Wolverine has always been a fascinating character. He comes packed with a backstory that, for years, Marvel has only ever teased at. He’s violent, tortured, and lost. He’s the perfect anti-hero, and in this volume we’re shown why.
We’re introduced to Wolverine in The Incredible Hulk #181 of all places. The Canadian-born warrior is sent to fight both the Hulk and Wendigo for the government. Even from the first issue we’re shown his raw fighting style and a prototype of his signature yellow and blue costume. This is only a glimpse of the character we will come to know. He’s portrayed more as a hired gun than anything else, so don’t expect him to say, “Bub,” anywhere in this issue.
Wolverine’s first appearance issue is another cleaned-up re-printed, and I have no complaints about it. The issue was even a plot-point in the 2000 movie, Coyote Ugly.
The included story-arc is an odd, but excellent choice. We could have been given Weapon X, Wolverine: Origin, or self-titled Wolverine, but instead we have Get Mystique. The stories’ aim is to show Wolverine’s evolution as a character over the years. It starts off in 1921, and flashes back and forth between the past and present. Wolverine is hunting down Mystique after she betrays the X-Men for the umpteenth time. We’re given a view of their relationship, and of Logan’s real reason behind tracking down the blue shape-shifter.
Ron Garney’s artwork fits perfectly with Get Mystique. His use of shading and lighting fit perfectly with this harrowing tale of violence.
Wolverine is another excellent selection of stories, and a great jumping-off point for the Canadian hero.
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