Who's in this issue?
You know, as much as I hardly watch any old mob movies, new or old, you gotta love the story telling in this issue! Granted, it's short, and there's nothing in terms of real action, but the way this story closed out, though not expected, was done so well that I was very, very impressed. The parts that I was impressed with?
The reason I give this particular issue 5 claws out of 5 possible is simple: I firmly believe in the art of storytelling, and the way that the creative team of Sean Chen, Frank Tieri, and Tom Palmer presented this 5-issue story arc is what any aspiring comic book creator should definitely follow. It's not the glamorous artwork that brings people to buy and read comic book, but rather, it's how the story is written with the artwork doing the storytelling. What makes a book good in my opinion, is how well the artwork does the talking for you without the need for any words, and this book had many sequences that does this, as noted above. It's not too often nowadays to see a creative team that can do this on a consistant basis, but this current creative team for Wolverine - Chen, Tieri, and Palmer - has been doing it on a very consistant basis, and this makes the reading all the more enjoyable, especially for the "older" comic book readers.
Rating (from 1 dot (not recommended) to 5 dot (highly recommended)
"Sleeping with the Fishes"
IN THIS ISSUE:
The scene: Freddo Pazzo's home. Freddo is watching a movie on TV. Logan is sitting across from him with an angry look on his face. Behind Logan, Johnny stands patiently. Freddo begins to explain the movie to Logan, a movie about a corrupt cop whose kid is being used by the mob to get what the mob wants from the cop. Freddo points out to Logan whether this now sounded familiar to him: that a kid is involved in the movie, and how a kid is involved in what's happening now to Logan. It's because of this kid, as Freddo goes on to say, that keeps Logan under Freddo's control. Freddo pulls out that day's Daily Bugle, whose headline title proclaims that the star witness of Freddo's case was to testify before the Grand Jury the next day. What Freddo wanted from Logan was to break into the lady's apartment, where it was being guarded very securely by the feds, and eliminate the lady who was to testify against Freddo.
As proof to Logan that he did have Logan's friend and his friend's daughter, Freddo pulls out a box. Johnny gives Logan a startled look that he didn't know what was in the box. As Logan pulls the ribbon off the box, Johnny begins to sweat profusely. Inside the box was the pigtail of his friend's daughter. Also in the box was a picture of his friend and his daughter, with the daughter holding a copy of that day's Daily Bugle newspaper. Logan gets up, tells Freddo "you're dead", gives a cold stare at Johnny, and leaves.
After Logan is gone, Johnny starts to voice his disapproval on the whole situation to Freddo. He exclaims that Logan had already did them their favor, but to kill a kid to gain control of Logan was wrong. Freddo pulls out a gun and points it against Johnny's head. Johnny pulls out his gun and does the same to Freddo, threatening to pull the trigger. Freddo dares him, knowing that Johnny had made that promise to Freddo's father and that Johnny would never go against his father's words because he didn't have the guts to do it. Johnny puts the gun down, and leaves. As he leaves, Freddo threatens Johnny, saying that if Logan didn't do what he asked, then it might mean the end of Johnny.
The next day, Freddo and his lawyers make their appearance before the court, Freddo with a snicker on his face. The door to the courtroom opens, and Freddo stares in disbelief as the star witness appears. He gives a hard stare at Tony, who gets up and heads outside to make a phone call that would give their "safehouse" the signal to kill Logan's friend and his friend's daughter. Before he is able to make his call, Johnny appears and stops Tony from making the phone call.
Before long, the doors to the courthouse opens, and Freddo gets into his limo with a trail of reporters following him. As the limo drives off, Freddo slams his hand in frustration at Logan's inability to do what he had asked, but commented that the girl and her father had at least perished. Freddo looks out, realizing that they weren't going in the direction of his home. He lowers the privacy glass to the limosine driver, demanding to ask where he is taking him. The driver turns around, and Freddo is shocked to see Logan behind the wheels. Freddo opens a compartment in the back where a pistol was stashed. Logan tells Freddo not to embarass himself as Freddo realizes that Logan couldn't be killed with bullets. Freddo tries to get out, but discovers the doors were locked and the pistol was not loaded, which meant he couldn't blow the windows out. Freddo tries a last-ditch effort to make a deal with Logan, but Logan reminds him that he had already failed their last deal and that he himself already made a better deal with another "interested party".
Logan drives Freddo to the middle of a dense forest, where Tony and Johnny were waiting in another car. Logan stops the car, pulls Freddo out, and cuts off Freddo's ring finger. He takes the ring, gives it to Johnny, and tells Johnny to make sure he doesn't come back for the ring. As Logan gets back into the limo to drive off, Johnny tells Logan that Logan's bartender friend and the daughter was okay with them. Logan asks Johnny who the friend was, then remembers: "Oh, him! No friend a' mine. Just some guy. Overheard his solo story in a bar ... figured I'd check it out, kill some time, ya know?". Logan drives off, leaving Johnny stunned that Logan had did it all for a person he didn't even personally know.
Johnny and Tony takes Freddo deeper into the dark forest. Freddo asks what happened to the girl. Tony tells Freddo that he and Johnny weren't going to kill a child, despite all the people they've killed in the past, and they weren't going to start anytime soon since Johnny finally was brave enough to take a stand. Freddo begs Johnny to believe that what he had been doing, he was just messing around. Johnny tells Freddo he went too far this time, and he couldn't protect him any longer. Freddo asks what happens now, whether he is no longer the boss anymore and can just leave the country. Johnny tells Freddo that he wish he could allow for that to happen, but he points out to Freddo that he's probably seen enough mob movies to know what's going to happen. Freddo peers around Johnny's back, and sees a freshly dug grave. Freddo begs for mercy as Johnny, while loading his gun, prays for forgiveness from Freddo's father.
As Logan drives back into New York on the thruway, three gunshots are heard. Logan chuckles as he quotes from one of Freddo's mob movies, "Ya broke my heart, Freddo ... ya broke my heart."