Comic Book Review: Wolverine #1000

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Cover Art for Wolverine #1000

Stories by Various Writers
Artwork by Various Artists

In a Nutshell

At first glance, Wolverine #1000 didn’t make much sense for both longtime and new fans of Marvel Comics’ finest wild boy character. That’s because Wolvie’s own title series is a long way from a millennial issue. But why would they call this issue #1000? Well, this is basically a giant-sized anthology made up of five short stories about the guy who’s simply the best there is at what he does. What’s more, the materials in this comicbook come from up-and-coming writers and artists in the industry. Here’s a quick rundown on what’s in store for you when you grab this issue:

Last Ride of the Devil’s Brigade

Story: Rick Spears
Art: Timothy Green
Colors: Veronica Gandini

Wolverine is the only survivor among a team of WWII soldiers who were sent to destroy a Nazi secret base that has been working on Hitler’s version of a super soldier program. Wolvie’s idea of ensuring a safe landing for himself is, for me, the most interesting part of the story. By commandeering an enemy plane on flight, Wolverine is able to continue with the mission. The problem is he’s no longer the only one with claws. Mixing science and the occult arts, the Nazi successfully created a ferocious werewolf that can very well match Wolvie’s own animalistic nature. Surprise appearance from Nick Fury is also amusing. Timothy Green did a great job in rendering the action panels.

Legend of the Crimson Falls

Story: Jimmy Palmiotti
Art: Rafa Garres

Here we see Wolverine taking a break from the hustle and bustle of what he does best. He goes to a favorite hideaway on the Adirondack Mountains where he feels at peace and at home. But this time, the place that Wolverine considers to be his sanctuary is going through some changes. For one, a huge construction project is underway. But what really rattles The Ol’ Canucklehead’s cage is the string of gruesome murders that occurred in this remote area in New York State. Next thing you know, Wolverine is putting his animal-keen senses to good use as he tracks who’s behind the killings.

Adamantium Claws

Story: Sarah Cross
Art: Joao Lemos
Colors: Chris Chuckry

Personally, I find this as the best story in this comicbook issue. A quiet and self-conscious teenage girl chronicles all her daily activities in her diary. She reveals that her biggest hero is the mutant superhero known as Wolverine. She’s so into Logan such that she activates her own set of ‘adamantium’ claws using sticks and pens and soda straws whenever she finds herself in a pickle. And whenever someone says bad things about her, our girl also knows how to use sarcastic and snappy retorts just like Wolvie.

Then one night, she meets a guy who looks a lot like X-man Wolverine. Of course, the man (who’s actually Logan) denied that he’s Wolverine, but he nevertheless invites the young girl for coffee. Little did the girl know that she’s in a once-in-a-lifetime superhero encounter that few fanboys and fangirls ever get to enjoy. Needless to say, the girl’s life will never be the same again after she learns the true identity of the man who invited her for coffee. This story written by Sarah Cross is both cute and intelligent. It’s a real departure from Wolverine’s bloodthirsty nature.

Development Hell

Story: Mark Simmons
Art: Mike Ryan
Inks: Victor Olazaba
Colors: Martha Martinez

Of all the stories featured in Wolverine #1000, I find this to be the least interesting. I think Mark Simmons wanted Development Hell to be humorous, but the story fails to convey that kind of mood. Here we see Wolverine trapped in Mojoverse and he’s playing a part in some manufactured television program. Talk about being a TV star against your will. But as Wolverine is the best there is at what he does, he eventually escapes Mojo’s twisted world – using only a few sniffs and snikts, plus an overused one-liner.

Last Men Standing

Story: Vince Hernandez
Art: Luke Ross
Colors: Guru EFX

Another square-shooting installment of Wolverine in action during WWII, Last Men Standing is a good read. Wolverine is a new addition to a battle-hardened platoon of American soldiers defending a position in the Ardennes Forrest. Needless to say, our man needs to prove his worth and earn the trust of his new comrades. To make things more complicated, Wolverine’s mysterious origins add to his being an outcast within his own outfit. Luckily – and against his officer’s orders, Logan gets a chance to lead a successful assault against a group of Nazi soldiers. All of a sudden, The Ol’ Canucklehead gets on everyone’s good side.

The best part of this story is the artwork by Luke Ross who did impressive pencils on the landscape and gears and equipment of the period, his shadowing techniques make the drawings pop out of the panels.

What's Cool

  • Adamantium Claws by Sarah Cross and Joao Lemos is a great brilliant read. It shows a little known side of Wolverine in the eyes of a shy highschool fangirl.
  • All of the featured stories in this comicbook issue revolve around simple subject matters, thus easy to read. You do not have to be a longtime fan to understand each tale.
  • Artwork by Luke Ross in Last Men Standing is a feast for the eyes.

What's Crap

  • All five stories have to be crammed in a 72-page comic book issue. So, don’t be surprised if you get that hurried feeling while getting through each feature.
  • Two of the stories pit Wolverine against werewolves and two features also set him off in WWII, making this anthology issue a little bit uninspired.

The Bottom Line

I don’t exactly feel that Wolverine #1000 is a must-buy comicbook. But if you are a longtime fan of the baddest superhero from Marvel Comics, then you shouldn’t miss this one. Besides, this 72-page giant issue is made up of finished stories, so it’s a good weekend read that won’t require you to buy subsequent issues. Last and most important, this comic book showcases the work of some of the most promising comics writers and artists. Giving them a chance to present their work will essentially benefit the industry as a whole.