Look, I love what Hugh Jackman has done with the character but in all fairness, there haven’t been enough possibly-drunk-Wolverine lying in a frustrated fury on the road moments (tho the one did make my fangirl heart overflow with joy) in comparison with the big, bad heart-throb moments. And don’t get me wrong, I’ve been crushing on Wolverine since waaaaaay back when he was just an also-ran for Jean Grey’s affections (I started reading comics in the 80s) but the Wolverine I know and adore is the caustic, reckless guy who’ll throw himself in front of danger to save a kid but would 100% prefer to slink off and have a beer after that rather than hang out with said kid, whom he’ll desperately point in the direction of someone with a better grasp of adulting and/or being a role model instead.
And ooooooooh, that Wolverine is in full effect here in this volume. Okay, it’s unfair to the regular cast to be all hearts and giggles over a guest star (and Kamala is in fine fettle here herself, proving to be more than just a sidekick to Wolvie, and then, oh my stars, that wonderful speech she gives those teenagers later on!) but it’s been so long since I’ve read a comic that used its guests (including Lockjaw!) so perfectly! Mad props to the creative team for continuing to write a book that is smart, funny and highly topical. I especially loved the guest art on the Wolverine issue (tho am too lazy to look up who exactly that was: great stuff tho.) I’m so very much looking forward to more.