Who's in this issue?
So far, a great story. To me, this current storyline by Warren Ellis seems more geared towards a more experienced group of comic readers than, say, beginners. The story keeps flashing back to the past to relate events that are occuring in the present. Truthfully, this book really doesn't tell any much more about McLeish and Logan except for those brief flashback moments by Logan to conversations he had with McLeish. Most of the action in here seems to be only there so that this book can qualify as one month's issue. As a result, this one mainly showcases more of Leinil Francis Yu's artwork for Wolverine. Yu's got some great stuff drawn in this book though: e.g. the scene where Logan is caught smack in the middle of a head-on collision, a close-up shot of McLeish, and two great scenes showing Logan on his motorcycle. There are many good one-page panels in this book, too, but again, it gives me a feeling as if they were put there just to occupy space in this book so that this series could be stretched into a 4-part series instead of a 3-parter. I'm sure though that in parts 3 and 4, the story will be allowed to develop more further, but for the time being, part 2 felt as if it was drawn out and used more as a book to showcase what Yu can bring to the Wolverine series rather than one where Ellis' story develops any further.
Rating (from 1 dot (not recommended) to 5 dot (highly recommended)
"Not Dead Yet: Pt. 2 of 4"
IN THIS ISSUE:
Realizing that McLeish could now be targeting his friends, Logan decides to leave New York City. On his way to get his bike, he is caught in the middle of a head-on collision by two vehicles. Logan is in extreme pain as he is trapped between the two cars. One of the driver was dead (presumably thrown out of the window from the impact (note to all: remember, buckle up. =0) )). The other driver though gets out, tells Logan that McLeish says hello, and aims the gun at Logan's temple.
This brings a flashback back to when Logan and McLeish were in Hong Kong during a meeting of the most successfully paid killers in the world. McLeish was pointing out how if he liked a man, the best way to kill him instantly was to put a bullet right through the victim's temple.
Back to the present, Logan realizes that this guy was told to kill in McLeish's style, but he was too slow in doing it. Logan manages to dodge the shot, which grazes his head, and manages to grab the gunman by his throat, demanding to know where McLeish was. In a desparate attempt, the gunman continues to fire his gun at Logan, but to no avail. Logan was close to going into a berzerker rage, but the gunman suddenly fainted from pain and shock. Logan manages to free himself from in between the car, while his healing factor tended to his wounds.
A flashback back to Hong Kong when Logan was telling McLeish how he had a berserker temper that sometimes made him stop thinking like a man. He talks abot how he had been in a couple of wars, and how he's done things that no one would be the same after seeing what he does.
Back to the present, Logan arrives at the bike shop where his bike was stored. He smells a gunman behind the door, and before he opens it, he uses his claws to wound the gunman's firing hand, and knocks him out with a fist. Inside, he finds his bike, untampered with, and takes off for the wild and out of Manhattan to think.
In a town in the middle of nowhere, a lone, gloved man sitting on a rocking chair receives a call telling him that Logan was leaving the city heading upstate, heading towards this man's way. And as Logan heads upstate towards this area where this man was, the clash between Logan and McLeish is inevitable.