Wolverine #7 by Benjamin Percy

Wolverine #7Wolverine #7 by Benjamin Percy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Brilliantly insane and beautifully illustrated.

Surprising nobody at all, Saturnyne isn’t playing fair. But whether this will work for or against the Krakoans is yet to be seen. But it’s clear that the tournament is being played by her rules, and her rules are whatever she wants them to be. Which rather throws this whole thing wide open, really.

I did have my concerns that this would all boil down to a series of dull and repetitive sword fights, but clearly I needn’t have worried.

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Wolverine: Black, White & Blood (2020-) #1 by Gerry Duggan

Wolverine: Black, White & Blood (2020-) #1 (of 4)Wolverine: Black, White & Blood (2020-) #1 by Gerry Duggan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

We have some beautiful art here, particularly from Adam Kubert, with the single colour used very effectively. The writing too is good, for what it is…but these are shorts, and nothing’s really allowed to develop beyond “Wolverine does the stabby” and that’s a little disappointing. We’ve seen this kind of Wolverine solo story before, a thousand times, and I’m sure it’s exactly what some people want, but, personally, it’s got a little old for me.

Still, I can’t deny that this comic is very well written and illustrated, and if you want to read stories about Wolverine doing the stabby then you’ll probably enjoy it.

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X-Force (2019-) #13 by Benjamin Percy

X-Force (2019-) #13X-Force (2019-) #13 by Benjamin Percy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

X-Force #13 picks up where Wolverine #6 left off…with exactly the same creative team!

Wolverine travels to hell in search of Marumasa and teams up with opponent in the upcoming tournament, Solem, to retrieve the Marumasa blades.

And, well, see my review of Wolverine #6 because this is just a continuation of that, and it’s awesome.

I didn’t talk about Percy’s writing in that, and just as Bogdanovic’s art continues to be outstanding, Percy’s writing continues to be excellent. He captures Logan’s voice perfectly. It’s gruff, moody and atmospheric.

So, Logan now has his sword, but what price did he have to pay to retrieve it…?

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Wolverine (2020-) #6 by Benjamin Percy

Wolverine (2020-) #6Wolverine (2020-) #6 by Benjamin Percy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Three chapters in and so far I’ve previously inked two out of the three artists who’ve worked on X Of Swords. C’mon, guys, let me play too!

But, seriously, this is fantastic. I’m running out of superlatives to describe X Of Swords and we’re only three issues in. This issue introduces an intriguing new opponent for Logan, Solem. Solem seems part devil, part trickster god, and all deadly.

As I’ve mentioned before, Bogdanovic has form when it comes to amazingly good depictions of Hell, and he doesn’t disappoint here.

Where’s this all headed? Well, I’m going to crack open X-Force #13 and find out…

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