- Series: Wolverine
- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Marvel; First Edition edition (April 29, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 078513414X
- ISBN-13: 978-0785134145
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #403,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bonus Material: Scripts & sketch gallery
Wolverine and an American with similar healing powers are POWs in World War II Japan. They escape and run into a beautiful Japanese girl. The American wants to kill her, but Wolverine stops him and so begins a grudge that the GI would hold against Wolverine for the next 60 years. Their feud might have ended in 1945, except it was interrupted by the atomic blast at Hiroshima which happens to fall practically on top of the fighting mutants. The graphic novel sets up the double entendre that Wolverine becomes a man both through the passionate night with Atsuko and through the nuclear flames of war.
Pros & Cons:
The dichotomy drawn between Wolverine and the truly feral US GI works well because in this contrast we are shown the merciful and rational side of wolverine (who is famous for his rage). Moreover we are given an original Wolverine story with a powerful choice to be made at the end. Vaughn and Risso also leave Wolverine's decision about whether to keep the memory and the pain or to forget artfully ambiguous.
For a book with such a nuanced Wolverine, I was a bit disappointed by the "bad guy." The nemesis is a totally warped, racist, gung ho American GI (who also has a healing factor). While I get it that the Japanese tortured and experimented on him and thus makes him crazy, the GI character never gets beyond a two dimensional comic book villain. I can't say exactly how the villain could have been done better, but against a wonderfully complex Wolverine it seems as though the story would have worked just as well if not better without the enemy GI.
I believe this is one of the better Wolverine history episodes ever written. There are plenty of pre-x-men wolverine tales, but few of them render a whole person. Even a reader new to Wolverine mythology will find much to enjoy.
Is it bad? One star bad? Absolutely not. BKV does his own take on the "untold" Logan story, and it's quite good. It's definitely an above average three issue story with Vaughan's fingerprints all over it. BKV's angle is different than any other writer's take on the young Logan story, and I for one found it to be very good. Not great, not bad, very good.
As for the art, again, I personally enjoyed it. Risso's style works very well with BKV's story. Some may not like the art because it's a bit... wild, untamed, even muted and subdued at times. To me, however, that fit well with the atmosphere of the writing, the character of Logan, and the environment and characters in the story. But, to each her own.
Everyone is entitled to her own opinion. However, I do feel like I have to rebut the other reviewer here for undue and unduly harsh criticism in regards to two things. One, this story is not bland or forgettable. On the contrary, bland is the last thing I would call it. (Also, there is use of tension, emotion and psychology at work in the writing here as well.) Instead, the word to be used is "subdued." The topic of the book is depressing, the colors often muted, and the whole story line is very low key and thoughtful. Those elements do not make this story "bland," they make it subdued, and it's obvious that the creators went to a great deal of effort to do so.
Second, calling the rest of the book "useless filler" is another undue criticism. Most people are interested in reading the original script pages and seeing the original preliminary art work.Read more ›
It's actually a little heartbreaking, and Vaughan gives us a tender, vulnerable side of Logan I honestly can't remember seeing before. My one complaint is that I wish it were longer, that it had a chance to experiement a little more and dive deeper into it all.
There's probably not too many "new" directions Wolverine can be taken, but it's nice to see someone like Vaughan trying. This is a pretty gutsy attempt at showing us a different side of Logan than we're used to, and for the most part works.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not bad. I have read better. Storyboards short and weak. Could have used more action and pathos. Ok. Not bad not greatPublished 6 months ago by Mike Krajcir
As a long-time Wolverine fan, I found this one to be pretty good with a few flaws.
I felt a little disappointed that the cover doesn't really give a true picture of the... Read more
Wish there was more of these guys taking on the Wolverine story. Their storytelling and art fit Logan's character, sparse yet powerful.Published 12 months ago by G. K. Sonoda
There are two parts of Wolverine's mythos that I almost enjoy, war-time Logan and samurai Logan. And guess what, Brian K. Vaughan delivers both of them here. Read morePublished 13 months ago by S. Penrose
While it's definitely not Vaughan's best work and not the best Wolverine story, it still makes for a worthwhile read. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Lee
While Wolverine: Logan isn't a flawless piece of work (it's full of "aw c'mon!!" moments, especially the multiple major bodily injury that Wolverine endures - taken here to... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Surferofromantica
Never read this before, but I picked it up recently (2014). I gotta say, it was great! I'm a average to above average fan of Wolverine in general, but I've never really read this... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Mike
This was a very good but very short graphic novel. I recommend it to anyone who likes a good graphic novel.Published 21 months ago by Larry Hogue
This book is a must read to Wolverine freak out there. Definitely! Brian Vaughan wrote this action thriller through Logan's WWII time very amazing since Barman.Published 21 months ago by Ryan Shields