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Wolverine #4

Posted: Sunday, August 31, 2003
By: Paul Brian McCoy



ďThe Brothers part 4Ē

Writer: Greg Rucka
Artist: Darick Robertson (p), Tom Palmer (i)

Publisher: Marvel

This is the Wolverine Iíve always wanted to read. Iíve never really felt that the character was done justice so long as he was in that silly costume. When it switched to the brown and orange it was a little better, but Iíve always found it hard to believe that a character like Logan would dress up like that. Maybe if it helped him in some way, like by making his enemies stop to laugh, but it didnít. He just always looked a little silly. Robertsonís take is damn near perfect for me. Although to be perfectly honest, Iíd rather Logan were the hideous little Ronnie James Dio-looking troll that he was at the beginning of this series (which I like more than the Danzig-looking figure he is on the covers). The prettifying of Logan is working, though, as subtle as it is. There are some other nice touches in this issue as Sheriff Terril looks like Christopher Walken every now and then. The full page shot of Logan in the woods (mirrored by the cover Ė how about that! A Marvel cover that serves as a pin-up and is reflective of the story!), and the final panel all serve to give us a Logan that is both violently bestial and adventuresome as well. The look of pleasure on his face as he overlooks the Brothersí compound was sweet and really has me looking forward to the next issue.

The story is moving along at a quick pace with a lot happening each month. This month is no exception as Agent Lathrop comes snooping around the Brothers of the New World and meets their leader, a man named Cry. Logan and Joe Braddock, Lucyís father (remember Lucy?), slip away from a gun firing mob, only to split up and allow Logan to go back and ďinterrogateĒ the Sheriff. This is one of the moments that really made me stop and appreciate what was going on here. Rucka is pulling no punches with this story and it is not for kids. Moral questions that would be debated for pages in another X-Title are brushed aside here for more dramatic, and psychologically compelling, characterizations. In other words, donít mess with Logan. Donít try to push his buttons in the hopes of some kind of doubt rearing its head. Those buttons can be pushed and will be responded to swiftly and painfully.

The cult of personality that has surrounded Cry is interesting, and I really want to see what Rucka plans to do with it. There are some fairly stereotypical characters involved with the Brothers, but theyíve really only just been introduced. Iíll give them an issue or two to allow some fleshing out before I dismiss them as props.

This could be nicely marketed to a whole other audience outside comic shops, if the whole story were collected into a hardcover and promoted in menís magazines and such. I know this title is doing good in the shops, but thereís a whole other market for it out there that is being ignored.



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