The 5 Most Badass Wolverine Stories

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  • What do you get when you take Wolverine, drop him in a Mad Maxian post-apocalypse and reform him like a Forgiven-era Clint Eastwood? How about a genre mash-up, the likes of which we've never seen. It wasn't just groundbreakingly awesome, though that would have been enough. It really delivered too, right down to the final "SNIKT".

  • Examines the dichotomy of Logan as both man and beast. I've never seen a Wolverine comic rendered with so much grace and beauty as this. Props to Brian K. Vaughan and Eduardo Risso for telling such a wonderful, though short, Wolverine epic.

  • It all comes back to the classic. This is the story that is, perhaps, the most important in Wolverine canon as it really distinguished Wolverine as a unique and compelling character rather than just some gimmick.

    Crafting a character who is so outwardly rough and primal, but who has the honor and heart of a samurai somehow made perfect sense when it all came together. It's such a brilliant notion. You really have to hand it to Claremont and Miller for making this juxtaposition, because once they made this notion clear all of a sudden Wolverine makes perfect sense. His attitude, his motivations, his outlook - all of it. He's a failed samurai; a warrior without a master; a man without a purpose. He's a ronin.

  • I wasn't all too thrilled about the idea of seeing Wolverine's origin explicitly told. For one, mystery was a big part of the character. Finding out bits and pieces here and there, that were shrouded in just enough mystery, really made for a rich back story that writers could continually mine. However, it's now apparent to me that it really had to happen sooner or later.

    As popular a character as Wolverine is, it was only a matter of time before we HAD to know exactly how it all began. And I couldn't be happier with the result. Not only is the art beautiful and quite different from anything we've seen from past Wolverine yarns, it also had a surprising amount of twists, considering we know where it ends up.

  • Less a story about Wolverine and more a story about the systematic dehumanization of a man - Logan. Told from the perspective of those experimenting on him, Weapon X is a chilling tale that shows the horrific experimentation on a man, as shown through the mundane, "just another day at work" experiences of those around him. It's a brilliantly creative narrative by Barry Windsor-Smith, as we see the sanity of the story slowly unraveling itself. Actually, it even feels more like a sci-fi/horror piece when you think about it. This is like the Wolverine version of Alien. Pretty cool, right?