Comic Reviews: Death of Wolverine and Sleepy Hollow!

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This week Wolverine (finally) meets his maker, and we take a trip to Sleepy Hollow

Death_of_Wolverine_Vol_1_4_TextlessDeath of Wolverine #4 (of 4) (Marvel Comics)

MILD SPOILERS

 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)sleepy-noto

 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.

 

 

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7 thoughts on “Comic Reviews: Death of Wolverine and Sleepy Hollow!

  1. Is there any suspicion that Wolverine’s death is linked to Marvel cancelling FF as part of their little pissing match with Fox?

    Also is Sleepy Hollow actually good to watch? If its some good genre fun I would check it out if someone gave a recommendation.

    1. @archnite Sleepy Hollow is the most pure fun you’ll find on TV right now. I highly reccommend it. Whole first season is on Hulu! (I’m currently in the process of writing an article about it for Laser Time. So I hope you’ll check that out when it’s up.)

  2. This whole “Death” event, and the way it’s talked about in this review and almost everywhere else pretty much reminds me why I no longer read mainstream comics, and why it’s hard for me to take them seriously.

    The fact that readers at this point are well aware that this is just a marketing ploy, and that Wolverine will be revived sooner than later when need for cash or notoriety arises makes all of it pretty pointless to me. What’s the point in getting invested in a story and universe that’s dictated so shamelessly by money, marketing and popularity, and less by a pure creative drive?

    Of course, I know this is evident in almost all mainstream and popular media, but I feel like it’s at it’s most obvious and shameless in DC/Marvel comics. Most other media for the most part still try to have consequences or death matter, and when they stop doing it, it often stops being taken seriously. Mainstream comics seem to be the only medium that for decades still gets to be so shameless about it.

  3. I might have not been paying attention, but it didn’t seem like Wolverine’s death got much attention in the regular media, in the way Superman, Captain America and Spider-Man did. I mean everyone knows these things are temporary, but the whole death of Wolvie never seemed like a big event. It was always just, “We are going to give this character a break” kind of a feel other than, “He’s dead forever! We swear!”

    And considering how he went out, he is almost literally put on ice until they need him again. That said I do think it was a pretty fitting end if that would be how he died for good.

    SPOILERS I do think it will be an interesting set up when they do crack that Adamantium open and they find out he has been fully aware and alive this entire time. He’s going to be completely insane and Berserk again. I imagine if anything this is all an attempt to get Wolvie back to his status quo of the wild card unpredictable killing machine he used to be, and not the Headmaster of a school.

  4. How long since death has actually meant death in Marvel/DC comics?
    I don’t read many comics, but death situation is part of the reason i can’t really get into Marvel/DC comics, its hard to feel for the death of a character when you know they’ll be back in a few months/a year.
    At this point do the Marvel/DC characters know/remember/care that their friends/enemies die, and yet always seem to come back to life? or is that due to retcons/magic/money/reasons.

    1. I’m sure it had happened a few times before it, but many blame the 90’s “Death of Superman” arc and subsequent “Reign of supermen” as the biggest offender, and since that was such a big success, it led to companies being more liberal with killing and resurrecting characters as a ploy to sell comics.

      Still pretty sure death and resurrection was still a thing before that, but perhaps it wasn’t as fucking shameless as it is now.

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