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Hunt For Wolverine: Claws Of A Killer #1 Review

The hunt for Wolverine continues with three characters who hate him most.

It’s starting to become clear these “Hunt for Wolverine” comics are all building towards one hell of a finish. Like miniseries that all add up to an event, the creative teams have put interesting pins on the eventual reveal of Wolverine. In this latest series written by Mariko Tamaki with art by Butch Guice, the mission is a little bit different as this team is aiming to kill Wolverine when they find him. A literal hunt!

So what’s it about?

Read our exclusive preview.

Why does this matter?

This miniseries adds a bit of an edge to the “Hunt for Wolverine,” teaming up three of Logan’s rivals. The stakes are already established since, if they do find him, Wolverine could be killed. Again.

Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?

He’s back baby!

Tamaki opens and closes this issue with an interesting supernatural mystery that adds a layer to the mission these villains are on to kill Wolverine. That’s a smart move as it makes these bastards actually the heroes of the story. How these monsters tie into the hunt remains to be seen, but the mystery gives the series more teeth for anyone looking for something outside a Logan-themed amusement ride.

Tamaki has combined three rather interesting characters for this hunt due to their different reasons for wanting Logan dead. Lady Deathstrike is the most interestingly written of the bunch since she is so calm and collected here. Typically she’s been written as a maniac with a bloodlust, but it appears that has changed even though she wants Logan deceased. Sabretooth is the gruff, no nonsense type and Daken adds the youthful flair we’ve come to expect from the character. It’s funny to think these characters would team up over the mere hint of Wolverine coming back to life, but here we are.

Guice’s art is gritty with a noir feel that suits the mysterious nature of the story and the supernatural twists in the narrative. Dan Brown’s colors add an otherworldly flair too, like purples hinted on the environment though it’s grounded due to the subdued earthy tones. Aside from Sabretooth’s rather gruff nature, Guice draws Daken and Lady Deathstrike in a way that’s very human and relatable. Aside from their desire to kill Logan you’d think they were the heroes of their own stories.

Hungry like the wolf.

It can’t be perfect can it?

The hunt for Wolverine in this book is more of a mystery connected to a red herring more than anything else. Readers expecting some breadcrumbs that’ll make sense should look elsewhere, making the entire book rest on your desire to read about these characters which require some familiarity with them. Given how each of them is tied to Wolverine’s past, and this is “The Hunt for Wolverine” I suspect anyone who buys this will be fine. That said, don’t go in blind, because the histories these characters harbor with Logan is important.

Is it good?

A good first issue that surprises with a supernatural mystery that will be fun to unpack as the series continues. The “Hunt for Wolverine” requires characters to go down a road of death — so buckle up, because a healing factor is required.

Hunt For Wolverine: Claws Of A Killer #1
Is it good?
A good addition to the "Hunt for Wolverine" comics adding a villainous flair.
Opens and closes with a mystery that'll pique your interest
Well written trio of characters who love to hate Wolverine
Gritty art style suits the story
If you aren't familiar with the three main characters, skip it

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