Wolverine #10 Review

Another month and another Benjamin Percy Wolverine issue and you know what this one is a lot of fun. First, I have a secret love for Maverick. I get it, the mask is from Kyle Rayner’s School of Design (despite predating it by a few years) but I think he’s a neat enough character. Team X in general is my kind of action. Wolverine #10 fits that bill.

Wolverine #10

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Mercenaries
Written by Benjamin Percy
Art by Adam Kubert
Colors by Frank Martin
Letters and Production VC’s Cory Petit


The Plot

Wolverine #10 follows Marvel’s most popular mutant and his former black ops partner as they battle their way out of the Legacy House and Madripoor as a whole. The duo escape to the Mercs (Maverick’s Ronin style black ops team that doesn’t answer to anyone government) base. The two try to convince the other to join their respective teams but neither side budges. Before Wolverine departs he does pull one last job with Maverick and destroying the Merchant’s warehouse that rivals Indiana Jones and the Raiders of The Lost Ark. We learn more about Maverick’s true allegiances and the shadow games deepen.

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The Review

As I state in the introduction, this comic is a lot of fun. Percy invokes a lot of the Larry Hama Wolverine run here. We start seeing a lot of the shadow ops teams and secret spy moves. In addition to that Percy continues to sow doubt on the validity of Wolverine’s memories and possibly continuing the slow unraveling of the Post-House of M Wolverine status quo with all the Canadian’s memories restored.

Percy creates a nice sense of action and thrill. The story is less focused on the past and more on the parallels between the two leads. Maverick and Wolverine share a lot of history but they have went on divergent paths with Wolverine embracing Krakoa and Maverick wishing to stay completely independent of any country. Maverick and Wolverine have crossed paths many times over the years, but it is always interesting to see how they interact. This time ended on a more amicable note but the future relationship looks more uncertain.

Adam Kubert’s art is splendid yet again. The clean look to the characters and the use of layouts is masterful. Last month, I spoke about Kubert’s use of the same panel layout to convey flashbacks to the readers was an excellent and efficient way to set the two eras apart and present a clear visual symbol of the past. In Wolverine #10, Kubert uses panels to break up these massive 1-2 page splashes of large space. Each panel has a small scene in a close-up. Panel breaks are used to illustrate the passage of time and help the story beats hit a rhythm that ensures the timing of the lines.

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Kubert also does a wonderful job throwing in these various Marvel Easter Eggs in the background. My favorite being Nimrod and ONSLAUGHT’S ARMOR! Just look at these things. Pure threats to the world and their merch is in some warehouse in Texas.

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Wild stuff.


Final Verdict:

Overall, Wolverine #10 is a fun ride featuring former Team X members. I am enjoying Percy’s run so far and I look forward to checking out the rest. Benjamin Percy captures the essence of Wolverine in Wolverine #10. We have the mysterious past, high stakes action, and conflict between the aforementioned past and the promising future. Combine this with Adam Kubert and Frank Martin\’s masterful art and brilliant colors, respectively, and you get a great read.

Score: 8.5/10

Wolverine is taking next month off, but I will be back reviewing it in April when Dracula comes to visit. This should be a blast.

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Jordan Jennings

Jordan has written for wide array of comic review sites over the years including Comicosity, Comicon, and Comic Book Revolution. He has been reviewing and discussing comics for over 10 years. In addition to comics, Jordan enjoys various types of games be it video games or trading card games.

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