This week Wolverine (finally) meets his maker, and we take a trip to Sleepy Hollow!
Death of Wolverine #4 (of 4) (Marvel Comics)
After some delays, it’s now time to put the man known as Logan to rest. Charles Soule and Steve McNiven’s Death of Wolverine comes to a close this week, and while I’ll try to keep this review spoiler free, that’ll be easier said than done.
Much of this issue focuses on Wolverine’s final battle with the man who created him, Cornelius. Yes, the crazy professor from Weapon X is back, and given a name. Apparently he wants to try and perfect the experiment that gave Wolverine his adamantium skeleton, albeit with more stable test subjects (ones that aren’t “animals”). It’s during his attempt to defeat Cornelius that brings about Wolverine’s demise, and…
No, I’ll stop there. I will say that Wolverine’s death, while pretty cool at first, starts to lose all plausibility the second you start to really think about it. I give Charles Soule a lot of credit for coming up with something new, but at the same time, there were probably some cooler ways for old Canucklehead to go out. Oh, and before you ask, there’s definitely a way for him to come back whenever Marvel decides to print more money again.
Another issue with Death of Wolverine #4 is the length. While all of the Death of Wolverine issues have moved along at a quick pace, this one feels like the quickest read, which is surprising since it’s the final part of the story. Much of this is due to the action scenes, which take up a very big part of the story (as they should).
Those action scenes do look pretty spectacular, which is no surprise since they’re drawn by Steve McNiven. If nothing else, Death of Wolverine has served as a great example of how incredible McNiven is with a pencil. He does a fantastic job of showing the final moments of Logan’s life, successfully planting Death of Wolverine as one of the artist’s best works.
So while Death of Wolverine ended on kind of a whimper, and Soule definitely gets points for effort when it comes to creating a new way for Wolverine to go out, it still feels rushed. In fact, the whole event kind of feels rushed, which is surprising since this series was delayed. However, I don’t feel like I was cheated too much, as Soule really nailed the characterization of Wolverine, so much so that I hope he gets to write more of Logan’s adventures when he inevitably returns. Death of Wolverine accomplished what it set out to do, and while it didn’t play out quite how I thought it would, it’s still one of the better “death events”. Now let’s start placing our bets on when he’s coming back (my bet’s for around the release of the next X-Men movie).
Sleepy Hollow #1 (of 4) (Boom! Studios)
The surprise hit show Sleepy Hollow comes to comics from Boom! Studios in a TV tie-in comic that’s actually way better than it should be (which can also be said about the show it’s based on). Written by Marguerite Bennett and featuring art by Jorge Coelho, Sleepy Hollow #1 is a neat one and done story that also hints at larger things to come in the four issue miniseries.
Much like the show’s “monster of the week” formula, this opening issue finds Ichabod Crane (yes, that Ichabod Crane) and Police Lieutenant Abby Mills investigating a strange series of possessions in Sleepy Hollow. They quickly uncover a series of witch trials that occurred in the town’s past, which has lead to vengeful spirits seeking new hosts. Naturally, Crane and Mills overcome this enemy, and live to fight evil another day.
While it’s a bit of a bummer that Sleepy Hollow”s plot is over so quickly, I am still pleasantly surprised by it. It could’ve been easy for Bennett to stretch this story out for the whole miniseries. Instead, she sets it up and solves it within 32 pages, which makes me more excited to keep going with the series to see what else she’s got planned. On top of this, she also has the characters down cold. Her Ichabod Crane and Abby Mills sound and act exactly like they do on the show, and it’s great that Bennett included some new modern things for Crane to be excited about (this time it’s donuts and cake).
Artist Jorge Coelho’s pencils are a little bit too loose for my tastes, but he does a good job at showcasing some of the creepier aspects of Sleepy Hollow. His art is able to convey things that would be too expensive for the show to ever pull off, and by the end of the issue I found myself coming around to his art style. Adding to the issue is a fun short by Lumberjanes creator Noelle Stephenson, featuring Crane and Mills’ “movie night”.
Sleepy Hollow the comic is just as big of a surprise as Sleepy Hollow the show is. Fans of Ichabod Crane should absolutely pick this up, and it’s even pretty accessible for newbies too. If Boom! Studios and the creators can keep this level of quality up; they may have one of the best TV tie-in comics on the stands.