Who's in this issue?
A lot of my fellow Wolverine fans have asked me whether I knew why the Wolverine series would decide to restart its issue number at one. I have thought about why they decided to restart the numbering. The only reason that I can think of is that it might be a way of getting more fan interest towards this title (not that it really needed more to begin with considering this title is always in the top 10 in orders every month). Whatever the reason is, we are introduced to a completely new creative crew for the title. The writer, the artist, the letterer, the colorist from the previous story arc(s) were all replaced. So, I will comment on my "first impression" of this creative crew.
Greg Rucka is the new writer for this story arc. I am not familiar with what other comic stories he had worked on in the past, but he does bring in a new perspective for Wolverine's character. Out with the superpowered supervillians, in with stories which features Wolverine as more of a dark hero against the bad guys of society, something not too different from the last few storyarcs. What I do like about his his interpretation of Wolverine is that Logan is a no-holds-barred, say-it-as-it-is loner who doesn't appear to make friends easily, yet at the same time is willing to "payback" those who harms the weak. And in this first issue, the whole story is told from the point of view of Lucy Braddock, the unfortunate victim of a hit who looked towards Wolverine as sort of a "mean man" savior. Essentially, the story is told from Lucy's journal which comes into Wolverine's possession after Lucy is murdered. All the events that are shown happening in this book coincides with her journal entry, which is a technique that I haven't seen much of, if any, in this title.
As for the artwork ... Darick Robertson does the meat of the work in this issue. Taking on the duel task of both penciler and inker, Darick's portrayal of Wolverine as a short, heavily-muscled bruiser-of-a-man works well. After all, isn't that what a wolverine is to begin with? Logan was never meant to look like a "pretty boy" character, and Darick's interpretation of Wolverine nails it right on the spot. Assuming that we won't be seeing Wolverine in his costume (the new X-costume or his traditional spandex yellow-and-blue costume) any time soon in this comic book series, it should be a good experience for us Wolverine fans to see what Darick has in store for the looks of Wolverine.
As for this "first issue" of Wolverine: don't expect too much hoopla over this issue. There wasn't any big introduction to this book, no overhyped marketing campaign to get people to buy this issue. There's no variant covers, no flashy "limited edition" paper or artwork. It, essentially, is another issue in an ongoing Wolverine series with the only exception being that it's numbered at #1 instead of #190. So in my opinion, don't fall into the trap of believing that this book is going to "skyrocket in value" because there really isn't anything new or spectacular for Wolverine except for the new creative crew. It does, however, serve as a good starting point for those of you who aren't too familiar with Wolverine yet, and would rather start fresh at #1 to start your collection rather than jumping in halfway into a series.
Rating (from 1 dot (not recommended) to 5 dot (highly recommended)
"Brotherhood: Part 1"
IN THIS ISSUE:
The story is told from the point of view of a waitress named Lucy Braddock, whose words in this issue are told from a diary that she kept. She wonders about Logan, a frequent patron at the restaurant that she worked in ... a man she refers to as "Mean Man" and lived by himself in an apartment directly across from her own, whether he had ever been lonely or scared. To her, she's always scared and lonely, or maybe just lonely, but in any case, her view of the world is that it's a mean world ... "full of mean people with mean hearts who do mean things". And, it's because of this that sometimes, you have to be mean in order to survive. Survival, to her, is "the name of the game ..."
She wonders why "Mean Man" never asked her of her story, thinking he never cared. But deep inside, she knows that's not the case because she believes he thinks he already knew it, remembering how he left her a $12 tip for an $8 meal one day. She thinks she figured him out though, thinking that maybe it's only the "meanest of them all who can afford to give a d@mn". She wonders when "they" will be coming for her, to take her home, a place where she didn't want to go. She would rather be killed than going back. She wonders whether Logan knew about killing, thinking back to the night when Logan returned to his apartment with a knife protruding from his upper leg and going through the agony of pulling it out as she peered out from behind her door. She remembers how she saw Logan the next day, back at the diner that she worked at, without a scratch on him. In her words, "that's how I knew you were my guy".
She recalls one day that he had left his book at the diner, wondering whether he did it on purpose to give them a good excuse to meet and having her make the first move. She remembers later that evening, talking with Logan for the first time and seeing his apartment: a barren room with nothing but a bedsheet on the floor, a simple desklamp, and many books strewn across the ground. She asked whether he just read all day, to which Logan replied he does do other things. She asks him about who stabbed him, and that if he got stabbed doing a mean thing to a mean guy, it would be cool. He asked her whether she read a lot, to which she replied that she writes nowadays. She mentions that she'd let him read her stuff only if he could find it because she keeps them hidden. Lucy asks to borrow a few of his books, to which he agreed. As she left the apartment, she asks whether he could look out for her, and he agrees.
She believed his word, and in her journal, she wrote how she believed this night would be the first night she could really sleep and not worry anymore with him protecting her. She writes how she couldn't tell him everything, but that he would have to figure out some for himself (as she is doing by hiding her journal inside one of Logan's books that she borrowed). Other people will say they want to help, when it would just be nothing but a lie. She refers to himself as the one who "got away", but when the day that her "brothers" come to get her, she's counting on him to make it right. She's tried to tell others about it, to tell the truth, but they wouldn't listen to her stories because she lacked proof, and the only real proof will be when they take her body off in a bag. She apologizes to Logan for burderning him with this task of her, but begs for Logan to correct what was wrong when she is murdered and forgotten by the law enforcement as just another runaway murdered, and to never forget her.