Wolverine #004 – Comic Book Review
Follow Genre: Adventure, Action
Written by: Paul Cornell
Illustrations: Alan Davis, Mark Farmer
Coloring: Matt Hollingsworth
Publisher: Standaard Uitgeverij

Wolverine #004 – Comic Book Review

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While the virus from the Microverse is rapidly taking over the entire World, Wolverine has got bigger fish to fry, after Mystique appeared in his room in the school, making pictures and sending them to him. Of course, no raunchy dirty pictures, but shots where she clearly showed she could dispose of many of the young students if she so desired. While this would normally be a fairly easy job for the adamantium filled aged warrior, he has become vulnerable now he doesn’t have his healing powers anymore. A struggle to survive or perhaps a crusade to die, seeing nobody knows what Logan is thinking as of late.

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Logan is on his quest to retrieve the katana Mystique stolen from him, knowing his greatest foes await him at every turn. Luckily, Kitty Pryde joins him all the way, providing backup, but perhaps even more, mental support. It seems as if Logan is slowly losing his mind, be it due to his sudden vulnerability, or the fact he simply wants to leave all the pain that has come his way in his very prolonged lifetime. That being said, he will soon be treated to the main dish, namely Mystique, with a side of Sabretooth.

Meanwhile S.H.I.E.L.D. has gotten a hold of The Host, a powerful entity that is able to control many different kinds of viruses. While reluctantly agreeing to help S.H.I.E.L.D., The Host is doing her best to stop the virus, or at least take it over before the entire world has been taken over. The latter proves to be rather difficult, as all of a sudden things are sped up making the virus spread even faster.

Even though the pace of this bundle is quite fast, things take an interesting turn as we slowly see Wolverine become a shell of his former self. While the rugged mutant never truly had that much self-control, things feel as if he is slowly turning rabid, which suits his nickname rather well. It seems Paul Cornell did not only make his flesh weaker, but his psyche is slowly getting bombarded as well.

Illustrations wise things remain unchanged, where the fairly ‘old’ looking coloring complements the detailed drawings. Things have a more rugged style that suits Wolverine’s character and all of that makes for a very pleasant experience.


Wolverine #004 is rapidly working its way through Wolverine’s transition from being nearly immortal to a very vulnerable X-Man. While he still keeps up his reputation as a brawler, even when his body is battered and broken, it seems his mental state is being dealt even harder punches. An interesting evolution and we can’t wait to read through the last part, or at least see the crucial final battle of this story arc.

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Wolverine #004 – Comic Book Review, 6.7 out of 10 based on 3 ratings

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