No, Jason Aaron's Wolverine #13 is not just a reprint of issues 10 through 12...though it certainly feels like it.
Credits & Solicit Info:
Writer: Jason Aaron
Penciler: Renato Guides
Cover: Jae Lee
Publisher: Marvel Comics
$3.99 for...I didn't count the pages...probably about 22.
We get it already. Wolverine has been around a long time and has gone on some murderous berserker killing sprees during which he kills people with families. The canuckle-head doesn't think about the consequences of his death dealing actions and thus a lot of the victims' family members hate him to the point of wanting Wolverine dead: multiple-case revenge. We get it. Did we have to spend 4 issues on it?
Jason Aaron writes Wolverine like Peyton Manning plays football. Aaron is one of the best in the business, but like Manning, he doesn't play for my team...or at least lately anyway.
I'm on team Jacob Wolverine!
Wolverine #13 is yet another issue (the 4th in a row now) which Aaron writes more about the side characters than he does about Wolverine. I buy Wolverine to (this may sound crazy) read about Wolverine. With that said, I completely understand why Aaron is telling side-character stories. Aaron is trying to explain who Wolverine is, and how he is viewed, through associations with people he has affected. We get it. The problem is we got it in issue 10 through 12, as well.
The actual issue is well written, but the need for it did not seem necessary. Sometimes when writers want a storyline to have a large impact on a character, writers tend to create a drawn-out arc to drive home (with readers) the importance of the story. I think that's what is going on here because after several issues of practically the same thing I am really looking forward to how Aaron wraps-up this arc.
Story aside, the cover by Jae Lee is once again the highlight of Wolverine. I want to see every comic book title done by Jae Lee for 2 years straight, so that I start to hate his work. After those 2 years Lee stops putting out art all together. Then, about 5 to 10 years later he releases one last cover before he is viciously killed by a bear on a trip to Yosemite, and I start to cry because I took for granted what spectacular covers he provided. It is at that point that I realize I should have appreciated what I had while I had it.
(Dom shakes head, and snaps out of it)
Sorry. I don't know where I went just then. Ah, yes. Jae Lee. Good work.
So what am I left with after the 4th Wolverine issue in a row of the same thing? I'm left thinking about the end piece in Austin Powers, "The Henchman's Wife." The scene summed-up the feeling of loss in about 55 seconds. Why couldn't Aaron, as well?
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Review by: Dom G