
- Overwritten narration.  Logan never struck me as the verbiose or deep thinking narrator.  His speech on the murky depths of the ocean didn't fit with the character or tone of the story.  Not a complete distraction and, I'll admit, the narrated part where Wolverine holds one Strikeforce X member's head under water until he drowns was great, but, overall, I didn't think the narration worked.
- Felt a bit rushed.  Was looking forward to seeing more with Strikeforce X, learning about the people involved and how they reacted to Wolverine.  Instead, it's just a quick mop up sequence and epilogue.  Could have used one more issue for this storyline, something I rarely say in the decompressed age we live in. 

Verdict - Check It.  I'm quite pleased with Aaron's first arc on Weapon X and it's the first time in a long time that a Wolverine title has grabbed me like this one has.  While this issue is only a Check It, the arc as a whole is a Must Read.  Grab the trade if you've been on the fence about this series.  You won't regret it.

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