zack_freeman's Dark Wolverine #90 - Empire: Prelude review

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Review: Dark Wolverine #90

Dakan wanders around the streets of San Francisco, pondering his father's legacy and the proper direction he should take his life next. 

The Good   

Though Pierfederici skimps on some glaring details like faces at points, when his art's on, it's on, reminding me of the suave, cool more photographic style that Daniel Acuna's been using on Black Widow. Similarily, some of Dakan aphoristic observations are genuinely insightful, like his musings on how the Zodiac killer began and ended his career out of boredom.  

The Bad   

This is really an example of the potential excesses of "decompressed storytelling" as there's really only about 10 pages of plot in this issue.  The script runs a bit too sparse, with musing captions parceled out over multiple pages when they really would've been better expressed in a single page. Consequently, you almost get the sense that Dakan's going through some Marlon Brando-esque "dramatic pauses" as you almost forget his train of thought through the panels. He also doesn't seem to come to much of a conclusion regarding himself and his lineage, which is actually a little fitting because fans have often poked fun at Wolverine's often-meandering monologues. 

The Verdict - 2.5/5  

I haven't read any of these Wolverine titles since the beginning of the storyline with Romulus and Skaar, and I find this just as padded as I did then. It's a shame, because both way Way and Liu have been doing great work elsewhere - - even this very week in Black Widow. This really doesn't serve as a defined enough finale for this title and it actually sets Dakan up to be a pretentious ass who really needs a beating.

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